Posts Tagged ‘David Cameron

12
May
12

Just don’t spill your gin yet…..

I was very kindly asked by Harry to pen a few thoughts on the whole political field we find ourselves in at this moment in time. I was naturally delighted, and have done my best…

So then, the Queen’s Speech was lacklustre in a legislative manner and has been decried from all corners of the political sphere… This is nothing new. Don’t spill your gin just yet!

Despite this Coalition’s first Queen’s Speech just over 2 years ago to the day – having paved the way for the most vicious Thatcherite parliamentary session this country has had to put up for nearly a hundred years: this one was remarkably unambitious, even by their particularly low standards. It is thus no surprise to see that it had been widely panned across the entire media sphere: irrespective of ideology.

Perennial brown-noser Louise Mensch apart, the criticism of it was universal from left to right. The Daily Mail screamed in anger as to the missing plan for jobs and growth: ‘the I’ were rather polite in noting how it was just “lacklustre”, but its fine columnist Steve Richards then lambasted it as a “ragbag worthy of Blair”. Unlike Redblog’s otherwise fine guest poster Alex Hylan’s take on Blair, I am no New Labour apologist. Personally, they owe the nation, and our party, an apology, for by and large wasting 13 years of possibilities on transforming Britain.

Even as an avid republican, you almost felt sorry for ol’ Liz sat there in her big golden chair as she read out this most incredibly vacuous, hollow and pompous plan – as if she was somehow about to take the blame for it.

The critique of the whole sorry farce that I laughed at most came from all places – of the Economist’s front cover, (courtesy of avid Tory, Sunday Politics regular and George Osborne biographer Janan Ganesh). Dave is stood in hunting gear on the left side – blissfully unaware of the fire behind him. It was poetically captioned “Crisis? What crisis!?”  

Do not mistake this Queen’s speech as a veiled intent of moderation from the coalition’s powers that be; we’ve got more chance of finding Lord Lucan on Shergar than this. Frankly, I’d rather have the latter running the country!

With Labour comfortably clear in the polls, Jeremy Hunt’s head being demanded on a plate, the Leveson inquiry in full pelt, double-dip recession returning for the first time since the 1970s, unemployment being abhorrently high – you’d almost think that the Coalition would be desperate to recapture some of the initiative. After all, as incumbents they have the ultimate advantage of the system, and quasi-authority to boot. It’s yours to lose. Indeed, Britain hasn’t removed a first term government since Ted Heath picked a fight with the miners and lost!

Yet – seemingly: Nero & co are rather too comfortable fiddling whilst Rome burns, and no pathetic Kim Jong-il-esque, stunt in an Essex tractor factory will change that.  With Dave’s texts to Rebecca, (lol!), revealing that he’d long since recognised that the horse had bolted – you’d think that they would try to usher the wee creature back home. Rather: the door has been slammed shut, so should the horse ever wish to return – it wouldn’t get in!

Sympathisers with this current, intolerable mob may point to such fond, cuddly measures as more flexible post-natal parental leave. Indeed, this is admirable: but on its own – fundamentally spineless and pathetic.

Not only is it increasingly unlikely that either, (let alone both!), will have jobs thanks to austerity and ideological neo-liberal libertarian fantasies, but if this is the best a government can do in a year – then it is not worth the urine I wouldn’t release if they were on fire…

As members of the British public, we all ought to mourn this scandal. For our government are indifferent to our plight, and actively worsen it with outrageous fabricated links to the likes of Greece and Ireland. No wonder a rather large slab of Scotland would like to go its own way. Frankly – with Labour up to 43, (Yes – 43!), points clear of the rest of the rabble in the North: it seems a fair few of us would rather join them!

But if I were a Labour strategist – I’d be quietly smirking to myself. Incompetence always trumps whether or not a government is seen as fair or otherwise: but lazy incompetence – which is increasingly becoming the by-word for this Coalition government. Quite right too. The Tories’s own backbenchers increasingly despair, and the civil war at the 1922 Committee is beyond hilarious. A change of government is easier to sell to the public if they believe that the government have been sat on their hands for a large part of the 5 years.

Also, the less damage there is for any future Labour government to reverse – the better. We will have our hands rather full from removing all profit motives and vested interests from the NHS, and returning our public services to anything like acceptable in a civilised society. A jolly full plate you might say.

This all follows an absolutely excellent night for Labour at the local elections – with comfortably north of 800 council seat gains defying all daft targets and demands set on us by the unsympathetic outsiders in hopes that we would fall at the first hurdle. Quite rightly, when Ed M was busy touring the newly-gained councils of Exeter, Southampton & Harlow et al – he was pleased but not complacent. Need I mention William Hague and his baseball cap?

But there is extremely good reason to be optimistic, and nothing that this current coalition of the damned is set on doing, looks like coming close to reversing that. 2015 is a long way away to say the very least, but all lights in the distance look green.

I hate to mimic Neil Kinnock, but onwards to government comrades… Just make sure you don’t mess it up now Ed.

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17
Jan
12

David Cameron: the humanitarian?

Last week our Prime Minister visited Saudi Arabia on a trip, as we were told, to ‘boost relations’ and ‘strengthen ties’. This poses many significances which have gone unreported in the media; instead the focus has been upon how this trip and others like it provide a basis to extend ties with other nations in order to increase our trade and better our economy. There are however much deeper significances in relation to this trip which highlight the true nature of the UK’s double standard towards the Middle East.

The first key significance in relation to this trip is the fact that new arms deals will have been negotiated during this trip. Shamefully, Britain has a history in supplying arms to Middle Eastern dictatorships because, when the protests began in Egypt, it was revealed that Britain had been selling arms for years to Egypt which means British weaponry was used to oppress the people during those protests. Despite this David Cameron still went to negotiate arms deals with Saudi Arabia; this is a disgrace because not only have they been quashing protesters fighting for democracy in their own country, they have also been doing this in Bahrain as they sought the help of the Saudi Arabian army to oppress protesters in that country too. The significance here then is that it appears British made weapons will yet again be used to quash those who are still fighting for democracy today.

From this a further significance can be found in that it demonstrates the hypocrisy of David Cameron’s foreign policy. David Cameron lobbied the UN for intervention in Libya to support the proresters fighting for freedom, but now he’s selling arms to Saudi Arabi without any consideration to the human rights abuses taking place in that country. This is a double standard due to fact that he supported the uprising in Libya and rallied to their cause but is now selling arms to a dictatorship which is oppressing it’s people in just the same way as Gaddafi did.

Similarly this is happening alongside our governments lack of interest in the growingly desperate situation in Syria. Many protesters in their heroic fight for freedom have been shot down, tortured and killed by the government forces here and despite this there has been a clear lack of enthusiasm for the Syrian protesters from this government as there was for the Libyans. This absence of compassion demonstrates the true intentions behind the Libyan intervention which was to protect the supply of oil Britain receives from Libya; oil contracts in Libya were secured by Tony Blair through his complicity to Gaddafi’s brutal dictatorship and such complicity to other dictators appears to be now encapsulated by David Cameron.

Tony Blair (stood to the left) with BP securing oil contract in Libya.

David Cameron’s recent trip to Saudi Arabia poses many significances which cannot be justified by arguments of improving trade or boosting the economy; a lack of media scrutiny about this trip has allowed for these significances to go mostly unnoticed by the public. This trip highlights the hypocrisy of this government’s attitude towards the Middle East alongside our continued and shameful support of Israel and their aggression against Palestine and the Palestinian people. Our Prime Minister’s recent trip to Saudi Arabia brings to light the true shameful nature of Britain’s foreign policy and highlights the extent to which this country exports arms and weapons around the world.

JW

12
Jan
12

Prime Minister’s Questions…

Above is a video of yesterday’s PMQs…

We think that this was a success for Ed Miliband and this is why…

Ed’s questions resonated with ordinary people

We had questions on train fares, after peoples’ frustration was clear with the most recent rise. This prompted a long disagreement regarding who did what with Cameron half admitting Miliband was correct by the end. (We particularly liked the way Miliband pronounces “wrongue”)…The More Ed frustrated Cameron, the more ‘Flashman’ (the part of the PM we see when he turns bright red and his neck expands to fill the commons chamber) came out. Ed also mentioned the clear fact that the money was going to increase profits for companies rather than increased rail investments.

We also saw angry Ed yesterday; with Miliband showing how his irritation mirrors that of people up and down the UK.

Luciana Berger showed her fight as well yesterday asking about the adoption on Labour’s ‘cheapest energy tariff for the old’ policy. Cameron’s avoidance of the question again showing his weakness and anger.

It wasn’t just punch and judy though. Ed’s Second set of question showed his support for the union of the UK. On a side note, does anyone else HATE when Cameron uses the word “separatists’? It sounds like something from star wars.

It was clear to see that whilst Cameron was using slogans and words like “neverendums”, Miliband was a lot more statesmanlike, showing calmly setting out the case for the union.

On the whole, from yesterday’s PMQs it is clear to see that Ed is getting better at this and Cameron is getting, well, angrier…

HB