Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Who Did *You* Vote For In The Scramble For No10, Daddy?

From my customary prone position I am goggling at Nick Clegg's shameless two-timing of the Tory and Labour parties (were one's chap to behave in such a dishonourable fashion, he would be fired via trebuchet into the North Sea posthaste). The Kingmaker, whose Cheshire Cat grin is becoming more pronounced by the day, is bossing around both the parties to get the entirely unwanted constitutional reform he claims the nation 'deserves'. Doesn't he realise that he came last? And that those who voted for the Tories (or for those way back in second place, that vile excrescence on the buttcheek of the nation's politics) Oppose PR? Despise PR? Have absolutely no interest in PR whatsoever?
PR is what Clegg craves, and PR is what we've got. The nation should take its head out of its orifice and have a good hard look at the mess we're in - the backroom meetings, dodgy deals, endless non-statements and fluff news (sorry, Mr The BBC, but 'his car's just pulled up' is neither interesting nor relevant to, well, *anything*), financial markets yoyoing around the stratosphere and absolutely nothing getting done. The election wasn't fought on PR. It was fought on the battleground of providing economic stability. PR guarantees the opposite. Yet nonetheless the Cheshire Cat forges on, touting his wares indiscriminately, in order to drive the final nail through the crumbling coffin of parliamentary politics.
The Tories lost by only 16,000 votes. Not a great deal, it must be said. It is perfectly reasonable for Mr Cameron to form a minority government, were Brown not so despicably dishonourable that he refuses, leach- or squatter-like, to budge from No10, and is offering his resignation on a platter to the LibDems John the Baptist style. To all intents and purposes, the Tories came out on top. Now, the party that the majority of the country voted for faces having to stand in ignominy on the wrong side of the House and to deal with the insanity of a LibLab coalition. I can only hope that should such a dreadful thing come to pass, the lefties will make such a dog's dinner of UK politics that when another election rocks up in six months, they'll be sent into the wilderness for a few decades. Alas that so many jobs, so much industry, and so much more of this blessed England's history would be destroyed in the meantime.

Friday, 7 May 2010

The Balance Of Power

The plummeting markets have been stayed a little by Cameron's statesmanlike pronouncements on a coalition with the Liberal Democrats. Voting reform shall be a tricky issue, difficult to navigate through; yet Cameron's pledge to make the number of voters per seat equal while retaining the past-the-post system is eminently sensible. Additionally his pledges to do away with the dreaded ID card scourge, not handing over power to the EU and shoring up our defences are extremely attractive. Will Brown make way, though, once the Cons/LibDem alliance has been forged? As John Major delicately pointed out, Brown's behaviour is less than dignified; he reminds one of a child that has spat its biscuit and wants it back. The comparison between he and Cameron is a laughable one. The next twenty-four hours should be very interesting indeed.

Crash and Burn

Having taken a prolonged leave of absence from blogging due to the tiresome ramblings of a socialist witterer* on each of my posts which filled me with so much ire I nearly shot my Mac, I feel the diabolical catastrophe that was last night's election bloodbath requires some comment. 1). If you voted for BNP or UKIP, you're a tonker. Not only because you're either a far-left extremist who considers Mein Kampf essential holiday reading or because you think for a second the EU will relax its tentacles because Lord Pearson of Rannoch has asked them to nicely, but because you've shored up the Labour vote. By denying seats to the Conservatives (or even the LibDems, at a pinch: despite their Obamania, support for the Euro etc they are at least LIBERAL). 2) If you voted for Labour, you're a tool. The last 13 years have been so insufferably vile, so filled with spin, counterspin, doublespin, backbiting, barefaced lies, financial ruin, Nannyism, snooping, deliberate uncontrolled immigration in the name of 'multiculturalism', 'diversity', 'equality', a monstrous welfare state, surveillance and Ed Balls that only windowlickers and their ilk can possibly find anything good to say about the Labour party. 3) Cameron could have been a lot stronger; he should have taken the gloves off and let his opposite number have it. Gentlemanlike behaviour, though terribly laudable, is not what is required here. Blowing up Brown (in a metaphorical sense, of course) *is*. There is so much that could have been pointed out about the malevolent meglomaniac currently hanging on to the doorframe of No10 and strenuously resisting any attempt to dislodge him - but wasn't. C- for effort.
Rather than sit about and watch the economy tank, I'm off to the pub. I may be some time.

*at least I think he was a socialist. Certainly a witterer. Either way, a pain in the arse.
Life is to be lived, not controlled, and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat -Ralph Ellison