Sunday, June 24, 2007

The Better Angels of Our Nature

Listening to our new Prime Minister, you might well think that ten years of Labour government had never happened or at least, he wasn’t there when the bad decisions and the awful mistakes were made. Where have I heard the education and health service mantras before, it’s enough to make one dizzy with the Orwellian ‘Newspeak’ of it all.

I wonder how many people realised that Gordon Brown was borrowing from the inaugural address of another President, Abraham Lincoln?"

"I am loth to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle-field, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."

The reality of Brown's Britain, sadly, is nearer to Orwell than Lincoln:

"And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed—if all records told the same tale—then the lie passed into history and became truth. 'Who controls the past' ran the Party slogan, 'controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.'

Anyway, we can have some fun with the puns and you can add a few of your own if you like?

How about:

“Follow the Gord”
“A new day has (Gor)dawned for the Labour Party”
“Gord help us now”
“He’s become a Gord”
“From left of centre to strangely Brown”

And just in case you have forgotten George Orwell and 1984, remember what our education system once looked like but:

"In Oceania at the present day, Science, in the old sense, has almost ceased to exist. In Newspeak there is no word for 'Science.' The empirical method of thought, on which all the scientific achievements of the past were founded, is opposed to the most fundamental principles of Ingsoc."

Sounds familiar?

8 comments:

Mark Hewins said...

I control the margate.tv and thanet.tv web domains and would like to contact people who are interested in developing a real local TV station (one click away from ITV and BBC) I would be pleased to hear from anyone who has ideas in this direction.
Unfortunately Bobs negated my ability to go to KCC for realistic funding.
Thankyou Mark Hewins

Anonymous said...

So Buggins gets his turn.
We are to believe that after 10 years of Labour Govt we are to have the problems of lack of social housing(council housing) and pensioner poverty (the worst state pension at 25% of average wages in the EU) now addressed. Whilst the subsidised Scots can have no university fees, classes in schools of 18 (30+ in England)free specs and care for the elderly we have not only Scots and Welsh MPs deciding on a so called smoke free England but a Scot in charge. When did anyone last smoke in enclosed spaces at work or on a bus, cab or train? England had been quietly going smoke-free in most premises including cafes, restaurants and pubs but no thats not enough; the people need forcing. Smoking this month; drinking next month?
The last 10 years never happened and we did vote for Gordon, not Blair at the last election or were we told vote Blair and get Gordon? I am now just like Winston Smith so I had better get down to my table at The Chestnut Tree Cafe and the Victory Gin and try to not have memories as O'Brien advised and try to see reality through the eyes of The Labour Party. Gordon is New and he had nothing to do with 10 years of stealth taxes; ruined pensions; 91% + hikes in Council Taxes and the greatest balance of payments deficit this country has had outside of World Wars. He wasn't at the heart of Government when it invaded Iraq on a lie and made no plans for the inevitable victory and thus was responsible for the chaos; he had nothing to do with Treasury cutbacks to our Armed Services and the lack of air support and vehicles let alone decent footwear for servicemen sent to Iraq and Afghanistan. He is new because he wore a blue tie today! I will sip more gin and try to love Big Gordon.

Anonymous said...

That would be Culloden payback mate.

Mark Hewins said...

Whilst Im on the subject of web TV; I am thinking of it as a means of wresting 'control' of media from the 'big boys' back into ordinary and local hands.

Why didnt Bob Geldof's (private) company Ten Alps think of a VOIP service at the same time - or the council web 'team' for that matter? The cost of council phone calls would be zero, overnight.

Also why is it going to cost so much for an internet tv service to be 'set up'? The software is easily and cheaply available. I feel it may be more of a vanity exercise as far as KCC is concerned; and a way for Bob's company to move some more of their media 'product' whilst charging us ratepayers for it.

All I need to start up, (I have much free copyright agreed content ready), is a webcam and a server. The whole thing could be done for less than ten grand. A REAL service would cost more, but that would get us going! Comments please!
Mark Hewins

ps I keep putting my webaddress in but its not shown on your page?? Why ask for it then?

Mark Hewins said...

Oh, and my experience on the internet? Well, I first used email in 1987. Partner in a very successful central ISP (Sonnet Internet) 1995-2000, when it was sold to O2: My partner was the MD of that.

Managing domains and corporate web design team.

Oh did I mention I also play Guitar with amongst others, Bob Geldof! Hahahahaha Google me.
Best wishes Mark Hewins

Anonymous said...

Dr Moores it looks like you will have to turn comment moderation on again.
Some half wit who signs himself Mark Hewins has confused your blog site for some form of free advertising web site.

As for the story. I think it interesting that Labour selected Harriet Harman as the deputy leader. I suppose this will fit well with Brown's control freak tendencies. However it also shows that nuLabour is lurching back to it's old Labour roots. Ultimately that is good news because the majority of people in England are opposed to pretty much everything these bozos stand for.

Anonymous said...

Mr Hewins, you do not address the subject of the posting by Dr Moores and as 9.06 comments.why are you using this blog to advertise your services? You do not need to put your advert in bold type, it is conspicuously out of place already. Please keep to topic or related strands or keep your comments to yourself.

Anonymous said...

By the way thats Mark He Wins, geddit? Mark HeWins....