THE CAMERON NVE RATIONALE: All the Prime Minister has done is invent a new scarey term for Opposition

The thin end of David Cameron’s intellect   

Rather than get hysterical about how ignorant our Prime Minister is when it comes to British constitutional precedent, convention, usage, citizen rights protection and Law (operating as he does in a stratosphere far above such earthbound concerns, it’s only to be expected) I propose in this piece purely to reconstruct a key paragraph from Mr Cameron’s speech at Ninelives School today.

As the longer-serving prisoners at Slogwood Scrubbs will know only too well by now, the aim of this site is to deconstruct bollocks as well as reconstruct common sense decency. But because David Cameron is unique among UK politicians in his ability to claim that “we must be clear about” stuff on the one hand (while at the same time having some kind of cerebral auto-destruct synapse in his head) I shall be forced to reconstruct even the bollocks before deconstructing it. Only by my doing this can we be clear about Dave’s lack of clarity.

The Prime Minister read PPE at Oxford, but the constitutional philosophy module was clearly not graced by his presence at lectures and tutorials. This has been amusingly confirmed by his Oxbridge contemporary James Delingpole, who long ago wrote that Cameron ‘drank beer, played tennis and listened to The Smiths (and Supertramp, as I recall: he wasn’t that cool)’.

Supertramp. Dear oh dear oh dear. Anyway, this is how Dave Gave a little Bit* of his core philosophy to we His Subjects today. For reasons of being clear about this, I’ve annotated a guide through the labyrnthine muddle involved:

NVECAM207151. I know the Bill is only in draft form at the moment, but “put out of action” is disturbingly vague. It could encompass everything from shallow graves courtesy of the SAS to Borstal ShortSharpShock via cyber-attacking laptops. I think Dave should be clear(er) about this.

2. I’m the sort of chap who is exceedingly careful to operate inside the law. I have no idea what purpose “just” serves in that sentence, other than perhaps to highlight that Grant Shapps operates miles outside the law most of the time. Either way, obeying the Law is like being pregnant: you either are or you aren’t. If you are obeying the Law, then the only way to render you illegal is to change the Law and thus make you an outlaw.

We in the political philosophy trade are sticklers for detail on this point: just as we told barmy Hattie Harman that she couldn’t post-date banking law in order to feel Freddie Goodwin’s collar, equally we tend to think that laws passed specifically to put citizens outside the law are political in nature, and thus to be avoided if at all possible.

I would very much like to be given some comfort, however, on the question of “detesting” things: does detesting Tim Yeo make me an extremist, or merely a reasonably discerning empirical moralist who knows a wide-boy when he sees one?

3. Whaddya mean “we” Paleface? The current Conservative Party Weltanschauung is everything I won’t stand for under any circumstances. I won’t stand for it because it is greedy bigotry made flesh, and bad for what traditional Britons might call Benthamist social common sense. Ideology doesn’t come into it.

4 & 5. I have to treat these Siamese twins as one, because both the Prime Minister’s woeful command of English and his Freudian Slip are showing. Once again, I find myself called upon to help the dear boy with his bollocks construction.

“These people aren’t just extremists. There are despicable far Right groups too.”

The varietal interpretations of this are as follows:

Extremists are not always Left wing. Some Nazis are hard to stomach too.

We’re not just going after Occupy. We’d also like to have a crack at the Greens and UKIP.

These people are equally dangerous whether they support Jeremy Corbyn or Michael Fallon.

Earlier in his speech, Mr Cameron was at pains to reassure those paying attention that his NVE definition was “narrow”. But the buckshot target he describes above is about as narrow as Eric Pickles.

6. Neuroscientists have long dismissed the idea of “brainwashing”, and they are right so to do. The spectre of helplessly brainwashed immigrant Yoof stomping robotically upon British democracy is fine as War on Terror fearmongering, but doesn’t bear even the most cursory analysis beyond that No Brains Land.

First up, the discovery of brain plasticity has proved beyond reasonable doubt that the brain both learns and unlearns with equal flexibility.

Second, it would be good to know wherein this British “democracy” resides; it certainly isn’t apparent in our media set…whether the masthead reads The Guardian or The Sun.

Third, if we are all so easily brainwashed – and the BBC is such a hotbed of Commies – how did the Conservative Party romp to victory last May?

What the Prime Minister wishes for is nothing less than a wedge with which to jam shut the door to counter-revolution. Blair’s pc consensus strategy aspired to the exact same outcome. The former admires the latter: they are both antithetical to the concept of personal liberty.


We used to elect Governments in the hope of good governance. Socially functional governance doesn’t mix with ideology, be that of the Left or Right: good governance involves the use of common sense based on empirical observation of change.

The thing about sense is that, by and large, only well-educated common people like me have it. Not being in any way common, the Prime Minister has only “a” sense. It is the sense that his privilege is under threat from any future revival in common sense.

At the moment, the Common People are distracted and relatively at ease with the world as it is. The aim of this Conservative government is to pass enough politically motivated legislation to ensure that, when the People do wake up, it will be too late.

For thugs like Boris Johnson, the answer is water cannon. For Camerlot, the weapon of choice is non violent extremism framing. For the Germans at the moment, it is Grecophobe racism. For the Nazis, it was the Reichstag fire.

Chacun a son gout.

Earlier at The Slog: An examination of the non-violent extremely secretive Martin Schulz

*I must fess up to the fact that while Supertramp weren’t my bag Man, Give a Little Bit is a great pop song

20 thoughts on “THE CAMERON NVE RATIONALE: All the Prime Minister has done is invent a new scarey term for Opposition

  1. Either way, obeying the Law is like being pregnant: you either are or you aren’t. If you are obeying the Law, then the only way to render you illegal is to change the Law and thus make you an outlaw.

    Not necessarily. Take tax evasion versus tax avoidance . The former has always been illegal. . The latter is morphing into nuances of ever more interpretational illegality dependent on the elegance, sophistication and elan with which the ” tax professionals ” imbue their latest ” tax minimisation optimisation project”

    Tax avoidance is still legal —- except in cases where HMRC deem it not to be ( backed where necessary by the muscke of the Tax Commissioners if the case gets escalated that far).


  2. There is a neo liberal nirvana as far as law making goes which is already rife in the EU. You can always tell these laws from the way they are written, they never include Latin. This may seem trivial but Latin gives a definitive clarity to law (and religion) in that it cannot be misinterpreted it is what it means.

    Modern law is written so as if those in power say you’re breaking it, you are breaking it and there’s no defence. Remember ignorance of the law is no defence, even if you hadn’t a clue the law existed. Sloppy writing of laws is an outrage in and of itself.


  3. JW, some could say you are a “dreamer” others may say you are “bloody well right”. You may think we are living through the “crime of the century” but most of the population at best think “crisis what crisis”.

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane and big apologies to Supertramp.


  4. Every time Cameron opens his mouth to speak all I can think of is the sound of fingernails scraping on a blackboard, it just put my teeth on edge. HE puts my teeth on edge.


  5. Don’t worry Gideon Osborne will shortly be taking over once Cameron has taken the hit for the EU referendum debacle.


  6. Sloppy law writing and weaponised economics are two of the horsemen. They will destroy western democracy and put the shackles of wage slavery on the people.


  7. IATL
    IABATO – It’s all bollocks and that’s official. The Greece, China, expected US recovery ‘explanation’ is full of holes.
    Somebody sold big on a mission to prepare the ground for more price destruction.
    I’m not going in now until £800.


  8. Just out of interest, the fabled ‘reserved currency’ status which at the moment is the US Dollar.

    Who decides this status?

    It’s my understanding that GB gave away Sterling as the reserve currency as a condition of Amerika entering into the war.


  9. As an old left leaning pensioner , who wistfully misses British Rail , and the C.E.G.B. and the days when we built our own nuclear power stations , and Ernie Marple’s who would get his company to quickly upgrade the M8 & A9 to 3 lane motorways at the stoke of a pen, I think you forget that DC has been schooled since youth, to say nothing which will leave him holding the parcel when the music stops and he is very good at it now.
    Who can afford to go to law today, so the more laxly the law is drawn up the easier it is for the lawyers to run up huge bills and discourage any challenges to the same law.
    Thus put the cost up to £1500 and the number of cases going to employment tribunals falls by 80% , simples.
    Remember there are thousands of people working full time in think tanks feeding these solutions to the right wing parties and its going very well for them so far , is it not.


  10. Washington. They decide everything, and if don’t agree you must be against them, as opposed to with them. And if you are against them, you are an enemy, one who must be invaded on some false pretext if you threaten their hegemony.


  11. An American biologist expressed the issue human society currently faces perfectly when he pointed out that: “We have prehistoric emotions, Medieval institutions and God-like technology”. NVE and the equivalent terminology being wheeled out all across the “free” world is simply part of a continuing trend to centralise every aspect of life under state control. Its been progressing like that for over 100 years although it seems to be accelerating dramatically. Sooner or later the natural conclusion to the elites is to only permit one view, that of the state, to be advocated and stifle all others. Its not about just one particular party which happened to get 37% of the vote this time round. Had labour won we would be seeing similar measures under different labels. Even most of the third parties like SNP and UKIP are committed to continuing with current establishment policies (continue pumping out more laws to control speech, continue supporting US aggression, continue mass surveillance, etc). However I just see it as a sign things are moving closer to the state losing control of its ability to monopolise a one world view. An example was the more they told Scotland the sky would fall in if they went for independence the more they boosted that Yes vote. I don’t think its impossible we (and the US, Spain, etc) could end up fracturing in all sorts of ways just like we see in the middle east and elsewhere. Eventually too many people (including those in the police & military) get disenchanted by repressive policies and faith is lost in the repression being used only for “good” reasons. Until people reset their views that the state should play a minor role in society we will continue to slide.


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