Mar 19

As much as I hate the press the idea of UK Govt regulation is anathema. I would almost certainly move UK libel law to be more American allowing much more fair comment. Much of the need to fill papers with prurient nonsense stems from the suppression of opinion by the Libel Laws.

The relationship between Govt and it’s media chums is already too close. An attack on benefits is always presaged by some example made of a guy with 15 children as though this is analogous to the realities of most unemployed and low waged households – clear collusion. The Police are still nakedly corrupt. Leaks by Govt the rule. It’s clear to all but the most blinkered and stupid person how much Rebekah Brooks ran the Govt of Brown before rejecting his hamfisted grovelling. For instance Leveson showed her obsession with Afghanistan which explained what made no sense at the time – why the arch clown [Brown] having backed out of Blair’s war jumped into an even more pointless contest.

The fact is the froth on the increasingly unread newspapers is of little consequence to society as a whole. Protecting a few celebrities is not unworthy but equally creating bodies to dictate to the press is just an advance in the creeping fascism of the New Labour years.

That all 3 political parties openly agree probably shows this matter is more important than I suggested. Equally we should fear the reactionary stupidity that allows the 3 charmless gutless mouthpieces to come together.

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Dec 01

Wow Ed Miliband read digested and approved fully a 2000 page report in under a day. I guess these pampered Oxbridge types really are super clever. Indeed Mr Cameron and his coalition partner Cleggsy also managed this feat.  Continue reading »

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Jan 30

So Stephen Hester’s bonus has gone the way of our money thrown at the banks by Darling and Brown. In a way I have no sympathy and frankly assume he’ll be OK!  Continue reading »

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Jul 11

Have told North West Labour Party that my chances [in Oldham East & Saddleworth] are slim. The Tories [third, behind Labour and the Liberal Democrats] have selected an Asian. The white Tory vote will go for the Lib Dem because they’d sooner have a Lib Dem whose views they oppose!

This is Phil Woolas from last January. Many of us have more desperate and selfish thoughts than we ever share but we know that they are delusional and not for sharing – a function of the twisted self image we know we should ignore. What shocks me even more than Woolas’ publishing his personal twistings is he would put out such a damning indictment of his constituents in much the same was as the man he refers to as ‘Great Leader’ felt about his neighbours in Rochdale. Frankly if you can be racist against white people in your constituency he was….

The only nugget of interest was that he discussed Immigration (he was the minister after all) with Brown. Intimating that we would be short of skilled workers without it. Why not have that debate instead of pandering to the racists with policies that will not affect 80% of immigration like the Tories. Not once did Labour explain their policy about why they were happy for immigrants.

Indeed the biggest contempt from Woolas was that immigration and Brown cost them the election. With all their gerrymandering that meant they can win a significant majority without a significant vote and the continued hatred of the Tories he might be right about Brown though. However the rest of us may be reactionary but the overwhelming majority of the British are not voting for 1 issue idiots and all Woolly was confirming that immigration policy was aimed not at any national problem just the Labour Party’s problems.

And that is why they lost. People may not be able to enunciate an in-depth position but they knew Labour had no answers but a series of policies to achieve nothing more than votes. Most of people’s intelligence is unconscious and thus going by what people say per se it is a mistake.

Sadder still the 4 serious candidates for the leadership all seem to grab positions not from principal or even from 3rd way fitness for purpose but to try and position themselves to be popular.

Will they ever get it?

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Jul 06

It’s tempting to refer to Osbornism as Thatcherism revisited. Indeed so divisive is someone who won popularity and hated contests at the same time that both sides claim this as a positive for their position. The sad truth is that Thatcherism was 12 years of total incompetence. If re-structuring was achieved it was caused by North Sea Oil and latterly the lower pound, EU membership and the resultant inwards investment not to mention a world growth spurt.

Did selling off BA, BP and BT etc make them world class companies? No but commercial pressures certainly made them leaner and in BP’s case meaner and lower down. Still at least with the Gulf of Mexico fresh in our memories no could associate the now mostly US company with US corporate ethics with being British? No one would be that stupid and ill informed? Advertisers made a lot of money out of BT and BA certainly. In the end privatising has saved future generations from pensions and redundancy and forced difficult decisions on workers. You can quibble at the price the Govt got and whether the individual share owning boom it encouraged has done more for con-men than people’s wealth but really at worst it is no harm no foul.

Council Housing sell off. Selling off council housing is a disaster. It has created debt and a lending bubble. One of the real dangers of a house price crash is that the British have built huge personal debts  on assets in a bubble. That house prices are only sustained on for many near zero interest rates should be a warning to the current Govt about cutting too hard too soon. Many of the houses have been sold to people without the wealth to maintain them as well. Whilst some can take a paper profit and leave renovation to someone else many got left with negative equity and a crumbling house. Much of the reasoning against immigration when it is spelt out by barrack room boors like Warren Mitchell’s alter ego Ed Balls is around the lack of housing which has become a cover for an overall lack of housing – immigrants tend to have a very small foot print living in areas and with personal space few of us indigenous folk will do. Councils were forbidden to use the money to rebuild new council houses and created the housing shortage and asset bubble we have now. When Liverpool council alone defied this lunacy they were stripped of office. Far from liberating people it has led to debt and a plowing of whatever wealth people accrue into an asset bubble. Arguably it has contributed to problems in education and child delinquency as more and more couples both work to pay for even a small house.

Falklands. You can take it or leave but a competent Govt would have seen the Argies coming and scared them off. After all one sub sunk their battleship and could have taken out half their fleet. We are still involved in a turf war over resources and now have a stack of dogma and no go areas to prevent a sensible resolution. Certainly we can thank someone their bombs did not go off or the loss of life would have been more. One could argue relative to Iraq and Afghanistan this was a credible operation well run at minimal cost of lives and equipment. Indeed the conversion to Foundation Trust status by 1 health authority killed more Britains so by New Labour standards a roaring success.

The Economy. I’ll accept the economic landscape changed and had to change. Since we were not going to become a Socialist society a sort of Soviet plus state was unsustainable. However the economics of the 1980s were cretinous. What coherent policy has the £ go between $1.06 and $2.47 in the space of a few years? If Britain was able to survive it was because we had oil to sell. We were self sufficient in energy. We grew our own food. However it did not create the dynamic export industries that Osborne thinks will happen now.

To cope with the unemployment that her Govt created they decided to buy off some sections of the poor by putting them on incapacity benefit. Now Osborne and the Thatcher loving media try to present those people as spongers and shirkers. Again a short term answer of such staggering stupidity that New Labour must be gutted it was not their idea.

The Lawson Boom, The Poll Tax, Tracking the German Mark and other manifestly insane and poorly thought out policies I’ll leave you to think about.

Thatcher’s biggest successes dependent on your point of view were

  • Union Legislation achieved by branding the working classes of Britain as an enemy to be squashed and allowing us to be openly beaten up by Police – the legacy is a distaste of the Police that goes beyond just the working classes.
  • The most unequivocal success and one the Tory Party will not mention is the creation of the single European Market and the negotiation of the UK’s rebate. Things that Thatcher’s rhetoric imply she respectively opposed and won. The rebate the British failed to bite the arm off of what was actually on offer with Thatcher using harsh rhetoric to angrily demand what was already on offer!  On the Single European market she gave away 90% of what Right Tories complain about. In addition for all their anti Euro nonsense she tied us to the German Mark! Which resulted in Black Wednesday and the genuine event Tories can trumpet the stewardship of the Clarke Major Govt, truly the only competent one of my lifetime.

The point is not about Thatcherism but that Osborne must know that what Thatcher did has not made Britain dynamic. If anything we are in a worse position than then with Oil no longer significant, importing food, importing energy with massive personal debt. You can trace every thing except the Public Sector deficit to Thatcher and that is only because of the Clarke Major years. If people want to celebrate that as a success or repeat it than they are in denial.

In conclusion one hopes that George Osborne is serious about his economics and not a Thatcherite. She must be the most over rated Premier of my life time. The damage she did took from 1992 to 1999ish to sort out only for Brown Blair to squander that legacy in hubris and put us in a worse position with Public debt and the scars of Thatcherism still with us.

Make no mistake as backward and rigid as the UK economy 1980 was it had slack and scope all of which has been used up by the Thatcher and Blair/Brown Govts to no good end.

The Thatcherism party is over and the problems are still here to greater degrees.

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Jun 18

MPs expenses proved to be the biggest damp squib since the last Groom passed out drunk on his wedding night. They are prosecuting some people for trivial amounts whilst others merely worked the system to advantage. The buffoon Legg even retroactively inventing rules could not even re-claim 2% if that. Martin Bell the broken honest hack turns up chuckling to himself and we are all meant to sneer at MPs.

During the election Labour made big play of the amount of money non domiciled Lord Ashcroft had smeared in marginal seats to gerrymander the election within the rules.  How’d that work out for the Tories by the way?

Anyway it turns out Labour ministers went around offering payments in the hundreds of millions to people and groups in marginal seats. All whilst Darling and Byrne were telling us the coffers were empty and we were facing the biggest recession since the 30s.

If the Tories believe their claims to be true all I can say is prosecute. If they have immunity then at least have them banned from the Commons and the Lords and disgraced. If not shut up.

It all goes to show that the media like stories that are clear and allow sanctimony. One can even see this in the infantile coverage of football which makes the world laugh at England – have we sacrificed our goalkeeper yet? Wayne Rooney’s image is on The Sun today the paper that thinks all other Scousers  are drunken thugs yet this son of Liverpool is happy to pose for them – does that make him an Uncle Tom’s Scouser?

MP claims 10 quid and is paid it by the approver and it’s a front page mocking. If he spends 100 million on something to get a few votes it’s a non story. Sadly tabloid values are becoming the national characteristic where we refuse to think and just wait for another villain to be loaded into the stocks to throw vegetables at regardless of guilt or scale of offence – it’s no better in the USA of course where much of our media culture is imported from or should that be Australia for both us trans-atlantic nations?

The fact the Tories are not pressing ahead shows that in reality the expenses nonsense changed nothing. It’s all just politics to them. It’s all about how much money they can make for their friends so why would they critique Labour?

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Feb 01

Cameron’s weekend interviews brought home the silly desire to cut death duties with the public finances stewed. To be popular it seems a lot more people think it will affect them than it will if bizarrely it is a vote winner – it’s about making very few people who are friends of ‘Call Me Dave’ a lot richer – a different kind of politics of the few!

To lapse into opinion seriously it has to be insanity to complain about a tax on dead people and handing over unearned small fortunes to relatives, it’s clearly the best tax out there.

To counter point the New Labour ban on Fox-Hunting was a ludicrous picking on a few people for no reason by a warmongering Govt looking to appeal to the irrational hatred of its supporters.

Really what is worse a negative crocodile tears on behalf of the Foxes. Or a positive tax on those who can no longer care? I have no idea, neither?

Politics is no longer about doing rational good subject to ideology  but clearly everything has become what’s in it in  votes and how can we pay off friends in the hope of donations back to the party.

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Jan 11

I asked someone at the time after 11 years of waiting and crying into his pillow why did Brown want to become Prime Minister?

It seems with the revelations of Labour’s Andrew Grice that Blair and Grice had no idea either. From the Independent – Mr Blair told his his closest aides

There is nothing there, He has no agenda for government. Nothing.

From former General Secretary Peter Watt

Gordon had been so desperate to become prime minister that we all assumed he knew what he was going to do when he got there. Everyone around him thought there was some big plan sitting in a bottom drawer somewhere, just ready to be pulled out when the moment came. In fact, there was nothing.

Mr Nothing. Dark, Mysterious, Dim. Nothing. No Clue. Nada. Mr Nobody.

If anything all he did was extend the Blair agenda for judgement and sneering with curtails on 24 hour drinking, Cannabis re-classification and no Super Casinos. To make the fatuous Blair look Liberal is an achievement of some sort? I guess.

I’ve long wondered what this man had. He had a reputation for intelligence and thinking but all we ever see and crucially hear is platitudes. Often ingratiating clap trap delivered with such insincerity no one can like the guy other than those who feel pity. Like with all pundits in sport and life if someone knows something or has something to say it will become clear as they can explain things and make sense of stuff. Brown never provides a spark of insight in anything he says or does. Indeed he was the inspiration for the title of this web site as all he does is react.

Really it leaves one wondering if all one needs to succeed in the UK society is an over weaning self importance and sense of entitlement. More worrying is how people with so little original thought or ideas get validation from our universities. I guess you impress lecturers by telling what they already know and that they are right in perfect grammatically correct English, jealous moi?

Maybe we have the leader we deserve. In many way Brown does reflect the nation in that he is much like a soap opera character plotting his advantage over others without any regard or awareness of his own reputation.

Ian Beale as prime minister it seems.

Mr Nothing.

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Dec 18

The sad truth is that even the dismal non agreement agreement that comes out of Copenhagen is actually not going to be put into action. Agreements like Kyoto lead nowhere as countries sign them as a mark of how good they are and then go away and do nothing.  How has the Kyoto agreement affected UK Govt policy in the last 18 years? Not at all. According to Ed Miliband said we [UK] lead in offshore wind – who needs satire after that. Ignore rubbish about China and India it is within the power of the Western countries alone who consume their output (with money borrowed from them) to make the necessary cuts. They do not have the will or the intelligence or the humanity to do so.

Obama’s position is more fatuous and equally depraved as Bush’s honest policy on Kyoto. What this all things to no men won’t say is 200 country agreements and bizarre Carbon Trading/Offsetting schemes are pointless – mere specious attempts to make the liberal political elite feel better about themselves without doing anything. Even had they agreed the deal that was muted originally it was most likely not enough even if by some miracle they fulfilled their pledges. What has been agreed is still more than our so called leaders intend doing.

Our leaders work for the interests of their political institution. Like all institutions they serve to forward the interests of themselves whatever their original purpose. In the week the New Labour party squatted on organised British Airways Labour unions via its judges and courts we can be in no doubt that New Labour is about keeping New Labour in power at any cost to the people it was founded to help.

The rich figure they can live with global warming and the people who kiss their feet like Mandelson and Brown are not about to offend them. They probably hope to live in their isolated walled cities when people start starving and dying and come looking for the rich and once so called powerful.

Sadly I have to hope the conspiracy nuts and frankly loonies of the Anti Global Warming obfuscationists are right.

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Dec 09

Sir John Scarlett managed to exceed my expectations of the kind of ingratiating creep that New Labour would promote and use. A sad petty man who spoke in ambiguous terms. I would have asked him what day of the week it was to highlight what a clown he seemed as he struggled to answer that in under 100 words.

Scarlett suggested that he has saw the Prime Minister making ludicrous claims as political comments and thence outside what he needed to bother with. He was happy to say nothing as the Prime Minister looked like a man who would send hundreds of troops and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis to their deaths in the same casual way he  would spin any other Govt failing or policy. He was in effect happy that Blair later could be seen as a liar who sent men to their deaths on the basis of lies.

Blair was happy to promote this broken spook to head MI6 afterwards no doubt with Scarlett’s grateful lickspittle still wet on his shoes. Like former Met head Sir Ian Blair you realise the only crime to the Blair/Brown Govt is to disagree with them. If you do disagree they will spin and smear against you. If you agree and show you are malleable and will speak up no matter what on their side promotion awaits.

This is why New Labour have lost the faith of liberal thinkers. Not because Brown has the charisma of a Potato – albeit that comparison is flattering to Brown. Every branch of Govt from serving generals to senior civil servants now knows there is no value this side of retirement to speaking up.

This is a recipe for a corrupt patronage based society that so offended Adam Smith in the age of Kings.  Not the actions of a modern effective democracy.

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