Sleaze is dead. Long live ‘Open for business’.

From yesterday’s Dacre Wail….the sting is in the italics:

‘Tory chairman Grant Shapps has been accused of changing entries on his Wikipedia page to make it read more favourably. Among the deletions are references to his school results and a section on political gaffes…The original entry read that in May 2008 he had ‘taken large donations from companies related to his frontbench portfolio’ and that this was ‘potentially damaging for Mr Shapps given the extent of the donations…Sources say the reference to the donations was deleted from Wikipedia because many of them were set up by his predecessor Michael Gove.’

A threader here yesterday referred to The Slog’s discernment of a clear pattern to senior Conservative ministerial actions as something I’d covered ‘ad nauseam’. Perhaps that’s because this lowlife is at it ad nauseam, but let’s just look back over the last week here and define what it is The Slog is really trying to point out.

In its encapsulation, this senior Coalition ministerial strategy is undiluted genius. It is nothing less than the transmutation of sleaze into being Open for Business. If David Cameron takes a £3.5m bung from the construction industry, it’s done to get the economy moving. If Jeremy Hunt snuffles at the Newscorp bum, it is to improve plurality in our media. If JHJ Lewis is quietly allowed to continue his Groucho Club fun, it’s to kick-start the tourism industry. If Mayor Johnson invites Rupert Murdoch to the Olympics, it’s to show that he has the ear of those who create jobs. If Michael Gove takes money from a Pizza retailer, it is a means to an end of improving our job skills. If anyone knocks the bankers, it shows we’re anti-business.

The whole scam is worthy of ‘Lord’ Mandelson at his worst.

Read that line in para 1 again: ‘he had taken large donations from companies related to his frontbench portfolio’. As did Cameron from builders. As does Hunt from Lewis. But this is now called ‘research and fact-finding’. No it isn’t, it’s corruption, pure and simple.

It is the same corruption of democracy that allows Ed Miliband to be elected leader on the basis of one trade union – UNITE – swinging its support to him in a deadbeat dead-heat election contest. The same corruption that gave Harriet Harman a massively subsidised GMB mortgage twenty-five years ago to buy her house in Herne Hill. The same corruption that allowed Tony Blair to stop a police investigation into BaE corruption, bully his Solicitor General into giving the Iraq War a thumbs-up, and use his position at JP Morgan to cheat the UK taxpayer out of the only bits of Northern Rock that were worth anything. The same depravity that allowed Brown to threaten him with exposure unless he left Number Ten. The same degeneracy that allowed the Camerlot Shadow Cabinet to ignore clear evidence of Brown’s mania, failing eyesight and depression in order to give themselves an easy target in the General Election.

None of these instances represents an indiscernible pattern. On the contrary, they all reflect a reality: we elect these people, but they don’t work for us. Let’s take a look at the people they actually do work for.

Newscorp, a purveyor of half-truth, celeb obsession, cultural destruction, gender cruelty, police coruption, and criminal privacy invasion.

Domino Pizzas, a purveyor of high-fat food low in roughage that leads to obesity now and ill-health in later life.

The construction industry, a sector that has done well from overpopulation, familial splintering, sexual amorality, and erect corporate phallic symbols in East London…and now wants to destroy the Green Belt to increase its profits housing people who have nothing whatever to do with the real housing shortage in Britain.

The Banks, who more than doubled the National Debt, starved entrepreneurs of money, and aided in the sort of mergers that kill jobs or move them offshore.

The senior Whitehall civil servants, who know where all the bodies are buried, and were thus allowed to casually vote themselves massive pension imoluments…huge increases that were never once put before the sovereign Parliament.

There remain (and this I have written about ad nauseam) two clinical ways to stop this takeover of the political process:

1. Stop all political donations, either personal or Party, local or national.

2. Apply online pressure where it really hurts – in the sales of unelected concerns who clearly now feel they have the right to run governments without recourse to the People.

In recent weeks however, I have also observed in extreme close-up just how large a generation gap there is in the Anglo-Saxon West today between the ‘anything goes’ 30-45 crowd and the 55+ ‘this surely cannot be happening’ oldies who grew up in an era when Jeremy Hunt would never even have been elected or selected, let alone been elevated to the job of ‘running’ the public Health portfolio.

This too is something I’ve posted about before: the existence of several concentrations of Silver voters in coastal constituencies. My view on this is a straightforward one: if George Galloway can do it, so can the Baby Boomers. It is purely a question of having the will to flex political muscles.

And, it goes without saying, this applies to every EU Member electorate as well as the US, the UK, and Australia.

Related: A Day in the Life of Ivanelfishu


41 thoughts on “Sleaze is dead. Long live ‘Open for business’.

  1. Muesli almost spluttered over the laptop. What a photo. Lol. This blog is compulsive reading for John’s infectious dry humour alone!


  2. ‘Professional’ politicians are good for one thing only, providing for their own long-term security! We need a complete change of the system as it’s totally undemocratic.


  3. O/T (or sort of):

    I guess everyone else has seen the BBC propaganda machine at work today……….going through the numbers…………when it gets to ‘revenue streams, corporate sponsorship and ticket sales of £2Bn’ then purporting that this amount means the ‘games’ have nearly broken even !

    This is outright propaganda and those you know – need to know. I would guess that it will be a mainstream news item all day long (not the one hit showing of ‘bad news’) because they want the people to KNOW that it didnt cost the taxpayer a bean to put it on………..lies lies lies.

    Good piece JW.


  4. JW,

    I thought a very common reason to go to any coast was to get an improved tan, would this not upset your agenda for the neo-Gallaway-respect party you have in mind, as to its eligible supporters?

    Just asking


  5. Agree but I disagree with JW on the green belt. House prices are too high because of insane restrictions on the use of land. There is ample crap green belt that can and should be used for housing. The increased value of the land from rezoning should go to the councils through a land tax providing the local community with incentives to accept development. The present situation is a result of the over centralisation of the state and the excessive powers of an unaccountable Whitehall.


  6. I sent a mail to some friends over the weekend with the following, asking them to fill in the gaps;

    “Peter Mandelson is to the Labour party as —— —- is to the Conservative party”



  7. The answer is to ignore the feckin lot of them! That means get rid of the tv, stop buying news papers. Give them no attention whatsoever, completely turn your back on the whole political circus. Dont even discuss politics because thats exactly what they want you to do, as talking about it is as good as an endorsement from us. If you see a politician, cross the road, these feckers need us more than we need them.


  8. Stop importing unskilled future welfare dependents, ostensibly to fill all those jobs that aren’t actually there, and house prices will ease.


  9. Surely house prices are too high because the population has gone up much faster than supply and there has been easy access to mortgage finance. The UK housing market is a bubble that is slowly dissipating now cheap and easy finance has been switched off. There is plenty of scope for prices to drop further. The only house prices that are holding up are potential boltholes for third world dictator regimes and assorted oligarchs. If I thought any new housing would go to locals who need it I’d agree with you!


  10. yip – second that. Strict term limits would be a start. We need people in parliament who are “of us” and will return to their local societies after a brief spell in Parliament. I am ok (just!) with a professional Civil Service – but Professional Politicians should not be part of our system


  11. Slightly O/T. but German lawmaker Peter Gauweiler has filed an emergency petition with the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsuhse, He’s asking the court not to give it’s verdict on the constitutionality of the ESM until it also considers Draghi’s bond buying venture that was announced Thursday last, as it is now material to the main issue before the court. This could delay the September 12th verdict.


  12. “In recent weeks however, I have also observed in extreme close-up just how large a generation gap there is in the Anglo-Saxon West today between the ‘anything goes’ 30-45 crowd and the 55+ ‘this surely cannot be happening’ oldies who grew up in an era when Jeremy Hunt would never even have been elected or selected, let alone been elevated to the job of ‘running’ the public Health portfolio.”

    In a word!
    Never thought we ‘silvers’ would come off as wide-eyed babies!


  13. Hi John

    After reading the line: “Domino Pizzas, a purveyor of high-fat food low in roughage that leads to obesity now and ill-health in later life.”

    I wanted to share a video lecture from the science writer Gary Taubes on fat, diet, exercise and obesity:

    It breaks apart a lot of the long held and entrenched ideas about fat and health using long since elucidated scientific evidence from history.

    Keep up the good work.


  14. According to QI, the most non-corruptible way of choosing politicians is to select them like we currently do jurors. Political service as a required public duty, wouldn’t that be grand!


  15. Of course housing is an outrageous bubble and a drop in real prices would do wonders for the economy. It may well be coming since the immigration figures that everyone moans about are also set to decline, perhaps sharply. Take the students out of the equation, as they should be and everyone else does, and they already look better. EU inward migration has slowed and the bump from the new accession countries is largely over. Most interesting though is the brain drain of young well qualified Brits. We are rapidly returning to the situation of the 1960s and 70s. If that continues as I expect we will see the ‘net’ immigration figures become better on the surface although the human capital of UK plc will have been depleted. Property prices are an important driver of our good people abroad. So play with immigration but increase property supply and change the tax system.


  16. “Never thought we ‘silvers’ would come off as wide-eyed babies!”

    The “silvers” generation grew up at a time when societal tolerance of corruption was far, far lower than now so they do not “expect” it to happen. In the 50s and 60s, all the senior politicians and business leaders would have lived through one, if not two, world wars and also experienced the last major credit-driven blow-out and recession (I of course refer to the 1920s and subsequent Depression, caused mainly by extraordinary reckless gambling with other peoples money). This had a huge influence on how the leaders of the time perceived risk (to be avoided) and corruption (not to be tolerated). Since then, the “silvers” as a generation have enjoyed the post-war boom and gone on to expect the high-life to last forever (I simplify horrendously). The next generation along, which is where I am from, the yuppies and their ilk, Johns “whatever goes” generation, are currently the ones in charge; having no true idea of the catastrophe looming the preferred solution is to ignore the problem. The next generation (my daughter’s) will be the ones that truly re-learn the lessons my nan’s generation (re)learnt nearly 100 years ago (which were (re)learnt after the South Sea Bubble, which were (re)learnt after Tulip Mania which were……..)
    This is why history rhymes; the lessons of the past may not repeat exactly but they do recur regularly as the generations that remember the lessons learnt die off and new generations have to relearn the hard way. This is just human nature, it seems, as pointless crying over as spilt milk.


  17. and while you ignore them, they’ll rob you you blind! Thats just what they want as little scrutiny as possible so they can get away with the kind of strokes JW exposes.


  18. I hear you KFC, and you just may be right. But if past form of EZ leaders is anything to go by, even if the court rules against the constitutionality of the ESM, I believe the Euro juggernaut will rumble on towards the cliff anyway. Merkel will ignore any court that looks to prevent her doing anything that might lessen her power.


  19. Rowan: “The “silvers” generation grew up at a time when societal tolerance of corruption was far, far lower than now”

    Sorry but that statement doesn’t tally with the fact that far more “silvers” vote as a percentage than the “anything goes”crowd.

    Estimated 2010 general election turnout by age and gender
    Voters Turnout %
    Male 66%
    Female 64%

    18-24 44%
    25-34 55%
    35-44 66%
    45-54 69%
    55-64 73%
    65+ 76%

    You silvers are every bit as culpable in voting in the incapable as us “anything goes” folk.



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  23. Oh, relax! Haven’t you heard of inflation? Just as in previous decades, the apparently massive loans that the young have to take out to get a house will melt away in real terms, along with the savings of their elders, the national debt and every other kind of debt. This is just how we run the UK, notwithstanding the protests of those whom we elect to parliament.


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