Sunday, May 31, 2015

Luvvie slot was filled this morning by Allison Janney

The Andew Marr Show left-wing luvvie slot was filled this morning by Allison Janney:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b05y16n8/the-andrew-marr-show-31052015

Ms Janney studied at RADA so although an American she qualifies as a luvvie.

Her left-wing credentials are beyond all doubt. 

She actually said the words "I love Hilary Clinton".

When asked about Bill Clinton she said "he is brilliant... I could listen to him for hours..."

Are there no alumni of RADA that support the Conservative party?

How the metropolitan elite (including foreign journalists) views the prospective EU Referendum

Earlier today Dateline London gave an interesting perspective on how the metropolitan elite (including foreign journalists) views the prospective EU Referendum.  It is clear that they do not fully understand what is happening, and are not taking the referendum seriously.  This is encouraging, as it indicates the IN side has not organised to fight the campaign (and there is little time left to put together a credible campaign organisation, probably it can't be done effectively).

Complacency seems to be the prevailing mood.


Ian Birrell (Mail on Sunday) dismissed the UKIP brand as "toxic" despite the party moving from 900k voters in 2010 to 4 million voters only a few weeks ago.  As UKIP supporters are motivated and enthusiastic about the referendum their strength will be the strength of ten (to quote Tennyson) and added to disgruntled Tories like myself and disillusioned Labour supporters may well carry the day.  Whereas the IN side will be defending an institution that issues directives on chloro-fluoro-carbons, has a Sepp Blatter disdain towards auditing accounts, and is led by men with the personality of Herr Flick from 'Allo 'Allo.

Stephanie Baker (Bloomberg) said she did not understand why David Cameron was pushing for treaty change.  This is because she is assuming David Cameron wants to stay in.  Whereas actually David Cameron is in a win-win position - if his demands are met he becomes a hero, if his demands are not met he returns to London and advises the country to vote OUT and equally becomes a hero (history is written by the winners).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05xczzv

Friday, May 29, 2015

I was pleased Rafał Trzaskowski said the insulting things he did

When Polish Europe Minister Rafał Trzaskowski appeared on Newsnight just now I found myself saying "fuck off" several times to the television screen.

He told us the United Kingdom would be a small country outside the EU.

This is a minister from a state where the people are leaving in their millions and begging the United Kingdom to give them our dirty jobs since a dirty job over here (including pariah status as a "migrant" and miserable accommodation in a house of multiple occupation) is preferable to anything Poland can offer.

But when I calmed down I was pleased Rafał Trzaskowski said the insulting things he did.

It can only help our cause.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mk25

Leaving is a process

The talks about talks are progressing:  http://news.sky.com/story/1492416/merkel-on-eu-reform-where-theres-a-will

For those who think, like me, that the United Kingdom must leave the European Union it is important to bear three key aspects in mind:

First, that it might have to be a two-referendum process.  It would be a mistake to imitate the idiotic SNP and bang on about "once in a lifetime" and "settled for a generation".  Leaving is a process.  Yes, I hope the vote goes our way at the first attempt, but if it does this will be a happy bonus - probably we are going to need more than one go at this.  In the meantime our objective should be to gain on the referendum day a credible OUT vote (45% or above) and in the campaign leading up to referendum day to put forward a memorable range of arguments that will stay in the minds of voters so that when the next EU crisis comes along the argument for walking away becomes irresistible.  Especially we need to establish the key principle that British membership of the EU must be based on on-going consent validated by regular "are you still happy with your membership" referenda (ideally every ten  years, but we may need to be flexible with this).

Secondly, realise that David Cameron is our friend.  He is hemmed in and constrained, and his room for manoeuvre is not great.  The British establishment, the European establishment, the international establishment (ie the American government) are all on his back.  But already he has done wonderful things for us.  So please let us give him support and recognition, even if it falls short of the requirements we regard as essential.  David Cameron was taught history at Eton - he knows that British policy should always be to resist power blocs emerging on the continent of Europe.

Thirdly, the referendum will be won on ideas.  We need to challenge the EU to justify its existence (for instance, what is the intellectual argument for free movement; why is economic harmonisation preferred over economic diversity; how can the EU remain silent over persecution of Roma in Hungary, Slovakia, Bulgaria etc).  We also need to develop alternatives to the EU in every area of its operations so that the future is one of genuine metanoia - a change of heart that brings hope and healing to all of the British people.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

We need more capitalist ideology in this country, not less.
















I'm afraid Paul Mason does not understand capitalism.

One must also include the New Statesman (all of them, men and women) in that judgement.

"...we fear fear automating en masse because we can't imagine what jobs people will do who are displaced" says Paul Mason.

Under Margaret Thatcher's vision of a share-owning democracy ordinary people would own the shares of the companies in which they work.  This model already exists in John Lewis.  Therefore as employees are "displaced" due to automation the company will make savings which will then handed to share-holders - the very people who are "displaced".

Instead of an individual's income coming from wages and salaries, increasingly the source of wealth should come from dividend payments of automated (and globalised) companies.  And not just single companies but funds (assuming the funds sector can be cleaned up).  The model already exists in the form of pensions which are paid by pension funds which in turn own most of our leading companies.

Of course, ordinary people need access to shares in the companies they work for, safeguards over their holdings, and completely free fair and transparent information.

But we need more capitalist ideology in this country, not less.

https://twitter.com/paulmasonnews
https://twitter.com/NewStatesman/status/603908696205168640/photo/1

Bob Roberts, Director of Communications for Ed Miliband 2010-15, excused his lack of awareness

On Daily Politics this lunchtime Bob Roberts, Director of Communications for Ed Miliband 2010-15, excused his lack of awareness on what was happening during the election campaign on the polls ("we had the same information as everyone else").

And yet the accompanying film showed Ed Miliband announcing that Labour would be having "four million" conversations with voters within four months.

IF those four million conversations had taken place Bob Roberts would have had a complete picture of the public mood and voting intentions (a poll of a thousand may be liable to error, a poll of ten thousand may be liable to error, a poll of four million would leave no room for doubt).

Therefore we must conclude that those four million conversations did not take place.

Unless and until political parties (all parties) start engaging directly with voters on an individual basis they do not deserve to be elected.

The standard needs to be one of large party associations in all constituencies carrying out a FULL canvass during the three weeks up to election day, with the candidate doing the lion's share - and yes that does mean calling on up to 150 households per day and going back when people are out, and talking to ALL the members of a family not just assuming they will all vote the same way.

I want this done in safe seats, and marginals and no-hopers.

Until you can do that please do not call yourself a serious politician.

And for the Conservatives, I do not want to see individuals getting onto the approved candidates list unless they have DEMONSTRATED (with credible evidence and proven track-record in numbers of new signed-up members) their stamina in sustained door to door canvassing (and we can start this in Scotland where the Conservatives have an opportunity to completely rebuild the party).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mjxb
When I saw Michael Gove resplendent in his robes at the State Opening of Parliament I thought:  here is a new candidate for Living National Treasure (which is a non-party status - I freely admit Diane Abbott is a Living National Treasure).

No room for any dissenting voices

Spot the contradiction in this pro-EU article by Catherine Stihler MEP on the Progress website:  http://www.progressonline.org.uk/2015/05/28/the-referendum-starting-gun-has-been-fired/

"Labour will support the EU referendum bill when it comes before the House of Commons and we will make a strong case for our continued membership" says Ms Stihler, and then adds "we need to put politics to one side and fight this battle as citizens".

So you can have a free vote of conscience as a citizen so long as you tow the party line and support continued membership.

No room for any dissenting voices then, which is ironic since Labour was based on the dissenting tradition.

And note her preference for Richard Branson and David Beckham to head her ideal campaign team - as if we do not have enough celebrity luvvies giving us political advice.

And also note the howler "the EU is the most successful peace process that the world has ever known".  The United Kingdom and America had an army of occupation in Germany until the 1990s, so there was no chance of a continental war, EU or no EU.  And when civil war broke out in the former Yugoslavia the EU was impotent (and indeed, the Germans were stirring things up in Slovenia).

Lies upon lies upon lies Ms Stihler.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

He pointed out that the Human Rights Act underpinned the devolution settlements

Watching Dominic Grieve MP talking about the planned repeal of the Human Rights Act (and its replacement with a BETTER safeguard for the rights of ordinary people in the United Kingdom) he was almost gleeful in the way he pointed out that the Human Rights Act underpinned the devolution settlements in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

He said this as if it trumped all other arguments.

And yet was it not the case that the English people were not consulted on the devolution offered to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?

Does he not unwittingly demonstrate, by the use of this argument, that the rights of everyone are considered in this country EXCEPT those of English people?

Therefore the argument has no moral validity in England (whatever the small print might say). 

The idea that English people must somehow restrain themselves and put up with repressively bad legislation because the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish people might get upset is absurd.

YOU (I am talking now to all the pro-devolution lobby) SHOULD NOT HAVE GERRYMANDERED DEVOLUTION IN THE FIRST PLACE.

All the devolution legislation will have to be unpicked.

I have always held this view.
I must say I was a little disappointed no mention of education vouchers in the Queen's Speech.
It was wonderful to see an enrobed and reverenced Michael Gove at the State Opening of Parliament.

Gove redux and triumphant.

Gove is BACK!

The current Labour leadership contenders represent the ghost of socialism
















When I saw this picture (above) on Twitter...














I couldn't help thinking of THIS postage stamp.

Not that any of the Labour leadership contenders are communists.  They're not even socialists.  All of them could fit (at a squeeze) into the left wing of the Conservative party alongside Ken Clarke and Lord Heseltine.

To misquote Edward Gibbon, the current Labour leadership contenders represent the ghost of socialism sitting enthroned on the grave thereof.

The Mary Creagh interview on Newsnight yesterday

One suspects, following the Mary Creagh interview on Newsnight yesterday, that Ms Creagh is standing for the Labour leadership as part of a cynical exercise in self-publicity:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mk25

No programme of specific policies she wants to implement, no big ideas she wants to discuss, no enthusiasm to change the world (for which we should be grateful as the last thing anybody wants is Labour MPs changing the world - we've been through that before with illegal wars, open-door immigration and "no more boom and bust").

Ms Creagh is presumably calculating that her participation in the leadership contest will give her enough exposure and support to finesse her way into any subsequent Shadow Cabinet.

And who can blame her. 

The Mary Creagh MP public profile was zero before she allowed her name to go forward.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Mr Spector "did not want to become a burden on loved ones"

Am I the only person who feels disturbed by the celebratory reporting of the suicide of Jeffrey Spector (complete with happy family snapshots):  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/dignitas-death-of-british-father-jeffrey-spector-prompts-renewed-debate-on-assisted-suicide-10275335.html

Let me ask the Spector family some harsh questions.

Apparently Mr Spector "did not want to become a burden on loved ones".  What was it about your various relationships with Jeffrey Spector that convinced him you might regard him as a burden?  In what way did the love that you owed him fail to convince him that his life was worthwhile (since love is the only thing that does make life worthwhile).

I understand you are all in grief.

But you surely must realise that this very public event (complete with happy family snapshots) has stirred up all the old pro-death arguments with Lord Falconer up to his death-cult tricks again.

And this will lead to the same pressures that want to change society and bounce us further along the road of death-by-choice (and then death-when-life-is-no-longer-meaningful, and ultimately death-when-others-decide-a-person-is-inconvenient / bed-blocking / no-longer-economically-productive etc).

I do not want society changed.

I intend to defend the society I live in.

Therefore I am pointing the finger at you Mrs Spector and happy smiling Spector children, and I am asking you:  why did Jeffrey Spector think he would be a burden?  

What did you say, or fail to say, that made him think in this way?

Monday, May 25, 2015

The Referendum campaign has already started

It is important to realise that the Referendum campaign has already started - started on the morning of 8th May according to Alec Nussbaum.

The Out side needs to start organising and fund-raising (some preliminary work has been done).

On the whole I think the Out side has the advantage.

After what happened in the Scottish referendum Labour In can never link up with Conservative In and Liberal Democrat In.  Therefore the In side is divided.  A house divided can never stand.

And I wish commentators would stop assuming that David Cameron is some kind of Europhile who wants to stay in.  There is nothing in his background or indeed actions as Prime Minister that is inconsistent with leaving.  Assuming he is on the Ken Clarke and Michael Heseltine side of the party would be a big mistake.

And let us just pause and consider what a wonderful opportunity has been given to us, especially if we win.

As a nation we can start again.  We will be free.  It will be a time of great renewal, especially for young people.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Fragments

Bank Holiday Sunday afternoon, warm and damp (from twenty minutes of light rain).

I drove across the county to look at medieval architecture.  Hopelessly lost in a network of lanes.  Several times I concluded that the Ordnance Survey map was wrong, only to eventually find a way through.

At the first village the thirteenth-century tower rose above the hawthorn blossom (note the broad buttress which contains a winding staircase lit by tiny slit windows; note the bell openings with ogee hood moulds; note the battlements with ornate pinnacles).


















Inside were fragments of a medieval scheme of wall paintings.  Also some 15th century monastic benches (from a long-gone local priory).  Also interesting capital of flat leaves to one of the columns in the nave.














Second village the twelfth-century tower was an attractive mix of ashlar, limestone, ironstone rubble and blue lias.














Inside was this fabulous Norman arch.  Note the church seems to rely entirely on candles for lighting.  Remnants of Tudor panelling in the chancel.














Third village where the manor house garden was open (proceeds to church funds).  I was the 97th visitor of the day.  Close to closing, at 5pm.

















The gardens were sophisticated, shades of green, the plants about to burst into summer colour.


















Summerhouse-gazebo slightly tumbledown.
















Inside were murals by Barbara Jones in a decaying state.


















On the back lawn teas were being served.  I sat at one of the tables - cups of tea and Victoria sponge cake and coffee gateau.  The air very still and one of the most beautiful views in England.
In the left-wing luvvie slot on the Andrew Marr Show this morning was RADA-trained acTOR Jonathan Pryce:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0080bbs

Frank look at immigration policy on LabourUncut

Surprisingly frank look at immigration policy on LabourUncut by Robert Williams:  http://labour-uncut.co.uk/2015/05/24/labour-needs-to-harden-its-line-on-immigration/#more-19869

Much more of this and the party will start to look electable!

Immigration reform is the single most radical change Labour can make to refresh and relaunch their party.

Liz Kendall (the only intellectual among those competing to be Labour leader) has said Labour did not have the answers to immigration during the 2015 election campaign - but she has yet to tell us what her thoughts are on the immigration question.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

During the torpor of a bank holiday weekend Labour sneaks out the information that they will be supporting David Cameron's EU referendum bill:  http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/uk_news/article1560130.ece?CMP=OTH-gnws-standard-2015_05_23

Which means their opposition to the bill in 2014 was entirely unprincipled.

It would be inconvenient if they choose as Leader someone who vehemently opposed the 2014 bill.

It is possible Alistair Carmichael was a whistleblower

It is worth pointing out that there is nothing in the Cabinet Office report about the leaked memorandum that says the memorandum was inaccurate:  http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/alistair-carmichael-admits-nicola-sturgeon-5743368

Obviously Nicola Sturgeon denies she ever said she secretly wanted the Tories to win the election - but she would be dead if it proved to be true.

Obviously the French Ambassador backs up Nicola Sturgeon - diplomats are paid to be diplomatic liars.

But there is nothing in the Cabinet Office report that says the memorandum was untrue.

It is possible Alistair Carmichael was a whistleblower.

Friday, May 22, 2015

We must conclude that Nicky Morgan, Stella Creasy, Tim Farron, Owen Jones and Hilary Devey are evil anti-democratic people

BBC Question Time last night came from Derby.

The panellists were Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan MP, Labour MP Stella Creasy (a candidate for Deputy Leader of that party), Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron, Guardian writer Owen Jones and business person Hilary Devey.

They discussed immigration and all of them said it was a good thing.

Not one of them made any reference to the fact that the majority of ordinary people, in every credible test of public opinion, has said they want immigration to stop (and have always said this).

Therefore we must conclude that Nicky Morgan, Stella Creasy, Tim Farron, Owen Jones and Hilary Devey are evil anti-democratic people.

It is possible that they are so lacking in humility and self-awareness that they have convinced themselves that they know best.

Equally it is possible that they are so lacking in moral judgement that they cannot work out what is evil and anti-democratic.

But this does not stop the things they said last night being both evil and anti-democratic.

I am sure that Indira Ghandi and her government were convinced it was right to forcibly sterilise people against their will.  No doubt they spoke to the Indian people in the same patronising "sterilisation is good for you" tone of voice used by the five panellists when discussing immigration last night.  And yet people look back on the forced sterilisation programme with horror.

And in the future we will look back on the United Kingdom's forced immigration programme with horror.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05wcx3s

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Brendan O'Hara MP has secured an adjournment debate on Trident

So Brendan O'Hara MP has secured an adjournment debate on Trident:  http://www.snp.org/media-centre/news/2015/may/snp-secures-westminster-debate-trident-safety

The SNP's opposition to the Trident nuclear deterrent based at Faslane has got nothing to do with a principled stand against nuclear weapons (as their commitment to staying under the NATO nuclear deterrent shows).

They want to destroy the Trident nuclear deterrent because it is a pan-British force.  It is not the nuclear aspect they object to, it is the shared British protection that they cannot stand.  The SNP are not good peaceniks, they are bad nationalists.

The idea that the SNP are different

So much for the idea that the SNP are different:  https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CFhaRY-WAAAW8_P.jpg:large

Their new MPs at Westminster are overwhelmingly from an upper-middle-class professional background.

One engineer, one student, two surveyors.  The rest are from law, business or the media.  Or are just "political professionals".
More evidence of the Labour Party's contempt for the electorate:  http://www.sunnation.co.uk/senior-labour-mp-voters-are-bstards/

A clear and unambiguous statement

I am rather puzzled at the suggestion (made via a Gretchen Carlson Fox News apology) that Allah is the same as the Christian God:  http://i100.independent.co.uk/article/fox-news-presenter-gets-in-a-tangle-over-whether-allah-and-god-are-the-same--g1esGr0tLWb

In John Chapter 14, Verse 6, Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me".

That is a clear and unambiguous statement, whatever Fox News (or the Bishop of Rome) might say.

Thought needs to be going into Purple Labour

"Following Labour’s election defeat, the question is whether New and Blue can pick up the pieces to develop something that is new, useful and electable" asks Duncan O’Leary (Research Director at Demos):  http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/05/something-new-and-something-blue-key-labours-future

Mr O'Leary is, I'm afraid, fighting the last election.

It is not the Conservatives he needs to worry about.  UKIP is the main threat now.  Far from needing a Blue Labour small ‘c’ conservative programme thought needs to be going into Purple Labour with a programme based around ending the importation of cheap labour; restoring the rights of the post war welfare state; reasserting genuine freedom of speech, freedom of protest, freedom to directly interact with the decision-makers who control policies (local MPs, not far-away EU bureaucrats).

“In the Labour Party we can have anyone, so long as they’re a Blairite"

John McDonnell MP tells us “In the Labour Party we can have anyone, so long as they’re a Blairite":  https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-7cc7-PCS-Conference-McDonnell-slams-Blairite-contenders#.VV4SdlIoFqB

Also lefties, do not forget that both Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper voted in favour of the Iraq War.

You cannot get more Blairite than the Iraq War - it defines Blairism (unthinking obedience to a manipulative ideology based on expediency, power lust and the triumph of style over substance).

The Iraq War was an unnecessary political fashion statement.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

An interview of Brit Pop luminary Damon Albarn

Channel 4 News created their own left-wing luvvie slot last night with an interview of Brit Pop luminary Damon Albarn.

Mr Albarn told us he knew instinctively that Tony Blair was evil the moment he met him.

This was received with some incredulity by Jon Snow, as if it was some kind of quasi-mystical revelation.

Presumably Messrs Snow and Albarn have forgotten the "Demon Eyes" campaign of 1997 when Tony Blair was shown with an accuracy that was uncanny in its prescience.










And do they not recall that the Demon Eyes were celebrated by Labour SPADs of the time?  Did not Andy Burnham and the brother of Ed Miliband and the spouse of Yvette Cooper play in an amateur football team called Demon Eyes?  So it's not as if they didn't know what they were getting involved in.

If only people had listened imagine how many hundreds of thousands of lives would have been saved in Iraq.

Oh the pity of it all.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/1581757/The-team-of-winners-with-a-strong-left-wing.html

http://www.channel4.com/news/catch-up/

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Andy Burnham's candidacy for the Labour leadership

The problem with Andy Burnham's candidacy for the Labour leadership is that he is not an intellectual.

Which means he is just offering himself as a front-man presenter.

That would be OK if he had a team of top-flight six cylinder intellectuals around him.  But he doesn't.  Rachel Reeves maybe, and possibly Dan Jarvis for some added charisma (but Labour activists are never going to warm to an ex-army man as a key adviser - they will turn on him in the same intolerant way lefties turn on James Blunt).

It's not as if Andy Burnham has written any books or anything.

So Labour will have a charismatic leader who has only an average amount of charisma.  A presentation guy with only average presentation skills.  And not someone who has had experience of one of the great offices of state (or even one of the great shadow offices of state).

Labour are looking for a star quality Marylyn Monroe.

But it looks like they'll get Diana Dors.

And as Diana Dors found out, you can only get so far on having long eyelashes.

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/05/andy-burnham-inevitable

I would like to see a new Department for United Kingdom cohesion

Thinking about the government's programme for the next five years I would like to see a new Department for United Kingdom cohesion (and with some big money put behind it).

Let us consider what SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said on 11th May:

“We are determined to make Scotland’s voice heard here in Westminster but we are also determined to be that voice for progressive politics that we promised to be during the election, to stand up to policies from a Conservative government that will damage Scotland and to make common cause with others of like mind from across the UK."

We can take every phase and reverse it, thus giving us a campaign plan for the new department.

  • We are determined to make the United Kingdom's voice heard in Scotland.
  • We are determined to be the voice for Unionism that was endorsed in the 2014 Scottish Referendum.
  • We will stand up to policies from an SNP "blob" (both in Holyrood and Westminster and a few SNP controlled councils and not forgetting the grossly offensive SNP activists on social media) that aim to damage the United Kingdom.
  • We will make common cause with others of like mind from across the UK.

http://www.scotsman.com/news/uk/sturgeon-vow-as-snp-mps-descend-on-westminster-1-3769632

Monday, May 18, 2015

I would like to see the Big Society given a relaunch

Now that we are planning an exclusively Conservative programme for the next five years I would like to see the Big Society given a relaunch.

The previous version failed, but we can blame that on being shackled to the corpse that was the Liberal Democrat party.

I want a new Big Society movement to focus on the mobilisation of volunteers with a target to have a significant proportion of the population engaged in volunteer activity in all forty five ministerial and non-ministerial departments of government.

To make sure there is action give the responsibility for implementing the Big Society in a particular department to a new (post 2005) MP in the same way big companies have a "kindergarten" or "playpen" where graduate trainees are given tasks to see how they perform.  Yes there will be the growth of an opposition within the government but that will be good for efficiency and will keep established ministers on their toes.  And because the new MPs will be keen to make their mark they will make the Big Society happen.

The existing Big Society is far too nebulous, it needs to be made tangible - particularly with physical headquarters in each of the 130 unitary and county authorities in the United Kingdom.  As an aside, I think basing offices in redundant non-conformist chapels will give the right image of neo-Victorian worthiness.  Although Big Society is devolved, I think we should be undermining devolution by offering extra cash for new Big Society initiatives which councils and groups in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can bid for (we can ignore the SNP protests - for all their representation WE are in power and we have nothing to gain from pleasing the SNP).

The Big Society needs to be about the mobilisation of volunteers, training of volunteers and motivation of volunteers to bring about a transformation in society so that we are all looking after each other (perhaps in the form of a radical implementation of William Taylor Coleridge's Conservative ideology). 

http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=6&ved=0CEAQFjAF&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.parliament.uk%2Fbriefing-papers%2FSN05883.pdf.pdf&ei=plpaVc7mDILC7gaG5oHYBg&usg=AFQjCNE5RHFmjjTbky4Ky95uBswBNJqfaw&sig2=2sS7eduJWhYX9zOO9z2dIg&bvm=bv.93564037,d.bGg
I hope there are many cries of "Object" when the attempt is made at Westminster today to "re-elect" (sic) the Speaker.

Perhaps the Speaker should be elected directly by the people.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Jon Cruddas is just repeating what Ted Heath said back in the 1960s - ideas win elections:http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/may/16/labour-great-crisis-ever

Eddie Marsan appeared in the left-wing luvvie slot

On the Andrew Marr Show this morning Eddie Marsan appeared in the left-wing luvvie slot.

He told us "We need to find the Asian Dennis Potter".

Why?

When a family moves from a developing country to the United Kingdom all the members of that family experience a stupendous improvement in their life chances.  The rise in their standard of living is unimaginable in western terms (it would be like someone winning a major lottery payout).  By every standard you wish to apply these people have it good compared to their former state.

To suggest that people from these families should have even more life chances handed to them is rather distasteful.

I would like to see more effort made to ensure that ordinary English people get to the front of the queue for a change.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0080bbs
Another left-wing luvvie who thinks his witterings are important:  http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/17/david-mitchell-cameron-cynical-art-pretending-not-to-understand-joke?CMP=share_btn_tw

David Mitchell's public profile comes entirely from his job.

Why does that give him privileges in the area of political commentary?
Why is Sainsbury's turning against cats?  http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/cat-charity-wellcat-birmingham-sainsburys-9262856

Is this some new manager trying to make a mark by changing things that do not need changing?

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Can we have an assurance from the Home Secretary that the pogroms against Roma in Hungary are not going to result in waves of EU refugees being admitted to the United Kingdom?

And why is the Council of Ministers not advising suspension of Hungary from the EU?

http://pulitzercenter.org/reporting/eastern-europe-hungary-roma-eviction-settlements-segregation

Rebrand in Scotland as the One Nation Unionist Party

For those of us who were relying on Scottish Labour to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom this does not inspire much confidence:  http://ericjoyce.co.uk/2015/05/the-fuckwits-are-coming/

I would like to see the Conservative party rebrand in Scotland as the One Nation Unionist Party (we are as much the Unionists as Labour these days since we have one MP each, and One Nation is our slogan) and put a paid agent in every constituency with a simple under-the-radar remit to build membership and get people into local government.

That will build a base for the future.

And also George Osborne should be using money to strengthen pan-British institutions. 

Whatever the economic argument in favour of defence cuts, it is undeniable that increasing spending on manpower and recruiting tens of thousands of young Scottish men into the Army will dramatically and exponentially (since they will have families who will be proud of them) increase loyalty to the United Kingdom.

And let's bring in new British institutions outspending the SNP (nationawide free care homes for the elderly perhaps).

If we want to keep Scotland it is time to spend some political money there ourselves, not give money to the SNP to spend.

So mired in electoral corruption that it has become endemic

It would seem that Tower Hamlets (my ancestral home I would remind you) is so mired in electoral corruption that it has become endemic.

Consider what is going on here:  http://lovewapping.org/2015/05/rabina-khans-election-leaflets-delivered-inside-thh-newsletter/

Perhaps Greg Clark MP, new Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, can ask Rabina Khan what he is up to.


A finger-wagging Andy Burnham


















"We've got to get back to a truly comprehensive school system" a finger-wagging Andy Burnham tells us.

The Prime Minister is an Old Etonian.  A prospective challenger for the Labour leadership (Tristram Hunt) is an Old Etonian (and may well whup Burnham's ass as the Americans say).  The Mayor of London is an Old Etonian.  The Archbishop of Canterbury is an Old Etonian.  The second in line for Head of State is an Old Etonian.  Even the BBC Deputy Political Editor James Landale is an Old Etonian.

Not to mention Eddie Redmayne, Damian Lewis, Dominic West and many many other luvvies who appear on Andrew Marr's sofa with depressing regularity wanting us to know how left-wing they are.

Faced with the domination of all the commanding heights of social and economic life by the private school sector Andy Burnham's solution is MORE comprehensive education for the masses.

He is saying we should entrust the education of children to the same people who failed so dismally in the past (failed because they have secure unionised employment and therefore do not need to bother with actually working hard or doing anything difficult).

I went to an awful comprehensive school (Icknield High School in Luton).

It ruined my life.

It ruined my brother's life.

I left that school with barely any qualifications because the fucking teachers did not teach the curriculum but loafed around talking about irrelevant subjects; gave us books to read while they did their marking; or mechanically went through lacklustre subjects (ie History that focused on bloody canals in the most mind-numbing tedious detail) that they had been teaching for thirty years.

I had to gain all my qualifications later on in life (in the evenings after work) and eventually got into the University of London.

Andy Burnham you do not have a fucking clue what you are talking about.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-32761561

There will come a point when the Labour party will lose critical mass

The departure of Jim Murphy is inexplicable.

There will come a point when the Labour party will lose critical mass.

And collapse like a souffle (and as you know, you cannot do anything with a collapsed souffle - you just have to throw it out and start again).

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/may/16/jim-murphy-faces-no-confidence-vote-in-his-leadership-of-scottish-labour-party

Friday, May 15, 2015

Owen Jones claims he doesn't know how to eat a bacon sandwich with dignity:  https://youtu.be/NSVUW_fkfEE

The answer is with a knife and fork.
I wonder if Christopher Chisholm is a Scottish nationalist - it would be ironic if he turned out to be a member of the SNP:  http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/man-pleads-guilty-to-racially-abusing-humza-yousaf-206966n.126190299

Hounded from the Labour leadership contest over his "girlfriend"

Chuka Umuna hounded from the Labour leadership contest over his "girlfriend":  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/chuka-umunna-resigns-from-labour-leadership-race-was-tory-article-about-his-girlfriend-the-straw-that-broke-the-camels-back-10252590.html

Polly Toynbee calling the press involvement in all this as "vile".

But was it not lefty journo Michael Crick who implied Chuka Umuna was "swish"?

His morality is false

Re-reading Daniel Trilling's article about migration in the New Statesman on 11th December 2014 I was struck once again at what a profoundly dishonest argument he makes:  http://www.newstatesman.com/world-affairs/2014/12/africa-kent-following-footsteps-migrants

Of course, he is quite right in his implicit suggestion that the plight of these people is terrible, and we could probably fit in many millions if we wanted to.

But that would not change the moral situation.

There would still remain in the world many millions (billions actually) who will not have the same standard of living as Mr Trilling and myself.

Only if we are prepared for everyone in the world to have the same standard of living can we describe the efforts made to secure our borders as immoral (for that is what Mr Trilling is doing through his emotive descriptions of sad eyed soft-voiced migrants fleeing poverty and injustice).

Unless we are willing to take migration to its ultimate logical conclusion of everyone in the world having the same standard of living (in terms of income, food consumption, energy consumption, education, sanitation, medical treatment etc) the moral position on borders will not change.

As individuals we could, at any moment, assume a genuinely moral position by giving up everything we have and giving it to the poor and living ourselves among the poorest in the world as one of the poorest in the world.

I wish I had the courage to do this, but I know that I don't.

I also know for certain (without having even met the man) that Daniel Trilling does not have the courage to do this either.

Therefore his morality is false.

Therefore he is a hypocrite.

Daniel Trilling is editor of the New Humanist magazine.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

He has calculated that this will differentiate him from the other Labour leader candidates

On Question Time this evening Tristram Hunt MP loudly and proudly asserted that the last Labour government spent too much.

Lots of applause for his honesty.

Presumably he has calculated that this will differentiate him from the other Labour leader candidates.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006t1q9

The current shenanigans over the UKIP leadership and the public comments by Patrick O'Flynn

As a Conservative who lent my vote to UKIP at the election last week I am not impressed by the current shenanigans over the UKIP leadership and the public comments by Patrick O'Flynn.

Let me tell Mr O'Flynn that the reason I voted UKIP was because of the pressure Nigel Farage was applying on the subject of immigration.  The last thing I want to see is a "softer approach".  If I want a weaker, softer approach to immigration I may as well stay voting Conservative.

Of course, it is very clear what has happened.  Nigel Farage announced he would step down if he did not win South Thanet.  A number of egotistical "me me me" UKIP second division managers began to fancy their chances of becoming leader and started organising their leadership campaigns.  Then Nigel Farage did not stand down (via a convoluted process) and the wannabe leaders felt deflated, insulted, and wanting to lash out at someone (for O'Flynn this was Nigel Farage vis The Times this morning).

Patrick O'Flynn and the rest of the UKIP second division get over yourselves.

This happens all the time in big parties - remember Portillo and his farcical covert campaign headquarters and the banks of telephone lines ready to challenge John Major.

It's all been done before.

Indeed, as Avril Lavigne would say:  Chill out, what you yellin' for?

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/may/14/nigel-farage-facing-a-coup-over-ukip-leadership

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Rory Bremner Election Report

Hilarious Rory Bremner Election Report on BBC2 this evening.

Especially the end with a spoof of The Proclaimers Letter from America:  Balls no more, Cable no more, Laws no more, Clegg no more...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05vjft9
Publication of the Prince of Wales letters to Ministers is likely to make him MORE popular with the public since they are almost all popular issues.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-32726099

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Whether Michael Crick has "outed" Chuka Umuna on Channel 4 News

On Channel 4 News earlier this evening Michael Crick reported on Chuka Umuna in Swindon.

And in a very pointed reference said he was the wearer of large "swish" watches.

Not Swiss watches, but "swish" watches.

"Swish" is a word which has two meanings.

An innocuous British meaning and a very different American meaning.

It reminded me of when the slimy Matthew Parris "outed" Peter Mandelson on Newsnight in 1998.

Which made me wonder whether Michael Crick has "outed" Chuka Umuna on Channel 4 News.

And if he has, does this mean that Michael Crick is playing some kind of covert role in the Labour leadership contest?

Today's edition will be up shortly:  http://www.channel4.com/news/catch-up/

The only person who could do it is Chuka Umuna

One of the big problems for the Labour party to overcome is its addiction to the idea of immigration.

This is one of the main reasons the ordinary white working class (still the majority in terms of self-definition may I remind you) has turned against them.

Unfortunately it is impossible for most Labour wannabe leaders to speak against immigration (and make the longed-for promise of "no more immigration") without at least some sections of the party yelling "racist" and throwing all the toxic "racist racist racist" shit at them.

The only person who could do it is Chuka Umuna.

And he would become a hero overnight.

Labour membership rising by 20,000 since the election

All those Labour sunny-side-up optimists who are banging on about Labour membership rising by 20,000 since the election need to realise that a statistic in isolation means nothing.

We need to compare it with the rise in membership immediately after the 1970, 1979 and 1992 elections before we can make any meaningful comparison. 

If membership rose by say 50k in 1970, 60k in 1979 and 70k in 1992 the rise of only 20k now looks fairly paltry.

Labour grandee Alan Milburn and Labour MP Stella Creasy were both in denial about immigration

On Daily Politics Labour grandee Alan Milburn and Labour MP Stella Creasy were both in denial about immigration and the revulsion felt by ordinary people at the way in which fundamental social change is forced upon them without their agreement and whether they like it or not.

When Jo Coburn asked Stella Creasy whether immigration was too high under the last Labour government she sidestepped the question and just wittered on about the vibrant diversity of Walthamstow.

Alan Milburn's position was that no-one when asked actually disagrees with immigration (of course they don't - they know that in the past anyone voicing concern about immigration would get stigmatised as a racist and this "racist racist racist" label pursues them ever afterwards as Phil Woolas can confirm).  Therefore as no-one when publicly asked will say they do not want immigration this is implicit confirmation that they actually want more immigration.  Therefore it can be business as usual and another open door under the next Labour government.

However civilised and personable and charming these individuals may appear (and Stella Creasy can be very charming) they are at heart callous people who care nothing about the ordinary majority population.  They demonstrated this today in their comments about immigration.  This is why the Labour party must never get back in.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mjxb

Monday, May 11, 2015

The decapitation of so many leading Labour and LibDem rulers reminds me of Hoffman's illustration Jehu and the Heads of State:  http://www.art.com/products/p12372122-sa-i1740325/a-hoffmann-conference-between-jehu-and-other-heads-of-state.htm
Comparisons are being made between the arrival in Westminster today of all the new SNP MPs and the 1970s annual "invasion" of London when the tartan army supported the Scottish football team.

Apparently they yelled braggadocio slogans, urinated in public and vandalised Wembley stadium.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6Ed5zMXNvY
The SNP did not win in Scotland, the Labour Party failed.

There is a significant difference.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Can the new government chuck the Speaker out please.

I am fed up with that irritating little twerp.

It was Labour of course who tied devolution to national identity

Paul Mason completely fails to understand the appeal of nationalism:  http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/10/snp-english-national-identity-class-cultural-divide?CMP=share_btn_tw

Nationalism makes people feel good.

It especially makes people who have nothing feel good.

It gives them an identity that they cannot afford to define by buying consumer items (car, house, watch, clothes, football season ticket, foreign holidays etc).

It gives them a community that they are not able to acquire by working in a profession (working class occupations no longer give employees any sense of community).

It gives them a sense of being valued when everyone else is saying you're on your own.

Only the rich and privileged can afford to disdain national sentiment.

This is not to say we should give in to nationalist urges.

But in an archipelago increasingly fractured by nationalism I want the ordinary English men and women to have the comfort of a national identity.

It was Labour of course who tied devolution to national identity.

Paul Mason could at least acknowledge this.

And it may yet be possible to pull the rug from under the SNP.

The EU renegotiation cannot be just a few measures to make the business community feel better

On the Andrew Marr Show Conservative MP David Davis actually said, apropos EU renegotiation "Let us park immigration on one side".

No Mr Davis, let's not park it on one side.

Let's get real and realise it is the number one reason ordinary people are not happy with the EU.

The EU renegotiation cannot be just a few measures to make the business community feel better.

You fuck this up and you are going to get what Labour just got.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0080bbs

And let me put on record my admiration for Ed Miliband

It is ironic to see Labour making the same mistake the Conservatives made in thinking that a change of leader will solve their problems.

And was it not arrogant of them to think they could bounce back after just one term in Opposition?

It takes about ten years to reconstruct a political party.

As Labour has wasted the last five years the earliest they can expect to be back in government is 2025 (unless they get lucky, but it is unwise to rely on luck and "winging it" - slow and sure wins the day).

They need to forget about power and concentrate on devising new policies that people want.  And they can only do that if they ASK ordinary people what they want.  This will be painful, and require the shooting of several of Labour's holy cows.

And let me put on record my admiration for Ed Miliband.  It was nice to have a civilised intellectual as an opponent.  Rather than a bruiser like Brown or a ghastly lightweight guitar-twanging celebrity-politician like Blair.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/may/10/labour-leadership-candidates-chances

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Inevitably the SNP must turn on itself.

It will develop an opposition from within its own ranks.

Is it possible that Russell Brand lost the election for Labour?

https://twitter.com/rustyrockets

Friday, May 08, 2015

With a Conservative majority we will at last see the end of Owen Jones and the rest banging on about how it has been twenty years since the Conservatives last won an election.
The BBC election coverage is easily the best.

And what a delightful encounter between Andrew Neil and a wary Alex Salmond.  Mr Salmond did not dare to exhibit any triumphalism.  One could almost say he looked afraid.

Surely Andrew Neil must be given charge of Newsnight.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

I did NOT vote Conservative today - and here's why












No, I did NOT vote Conservative today - and here's why.

On the one single issue I most trusted you to sort out - immigration - you failed.

Non-EU immigration, which was absolutely under your control, actually went up.

Therefore I did not work for your election, I did not give you money, I did not vote for you.

Oh I know all the crafty arguments you employ.  That there is nowhere for me to go.  That the other lot will be far worse.

But you know, I don't think the other lot will be worse.

I think they will be no different.

Of course I am under no illusions about what evil shits Labour and the LibDems are.  But I have woken up.  I realise YOU (and I'm thinking Cameron, Osborne, Johnson, May, Hague, Truss etc) are less than trustworthy too.

Who cares how wonderful the economy is.

What is the point of a strong economy if you are giving the country away.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Me?

I'm voting UKIP.

The SNP is conceeding that Scotland is not owned by the "Scottish people"

An important concession has gone unnoticed in all the election guff about the SNP:  http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/may/04/nicola-sturgeon-questions-legitimacy-of-uk-government-without-scottish-mps

By taking their seats at Westminster and insisting on their "legitimacy" the SNP is conceding that Scotland is not owned by the "Scottish people" (however you are defining that).  We all own ALL of the United Kingdom collectively.  Scotland is as much my country as it is hers.

And I will never agree to any part of my country being hived off to a special interest group that thinks it can profit one group of British people at the expense of another group.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Has Labour, and specifically Ed Miliband, endorsed Russell Brand?

Russell Brand has endorsed Labour:  http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/04/russell-brand-endorsed-labour-tories-should-be-worried

Has Labour, and specifically Ed Miliband, endorsed Russell Brand?

Can each Labour candidate (including councillors) be asked their view on Russell Brand's "philosophy":

“Have you been out in society recently? 'Cause it's SHIT.”

“A small minority cannot control an uncooperative majority, so they must be distracted, divided, tyrannized, or anesthetized into compliance.”

“We all need something to help us unwind at the end of the day. You might have a glass of wine, or a joint, or a big delicious blob of heroin to silence your silly brainbox of its witterings but there has to be some form of punctuation, or life just seems utterly relentless.”

“What I've learnt - to my cost - on several occasions in my life, is that people will put up with all manner of bad behaviour so long as you're giving them what they want. They'll laugh and get into it and enjoy the anecdotes and the craziness and the mayhem as long as you're going your job well, but the minute you're not, you're fucked. They'll wipe their hands of you without a second glance.”

“I like threesomes with two women, not because I'm a cynical sexual predator. Oh no! But because I'm a romantic. I'm looking for "The One." And I'll find her more quickly if I audition two at a time.”

“My life is just a series of embarrassing incidents strung together by telling people about those embarrassing incidents.”
(presumably we must regard his support of Labour as just another embarrasing incident).

Monday, May 04, 2015

Once they have peaked they have only one direction they are going to go

One of the consolations of the SNP surge in Scotland is that once they have peaked they have only one direction they are going to go.

Down.

And once they start slipping down all sorts of boots will be giving them a kick.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/may/04/nicola-sturgeon-questions-legitimacy-of-uk-government-without-scottish-mps

Sunday, May 03, 2015

They ARE engaged

I was not canvassing for the Conservatives yesterday.

I had lent my support, with the agreement of Alec Nussbaum, to another party.

What surprised me was the response in a council estate.

Young lads in their early twenties, normally uninterested in politics, were stopping us and asking for details and wanting boards. 

In the street (coming back from a football game), on the doorstep (window poster in the window torn from a wraparound cover for the local newspaper), in a mini screeching to a halt in the road so they could talk to us.

This is the demographic that everyone (in the metropolitan elite) says needs to be more engaged in politics.

They ARE engaged in this election, but the media is not reporting this (perhaps because they are engaged in supporting the wrong party).

Saturday, May 02, 2015

I will be spending my Bank Holiday weekend in the canvassing team, delivering poster boards, and there is yet another hustings.

Friday, May 01, 2015

I am not happy about the conspiracy among the parties not to mention immigration in this general election.

Make no mistake, there can be NO legitimate immigration without the consent of the majority.

So all you know-it-all politicians, if you are not discussing immigration with the electorate you have NO MANDATE to continue with immigration.

No mandate means immigrants have no moral right to come here or remain here, no matter how much small print legislation is sneaked through the House of Commons.

A perverse analysis of the housing crisis by John Elledge in the Guardian

This is a perverse analysis of the housing crisis by John Elledge in the Guardian:  http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/apr/30/housing-crisis-first-time-buyer-affordable-homes-london

Mr Elledge writes:  "The number of people who live here has increased by nearly a fifth in just 15 years; the number of homes to put them in hasn’t. And so, prices have spiralled".

No acknowledgement that immigration might be to blame.  Oh dear me no.  The problem is not too many people it's too few houses.

What a cretinous argument for Jon Elledge to make.

Even if Labour is able to keep to its plans of 200,000 more houses per year, if net immigration is running at 300,000 per year not only will all those new affordable homes be snapped up immediately, the number of homeless people will be accruing at a rate of one million every ten years.

Why not an application system for immigrants that includes an assessment on what impact each specific migrant will have over ten years on housing supply, water use, transport use, sewage use, use of health services, use of education services etc.  And an assessment on the likely tax each applicant will pay over ten years.  If the estimated tax does not cover the estimated use of services the application for entry is not approved NO MATTER WHO THEY ARE OR WHERE THEY COME FROM.