Monthly Archives: May 2010

Know Thy Enemy


We are told that the Coalition is so virtuous, so essential that it can do no wrong. Our constitutional arrangements are to be changed to suit it and when those it favours do wrong are they are motivated by the finest of motives and should be quickly forgiven. Our Dave – perish the thought – has a shared characterstic with the young Stalin. He is quick to detect his enemies and acts ruthlessly to destroy them: Ed Balls, his Oxford contemporary, is subject to a concentrated election campaign to unseat him; in his first post-election television interview , Dave attacks David Milliband for weaknesses at the Foreign Office; and the BBC is targetted for including Alistair Campbell on Question Time. Who or what is next?

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Diplomatic Triumphs


David Cameron the Coalition Prime Minister has made a triumphant tour of European Capitals. In Edinburgh and Cardif he told jeering audiences that budgets would be lower under the Coalition but that they would have more powers to build a Big Society without resources. In Belfast he gave a similar message while expressing regret that none of his Ulster Unionist allies had been elected. In Paris and Berlin he told his audiences that in common with the citizens of the United Kingdom they could expect nothing that Britain could not be expected to assist the embattled Euro. His hosts are rumoured to have told him, ‘Just you wait swinehund you are on your own when the pound needs our help.’ The rumours that trips to Poland and Latvia had been postponed came as no surprise. All in all the trip can be regarded as a triumph for the New Politics.

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The Big Society


David Cameron made an important speech today on the issues of the reorganisation of the banks, financial regulation, the regulatory roles of the FSA and the Bank of England,  and the problems of the Euro. He said, these are difficult issues and there many differing opinions on them. Frankly these issues demand a commission of enquiry and we have set one up with instructions to report back in a years time. To be honest with you these are matters on which Gordon Brown used to take quick and decisive decisions which, to be fair, he normally got right. But in the Big Society, and in New Politics, we want you to participate and take the ultimate responsibility for what we need to do. I have posted the email address of the Commission on my blog. Why not give the Commission your views? You can be sure that on all the troubling issues of the day we are anxious – indeed very anxious – to have your views. We are all in this together.

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Humbug, Clegg and the public interest


The Guardian today (15 May) reports Clegg as saying that a progreessive alliance with Labour (which a majority of his members favoured) would have been unworkable and unstable. When a politician argues that he is acting in the public interest, and not his own, you can be certain he is suborning the truth and cheating his members and supporters. Numbers could have worked out with Labour but all four of the Lib Dem  negotators with Labour had already got their Cabinet positions sewn up with the Tories, and the Parliamentary party had also been lined up for governmental appointments. When the Lib Dems argue that they could not agree anything with Labour, what they mean is that there were more plums available to them elsewhere. There is a very heavy price to be paid by electors for this unprincipled agreement in terms of jobs and incomes. It is difficult to believe that all this was agreed in four days. Further investigation, when some independant reporter has the stomach and the will, is likely to show that it was plotted many weeks before by Nick and his friend Dave.At the moment the discussion is theoretical but when the Tory bullet is bitten goodwill will turn to doubt, doubt to anger, and anger will sweep away the Lib Dems. leaving our friend Nick and his mates in a discredited Conservative and National Liberal and Democratic Party.I

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