Saturday, December 29, 2007

The Ghost Of Leaders Past

John Kamfner pondered curiously on Brown’s road back today . Were the dour one to curl himself into the foetal position and cry, who could blame him, but Kamfner seemed to want to thread vertebrae into the gelatinous feartie ……
“Does he believe eradicating child poverty is his most important goal, then he has to tell voters it can be done only with an element of self sacrifice”,…..or ,“ Has he reluctantly come to the conclusion that redistribution has run its course, and that personal taxation must now be reduced , if so he must admit that”.
. Westminster educated and opulently housed John Kamfner would not be feeling the pinch himself of course . His suggestion that tax pounds are directly equated with child poverty is a lie , and in any case this poverty is relative and nationally conceived and has been worsened by Labour’s largess with other peoples hard earned‘….
Ignoring the moth eaten three hanky script there is an interesting point . A few weeks ago Rachel Sylvester the Blairite pundit mentioned a source who said of Brown, “Its not that Gordon is going backward or forwards , he is going sideways like a crab”. He looks the opposite of a leader.

To undrestand how he got here you have to understand Go
rdon’s baggage . The BBC documentary "The Blair Years " showed how Brown consistently argued that there were ‘limits to the market’. Health , education, University top up fees and so on were all Blairite reforms that emerged mangled into insipidity by Brown’s centralising instinct and power base . At an early point in his ‘reign’ , the Spectator recognised the crucial significance of Brown’s attitude to the Academies .This flagship Blair project has been reclaimed from consumers into the belly of the state . Make no mistake ,the right of the Labour Party were quietly routed .
Significantly Brown has cocooned himself away with a set of fawning acolytes . Balls of course ,the unspeakable “New friend” David Millimoron and a host of salaried advisers like Gila Sacks , who, at a cost of £1,000,000 , tickle his tummy and baste him in aromatic oils.
“Target a day” Brown had no intention of changing his views or approach and given the support of the Unions , required to shore up Labour’s tottering finances (£25million just before his coronation) you wonder if he had any choice . Irwin Seltzer pointed out that many in the Public sector are paid far above private equivalents and they know full well that choice will be the end of their closed shop. So by ideological inclination and also by political indebtedness Brown has found himself well to the left of where “electorally “ he needed to be.
True to form he dithered and hid in obscurity. More boggle -eyed alchemist than statesman, he tried to transmute political base metal into gold . A soupcon of Britishness ,a pinched policy or two acquired only a scarring reputation for dishonesty. I doubt the arch calculator was himself fooled by a brief credulouness about emaculate re-conception but the barrenness of his feeble tactics are now clear for all to see . If he is to have any chance of reclaiming momentum he has to make the lie about setting out his vision a reality , and it has to be a vision far closer to the centre ground .I wonder if he hears voices in the night ……voices like this one . Ghost to his Hamlet…..
“ The Labour Party should take heart . It is dominating the battle of ideas and will continue to do so as long as it remains New Labour. It is about our instincts , our ability to keep the core coalition together : those who need help to get on the first rung s of the ladder if opportunity and those who are already there but aspire to do better still. Ambition and compassion, the combination of those instincts remain the basis of New Labour’s three successive victories . They remains the basis of the fourth. “ ( Blair )
In fact only economic good luck ever gave the appearance of support for aspiration and in tougher times to get back that support Brown would have to go to right of where Blair was to where he would like to have been without Brown to hold him back( and as he made explicit in the above quoted speech) .This means breaking up the great state behemoths , the NHS , the educational system and reducing taxation on enterprise and work . I don’t think Brown has the guts , support or the brains to see this, and I expect him to creep on to obscurity .He would be better off going in either direction with some conviction than this craven and nothingness . He may well be to scared of the "Labour is best when its Labour "head bangers well.... 'Mr. Tony ' had an insight there... “You can’t please all the people all the time“.
That my New Year`s message to Gordon. Mr. Tony was right . If I wished you any good I would advise you to suck it up and makes some moves . As I do not , please carry on as you are …and I will enjoy your authority bleeding away ..until you are to weak to do anything but expire.
( Moo ha ha ha !)

Thursday, December 27, 2007

A Hopeful New Year

...a glorious Suffolk Church no doubt in the way of some dreadful slum New Labour have planned .Perhaps its time we stopped laughing at the Church of England .......

Scarcely a week goes past without some new wave of derision crashing into the poor old C of E. They are overtaken by the Catholics in the bums on pews contest, and told today that they are all , apparently, over paid and over manned .
“One in five Bishops faces the Axe”, squawks her Majesties Daily Telegraph, in a headline reminiscent of the ‘printing’ demarcation disputes. I feel a Christian pity for them, and I note with interest that record numbers of people turned up at Christmas this year in line with increased attendance of late . Why, I wonder would that be , with such fearsome antagonists as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens unleashing a new confident atheism into the book shops ?

Personally I started out as an atheist and I daresay I am as acquainted with the philosophical arguments against religion as well as most tolerably ignorant people . Whilst at University I came across “Humanism “as manifested in the works of George Elliot . She was influenced by Feuerbach ( worth looking at ) (1) ,but her beliefs do not make her revile organised religion. She saw God as a vision of what man, at his best, could be, and part of moral evolution whose ultimate source was still human .In her collection of short stories “Scenes of Clerical Life” , which I recommend, this affectionate ambivalence is at its most explicit.Do read them...
So as far back as my twenties I was past sneering and happy with poetic or symbolic ways of reading the Christian message .For me a personal relationship with God is out of the question but not every Christian in the past was required to see visions .
There is a the question of ethnicity as well .A Jew without faith is still a Jew, and the Rabbi would say “ You lack faith ? ... Come along you think he should worry ? ”. I admire the Jewish people enormously and this strikes me as a good way of accepting ones place in a belief system with doubt and outright denial if necessary. Why should I, in other words , be denied access to my past, a past I peculiarly value .
Then there is “love “. This great indisputable fact of our lives about which materialism has nothing to say. How can we be happy when the most important this we apprehend is left to one side by the prevailing Metaphysics ?

(2 )Thus I find myself in an empty tube station where, although there is nothing to be seen, there is the shudder and echo of something that has been and might be again .Leaflets and tickets still stir and we grasp what scraps of philosphy,art and lifes experience we can from the palpable emptiness.I have no conclusions about what this might mean but my own tradition a deserves respectful attention at least . So ,I would like to encourage the Church of England whose worst enemies would admit, is full of good people . After all you have lost Tony Blair and in that fact alone there is ample reason for great good cheer

2 Pinched loosely from somewhre in TS Elliot ...I think

Turkey Sandwich Post

Iain Dale has a list if most influential gayers and as I am still in festive period semi purdah it prompted a lazy post.

Having recently been the object of primitive bile courtesy of , septuagenarian thug, and Queen mum look –alike - Bob (the animal ) Piper , for my supposedly un PC attitudes, I hardly dare comment but ......

What political attitudes do this pink mafia share , if any ? In this country, the Gay constituency is will soon cease entirely to be a “Victim” group and will be dropped of the left`s, ‘pity list’, just as the white working classes were. I see that there is also disenchantment amongst black people, penned into a “Community “ when they would prefer to enter the main stream of cultural life in order to work and integrate as most do.
Recess Monkey recently claimed that the Labour Party was actually defined by the fight for rights for these groups and I wonder when they see they are neither wanted or useful what they are claim to be for . Mathew Parris brilliantly shone his torch into the void of coherent belief on the left consisting of a nebulous assertion that they are “Nice”.
What an end for a movement that was once a moral force and an intellectual Catherine wheel. “ We are ...nice “...sad really .

The dust heap of history surely awaits them and the new Liberal small state Communitarian consensus is destined to stub out the fag end of the old and usher in the new. Its painful to wait while this detritus administration clings on but the new year is full of hope for better times to come .

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Oh Yes He Would !

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the ‘house’

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

No journalist scribbled no pundit aired views

The perfect moment … hide some bad news !

Monday, December 24, 2007

That Could Feed An Entire African Village ....

On the subject of yuletide excess I enjoyed Peaches Geldof reporting , in the Sun that if she’s leave so much as a brussel-sprout on her plate her father shouts “ Peaches remember the fucking Africans “ . She further illuminates the hidden life of the celeb brat , with her description of Christmas at her Grandpa’s
“ Dad will be there drunk on wine , spewing on about the past and singing a coupe, of old Boom town Rats numbers ,. I `ll be quietly crying in the corner...”

I `m quite coming round to her

An Inconvenient Truth

The fact is that the global temperature of 2007 is statistically the same as 2006 as well as every year since 2001. Global warming has, temporarily or permanently, ceased.

David Whitehouse:...New Statesman

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