Aug 20

David Cameron probably considers himself an intelligent person with values. He has tended to float without an anchor able to lead both Conservative Party and Coalition. He has at times shown magnificent ignorance and been prepared to accept the UK’s past as an imperial power whose malign influence lies behind many of the world’s problems. Continue reading »

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May 12

One of the oddities of a the Lib Con coalition is that it will have both a right and a so called left wing against the policies of the Govt. It also even allowing for Ulster’s support does not have a huge majority.

An argument being made by nay sayers, who are guessing, is that the activists of both parties will not wear it for long. I put the following  to someone who still supported Labour about how the activists and Trade Unionists of 1997 felt about the following Labour policies:-

  • 90 day detention and internment. A flagship policy trumpted as a triumph for democracy by both Blair and Brown.
  • Detention of young children of Asylum seekers.
  • Putting Britain at the fore front of the Globalisation movement to have our workers compete at home and abroad with low wage economies.
  • Actively helping and facilitating the US policy of rendition.
  • Knowingly receiving intelligence based on Torture
  • Going to war without the Geneva convention on our allies side.
  • Being part of a war where depleted uranium and cluster bombs were used.
  • War in Iraq. I doubt Labour activists would have considered Afghanistan  beyond 2003 as a worthwhile cause if ever given most opposed the righteous Kuwait re-capture.
  • Bailing out the banks and then letting the sponging bastards have huge bonuses. Socialism in action?
  • Applauding judges for stopping strikes.
  • Foundation hospitals, Polyclinics.
  • PFI handing more money to Brown’s rich friends in the city.
  • In 1997 they would have assumed that hospitals would be cleaned and the MRSA C-Diff murder by indifference would not have continued for years after. They were wrong but administrators and bureaucrats in the health service earn as much as 50 cleaners so be proud of ‘Your Labour’.
  • Bank of England independence probably would not have got their vote in 1997.
  • Cheer-leading for Business leaders like Willie Walsh making a point and trying to break the Unite union.
  • The re-reclassification of marijuana. The left may be against most personal freedoms but they do not live on beer alone.
  • CCTV everywhere.
  • Powers to stop and search people without reason – even Arizona has not gone that far
  • Lecturing people for their eating and drinking habits.
  • Support for Israel almost no matter what it does – a few weasel words maybe but nothing more.
  • Groveling before China’s authoritarian Govt – Brown’s ideal by some accounts
  • Religious schools
  • Sending asylum seekers back to Iraq, Iran, Zimbabwe and other hell holes.
  • Locking up children of asylum seekers.
  • Forcing Single Mums back to work – Portillo suggested it and they burned effigies Brown and they suggest people hate him because he’s not photogenic.

I’ll be adding to this list as things occur to me but the point is that activists views never count. Much of the above I find so bad that I view a vote for Labour as little better than the BNP. The BNP would counter they have not yet abused human rights as much as Labour has done even if only by de facto support and tolerance of the US doing things.

Activists and sanctimonious self important morons may bring down the coalition. However as we see with Labour activists move with the party and see power as the only goal in reality – they are fans basically and a bit like the Green and Gold at Old Trafford their protests do not stop them handing over money and being fanatical at all costs whereas the players change colour as suits their personal ambition.

I do not take activists seriously.

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Nov 22

That the BNP should stand in Barking is no surprise. The Barking MP Margaret Hodge once said that 8 out of 10 of her English so called ‘white’ working class constituents would consider voting BNP.  Indeed the GMB union asked her to resign as a minister because of all the free publicity and talking up she gave the BNP. What is amazing is not that the BNP’s Griffin will stand in Barking but that New Labour will stand such a broken discredited candidate as Hodge against him.

Hodge was one of the original Islington “Champagne Socialists” who became New Labour. Hodge was the head of Islington council where she was apparently known as “Enver Hodge” for her tolerance of debate and differing  opinions, no doubt. Additionally under her Islington council ignored repeated accurate complaints of child abuse over many years.

Hodge’s Islington council’s de facto toleration of child abuse was on the record prior to her becoming an MP so it was only Tony Blair’s sick sense of humour that made her Children’s Minister in 2003. Hodge was later publicly humiliated after trying to smear an abuse victim. She was a proud winner of  the 2004 Big Brother award for “Worst Public Servant”. Hodge is now Minister for Culture and Tourism.

One can be sure that the BNP will not fail to paint her incompetent and the paedophile’s best friend. Charges she will be hard put to deny regardless of any lack of substance in them because of the way she smeared the abuse victim rather than acknowledge a mistake – hoist with her and NL’s own petard.

It’s hard to think of a better candidate to be quietly told to stand down at the next election than Hodge, bar maybe Brown himself.  Yet this broken crone is still a minister.

Sadly now we have to root for Hodge at the next election.

BTW as a cheap shot contrast Labour’s indulgence of the unrepentant Hodge who had the gall to shout down and smear the abused and the summary politically expedient sacking of Haringey’s Sharon Shoesmith.

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