Question Time with Griffin – a wasted opportunity


After all the hype, last night’s Question Time proved to be rather underwhelming.

The panel of Jack Straw (Labour Justice Secretary), Baroness Warsi (Tory shadow communities minister), Chris Huhne (Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman), Bonnie Greer (playwright and critic) and Nick Griffin (BNP leader and MEP) immediately split into the factions of Griffin versus the rest and went rapidly downhill from then on.

It soon resembled nothing more than ‘An Audience with Nick Griffin’ and concentrated almost exclusively on the BNP policies regarding race and immigration.

Straw seemed to doze off at times and he reminded me of the incontinent old gimmer who sits in the corner at parties and wakes up every so often to moan about the music being too loud before shitting himself and nodding off again.

Huhne was blandness personified – nothing he said really registered with me.

Baroness Warsi performed reasonably well and gave Griffin a few tough moments but never really got going and when she did, Dimbleby reined her in and moved on to the next question rather abruptly.

Bonnie Greer came out with some amusing stuff but seemed more concerned with making herself look clever than with making Griffin look a fool. Even then her historical banter with Griffin showed that neither of them had much grasp of history.

In short, the panel lacked intellect and gravitas.

The debate never widened and we never got a chance to hear how Griffin’s party would sort out the economy, improve policing and the justice system or tackle Afghanistan.

So, how would I have handled this edition of QT?

The panel would have been stronger: Redwood or Hague for the Tories, Cruddas or Field for Labour, Ming Campbell for the LibDems and Shami Chakrabarti as the non-politico (although that’s open to debate!)

The questions would have been far more wide-ranging so that the emotionally-charged  matters of race and immigration were far less dominant and the audience should have been less partisan.

That way, there would have been more of a level playing field but Griffin would have had to prove himself as an ‘all rounder’, which so far he seems not to be.

As it was, Griffin emerged as a one issue politician who was fortunate to have only been asked questions on his ‘specialist subject’. I doubt whether his performance boosted his popularity to any significant extent and he had one or two sticky moments when he looked like a blustering idiot, but he could have emerged from the programme far worse than he did.

In short, a wasted opportunity and the only winners were really the BBC, who managed to attract 8.2 million viewers.

Not so fast with that noose!

At times over the last few months it’s been difficult to peer through the sickly red mist that’s descended whenever I’ve read something about the incredible cupidity of our troughing MPs.

Wank films, duck houses, moat-cleaning, plasma TVs, etc, etc – we’ve been steadily bombarded with details of these and many other items that we, the taxpayers, have paid for.

Now, it seems to be payback time, although when you hear about someone like Jacqui Smith you begin to wonder how seriously widespread public anger and unrest are being taken.

So does Sir Thomas Legg who heads up the team auditing MPs’ expenses claims and clawing back overpayments and the like.

Well done, Sir Thomas!

But is it?

Playing devil’s advocate here, is this statement from Legg really how we want rules and regulations – not to mention laws – applied in a just and fair society?

…Sir Thomas said that he could find nothing in the existing rules setting out the maximum allowable for other large expenses, including cleaning and gardening. Therefore, he believed that limits must be imposed retrospectively.

“Some limits must be regarded as having been in place to prevent disproportionate and unnecessary expenditure from the public purse,” he said.

What do we stand to gain from more – retrospective payments obtained from rewritten and reinterpreted regulations to satisfy a public hunger for revenge or a total revamping of the conditions under which MPs represent the people who vote them into their jobs?

Yes, they took the piss – and I’ve been as vociferous as most people in my condemnation of their greed and corruption – but do we really want to employ a mechanism whereby people can be retrospectively held to account for their misdemeanours after the rules have been changed?

I sure as fuck don’t.

Punish the cunts to the fullest extent of the law and claw back every fucking red cent from the felching shitweasels but then press for Parliament for legislation to ensure full accountability of MPs in all aspects of their job.

It’s the only way to avoid this happening again a few years down the line – if our rewritten laws will allow us to do anything about it by then…

The alternative just opens up possibilities that hardly bear thinking about.

Yesterday’s Trafigura/Carter Ruck/Guardian debacle showed how the application of laws can be hidden from scrutiny – do we really want our laws to be arbitrarily changed as well?

How to get fucked in Brighton

‘Maggie. I really am fucked this time, aren’t I?’

‘Just wave, you cunt.’

Well, it’s the day after the Labour Conference’s ‘Big Day’ – Gordon’s speech – and the aftermath looks like the political equivalent of a Trident nuclear missile scoring a direct hit on a sewage farm.

There’s SHIT everywhere.

Of course, Labour stalwarts are saying that there’s a renewed fire in their bellies and that a Labour defeat isn’t inevitable next year, but the consensus of opinion seems to contradict that rather limp prediction.

Simply put, Brown is just 12 years too late.

If New Labour had actually tackled the problems he outlines when they came to power, and which were all there in one form or another back in 1997 – had anyone had the nouse to actually look at the possible impact of lack of fiscal restraint and removal of self-responsibility – then we might be looking at a fourth Labour term.

However, yesterday’s speech was a predictable mixture of populist proposals – hostels for teenage mothers – climbdowns – no compulsory ID cards – and public spending recklessness – family intervention initiatives.

In other words, the mixture as before – kneejerk reactions to public concerns backed up by hasty planning and with no regard for efficacy or cost.

And now, even the Sun doesn’t like Labour.

Labour really are fucked.

More fucked than a fucker being fucked by some other fuckers during a fucking fuck fest.

Ta DP!

Nicked off Dick Puddlecote’s blog.

Don’t tell him, eh?

Why did it all go so fucking wrong?

I’ve recently noticed a common concern running through the blogs I read most – namely, how have we got to the stage where we seem to be wading thigh-high through what The Salted Slug calls cuntsoup?

After much thought, and discussing it with a few people, I’ve arrived at a partial answer, although my evidence isn’t empirical and has no statistics to back it up.

I can’t prove what I want to say, but I have lived through the period I’m describing and it’s how I perceive events, having gone through several political phases and all of which were to the left of center…

I’m a child of the 1950s.

Although I wasn’t aware of it at the time, I had a ration card which was necessary in the years after the Second World War – up to 1954, in fact.

The world had been devastated by the war and the UK’s economy was in ruins – sound familiar?

However, gradually, we started to pull ourselves out of the shit and by the time I reached my teenage years in the mid 1960s things seemed to be going pretty well.

Now, a lot of crap’s been written about the 60s but it was surely a time of change. With increased prosperity and new freedoms people began to question the direction that certain events and processes were drawing us towards – there was the Vietnam War, civil rights, increased sexual freedom, a flowering of all sorts of creativity, greater personal prosperity and new opportunities for social mobility; all forcing people to make choices regarding their attitudes, opinions and lifestyles.

In short, people became far more proactive and they started to question the way in which their lives were being influenced by the State.

It was at the juncture, I believe, that the State started to change its method of controlling its citizens – assuming that all states actively seek some sort of control – by switching from benign and paternalistic patron to authoritarian and prescriptive master.

All because it perceived itself as being under threat, as people started to express themselves more freely, more literately and more actively.

In the US, UK and France the authorities reacted to the more extreme manifestations of this freedom is in a draconian manner which is still evident today when reacting to public demonstrations of dissatisfaction with the State – not that this was a new phenomenon, but it is now a far more frequent one.

Due to its change of role, the State now actively seeks to control pretty much every aspect of its citizens’ lives – from what they eat to how they think – and it’s how it accomplishes this which is at the root of the general malaise I identified at the beginning of this post.

Taking – as an example – this, it is increasingly clear that we live in a prohibitive society where we are told what not to do and then threatened with punishment even before what we are told not to do hits the statute books and becomes law.

Essentially, ‘if you don’t do this, then some bad things will happen to you’.

You just have to look at the proliferation of signs that shows no signs of stopping and which serves as a constant reminder that we are being controlled in almost every aspect of our daily lives.

The result of this is that we have created a nation of people many of whom don’t behave anti-socially not out of some sort of moral sense and because it’s inherently wrong, but because they’ll be punished if they persist.

Fair enough, it may be that we have so many ‘deviants’ that we have to impose harsher measures, but we’ve reached this state sooner than we might have done had successive governments not decided to be so prescriptive that people have gradually lost the ability to think for themselves.

We are all treated like potential deviants.

This is our inheritance and why we’re almost drowning in cuntsoup.

This is before you factor in what I now see to be the malign influence of a form of socialism that I once thought was ‘Socialism Lite’ but is now revealed as a ‘consumer-friendly’ but no less insidious and creeping threat to our society.

The Labour governments of the past 12 years have tried – and largely succeeded – in selling the public what is one of the biggest and cruelest lies of all – that everyone is equal and that they can be made to be equal.

As a result, we have so many minority groups all fighting for equality and their ‘fair’ share of the pie that it’s no wonder there’s a total lack of social cohesion today.

The individual is ignored and serves as the cash cow for an ever-burgeoning series of demands from various ethnic, gender, religious and cultural groups, many of which represent lifestyle choices rather than real basic needs and which are championed by organizations set up by the government and funded from taxpayers’ money, when, in the majority of cases, simple and existing laws would be just as effective and far cheaper.

It’s all a giant fucking mess and no-one that I can see has any solution; although, to be fair, there can be no quick fixes for something that’s taken over 50 years to reach this stage.

All I know is that, whatever is done, it has to involve people taking on far more responsibility for themselves and less State intrusion into our private lives.

The only political movement that seems to offer anything approaching this is Libertarianism.

Libertarians believe in individual liberty, personal responsibility, and freedom from government—on all issues at all times. We don’t say government is too big in one area, but then in another area push for a law to force people to do what we want. We believe in individual liberty, personal responsibility, and freedom from government —on all issues at all times.

It would be a Herculean task to even start turning this into reality, but do we really want another 50 years of increased State interference in people’s lives?

Indeed, could society even survive it?

Mandy Guevara

Fucking heil

Where do you fucking start with this?

The government must not “lose our nerve” in dealing with the recession, Lord Mandelson has said.

In a speech in London, the business secretary said Labour should have “the mindset of insurgents who are restless with the status quo, not incumbents”.

I’d have said that the status quo referred to is pretty much down to 12 years of a Labour government.

And now he wants his ‘restless’ party to act against it.

In fact, the truth is all there, it’s just that this devious marmoset-fucking streak of ring-cheese has attributed some of the feelings he describes to the wrong fucking people.

It’s a large proportion of the British population that is restless – not the Labour Party, which is simply shitting itself at the thought of losing the next General Election.

As for insurgents…well, I think we’ll see more of those coming from outside the Labour Party rather than from within it as we continue to be stripped of our freedoms in the name of an unrealistically expensive and misguided drive towards equality for all and lots of free money for those who rely on the State to impose equality rather than make an effort to try and gain it for themselves.

And most of us won’t like some of those insurgents…particularly those with VOLE tattooed across their lefthand knuckles…

Instead of simply saying, ‘We fucked up, now we’ll fuck off’ – which is what an election this year would amount to – the fatally-wounded Labour Party has chosen to portray itself as some sort of  band of radical freedom fighters who’ve had enough of the same old shit.

Which, ironically, is how most people think about the Labour Party…

Utter, utter cunts.

Brown’s lifesaver?

Nails bitten to the quick?

Economy going down the pan?

Backbenchers getting a bit uppity?

Leadership issues?

Polls painting a gloomy picture?

Election failure looming?

12 years in opposition doesn’t appeal?

You need…

The Civil Contingencies Act!

Removes all known opposition!

Invoke it NOW and look forward to 5 more years of Labour mismanagement!

(Other desperate measures are available)

Bullying Gordon and Bullingdon Dave

I’ve tended to screen out most of the over the top remarks and comments about Gordon Brown’s mental health that I’ve read on some of the more extreme and/or right-wing blogs (all be it very popular blogs).

They seem hysterical, defamatory, shallow and no better than some of the out and out fascist shite I’ve read when exploring the more squalid depths of my internets.

However, I have to say that Brown’s press conference yesterday (Thursday 4/6/09) had me wondering about his mental state.

I can’t find the whole conference on line, and this Guardian clip only shows his more rational moments.

Watching the whole thing, however, whilst he’s evidently not totally batshit fucking crazy, he seemed to me to be nervous, evasive and breathless, stuttered quite a bit and kept repeating himself.

(The fact that he blatantly lied about his handling of Alistair Darling I ascribe to the usual political expediency in the whole game. If all politicians who lied were lunatics then we’d be rid of the bastards once and for all…)

However, whilst he’s not straitjacket fodder quite yet, I reckon he’s on the verge of some sort of mental crisis.

Moreover, many people have spoken about his bullying tactics, episodes of rage and Nokia-trashing.

But that’s his problem – it’s the crisis he’s brought about through a series of disastrous decisions that I’m more concerned about.

And how has his recent cabinet ‘reshuffle’ helped this country?

We now have an unelected Prime Minister leading a cabinet with a large proportion of unelected members – peers such as Mandelson and Adonis and soon-to-be peers like Glenys ‘Fuck me, what the cunting fuck is she doing back?’ Kinnock – ‘supported’ by an increasingly fractured body of MPs who are so busy taking sides that they’re more concerned about their own situation and saving their own skins than they are about the people who are paying their salaries – taxpayers like you and me.

I didn’t want an early election when the MPs’ expenses scandal broke, but I’ve changed my mind now.

No-one has any confidence in Brown, his Cabinet, his party or his policies now. Not just here in the UK, but in the rest of the world, and the markets reflect that.

Britain is becoming a joke to the rest of the world and is now a potential banana republic when our AAA credit rating falls through the floor.

Whether an election happens soon – the preferable option – or in a year’s time – which will mean another wasted year – it’s pretty evident that the Tories will get in.

On what basis, I couldn’t really say., but I can’t see anyone out there who’ll beat them.

Call me Dave hasn’t really said much about what is actually going to change – for it’s change we want.

I’m convinced that if there were only two parties then the Tories would do a better job – even if all they did was scrap ID cards, which is the only policy that I recall hearing.

However, every time I find myself thinking, ‘Hmm…maybe I really should give Cameron and his chaps a shot,’ I remember this:

I’m not an envious person. I’m quite content with my lot and acknowledge that there are rich people who can be rich for various reasons – birth, background, through their own efforts, etc, etc.

However, this photo – with its privileged subjects of the Bullingdon Club who have their own ‘uniform’ (which cost over £3000 in 2007) – just keeps me from going any further than just thinking about going Tory.

I could never do it when I can see, second from left at the back, one David Cameron.

It’s not my Labour-voting roots and history, it’s not envy, it’s not any sort of class issue.

I just think I know a bunch of cunts when I see one and I don’t have that much faith in the ability of people to change their attitudes radically as they get older.

I think Dave has a ‘bit of Bully’ in him still.

Incidentally, I’m looking on all this as personal political progress:

Labour have lost my vote forever…and I’m fucked if I’m going to vote for a party led by someone who had to dress up like a total fucking tool to enjoy himself at Uni…

Toodle pip!

Zanu Labour’s mortgage rescue plan pisses £285 million up wall

Er…am I reading this right?

The Department for Communities and Local Government said that in April 139 households applied for help in avoiding repossession but that only one successfully received the support. However, this single acceptance doubles the tally of those accepted by the scheme, which had been aiming to help 6,000 families avoid losing their homes. Some 75,000 are expected to face foreclosure this year, according to independent estimates.

Shit…I am…

More than poor, but downright fucking catastrophic when you consider that the scheme has been funded to the tune of £285 million and was set up at the beginning of the year.

Yes – £285 million.

Way, way more than our troughing MPs have trousered and all 100% legal.

However, I have a better idea for government use of taxpayers’ money.

Why not just get everyone in work to empty their wallets and purses and clean out their bank accounts, drop all the dosh in a big pot and let Brown and Co piss it all up the wall?

It’s indefensible because it’s so obviously a really shit idea which patently isn’t working – and meanwhile the civil servants working in that scheme are drawing salaries and their bosses are claiming expenses.


Some good advice from the Wolf

The Wolf:
“Well, let’s not start suckin’ each
other’s dicks quite yet.”

(Quentin Tarentino – Pulp Fiction)