Oct 25

Len McCluskey may have many good features but I’ve not seen them. Whether he’s making a fool of himself on Telly or leading workers to the Dole he’s there front and centre. A buffoon of a Union Leader who never has a strategy or place to go. Who leaves workers between a rock and a hard place.

Seriously I’d rather drown than join Unite.

The only issue is how much graft and backhanders did INEOS get? Some suggestion of 300Mn in loan guarantees or £10 an income taxpayer? £30 apparently if you count the clean up cost when it closes in a few years but that would happen anyway. This is money the inadequate McCluskey has cost you. Classic politicians as long as jobs are involved any fraud or chicanery or waste is a good thing.

When Jonathan Meades finished his tour of Scotland arguing the country as an independent would rise or fall on Grangemouth he may not have been far wrong. It will fall.

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May 07

In England there are constituencies that 25,000 votes will not win. In Scotland Labour got a million votes and managed 41 seats. The Lib Dems 11 for 465K votes and the Nats 6 for 491K are still far better off than smaller English Parties. In England the Lib Dems 150K a seat and Tory’s 33.3K a seat.

It’s no surprise that Scotland and the others receive disproportionate amounts of money. This does not lead to good Govt but an enterprise free graft culture in Scotland. Not good for the UK or Scotland.

It’s equally no surprise that a small Scottish cabal has taken over the Labour party with  Chancellor and Prime Minister safe in their seats. Arguably the whole New Labour project stemming from Scottish MPs and lineage.

The current system allows plenty of room for the Tories to offer the Lib Dems an improvement without Proportional Representation. Are they really going to further subscribe to more power to regions where cuts are easier to achieve by aligning with Labour?

In the end were the policies not ruinous on a society only just out of feudalism one could argue that Brown has done well for Scotland. That is true in the manner that giving a heroin addict heroin in the long term is a solution – another thing Scotland has a culture of.

I think that a realignment of the constituencies to be equal across the whole country cannot happen soon enough. This reduces Labour and Scotland’s disproportionate power and really who bar Scottish MPs could argue with that?

The Lib Dems are on the clock.

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May 07

If I was Nick Clegg I would not even consider a rainbow coalition with the Labour Party. It would be unlikely to deliver proportional representation nor to last the year. The fact that they could not get 30% with a fear mongering campaign and ironically the triumphalism of the ‘bloids shows they are at best hanging on a past where they represented the working class.

Instead I would make clear to Cameron he has a mandate and that they would not vote down substantive legislation from their manifesto. In return having failed to get PR I would ask for boundary changes. After all the Tories will be aware they got a higher percentage than the immoral Blair/Brown regime last time but have no majority. The Lib Dems have more 2nds than Billy Bunter.

The attraction for Cameron would be that he would not be in bed with a lunatic fringe that the Ulster Unionists still are. Seriously sons of leaders elected, wives etc etc a corrupt guile less personal fiefdom. Even then he would still likely be 10 short as the 4 SinnFein MPs were a dead vote.

Personally I’d like to think that Lib Dem support has hardened whilst not advancing and arguably the whole campaign was a waste of time. I actually know and speak to Lib Dem supporters rather than people who voted for them. They should consider playing to that hardened thoughtful vote rather than act like a protest vote.

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Speaking personally being in the same room as friends of torturers like Miliband and Straw would make my flesh crawl before considering odious creeps like Balls and Brown. However I accept that people in politics are not that judgmental of each other. Worse they are like players and managers in football utterly befuddled by the tribalism of fans

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Nov 30

John Denham the so called Communities Secretary chucked in the following gem of specious politicing:-

White working-class communities feel a justifiable sense of grievance and deserve additional help reserved for minority groups

It shows the cul de sac of the divisive and patronising creed of multiculturalism at the heart of New Labour. Somehow the 90+% who are so called ‘white’ are now an oppressed race under this Govt.

What the working classes of all groups have suffered from is the failures of Govt. If white working class communities are being failed it’s because New Labour is failing all working class people.

I am sure the ethnic working classes and poor don’t feel the last 12 years has been some nirvana for them. Their children are being left by the way side and leaving school ill educated and equipped. Their children are also growing up together being taught to fetishise their petty differences when their shared experience is the same – no social mobility and being left to rot in poor housing with no access to the best health and education.

The pressure on housing from immigrants if true is only because they are not building enough homes and have not been for 12 years. Indeed Labour have deliberately stood by and allowed immigrants to cop this for their decisions. Yet now they find BNP votes threatening their seats they don’t man up and take the blame they de facto endorse the BNP position.

Brown’s outlandish plan to build new housing without the resources to do so will further hit established communities of all types by cutting the budget for repair and modernisation. A temporary fix if it’s anything and  long term pass the problem to the next Govt or the one after.

What are they trying to achieve? As though the working classes will suddenly say “you’ve only had 12 years to make our lives worse and I am sure it will improve if we give you 5 more”. I can only assume the Govt is assuming the working classes are even dumber than their education system assumes. 8 years on they are as desperate and dangerous as Billy Hague to shore up a low vote.

If we must sub divide the country like a human cake then the most indulged minority by per capita spending is what Denham would call ‘White’ and ‘Sir’.

The Scots.

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