Friday, May 23, 2008

Up the Junction - a note to the BBC

The BBC Radio 5 discussion of the Crewe by-election seemed bizarrely biased where the sole argument being put forward by most of the callers is that the last 16 years of Tory administration had been unlovely at times. Never mind that Gordon Brown's financial opportunity was entirely down to the inheritance of John Major's financial turnaround - an act of rare honesty for any hue of politician that cost him the election.

Some of us recall Harold Wilson, Jim Callaghan, Michael Foot, Neil Kinnock and John Smith but guess what? We got over it, and become more interested in the future than the past. Why is the left incapable of moving on from the Tolpuddle Martyrs? Is it because they have limited creativity and little imagination? Look at the way the established left fights elections - after the BNP, it is always the left that is first to resort crude smear and scare tactics. And true to type, they did it all again in Crewe.

Victoria Derbyshire seems to be making rather less effort to conceal the BBC's institutional "leanings" than usual - perhaps the realisation that the BBC will be revised by a Conservative government has set off alarms.

But since we are obsessed by the past, please consider this - the BBC's contribution to the digital economy has been much the same as when the BBC Computer (remember that? much lauded at the time, but where is it now?) stifled commercial competition and put a brake on the UK home computer industry at a crucially formative time for world markets.

So you may indeed be right to be concerned for your futures under a new administration, but don't confuse the good of the BBC and its crew of Guardianista with the good of the country and its population at large.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

The Wicked Witch and a Motley Crewe

TMP is quite embarrassed by the relentless stream of proof that our assessment of the government and its key personalities over the past two years, has been proven to be so perfectly accurate. The Wicked Witch's tireless efforts since Tony's resignation have confirmed that the dreadful woman is capable of saying and doing just about anything in the interests of accumulating cash.

It is perfectly correct that she should be be relieved of her judicial duties; how can anyone now be confident that a "particularly persuasive" plea for clemency from a dodgy defendant might not end up as a piece of artwork hanging in her latest mansion?

It's taken the Tories the best part of 20 years to live down its clumsily acquired image as heartless toffs in the wake of the poll tax riots, but pretty much the whole of the Labour party now lies exposed as completely bereft of principles, and capable of saying and doing just about anything to cash in on personal memoirs ...or cling to power.

After the sneering destruction of the hereditary element of the House of Lords and its replacement using tawdry purchased honours, the attempt to install the next in line for the Dunwoody dynasty in Crewe using just about any smear tactics that they can conjure, seems particularly appropriate as an act of exquisite cynicism in the dying days of this completely corrupt regime.

It is a mark of Gordon Brown's continued political autism that he did not take the opportunity to stamp his authority on the party and assert that no mater what it cost, he would not permit acts of such cynicism and indecency as have been employed by the party in the Crewe by election, to be traded for a few cheap votes - especially since Labour was probably going to lose either way.

The most impressive and dignified thing he could have done was to withdraw the dreadful Dunwoody woman, expel the Crewe Labour party, and leave the Conservatives and Liberals to fight it out.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Something of a breakthrough

The vote for Boris Johnson and the Conservative party in general suggests that we seem to be witnessing a sea change in the zeitgeist, as the unholy alliances between Big Money and cabals of misguided and inept minorities are starting to come apart.

Let us pray that this is the beginning of the end of rule by using exaggerated and irrational fear of anything the cabals can "bogeyfy" - ranging from terror to climate.

There appears to be a growing desire for the return of good old fashioned common sense.

Let's hope Cameron understands that he is mostly in favour purely because he could not be any worse than Gordon Brown, and that in order to secure the opportunity he needs to set about restoring some of the old-fashioned ideas that were sacrificed to spin. If you find yourself starting to feel any sympathy for the increasingly pathetic sight of Gordon Brown doing his sorry best to confess and promise to listen and try harder, then TMP has one word of advice: DON'T!

Brown always was grotesquely over rated as a Chancellor - he took a solid inheritance from the previous Tory administration, destroyed the pensions industry and built an economy on the shifting sands of dubious credit. It is supremely ironic but wholly justified that this all came home to roost within months of his assumption of the office of (sub) Prime Minister. And let's not spare the embarrassment of those idiots in the City and business that encouraged the New Labour disaster, and got their gongs (by hook or by crook). But it is too much to hope that they repent, and properly atone for their sins, since most have trousered fat fortunes built on Brown's phony property and credit booms, and are now wonderfully isolated from the cost of petrol, and the prospect of an impecunious old age.

It should be quite simple for Cameron to get the plot from here: the electorate has pretty much shown him what they want - genuine lo-nonsense conservative politics with a bit of an edge and glamour. The BoJo majority clearly doesn't care for political correctness, the ECHR or indeed the array of neo-Nazis Labour has invented, best exemplified by the Gestapo of Health and Safety.

Let's hope StanJo gets his son's vacated seat, and the undoing of the 12 years of the clearly failed New Labour Project continues, with a return to the old fashioned ideas of doing the will of the majority .