George Osborne and Bullingdon amateurism have been found out. The time is right for the most oppressed among us to appeal more radically to British decency.

David Cameron has gone off to Spain, it seems, because he wants to spend Easter having a think. Not a rethink mind….just a think. The Knights of Camerlot don’t do ‘re’ thinking; they just try to work out new excuses why, new ways round, and then pile on a lot of forceful assertion using selective (and often downright wrong) interpretations of ‘evidence’.

After he’d gone up Espagne, however, his Chancellor stayed behind to answer questions from a Commons select committee about the Budget. This consisted largely of committee members asking “Chancellor, can you tell us….” and Osbollocks just saying “No”. When at last one MP said “that’s not an answer to my question Chancellor”, Little Osborne airily dismissed her complaint with, “well it’s all you’re going to get”.

This sort of behaviour – added to the last four PMQ sessions, wherein the Prime Minister cracked childish jokes about Corbyn and evaded every question he was asked – shows the contempt the Dark Knights have for Parliamentary democracy and Executive accountability. But it bears all the hallmarks of pride before a fall.

For the first time this past week, there have been encouraging signs that, while the furore seems to have been about the Budget in general and heartless cuts to disabled benefits in particular, it is increasingly expanding way beyond any single issue. But equally, all the signals suggest that George Osborne in particular doesn’t see it that way. And when Tory leaderships no longer have the national pulse to hand, backbenchers start to fret about their seats.

I spoke briefly with an older Party head last Thursday. He told me, “The man’s [Osborne] arrogance is running him. I’ve seen it a hundred times, old stick – he’s doomed”.

Where there was tight-lipped silence even two months ago, today there is open rebellion in the Conservative Party beyond Westminster.

They’ve had enough of being patronised. Although many people today think Cameron was referring to UKippers when he used the term “swivel-eyed loons” back in 2011, he was in fact referring to Tory constituency workers. When he did finally get round to writing off the Faragistas as “BNP lite”, he not only made a firm enemy in Nigel; he also offended many Conservative UKip sympathisers. And whatever you/we may think of IDS, he is much-loved among Tory activists: the Osborne crack about him being “not really bright enough for Cabinet office” was a last straw for some of them.

It should not be forgotten that, while a browbeaten and carefully cloned bunch of newer intake Conservative MPs are pro-EU in their inclinations, the overwhelming majority of Party workers – estimated after a June 2015 opinion survey at 85% – loathe the very idea of control from Europe. A prominent Berkshire Tory told me yesterday that “their heart isn’t in support for this referendum…a lot of them are moonlighting for UKip”.

Now – even after the worst Budget fiasco in recent memory – the leadership bounds in with lead boots on to push harder on the creeping privatisation of education. And this time, they have a serious local authority rebellion to deal with on the subject of academies.

Regardless of what the didactic Left may feel, the great mass of Conservative grassroots were not educated at Eton and Oxbridge. Lucky enough to have been brought up outside inner-city disaster-area schools, they still represent that solidly aspirant lower-middle class who abhor hairies….but aren’t that keen on chinless wah-wahs either. A surprising number of those actually in local politics themselves are educationalists; and their upbringing has blessed them with enough common sense to know that a wholesale switch to academies is simply impractical and untried ideology gone mad.

“So you’re not that happy with the leadership at the moment?” an interviewer asked one of their ranks earlier today.

“That’s putting it mildly,” she replied, “local authority control is better for our children than people in it for the money. We’re sick to death of all this top-down theory from amateurs”.

Oh dear.

mortboard mortboard mortboard

I think we may be at a turning point in history. For when I write that the current Conservative problem goes beyond the Budget, it also stretches beyond the EU referendum issue…and across Party lines.

What we saw in 1975 was a coup in the Tory Party, in which Heath the soft-Right EU-happy Grammar School boy was dumped in favour of a radical ideology. It was the first genuine ideology the Party (quintessentially pragmatic by nature) had ever had, and it was spectacularly successful in three elections on the trot. For the first time since the 1920s, the Tories became aggressively monetarist, openly neoliberal, and a Party of unapologetic capital. It underwent, astonishingly, a heist by Personality Cult politics in the ectomorphic shape of Mrs Thatcher – a woman who had vowed to destroy the trade union movement, and was not just doubtful about the EC (as it then was): she was also pro the White African tribes.

But the Mad Handbag was a woman of her time. And in her time, the education revolution went from ‘Maggie Thatcher, Milk Snatcher’ to starving the State school system, and then ruining the further education system, reversing social mobility based on education, abandoning Grammar Schools for good….until now, we have reached a bridge too far for the rank and file: creeping privatisation in the mainstream schools.

Now, a smart élite with antennae would’ve picked up the vibes. When the Whip system in the Commons was still a disciplinary tool rather than a very English SS, such feedback was noted and passed on to those seen daily walking in and out of Ten Downing Street. Now it isn’t.

I can promise you – as a mere Pro-Am in the business of Westminster gossip – you would be staggered at how long it took Camerlot under first Lansley and then Hunt to grasp that Brits of all Parties and opinions were proud of the NHS, and far more likely to defend it than demolish it. Hunt’s behaviour over the Junior Doctors’ contract dispute shows this silly man up for the privileged chancer – some would drop the ‘h’ – he is: a former incompetent dingbat monopoly supplier to a quango controlled by his Second Cousin.

How on Earth, many thinking Brits ask, have these clowns got this far?

Well, the by now redundant (and obviously flawed) Thatcherite theology has been kept alive by using the same anti-libertarian élitism employed by the Birts and Campbells who surrounded Blair and Mandelson: that is to say, a robotic, centrally controlled choice of Lobby Fodder slavishly obedient to – and dependent upon – an increasing crypto-fascist Executive. Slowly, all debate has been resisted, rebuffed, censored and even unconstitutionally avoided. Under New Labour, the ploy was the pernicious ‘Legal Instrument’ being used to bypass Commons debate; under Camerlot, the brazen ignoring of proper legal procedures has, too, merely reflected the arrogance of those behind a plan to create a bizarre cross between feudal Norman England and the Corporate State.

It’s not surprising that overt constitutional vandalism has been the order of the day. But whereas John Birt was merely a Parsonian structural functionalist process-driven simpleton, the sociopaths David Cameron has assembled to people his entourage represent the very anti-matter of cultural decency and equality before the Law. Coulson, Brooks, Green, Shapps, Hunt, and Fallon are not naïfs: they are the Destroyers of Worlds, the decapitators of Civilisation.

In simpler times, one called the objective of such lowlife ‘colonialism’. It’s been obvious for some time that the creation of Colony Britain is the real ambition of the Chipping Nortons….and Blondi Borisconi too. A London modelled on Singapore, an EU to compete in the dog-eat-dog mercantile globalism pit: a Britain supplying peripatetic slaves for the New Bourbons, offering a barter point where offshore sweat shops paying little or no tax can be traded for a regular supply of utility services like gas, oil, water and yes, even information.

I know almost no natural Conservative voters or activists who grasp anywhere near this amount of the plot, but one thing is for sure: they have had enough of the Bullingdon Clique.

Despite Squeaky George’s saucer-eyed defiance yesterday, Bullingdon Toryism is in retreat. A defeat on June 23rd would turn them into a screaming, running, routed rabble – and produce a Conservative Party in Government and meltdown at one and the same time.

While merely another staging post on the trail leading to British devolution, this situation provides a golden opportunity for at least one group of the Vulnerable Ignored.

I refer to the 1950s-born Waspi women. And I offer this advice, which is in no way meant to patronise or make trouble.

Yours has been a long, hard road with laudable moral victories along the way. But you now need to face three undeniable facts:

  1. This Government Executive peopled by privileged gargoyles ignored your stunning Parliamentary 158-0 debate success. They didn’t even bother to turn up to defend their indefensible decision to welch on promises made to you over five decades.
  2. Nothing – absolutely nothing – was mooted in the Budget to address the genuine destitution faced by (to varying extents) some 500,000 innocent, law-abiding women. IDS spoke for many when he said, “If you’re unlikely to vote Conservative, they don’t care”.
  3. The Labour Party is not “your friend in tough times”: it is an inward-looking Party trying to stick two heads up one bumhole…which means that neither head is looking at the very real crisis you face. The only real help you’ve had is from the Great Future Hope, Mhairie Black of the SNP. But Ms Black is 22 years old and devoid of real power. (Were it in my gift, I would make her Empress of Britannia & Eurotania tomorrow).

The iron is still hot and malleable: but you need to wield the hammer in a way that will make your cause a popular one without alienating the young. Your grannies got the vote by symbolic chains on Royal railings, and then hunger strikes. I’m not advocating a mass campaign of jumping under the Queen’s racehorses. But I am strongly recommending a rethink on strategy.

No more Mrs Nice Lady. Get on the backlash wave and surf your stuff.

Earlier at The Slog: The long-overdue death of political theology may be upon us


  1. These are dark times, a bullington led tory government vs a Corbyn led labour shower, is this the best we can do? HTF did we even get here? Democracy has lost it’s mind
    Somewhere in my dreams the next election will be fought between a Davis led tory party vs a Hoey led labour movement. Policies that real [people could relate to would be offered and corporations sidelined. They can look after themselves no matter who is in power.
    A man can dream…


  2. A chill hand clutched me vitals when I read your rallying call to all ’50s born ladies. The Memsahib is of their number and has been told that she will have to work until she is sixty-six years of age instead of the sixty she was expecting; your humble correspondent must have looked like a cat in a wind-tunnel on the day she vented her considerable spleen in the direction of Westminster generally and No.11 in particular. The thought of her choosing her favourite brick and handbag and sallying forth almost has me feeling sorry for the daft b*ggers … but not quite. I may even consider selling tickets for the event.


  3. WASPI s what the government has done cannot be lawful , have your day.
    Mhairie Black is the most impressive young politician I have seen.Agreed.


  4. Education in general, and SEN in particular, are in a dreadful mess; with children in Y8 and Y9 mainstream, both with learning difficulties (if you’re pregnant, ladies, avoid alcohol like the plague), I have battled for years with idiotic political correctness and downright dishonesty among teaching staff and Local Authority alike. If we have learned anything in the last 40 years, surely it is that the privatisation of essential services provides ‘choices’ that are wholly and utterly illusory; things are bad enough now, academies will inevitably make them worse still with even less accountability and greater expense to those who can least afford it. And no, I’m not a socialist, I’m a realistic secular buddhist since my early 20’s if it makes any difference. However, this is a subject that is so fraught with ideologies that it probably isn’t useful to say any more here.

    The WASPI situation, on the other hand, is by comparison simple and straightforward: these women have been treated appallingly and with very considerable cynicism. It is precisely because the issue is so clear cut that I believe, given a well managed campaign and sufficient public protest, this and any other government is vulnerable to accusations of moral cowardice and egregious mismanagement. Come along girls, with spirit and conviction you could score a victory which might ultimately topple an entire (spent) ideology. I would certainly be prepared to get my feet on the street to support that!

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  5. The one point mentioned … “it does not cut it to be nice in anything anymore because in the end you will be ignored”.

    That has been steadily rammed home over decades that I really have not the time nor patience for the polticians anymore and anybody that does just gives them the power they crave. If you remove “nice” they will certainly feel the lack of power … I wonder what they will offer then to bring you back to liking them? BREXIT maybe?


  6. Superb JW.

    With enough publicity, a WASPI march could be the catalyst for real change – especially with the right timing. I doubt it would garner much attention from the MSM, but the web can be an effective tool if used correctly. Were I in the UK, I would certainly add my voice to their call for justice, and besides, a stroll in Trafalgar Square is long overdue.


  7. 1. The writing is on the wallpaper for George Osborne, and he knows it:

    2. Academies: a licence to steal money from children. The head of a school a stone’s throw from me was outed by one of his now-former admins by “accidentally” leaking details of his £240,000 salary. On the other hand, I’d like (am trying) to start a free school to achieve something away from the smooth-talking management types who f everything up except their own position. Sometimes you have to sink the ship just to get rid of the rats. Maybe academies will turn out to be Osmeron’s poll tax.

    3. I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for WASPIs to overthrow the System. What did they do when the State Pension Age was suddenly bumped from 60 to 65?

    3. This is possibly your best piece to date, John.

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  8. As someone else has already said this is possibly the best piece you have published. You have given me hope that others are finding these old Etonians as offensive as I do.


  9. Okay, I’ll try again – and stupidly, what with WordPress’s irregular software – I didn’t copy my comment in case of technical issues.

    This is a little off topic, but deals with the underlying issues that the British government is giving the corporatocracy more room to move. It’s what a modern, Anglo-Saxon democracy is all about: doing as it’s told. Sieg Heil!!

    The British government will be removing the animal welfare code in a de-regulation which will see the Poultry industry to oversee chicken-farming standards as ministers move to create industry-led deregulation. It’s a bit like asking a bank to look after the problems associated with the Libor scandal… only a UK government could be this slack… but it’s what the Corporations want, and they have the money to bribe the bribable.

    Europe this is not!

    “I find it very hard to believe when one goes from a government code to an industry code it is going to be as tough. For example, the government code on pigs is quite tough. It says tail docking should only be used as a last resort. Would the pig industry would keep such tough wording? I think inevitably one will see a dilution of the codes.

    “I don’t think this is isolated but part and parcel of a wider approach. The job of a government department is to hold the balance between competing interests. It is not to come down on one side and say animal welfare, dietary health and the environment have to be subservient to the needs of industry. It is both damaging in itself, and illustrative and symptomatic of this wider problem that we are getting.”

    I mean you could remove the term “animal welfare” and insert “pension rights for women” and the paragraphs would retain their sense…

    Is this Brexit???


  10. Phew! That worked… maybe it was only a technical glitch, not a piece of software that doesn’t allow one to link to certain sites. It’s called “freedom of speech” in the handbooks of Goebbels that are now studied carefully by British cabinet ministers and their corporate puppetmasters.


  11. I have Tory councillors on my time line in twitter and their al up in arms that they will lose money because the education committees will disappear and therefore no attendance money,may not be for a noble reason but sometimes it the small un-noble things that stop armies in there tracks!


  12. As far as I am concerned the move to academies is nothing more than a Tory trick to transfer all the land assets of the school system to private hands and hence to the private housing sector. I had an article about it once outlining the aim.


  13. John, While there is much merit in much of what you say, I can firmly disagree that the Labour party is not the friend of the waspi woman, for I am that woman. The Labour party is the only way we will rid ourselves of these cretinous sociopaths, and begin righting the wrongs for many, not just us. You see, again an erudite anaylsis of the including H*unt, but you miss the main point – they really couldn’t give a rats ar*e about the NHS being loved by the multitude. They have barely concealed their contempt that it has taken this long for people to begin to get unsettled. There is no turning back, and the destruction will continue apace. It will take a massive effort to unseat them, but it will happen, and it will be lead by the Labour party.


  14. Florence, with respect: since 1997 we have seen conclusive proof that Labour and Conservative are merely two cheeks of the same a**e. The old two and a half party politics of yesteryear has been consumed by Mammon and other equally unsavoury agendas: we need to start all over. It is abundantly clear that Labour are incapable of leading us anywhere worthwhile; as a credible opposition they are an abject failure. Without electoral reform and policies not derived from the globalist money shakers, we can only expect more of the same whichever government is in power.

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  15. ….and only by the Labour Party because it’s their ball and nobody else can play with it so there.
    Do the maths, Florence: now you’ve been slaughtered by the SNP north of Cumberland, you need to reach out to the decency sector. Labour did knoball to get Waspi that debate: the real mover was Mhairie Black.


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