Tuesday, October 13, 2015

An intensely dangerous Labour MP

How smooth Chuka Umuna appeared on Channel 4 News, with his expensive-looking fawn suit and massive watch:  http://www.channel4.com/news/

And everything he said seemed to be in code.

And there was the briefest little smirk when Jon Snow said provocatively that we are supposed to be in an era of new politics and a new way of doing things in the Labour Party.

He is an intensely dangerous Labour MP.  Dangerous for the Labour leadership I mean.  He knows if Corbyn remains in place there is no future for him, and therefore he will become increasingly reckless and truculent. 

Monday, October 12, 2015

The new grouping Momentum is going down like a rattlesnake in a Lucky Dip:  http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2015/10/labour-tensions-boil-over-fractious-mps-meeting
I cannot see how Tom Watson can survive as Labour Deputy Leader.

He will try to brazen things out for a while but ultimately I think he will have to go.

Sally Bercow tried to brazen things out, but public opinion would not tolerate what she did.

What would really kill Tom Watson off would be if the family of Lord Brittan were to bring legal action for compensation for the distress they suffered due to his false claims.

And in any case we cannot have politicians of any party interfering with the police.


Edith Cavell

Earlier this year I went to Norwich and paid my own respects to Edith Cavell.

Individuals can change the world - I have always believed this.


Sunday, October 11, 2015

Carpe diem

Very astute analysis by Paul Goodman:  http://www.conservativehome.com/thetorydiary/2015/10/camerons-shrinking-renegotiation-demands-clarify-the-choice.html

What David Cameron wants is, in a sense, irrelevant.

David Cameron has one vote in the referendum, as we all do.

And is it not ironic that MPs think they are going to be calling the shots during the referendum campaign?

The whole point of Euroscepticism is that British MPs are now impotent.

It is as if they have forgotten the results of the Euro elections, when the British people last expressed their view on the EU.

David Cameron has a great opportunity before him - to lead the United Kingdom out of the European Union.  That would be a great legacy.  Carpe diem.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Stuart Rose

Stuart Rose heading the Remain campaign?

Stuart Alan Ransom Rose?

Baron Rose of Monewden?

THAT Stuart Rose?

Stuart Rose the former Executive Chairman of Marks & Spencer who presided over an unprecedented thirty per cent-plus plunge in the company's shares?

The Stuart Rose that "in December 2013 defended immigrants arriving to UK not on the grounds of the universal equality, but on financial benefits for his company and businesses in UK"?

Well at least the Remain campaign are openly acknowledging that the EU is run for big corporate business. 


Friday, October 09, 2015

I am in Stockton Heath and have just purchased my evening meal from the Stockton Fryer.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Brand names are always tricky.

To me "Momentum" sounds a lot like "Bibendum" (the Conran restaurant in Fulham Road).


They drew first blood

"Theresa May did not deserve the friendly fire she was subjected to on Tuesday":  http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/columnists/article4579296.ece

But on the whole it is good that they drew first blood.

It makes our job easier.

As Rambo said:  "In the field we had a code of honor, you watch my back, I watch yours."

And as Mr Rambo might say to Simon Walker, Heidi Allen and their backers"Don't push it! Don't push it or I'll give you a war you won't believe. Let it go."

"Self-serving business organisations such as the Institute of Directors should reflect on their social responsibilities..."

I commend this Times article:  http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/columnists/article4579296.ece

"...self-serving business organisations such as the Institute of Directors should reflect on their social responsibilities to the long-term unemployed in Britain before continuing to demand endless cheap labour from abroad."

And those who had a go at Theresa May on Tuesday should reflect that friendly fire is a game two can play.

Blue on blue attacks, if they are necessary, will be carried out where appropriate (and no need to worry about The Other Side - they are completely out of it while their grandad leader communes with his inner Marxist).

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

The speech so many of us have been longing to hear

After a long and tiring drive I am finally home.

There is no question that the outstanding speech this week came from Theresa May.

It was the speech so many of us have been longing to hear.

Perhaps, looking ahead, under a Theresa May premiership we will finally see an end to high-handed social engineering and a re-establishment of democratic control over how fast society is changed, how the change is effected, and who is given voting rights in the United Kingdom (and thus given rights to decide the allocation of resources).

Perhaps under Theresa May as leader we will finally get a chance to say "no" to globalisation (or at least a chance to say "this model of globalisation is not good enough, go away and come back with a more acceptable version").

For all who truly care about democracy Theresa May's speech was a courageous, inspiring and ground-breaking blueprint for the future.

Just as Mrs May has shown her courage, I want all of us to show equal courage in making sure she is protected in the party, and that her cause is advanced.