GROUNDED POLICIES: The electoral offer that eurozone politics and the British General Election lack

Why Wolfgang Schäuble, Ed Miliband & David Cameron are three of a kind

I watched the Berlin Academy’s school sneak Wolfgang ‘Maul’ Schäuble on video last night talking at a conference. I think the CDU may be cloning him, as he appears to be everywhere. Equally it’s possible that, given that since last weekend he is politically nowhere, the German Finance Minister has time on his bloody hands. Or perhaps he is really Wolfgang Bund 007, specially fitted by MI6 boffins with a vertical take-off anti-gravity wheelchair that speeds him from one embarrassed audience to another.

I imagine Herr Schäuble is in so much demand because he is the only person in the eurozone who believes austerity is working. I would say “the only economist” but of course he is ignorant of economics, being more of a Sicherheits Dienst sort of person. Despite this, Wolfie was on top form, explaining how austerity would lead to growth, and trumpeting Spain as the emerging example of this.

Sadly for him, in the 72 hours since his speech, the latest economic data has just emerged from Spain, bringing with it a strong suggestion that Wolfgang Schäuble is a prat. Deflation is worse year on year, and accelerating month on month. Business confidence has declined further. And the day after Schäuble the Scheisskopf spoke, the unemployment figures began going up again. Austerity has cost Spain a staggering 3.44 million jobs.

The truth is that it suits Wolfie Wheelchair to pretend he’s a prat, because he is (like the Draghi he distrusts but supports) in the business of ruining lives in the cause of managing the eurozone’s lavatory paper union.

One can’t pin the same perfidy upon Ed Miliband, for he is – as politicians go – as straight as a die. Mr Moribund is a 100% guaranteed government-tested prat. No pretence is involved in the nature of how his brain works: Ed is a consistently comprehensive prat and WYSIWYG.

One example of what we’ll get was revealed this week by the news that Edward the Mainlybland is going to ban Islamophobia by law. I posted recently about both main Parties doing only the bidding of tiny élites: for the Conservative Party, it’s investment bankers, globalist business and Chinese leaders with tons of dosh. For Labour, it’s the Muswell Hillgate bourgeois metropolitan Common Purpose tendency, the LGBT niche, and the religion of Islam.

In 2005, Muslim Council Leader Iqbal Sacranie came within an ace of getting Tony Blair to champion a very similar Act. His version – astonishing in its breathtaking nerve – was to ban all criticism of Islam whether it could be proved true or not. A week before the London Islamist bomb atrocity, Sacranie told a Daily Telegraph columnist that Jihadism was “an invention…a myth created by atheist western media”. It took the deaths of 55 Londoners at the hands of a myth to convince Labour’s naifs to back-pedal away from the Act. Now it’s back again. But Ed the Nerd still can’t see the hairy, smelly mammoth in the room.

Once again – I do not doubt – this will place me firmly in the nasty Islamophobic camp. But such positioning is just tribal bigotry.

First of all, I am sick to death of the noun ‘phobia’ being used to describe everything from intolerant religions to radical homosexuals. A phobia is an unnatural fear of something. I can honestly say I’ve never experienced an unnatural fear of LGBTs – and by the end of a 35 year career in creative industries, I worked with scores of people whose sexual orientation was varietally different to mine. As for Islam, I have a fear of (1) the empirically proven intolerance of some within the Islamic clergy and (2) Islamics must show us (they being a tiny minority of Brits) that they’re prepared to stop fellow-travelling with Islamists.

I do not regard either of those opinions as either racist or phobic.

It should be clear to anyone who reads The Slog regularly that I despise the BNP, but I distrust certain tendencies within British Islam. And that I find the criminalisation of minority consensual sexual behaviour appalling, but at the same time I see propagandised celebration of it as pointless. Like the overwhelming majority of all gay or straight folks, I would vastly prefer it if sex could return to the private arena as soon as possible. Perhaps I am just an old-fashioned gent, but I didn’t fight for homosexual rights in the 1960s to spend my life listening to jokes about fisting in the Naughties.

The problem with both the “main” Parties as we approach this, by far the most tedious, tribal, and tendenciously denialist General Election in British history, is that they want the mass votes of ordinary citizens, but they are variously in thrall to the approval of precious minorities.

Grounded politics that represent Real People is what most Brits want in 2015. It says a great deal about the LABoraTORY compulsion to ignore Real People that a seedy clown like Nigel Farage is attracting the popular vote he is. Next time around, God knows where desperate and/or discerning UK citizens will be looking. Last time in was Nick the napper Clegg. Next time – I wouldn’t mind betting – it could be Boris the Good ol’ Boy Johnson.

Yesterday at The Slog: In the Spring, a young nation’s fancy turns to Sturgeon.

16 thoughts on “GROUNDED POLICIES: The electoral offer that eurozone politics and the British General Election lack

  1. “Austerity has cost Spain a staggering 3.44 million jobs.

    Austerity is one thing – but demands imagination and risk-taking to dig oneself out of. So why has the government of Spain not implemented a stamp scrip currency? There is one still running in Switzerland.

    This is what George Monbiot said in the Guardian:

    “This little pot of money kept circulating, enabling Wörgl to repave the streets, rebuild the water system

    He put up the town’s tiny remaining fund as collateral against the same value of stamp scrip, and used it to pay for a building project. The workers then passed on the currency as quickly as they could. Like the magic pudding, this little pot of money kept circulating, enabling Wörgl to repave the streets, rebuild the water system, construct houses, a bridge and even a ski jump. In the 13 months of the experiment, the 5,500 scrip schillings in circulation were spent 416 times, creating between 12 and 14 times as much employment as the standard currency would have done. Unemployment vanished, and the stamp fees paid for a soup kitchen feeding 220 families.”

    In a world where the stamp scrip has proved itself as an economic measure, it baffles me why a government would not use it. This isn’t just about doing the kow-tow to the IMF and the private banks.

    You can read more of the article here: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/17/currency-scheme-1930s-save-greek-economy-eurozone-crisis

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  2. Hi John,

    I am guessing by your tone, would I be right in saying you don’t really like Wolfgang Schäuble.

    I might be wrong now but there definitely sense a little negatively in your writing!!

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  3. If Boris ever gets his hands on Downing St, then we should all abandon any hope. Not that there is much hope left – I’ll be voting for UKIP who are the only party absolutely committed to getting us out of the nightmare EU.

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  4. The dark shadow of Boris looms large. My prediction is thus.

    1) May election produces very mixed result
    2) Some form of weak government emerges after a long period of horsetrading
    3) This weak government be it Cameron led or not fails
    4) Another election is called in the autumn
    5) Since Cameron will have either resigned or been thrown out they will swiftly cut and paste Boris into the leadership.
    6) Boris does his usual buffoonish tubthumping and re-captures the UKIP right wing vote and achieves majority government in late 2015 early 2016…

    And then all bets are off, better pray you have money or are not ill.

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  5. We know you don’t like Farage but who has ever spoken as eloquently as this on the Libyan disaster and the immigration flood from there? Brilliant!

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  6. I think I’ll give nofart my vote …. I’m thinking he will cotton on to the fact he will be sitting on an awaking lion !
    and way up the odds.
    If he gets the votes .. that is.

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  7. by the size (cost) of UK infrastructure plots planned this is a long way from what the political echelon wish to happen.
    That it is akin to a manufacturing firm having ever more of their finite working capital tied up as WIP (½ finished Work in Progress) leaving them little or nothing to meet the regular but small expenses and descending into administration seems to be escaping all these supposed clever economists who get ever more to be “seen to be doing” spin doctors rather than just “get on and doing”

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  8. OAH

    I’m always willing to give credit where it’s due, and this is a fine speech from Farage. I do not doubt the guy’s realism and sincerity on both the UK immigration question and the Libyan anarchy that has followed the policy of revenge against Gadaffi. In particular, what I found atrocious was the ignorant Belgian pc-retentive offering much shaking of head and risible arguments to try and shut Farage up.

    You could not get a rice-paper between the UKip leader and myself when it comes to the controlling nature of the EU. I ask only that British electors try to address these three central questions before May 7th:

    1. Why has he been so (generally) silent on the issue of Troika2 bullying Greece and wanting only to do business with the corrupt arseholes who caused the ClubMed problem in the first place? (Answer: because as a rogue City trader himself, he’s on the side of the so-called creditors….and puts banking before people.)

    2. Does Farage display even the slightest sign that he really wants to reform and clean up the UK political system? (Answer: no. He takes donations from the usual suspects, seeks out the unelected media support of the usual suspects, and seeks to change the FPTP system purely because he seems incapable of getting elected under it.)

    3. Does Farage represent the voters who follow him? (Answer: no. Don’t take my word for it – look at the various studies conducted just over the last year: he is completely unrepresentative of it. If – after another major failure next week – Nigel Farage is replaced by a leader of both more measured and more genuinely radical views, then yes, next time around I would vote UKip.)

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  9. My vote will not make a scrap of difference who gets in here where I live as, it is a Labour stronghold. However, I will be voting for UKIP, not only because I believe in their policies but also in order to stick 2 fingers up to that charlatan, David Cameron; what a wimp and a coward he is. Makes me shudder to think of him! Best wishes for South Thanet, Nigel!

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  10. Latest poll shows UKIP with higher numbers.

    Other than Farage, I cannot see who on the right could take his place.

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  11. OAH – Agreed totally. Anyone who has bothered to listen to many of his speeches to the EP will have found he speaks directly to the issue at hand, no skirting around obliquely like Cameron/Milliband et al. By my reckoning, he in fact represents effectively the people who voted for him, not something that can be said of many other British pols. By constantly carping, criticizing and especially misrepresenting him, the MSM have shown themselves up for what they are – tools of one side or the other of the Establishment.

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  12. Indeed so; the British economy does rather seem to be “seen to be doing” than “getting on and doing”, doesn’t it? Focus on the economic figures rather than the small and medium businesses that drive them…

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