Thursday, January 24, 2008

Game's Up

So Peter Hain, the great survivor, has finally fallen on his sword and resigned, which rather leaves Gordon Brown with a dwindling choice of vaguely intelligent MPs for the top jobs in Government. And who’s to say that Harriet Harman won’t be next?

Dr. John Reid has announced he is stepping down as an MP. Who can blame him when being Chairman of Celtic football club is an even more lucrative career move than being a Government Minister.

Teflon Tony of course left the job as Prime Minister at just the right moment and is now earning a £1 million a year or more doing what he does best, being abroad and is likely to become European President, a role worth £squillions for the right man and who else but Tony could do the job while he’s waiting for a vacancy at the Vatican?

Let me think? Stephen Byers, David Blunkett, John Prescott, Charles Clarke? If you suffer from insomnia, just try counting the number of Labour Ministers caught-up in scandals over the last ten years? In contrast, the last days of John Major’s Government pales into near insignificance.

What you might notice from the sidelines, is now that the writing is firmly on the wall, the game is up and so on in cliché terms, there is a sense that Labour’s elite are looking to their retirement plans outside Parliament as the party faces being kicked-out at the next election by a country sick of crime and spin and deceit and suffocating under red-tape and political correctness.

In ten years, what is really better and what really works? Hospitals, Schools, Defense. Gordon Brown has taken the credit for an economy driven by the monetary policy of an independent Bank of England and the most powerful financial centre in the world, the City of London. Remove both from the equation and what’s left?

As the months pass, watch to see how many of the Labour Party ‘elite’ show signs of bailing-out into a comfortable consultancy role in the private sector. It’s always been the same. Historically, Conservative MPs have come from business and the professions but Labour hasn’t and this is plainly evident when you listen to the quality of debate from both sides of the House of Commons. With a spell in the wilderness approaching and a possible loss of a Parliamentary seat, Labour MPs, many of whom started as career politicians, will have to start wondering what they will do once the monthly salary stops. Go back to being a businessman an author or a barrister? Possibly not in a great many cases.

A good friend of mine left Parliament at the last election. Not a Conservative MP I should add. He saw the light and now holds a senior role in one of the world’s largest IT companies. Looking back on the last two years I doubt he has any regrets either!

It's all rather like the plot of 'The New Statesman' with MP, Alan B'stard, in the Labour Party instead. The game’s is surely up but looking at the mess the pitch is in,(such as Northern Rock) I don’t envy any Government of the future having to play on the surface that’s been left behind, do you?


Anonymous said...

Tony Blair knew when to jump ship then ?

The late Airey Neave was much concerned about something he heard in the 50s. The Soviet, apparently, suggested that the USA and, especially UK, were not educating enough engineers and scientists. That this would be the fundamental truth of US and UK eventual decline.

This is not just about manufacturing, mining etc. Maggie saw to it that our independent capability in those areas was malleted. It is also about the infrastructure. Power generation and distribution and so on.

If, as you say, we looked at the situation with the City of London removed as a factor, then we should be very worried.

If Maggie had not killed UK manufacture and mining then today we would not be running with just 11% spare capacity in power generation. We would be having electricity rationing.

Has any politician the bottle to tell it how it is.

Sack all drama studies, media studies, womens studies, retail studies, sociology, general studies teachers and lecturers.

announce that education has been mad since WW2. That we live in the age of three phase electric and the internal combustion engine but that fact is not reflected in the curriculum. Education, hence3forth, to serve the needs of the nation and end education being a source of pay to public sector parasites teaching useless pseudo subjects (whose students then get work teaching the same subjects thus creating an exponential increase of useless tossers looking to public sector for jobs)

Cordon and search the whole country bit by bit. Eject all illegals. Close our borders.

Cut the public sector with no redundancy compensation.

Retrain all social workers as cleaners.

Death penalty for drugs pushers.

One chance at rehab for drug users. After that if they relapse then death penalty.

(China had to do that)

Would such a politician get a majority vote though ?

anon again! said...

anon again!

I dunno, reading what this NON Political "Tory" rag-blogg has to write, you would think that there had never ever been any Tory scandal in Britain. Should I open a blogg and open up some of my old files, and those of the BBC/ITV/Grananda News programmes, from recent History, or encourage people in Glass Houses NOT to throw too many stones.

Anonymous said...

It sounds as if 5.35 would like to revive Mr Powell as well?


DrMoores said...

I don't think it's ever been said that there has never been a Tory scandal. There have been lots over the centuries. However, we happen to be ten years into the government that promised that such hings would never happen. Remember Tony and all those waving flags. New politics and a new Britain.

Sadly however the old adage has proved true once again. This is that the longer a government remains in power the more it tends towards the corruption of power.

Which is thankfully why we still have a democracy. Well almostm as ten years of Labour's fiddling with so-called electoral reform means it would need a tidal wave of sentiment to change the govenment or expressed another way, winning more votes than Labour doesn't mean winning a General Election, given the disproportionate weighting in key areas.. you guess it.. our friends in the Northern consituencies!

anon again! said...

anon again!

I only said "you would think there had never", meaning of course there were many offences committed by various Government Officials during the last Tory bash at ru(i)nning this wonderfully patient Country. One should be grateful, we could have someone in charge of Mr Mugabe's nature doing the job!

Anonymous said...

Re anon again 5:35 & 6:47.

I was thinking of Colin Powell.....
Well hush my mouth.Did you think I was talking about Enoch?


Anonymous said...

CS of 10.07, like the Labour Party at the time Powell's Speech is still held up as racist by people who never read or understood what he was actually saying: How wrong was he on some issues?

Enoch Powell, in 1968 (40 years ago), predicting the failure of mult-culturalism and the rise of the Islamic Militant:

“In fifteen or twenty years, on present trends, there will be in this country 3 1/2 million Commonwealth immigrants and their descendants. That is not my figure. That is the official figure given to Parliament by the spokesman of the Registrar General's office. There is no comparable official figure for the year 2000, but it must be in the region of 5-7 million, approximately one-tenth of the whole population, and approaching that of Greater London.
Of course, it will not be evenly distributed from Margate to Aberystwyth and from Penzance to Aberdeen. Whole areas, towns and parts of towns across England will be occupied by different sections of the immigrant and immigrant-descended population. “

“ Now we are seeing the growth of positive forces acting against integration, of vested interests in the preservation and sharpening of racial and religious differences, with a view to the exercise of actual domination, first over fellow immigrants and then over the rest of the population. “
Enoch Powell
April 20, 1968.