Malloch-Brown…

is a lying twat.

Or so it would appear…

These men need balls…

…if the electorate are ever going to trust MPs again.

Please give what you can – however small…

The return of Severely Visually-impaired* Pugh?

I do so hope that it’s just an ugly rumour that Blunkett may be returning to the Cabinet for a third fucking time.

What the motherfucking cunting fuck does Brown think he’s doing if he resurrects someone’s government career who resigned TWICE before under questionable circumstances?

Hardly a way to bolster public confidence in politics and politicians amidst all the MPs’ expenses revelations, is it?

C’mon, Brown, we now know that practically all MPs are corrupt and shonky bastards – to give us twice-tainted Blunkett again is just taking the piss.

I’d rather his fucking guide dog had a cabinet post…

*Changed from ‘blind’ because Mrs Shark thought it was cruel to bring attention to his blindness.

Fuck you and the Cheeky Girl you rode in on

Lembit Opik – just another greedy troughing thieving cunt

Well, it’s a start I suppose, with one ‘sacking’ per side in the Brown versus Cameron ‘I’ve got bigger balls than you have’ contest.

The problem is that at the moment you’d need an electron microscope to detect any bollocks at all.

It’s almost amusing how the Tory bloggers are seizing on Dave’s token sacking of MacKay and praising him for showing firm leadership and then reflecting how glorious it will all be when the Tories win the next election, when peace, prosperity and harmony will be restored to this Sceptered Isle and we’ll all be living it up munching Mr Kipling’s French Fancies and quaffing Tizer.

Or something.

The sad fact is that due to the last 12 years of Labour’s fiscal ineptitude if the Tories do get in then public services will be cut and we’ll all be taxed more – not because they’re Tories but because we’re totally boracic.

Even if – by some miracle that will put anything in the Bible to shame – Labour do get another term the same unappetising scenario will ensue, although you can bet your boots that they won’t cut welfare payments which are, in their own way, as big a scandal as the MPs’ expenses troughing and far more expensive to fund.

(If I was pulling in every available benefit – really working the system in an effort not to work – then I’d certainly put my cross next to the name of a Labour candidate.)

Whoever gets in we face a decade of heavy taxation and reduced public spending.

More germane to this blog entry, whichever party gets in will still be composed of the same greedy fuckers their leaders have allowed to remain and the British public have voted for in their usual tribal fashion.

At present I can see no real sign that Brown, Cameron or even Clegg – who stands to gain a lot from the fall out over the whole expenses row – are taking anything approaching firm and decisive action.

I mean, FFS, Brown can’t even keep his bitches in line now:

Mr Miliband, the MP for South Shields, said it was “right to say sorry” and backed the Prime Minister’s calls for a new expenses system that would be seen as “wholly fair”.

But it is understood he will not be following the lead of MPs like Health Minister Phil Hope and paying back the taxpayers’ cash he claimed for his constituency home in the north east.

That’s just a big ‘fuck you’ to every taxpayer who’s funded his excesses that is.

If Brown had any balls he’d demote the little shit to the backbenches at the very least.

Similarly, Cameron has problems exercising his authority, with Alan Duncan paying back £4000 wrongly claimed for gardening, but David ‘Sack of shit’ Heathcote Amory being let off the hook completely despite submitting equally unallowable gardening claims.

Then there’s that snivelling little prick Opik who’s going to repay the eye-watering sum of £40 000 which he wrongly received for paying a tax summons.

Whilst I’m on the subject of this fucking clown, it’s worth quoting what he’s said about the Telegraph’s exposé of MPs’ expenses:

“The Telegraph have absolutely no empathy and no understanding, no willingness to give you the whole story, and that’s tragic.”

No, you wheedling little cunt, what’s tragic is you ripping me off, so fuck you and the Cheeky Girl you rode in on.

Fuck you all, you shower of corrupt and robbing cunts.

It’s so bloody depressing, and this normally peaceable blogger now keeps looking at lampposts, eyeing up lengths of  rope in hardware shops and then imagining a few of these thieving fuckers swinging in the breeze somewhere in Parliament Square.

For fuck’s sake, you so-called leaders – just do something that shows some leadership.

A cheque here, a resignation or a sacking there just doesn’t cut it.

We want heads.

Fucking rolling.

And lots of them.

Now.

Like right fucking now.

The three wise monkeys

From L to R:  Deny it All,  Do Fuck All,  Grab it All

When blogs go too far…

I enjoy writing this blog.

I’ve done some freelance stuff for magazines and although it was great to get paid, I also enjoyed the whole process from research through to publication. Blogging to me is really no different – it just doesn’t pay.

I find the process of blogging helps me to focus on my own views on a variety of subjects – politics in particular. I think I’ve made it pretty clear that I’ll be a floating voter come the next General Election and I’d like to be able to make my mind up who gets my vote before I stand in a booth with a little black crayon in my hand.

The interactive nature of blogging is a big attraction too – I like the fact that people can comment on what I write and I can comment back and it’s all pretty rapid in nature.

I’m also appreciative of the fact that I can say more or less what I want and not have to pull any punches. I know that might mean that I sometimes express myself in ways some people might find offensive but that’s the way I’ve chosen to express myself.

I’d guess that very, very few bloggers don’t read other blogs. The blogosphere would probably resemble a DNA molecule if you could devise some sort of diagram of it. The proverb ‘birds of a feather flock together’ is just as true in blogging as it is in ‘real life’, although it’s sometimes not always the case.

As a blog reader I tend to find very little that upsets me – if I don’t like what I read I just go elsewhere.

However, what I do find hard to stomach is some of the very personal and spiteful remarks I read on what purport to be serious blogs.

Abuse is one thing – I’ve called people ‘greedy cunts’ on here, meant what I said and stand by such comments.

So, let’s look at abuse – how far it goes and how far it should go before it becomes counter-productive.

Geoff Hoon – claiming for three homes, transferred some property to his wife so she could be paid rent by him and denied originally owning that property.

My opinion of Hoon – a greedy, lying cunt.

Greedy – because he’s milking the system of MPs’ allowances for every last taxpayer penny.

Lying  – because he denied owning some property when he did own it.

Cunt – because what he’s done is what makes a cunt a cunt. I’m using the Australian definition here – ‘a despicable man’.

I think that’s fair comment – not to everyone’s tastes, maybe, but justifiable on many people’s terms.

If I then went on to say, ‘Hoon is a lanky bastard with a stupid-looking expression on his ugly face all the time’, that’s starting to venture into the personal. I can think of plenty of people like that who aren’t cunts in any way and, in my view, such remarks add nothing to a discussion or opinion apart from maybe relieving the tension of the person who made them.

To take it a stage further – and this is where I tend to recoil slightly when I read certain blogs and the comments on them – I could say, ‘Hoon is a greedy, lying, lanky, bastard cunt with a stupid-looking expression on his ugly face all the time and I’d like to get some piano wire, string him up from the nearest lamp post and stick redhot needles in his scrotum’ then I think that’s going a bit too far.

It introduces a vindictiveness that reduces a reasoned, admittedly abusive, comment to a level that demeans the commentator and debases the main points of his opinion.

I’m assuming, of course, that such malicious intentions aren’t meant to be taken seriously and that the writer is just venting but I’ve seen an awful lot of it recently concerning the recent McBride/Draper Smeargate business.

Yes, these people and those they acted for and even those who denied all knowledge of it behaved like cunts – I hope the cunts get everything that’s coming to them – they’re despicable people who have probably fucked up any chances of Labour getting in at the next General Election – Labour have fucked up the present and future prosperity of this country – our civil liberties have been crippled by their policies – there has to be a better way – they’re all greedy fucking pigs with their snouts in a seemingly bottomless trough of taxpayers’ money – etc – etc – etc.

I’m not arguing here about any of this.

But what I really don’t like is the sheer bile that’s spewing out all over the Blogosphere. It’s not going to achieve anything and it just makes the person who spews it look hysterical.

Yes, I can do what I suggest to people who don’t like something and I can just ignore it and go elsewhere, but then I ignore the venting blogger’s opinions which is not, I suspect, what the  blogger ultimately intends.

In short – Brown, Smith, Hoon, Darling, etc, et-fucking-cetera are all a shower of cunts who should be out on their ears before next year is through. They’re devious, conniving, greedy, power-mad fuckers who aren’t fit to shovel shit, but if they’re gone, that’ll do me.

That’s what matters – not some masochistic wet-dream rant involving a level of physical torture that makes the Spanish Inquisition look like a Buck House garden party…

Quote of the day – Derek Draper

From Twitter:

hannan is an economically illiterate sideshow

A risibly partisan comment from another barnacle on the hull of Labour’s sinking ship.


Tony Blair – limbo champion?

Sitting, as most of us are, amongst a set of circumstances that one might rightly describe as ‘pretty fucked up’ it’s tempting to wonder how things have got to this stage.

Here we are suffering one of the most serious economic declines ever, witnessing child abuse of an unimaginable nature, watching all manner of people bomb, shoot, kill and maim each other from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe and, for many of us, seeing a steady erosion of personal liberty in the name of immigration control and terrorist alerts.

I’m not going to begin to attempt any sort of all-encompassing explanation as to how we’ve got where we are today, but I do have a largely unanswered question that’s been troubling me for a while now that could shed some light on one of the chief problems facing us.

Did Tony Blair see economic decline coming before he left office and to what extent has he avoided any blame for it?

As far as I can ascertain, very few members of the UK’s or the world’s press or media have addressed this question.

So, now it’s my turn…

Putting aside the bitching, the agreements, the disagreements, the broken promises and the in camera meetings that Blair and his successor Brown indulged in, it became pretty clear that the plum job of PM that Brown coveted so fervently was, in fact, a poisoned apple and only a brief  ‘honeymoon’ period ensued before Brown found this out.

For most of Blair’s premiership the economic situation seemed to be very rosy.

Inflation was low, employment was relatively high and many ordinary people felt secure and reasonably prosperous.

That perception was at odds with the reality of the divide between rich and poor ever widening and what we now know to be a festering bubble of over-reliance on credit waiting to burst, but that’s sort of my point.

Many of us thought things were fine and no-one in government bothered to tell us that maybe it wasn’t after all.

Now, Brown was in charge of the economy as Chancellor from the landslide victory of Labour in 1997 to when he took over from Blair as PM so it’s tempting to blame him. I think we should. Whether he knew how serious things were becoming in the domestic and global economies over that 10 year period or whether he didn’t doesn’t really matter.

If he knew, then why didn’t he do something about it?

If he didn’t know, then why didn’t he know?

There’s a clear choice here between negligence and ignorance – neither of which are qualities you’d want in a junior accounts clerk, let alone the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

But, and here’s the crucial question, where was Blair whilst this was going on?

Did he simply let Gordon ‘get on with it’ or did he know from meetings with his Chancellor that there was trouble brewing?

Again, the choice is clear – ignorance or negligence – neither of which are qualities you’d want in a boy scout leader, let alone the Prime Minister.

So, to sum up the answer to the first part of my initial question – it doesn’t really matter whether or not he saw economic decline coming.

Either way he fucked up big time.

On to part two – to what extent has he avoided blame for catastrophic ignorance or negligence?

Well, it has to be said that Teflon Tony’s done a pretty thorough job of leaving No. 10 and finding suitable employment – he’s the UN’s Middle East envoy, he’s received a Yale University fellowship, consultancy jobs in two banks and is a potential candidate for the EC Presidency.

He’s believed to be earning about £7 million a year.

In an astonishing twist of irony, last week US President Bush awarded Blair with a Presidential medal for, amongst other things, his role in the War on Terror and, in the very same week, UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband had an article published in the Guardian saying that the War on Terror was a mistake.

If that isn’t a fucked-up state of affairs, I don’t know what is.

It’s also an indirect criticism by Miliband of his old boss who supported Bush through all the WMD, 45 minute warning, and ‘Help, I’m living next door to a Muslim, get him out of here’ bollocks.

(I’m not even going to start tearing into the duplicity of Miliband who supported Blair’s decisions regarding the whole terrorist/Iraqi invasion issue and then suddenly had his recent ‘Damascus’ moment…)

Apart from this, however, where are the searching questions about Blair’s part in the downfall of the UK’s economy?

I don’t hear them coming from the very people who should be asking them – our journalists in the press and the media.

No, Tony’s got off scot-free with his future well sorted and his reputation, whilst not regarded with fondness by many, at least more or less intact.

There are many people in the UK today who won’t shed a single tear when Margaret Thatcher pops her clogs – she was responsible for the decline of our manufacturing sector which we’d die to have right now and she did her utmost to destroy our perception of society that gave it a certain cohesion that is lacking today.

Indeed there are many who’d queue to piss on her grave.

For what it’s worth I don’t think that Tony’s quite achieved that status yet.

However, I can only fervently hope that history will not be kind to him after he surfed into government like a golden boy on the waves of our hopes and dreams – after years of Tory malpractice – reneged on almost every Socialist principle people voted him in on and then buggered off after making a complete fuck-up of our economy whether through ignorance or negligence.

And as for Blair and the limbo, our Tony can get down so low that he can duck under anything.

Only time will tell whether he eventually goes down too low and ends up disappearing up his own arse.

I defy the guy to come up smelling of roses then…

Late addition…

I won’t say I’ve researched this very deeply but it seems clear after some cursory Googling that it was pretty clear from the way the US Federal Reserve started to slash its interest rates from early 2007 that all the signs of a US and hence an ensuing UK recession were all there well before Blair announced his forthcoming resignation.

Lest this be seen as letting Brown off the hook, George Soros – who’s been known to be right on many occasions – recommended that the Bank of England cut interest rates as early as January 2008.

I think it’s now pretty certain that we had over 18 months to get ready for the financial shitstorm that erupted in September 2008 but we appear to have done nothing about it. OK, maybe we couldn’t have avoided it altogether but maybe we could have been better situated to ride it out better than we are doing at present.

Tony…Gordon…you really fucked things up.