BBCpaintnetAnd with one mighty bound, Newscorp breaks free

Now that Ed’s gone darn Eebeefa for some Ecstasy action, things are beginning to take shape in the hit-the-ground-running corporatocracy being created by Camerlot II – No Brakes.

The BBC is in for another bashing: Cameron last night slammed the Corporation for its “unforgivable Labour bias and inaccuracy”, an amusing observation given that its exit poll was the only accurate one, and it favoured the Conservatives. But heh – this is instinct politics: the Big Lie overwhelms the Small Brain.

Shapps has been demoted to a job handling overseas aid, so it shouldn’t be hard for the media to set up a honey trap, and catch him flogging Samoa on the internet under the pen name Sven Garli. The only MP I contacted – a minor Tory – observed that Osborne felt Grant needed “a profile lower than a limbo dancer”. You have to agree, although the profile I’d like him to have is Prisoner 447099823 Dartmoor Cell 107 (shared).

Gove becomes Minister for Justice, somewhat akin to making Josef Goebbels secretary of State for Cultural Harmony. Grayling leaves that job (always tough for a fish to make the leap required there) and becomes Minister for Constitutional Reform. Sort of tying up a few loose ends like freedom of speech, the multi-Party system, death penalty for pacifist resistance and so forth. I understand there’s to be a fire in the Palace of Westminster, where a confused Harriet Harman will be found waving a petrol-soaked rag around – while yelling, “Come and get me misogynist oppressors!”.

But the real spin here – and don’t ignore it, because it is fiendishly clever – is the rise and rise of the blue collar ethnic minorities in the so-called Tory ‘Workers’ Party’. Isn’t that cute – blue collar ethnic workers, inclusiveness et al? Already working on 2020 slogans, Michael Fallon suggested “Strength Through Joy” yesterday. It wouldn’t surprise me. After ‘Yes we can’ and ‘A better plan’ any old drivel will do.

The one ‘blue collar’ person in that mix to keep a beady eye on, however, is Mr Sajid Javid. The Slog has posted about this chappy before, and although I managed to misspell his name throughout, the conclusions are I think fair: the bloke’s a sort of much brighter Grant Shapps. Javid is made Business Secretary: he is anti all regulation, and so perfect fare for the sociopaths. And in reality, he’s NOT Blue Collar. More kind of Red Neck.

Meanwhile in the wilderness, Labour of Nazareth is wandering about for the first part of Forty Days and Forty Nights, orientation supplied by acting leader Hattie Harmaman. In this demanding role, the sort of acting performance required is one of steady as she goes, and most Labour supporters will be happy when, after a short run, she does go….thence to leave the stage forever. Perhaps for a new career teaching maths.

More seriously, there is one development which presents a glimmer of hope: Jon Cruddas has resigned from the Shadow Cabinet to start an independent review into future Labour policy. This from the Indie:

‘Mr Cruddas is a philosopher by profession and is associated with the party’s communitarian left wing. He is usually regarded as a radical.’

Communitarian is good, radical is good, shame about the Left tag. Mutualist might be a good addition. He’s an interesting man: let’s see what he has to say. That plus Tom Watson as Deputy Leader could mean one of two things: broader horizons, or lurch back to Pure Socialist Left. The decision should be obvious, but rest assured it won’t be.

The garden beckons; more later.

Yesterday at The Slog: History didn’t need votes to get reform


  1. I thought Quentin Letts made an interesting comment today, he suggests that the Tories will get absolutely nowhere with any new legislation as, the Lords, particularly the LibDem ones are seething with anger and will frustrate the govt at every opportunity. Also, gets Cameron off the hook with his referendum promise I suspect.

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  2. If they get rid of the license fee, they’ll be guaranteed a majority for many years to come. Even worse than the poll tax. There should be no political bias but that is a non-starter. I’ve lived in a People’s Socialist Paradise for 5 years. I recommend it to anyone who’s thinking there must be a better way than democracy. As bad as it is, democracy is the best we’ve got.


  3. The Garden beckons…
    So much truth, packed into 3 little words. The garden is yelling for attention. Il faut cultiver notre jardin, as one of your Frenchmen said. But so little news comes back from the garden, and we don’t just want to hear about quinces and wasps. James Kunstler provides planting plans and photos of his. Presumably a proper survivalist’s garden would have a deep pond for the proverbial boating accident. Any day now and the Shapps hits the fan, so thank goodness the party of financial sobriety are back in power…


  4. The House of Lords is in desperate need of some severe austerity cuts almost 800 expensive parasites sucking off the state. Chop the number down to 100 and elect/appoint via PR based on the general election result. Job done.

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  5. I tried to phone Mr Shapps number in your blog and was offered Audio Face Time . I pressed the Call button . Aparently that number is not ( yet) on Face Time I am advised. ” Try again at a later date” Prescient.


  6. I recently had a set to with a certain unemployed person who’s dog was sh***ing on my grass verge, After photographing him for the dog warden I set about warning him that he was in trouble if Cameron got re-elected. Today he walked sheepishly past in a hard hat , hi-vis jacket , work boots and work trousers, hell these Tories are fast.
    However Tory early success will be short lived as party war breaks out over the EU referendum. That should be fun and surely no one is going to campaign with the Tories anymore, for either yes or no, could we end up with 2 yes and 2 no campaigns?.


  7. buggeration I’ve put me teeth in now – a seniors moment
    Is a professional PHILOSOPHER lahdi-dah for bullshit merchant?


  8. Mark. Which 100 would you keep and what would be the criteria? Abolishing the House of Lords and turning the country into a republic would be much more democratic. A second house could then be reformed on a PR basis from the last election. An election could be held for a president open to anyone.

    Basically a revolution.


  9. The race to rid business of regulation,cutting bureaucracy making small government only to leave the EU & then needing to build bigger government to drum up trade worldwide,you just got to laugh!


  10. The BBC deserves a good kicking for taking EU money to make pro-EU propaganda drama. Unfortunately the people doing the kicking are Newscorp puppets.

    As for Cruddas, expect him to go the way of Frank Fields, who believed Blair when told to think the unthinkable. Unless Cameron really does take a blowtorch to the assortment of quangos, state-sponsored charities and public sector departments where the Labour elite work, expect them to prefer opposition and a cushy existence to really fighting for the working class. Remember it took Labour 4 electoral defeats last time and then they hated the man who won them 3 elections.


  11. O/T. Now that this messy ‘democracy’ business is out of the way, we are still in line for the traditional autumn sterling crisis, particularly since the £ has risen from the grave against the $. Balance of payments deficit, huge. Government borrowings still enormous, before those election give away pledges Wafer thin majority likelihood of more threats from multinationals to quit the UK because of the in/out referendum. Oh yes, and then there is the Old Labour party, rechristened SNP, the soon to fail Labour party with lots of MPs, and the two new labour parties called ‘Green’ and UKIP, not to mention the other socialist party, called Tim Farron. Enjoy the summer and CMD’s 100 days, because a Canadian response to the Fed’s interest rate increase will be a me too policy , dictated by the exchange rate, with carnage in the inflated London and South East resiprop market.


  12. I wonder how many of your readers have congratulated their new MP’s and suggested how they should behave in the new Session.

    Here’s a copy of an email I’ve sent to mine.

    Congratulations on your re-election.

    Now the challenges I’ve been banging on about for the last few years are absolutely clear:

    Keep the United Kingdom together as a single nation with strong defences against external threats.

    Truly establish a more balanced economy less reliant on criminal but unprosecuted bankers and take a revitalised UK out of a Federal Europe that has no Democratic foundation

    Implement policies that support Saving and Investment, reduce Government and Consumer borrowing and Spending, Eliminate the National Deficit and Reduce National Debt instead of continuing to increase it.

    Implement Social Policies that favour the indigenous whilst supporting the destitute without subsidising the indolent.

    In working towards these objectives protect the privacy of the individual, the freedom of the press and abjure the temptation to achieve greater security at the expense of reduced freedom by the introduction of yet more draconian anti-terror laws.

    I doubt PR Man will be up to the tasks ahead but hope his new found prestige from election victory will bring about a change of behaviour that takes us in the right direction.


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