Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Good news, you might think! Young people getting involved in politics just like those members of the Tooting Popular Front all those years ago.
But today the main story is that the Labour Party is very close to being financially insolvent and possibly about to become bankrupt. During last year's Labour deputy leadership contest, Jon Cruddas, a left-wing candidate, said that the party was facing oblivion because of the collapse in its rank-and-file membership. The figures for 2007 seem to bear this out. "Labour membership has fallen to the lowest level in the party's 108-year history."
All those stories about the Labour Party going into political oblivion may be over-egged but it certainly doesn't have the money to put where its mouth is. A fitting epitaph?
Monday, July 28, 2008
Is it just me or is the only thing that the rump of the Labour Party can think of doing when the chips are down is to introduce a windfall tax on some giant multi-national companies?
Their latest target is the energy companies who have made "obscene" profits on the back of the rise in oil and gas prices. The usual left-wing nutters have been out in force today saying that it is wrong that these companies should be allowed to make these enormous amounts of money for their "privileged" shareholders - never mind that so many happen to be mainly pension funds and small individual shareholders - just the sort of people who we need to save for the long-term to provide the funding for future pensions and prosperity.
According to these socialist economic illiterates the money should be used by the government to invest in energy conservation schemes. Given that the chief promulgators of this very short-sighted proposal appear to be trade union leaders - many of whom attended the Warwick II Labour Party/Union policy development conference this weekend - perhaps this is where Harriet Harman's suggestion on the Andrew Marr show on Sunday that "one million green collar jobs can be created" came from?
This is the politics of La-La land and shows that many on the Left are both economically and intellectually still living in a 1970s world where it was the workers against the capitalists (ie the Tories). Don't they realise that if there is not some very major capital investment in the "real" energy infrastructure of this country (not bloody pointless wind farms) the lights will be going out in more ways than one?
Where do these unionised pygmies think all this money is going to come from?
- The government? (The government does not have any money except that which it raises in taxation. How much more tax do they want us to pay as a percentage of GDP?
- The energy companies? (If they are not able to make sufficient profits to allow them to invest in replacing and developing new sources of energy and generating capacity they will not do it - at least not at anything like the rate that is required - and, being global companies, could easily go elsewhere.)
In simple terms - and it needs to be simple so these Labour neanderthals can understand it - if the Government decides to implement these windfall taxes then the energy companies will be less likely to make the investments that we so desperately need. (NB: As usual John Redwood has put the point much more succinctly!)
If Brown thinks he can save his own neck and that of the Labour Party by going through with this, then we will all be doomed to a very miserable existence in the future.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
"Home secretary blames media for confusion over knife criminals' visits to victims in A&E"
One of the last bastions of a doomed Labour Party appears to be using the so-called "race card". What will they accuse the Tories of next - eating your babies?
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
How far this is because people are fed up with Labour or because they are inspired by the alternative vision being offered by Cameron's Conservatives remains to be seen. Certainly, David Cameron's speech in Glasgow East earlier in the week on the need for individuals to take personal responsibility for their lives is not being treated with the usual general derision in the media. In fact, the reaction is quite the opposite and he is being praised for his courage in going against the years of Labour spin and political correctness.
All this bodes well but there are those members of the commentariat that still like to see Brown and his woeful government as having a snowball in hell's chance of retaining office. Matthew D'Ancona in the Sunday Telegraph , for example, reckons that Gordon Brown is still up for it. To be fair he does ask "...Can this battered, bloodied, remarkable man come back from the lip of the abyss?....".
My response was - "The simple answer, Matthew, is no. I do wonder at times if you really know as much as you think you do about the inner-workings of the Labour inner-circle. You think that Brown is a "remarkable man"? If that means he became the un-elected Prime Minister of the country because he was so brilliant then you are sadly mistaken. He has already shown he does not have the skills, ability and experience to deal with the demands of such a high office. The only remarkable thing about Gordon Brown is that he is an obvious loser - always has been, always will be."
That's telling yoo, Jimmy!
Saturday, July 05, 2008
The bit I liked the best was that the boycott would deprive the Tory bloggers of income from the advertisements on their sites.
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
"A dour Scotsman with slept-in hair and a reputation for regular towering rages overcomes a massive points deficit by dint of plain grit and relentless application, gradually securing the affections of an English audience along the way, and in the twilight of the day wins through to victory over his flashier opponent. But enough about Andy Murray."
So said a Labour person to me somewhat wistfully earlier, as we discussed the future for Gordon Brown."