Apr 26

I’ll also leave out they support the same policies as the Tories whatever the Tory fiction about massive cuts – after all SNP, Libs and Labour have the same spending plans too. We’ll leave out their obvious racism where they try to sound marginally slower swiveling of the eyes than the Tories. We’ll even credit them on Syria not bombing to help our friends al Queada and now enemies IS. Continue reading »

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Aug 25

So Gove has signalled that exam results should stop rising.

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Jun 03

It was a point I used to make to US friends of mine what will Nancy Pelosi and her Democrats do if they achieve power? All their statements were rhetoric. They were not thought out responses with depth just polarising and highlighting points. The result is that all we see from them now is pitiable pork barrel obsessions and self aggrandisment as they slip to a likely quick defeat. Their only call left on their voters is that they are not the other side. That they are the lesser of two evils and by a diminishing fag paper. The other side without the religious fundamentalism. At least the Tea Party fruit cakes stand for something!

In the UK thanks to the unpopularity of the Tory party, favourable public finances and an electoral system that allowed it Labour stayed 13 years. 13 witless incomprehensible years with no defined end point and the human rights barrier taken below even our dirty war levels in Ulster in the 70s. Even freed by defeat they have learned nothing. Every comment is information free. Every position shallow and more to highlight a potentially unpopular Govt position – might be more forgivable if they were not doing this when supposedly in power.

A great example is Ed Miliband one of the pompous self serving knobs who is standing for the leadership said he agreed with Harman that half the Shadow Cabinet should be women.  This would highlight the lack of women in the actual Cabinet and would serve what positive purpose? It’s not a position about achieving anything? It means you cannot say you have the most talented people in the best positions. It demeans women for starters. It is entirely a one liner producing device to try to polarise what is not in the public a big deal. Indeed it seems aimed at appealing to part of the Labour Party if it appeals to anyone. However I doubt it even means that. It is reactionary to the Cameron cabinet and stupid to boot.

It’s hard with no woman likely to actually contest the leadership to believe that anyone is claiming Labour’s women have the talent and experience for this yet – Abbot may be standing but has never been in the Cabinet and has as much chance of 33 nominations as Caroline Flint who is not standing. That is essentially Cameron’s problem he has brought in more women MPs but few will have the experience yet. Women will rise organically as more of our MPs become women and one hopes the parties continue those efforts but to gerrymander them into top positions for a rhetorical advantage is pathetic.

Other reasons why Ed Miliband thinks his patronising sexism  I cannot come up with. It’s against the law as well. I guess lil’ Ed’s motto is “Say anything. Do nothing” which is fitting for the New Labour Party.

Of course as Ms Flint said a cabinet run by his man Brown treated women as window dressing. Now wee Eddie has reduced them to rhetorical devices to get one up in the leadership race. Labour does not have enough talent or MPs to play silly games but it’s the habit of 13 years of pointless power and unlikely to stop now.

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