Friday, 26 October 2007
HT to Iain Dale for spotting this Grauniad report on a sleazy 'cash for access' scandal involving Labour peer Lord Hoyle, who had links to disgraced sleazebucket Ian Greer. Hoyle 'sold' access to his chum Lord Drayson, who's in charge of the nation's defence cashbox.
The rotten stench of Labour's corruption outstinks the mephitic miasma of the charnel house.
Gordon and the Brownies' misjudgement in playing with a potential election recently is reported to have cost Labour over £1m. Their desperation to get their snouts into the public trough - and with Cameron's unwillingness to play - is evidenced by this Commons exchange on Wednesday 24th October:
Nick Herbert (Arundel and South Downs) (Con): Most people will be astonished by the front of Labour Ministers, such as the Government Chief Whip, who call for controls on party donations but want to exempt unions from those controls. We have called for a comprehensive cap on all donations so that individuals, companies and trade unions are treated equally. Is it not obvious why the Government have rejected this? They do not want to give up the £17 million of funding they received from the unions last year. In exercising his responsibility for policy on party funding, will the Lord Chancellor be acting in the interests of the public or the interests of his party?
Mr. Straw: I am tempted to descend to the level that the Conservatives have now reached on this issue. However, I live in hope that the constructive, consensual approach that they were taking under the Leader of the Opposition only a few months ago will continue. The hon. Member for Arundel and South Downs (Nick Herbert) has not been party to the all-party talks. Those of us who have know well that each party has had to accept significant compromises to reach a consensus. That remains my hope and desire, but it can be achieved only if the spirit in which we entered into the talks, and which continued until July, goes on. I greatly regret that, for reasons that remain unexplained, the Conservatives cancelled the next meeting of those all-party talks, which was due on the 3 September, and that they have had the most extraordinary difficulty in finding a date to suit them since then.
Nick Herbert: The Lord Chancellor conspicuously failed to answer the question. There is no possibility of achieving consensus while union barons control affiliation fees. By not counting £8 million of donations, he drives a coach and horses through the principle of capping donations. Is it not clear from his answer that the Government have not the slightest interest in securing a level playing field for party funding? Is it not also clear that their only interest in the conduct of elections is exactly what the Electoral Commission’s report described yesterday—partisan interest above the public interest?Lib Dem MP Paul Holmes was in danger of misleading the House himself during the same questions session by asking Straw "An opinion poll commissioned earlier this year by Unlock Democracy showed that 76 per cent. of the public support cross-party talks on party funding.". Either Mr Holmes cannot read very well or he was being deliberately misleading; the question asked by Unlock Democracy wasn't about party funding at all. It was
"Political parties should try and agree on proposals for constitutional reform before those proposals are voted on by Parliament" - and 76% agreed with this sensible proposal on constitutional reform.
Read the Unlock Democracy poll results HERE.
In fact, what the public really think is well reflected in the poll question "Political Parties should be allowed to raise and spend money as they wish as long as it is transparent" - with 57% agreeing and only 36% disagreeing.
And I'll bet the public doesn't reckon Labour's sleazy sale of honours comes under 'transparent' either.
Hayden Phillips was perhaps being unrealistic in expecting a conclusion to State funding talks by mid-October (see HERE). If Cameron has got his finger on the nation's pulse, he will reject any further extension of State funding.
Some petty whingeing from the socialists about Ld Ashcroft's small cash injections to marginal Labour constituencies is vastly overshadowed by the release today of MPs expense claims - expenses that now include an extra £10k a year to help sitting MPs retain their seats. Shahid Malik, Labour MP for Dewsbury, tops the expenses table, having snuffled over £185k of taxpayers' dosh in the past year. In fact the top 4 places are all Comrades.
Meanwhile, the watchdog for MPs' misconduct Sir John Bourn, no mean expenses snaffler himself, has called it a day after pocketing £392k over 3 years for 'travel and sustenance' including first-class trips to Mauritius and Venice and lavish meals at The Connaught and The Ritz.
MPs will also be celebrating the Lord Protector's tax break that has more than halved their capital gains tax liability on their second, third and fourth homes. The fact that it has doubled the tax for the small businesses that actually fund the profits they will now trouser seems to have escaped their concern.
The only snout out of joint this week is Sir Ian Blair's. He stoutly maintained that as the only officer in the Met who had no idea that an innocent electrician had been executed on the tube, he was quite entitled to a £25k bonus for ignorance above and beyond the call of duty. Sir Ian may now be pushing his candidacy for Sir John Bourn's old job - his booze-quaffing qualifications are not in doubt.
Sir Ian will also be counting his pension-pot provided at the public expense; Sir Richard Mottram, an undistinguished pen-pusher of no great worth to the nation, has set a high bar in scooping a £2.7m pot. Will Sir Ian manage to beat this?
And the Billy Bunteresque snortling of the MPs who called Yates of the Yard in for questioning the other day at the idea that the public, represented by Yates, should have the temerity to investigate the sale of honours, which everyone knew was as well entrenched as lying and deception in government, will perhaps not have escaped the public's attention.
Even the poor old Grauniad is now waking up to Labour's monumental sleaze - HT to Guthrum for highlighting this comment piece.
No doubt this will all be welcome news to middle England, and to those on salaries of £34k - £40k, who have had low single-figure pay increases this year, and who from April face one of Gordon's stealth tax increases in NI that will see many of them taking home less than they are now. Well, someone's got to pay for all this largesse ....
Wednesday, 24 October 2007
And that will be followed by the requirement for a licence to purchase alcohol - these health fascist numpties are so up their own arses they forget the capacity of the British people to quietly band together to subvert this sort of nonsense.
IF you wake at midnight, and hear a horse's feet,
Don't go drawing back the blind, or looking in the street,
Them that ask no questions isn't told a lie.
Watch the wall my darling while the Gentlemen go by.
Five and twenty ponies,
Trotting through the dark -
Brandy for the Parson, 'Baccy for the Clerk.
Laces for a lady; letters for a spy,
Watch the wall my darling while the Gentlemen go by!
Running round the woodlump if you chance to find
Little barrels, roped and tarred, all full of brandy-wine,
Don't you shout to come and look, nor use 'em for your play.
Put the brishwood back again - and they'll be gone next day !
If you see the stable-door setting open wide;
If you see a tired horse lying down inside;
If your mother mends a coat cut about and tore;
If the lining's wet and warm - don't you ask no more !
If you meet King Gordon's men, dressed in blue and red,
You be careful what you say, and mindful what is said.
If they call you " pretty maid," and chuck you 'neath the chin,
Don't you tell where no one is, nor yet where no one's been !
Knocks and footsteps round the house - whistles after dark -
You've no call for running out till the house-dogs bark.
Trusty's here, and Pincher's here, and see how dumb they lie
They don't fret to follow when the Gentlemen go by !
'If You do as you've been told, 'likely there's a chance,
You'll be give a dainty doll, all the way from France,
With a cap of Valenciennes, and a velvet hood -
A present from the Gentlemen, along 'o being good !
Five and twenty ponies,
Trotting through the dark -
Brandy for the Parson, 'Baccy for the Clerk.
Them that asks no questions isn't told a lie -
Watch the wall my darling while the Gentlemen go by !
Tuesday, 23 October 2007
A recent study by University College London has tracked a growing epidemic of bed bug infestations in London's East End to a clear transmission route - public transport in a corridor between Aldgate East and Stratford.
When asked by John Humphries on R4's 'Today' whether he would sit down on public transport in the area, the academic in charge of the study replied "I wouldn't even use public transport in this area."
Ignorance and poor hygiene standards, overcrowding and frequent travel from their home nations where these beasties are endemic have created a real public health problem amongst the immigrant population, with a large Pakistani and Bangladeshi component, in this part of East London. Labour have simply surrendered in the war that Beveridge declared on 'Want, Disease, Ignorance, Squalor and Idleness'.
Today comes news that the Olympic site in the Lee Valley will be completely car-free except for the competing teams and the media, with the audiences for the events being forced to use public transport.
I foresee a range of T shirts going on sale, bearing the image of a gorged London bed bug, and the legend 'My dad took me to the Olympics, and all I got was this
Labour's dismal failure to create an escape from Welfare Slavery for our fellow citizens should surprise no-one; Brown's stupidity in introducing tax credits rather than following Frank Field's 'tough love' proposals have created a new serfdom under which 5m people of working age are economically inactive, and non-pension Welfare payments cost us around £80bn a year.
The most pernicious of these is Incapacity Benefit. Shockingly, once claimants have this holy grail of the Welfare system they stand more chance of dying than of returning to work. One and a quarter million Incapacity benefit recipients have now been out of work for more than five years.
Labour's Statism is largely to blame. For half the cost we could have a Welfare system that really worked - but Labour would have to allow local decision making and devolve Welfare budgets to local office level, with local discretion on payment levels according to need. This was one of Field's recommendations.
For many truly disabled people, the standard IB rates are not nearly sufficient, yet the pressure on GPs to support IB claims from the fat, the depressed or those with bad backs or sore feet means that those with truly life-limiting disabilities are getting a raw deal by being lumped in with those long-term unemployed who are merely, and understandably, manipulating the welfare system.
Labour's central Statism helps no-one. Work brings dignity, self-respect, a longer life and a better and fairer society; Clinton knew this, and his five-year limit on non-disabled welfare payments restored it to what it should be - a safety net, not a lifestyle.
Labour's blindness is condemning millions to ill health, an abysmal quality of life and an early death. Brown's policies are fatally flawed, not the 'vision' of an intelligent statesman but the vote-fiddling of a third-rate sleazy political manipulator. There is a better way for the British people.
Sunday, 21 October 2007
For Guy Fawkes night this year, the pub committee decided unanimously today to burn an effigy of the Prime Minister, but we have a problem. We can't find a Gordon Brown mask anywhere - tried all the obvious online shops. Surely there must be a container of them en route from Shanghai to save the day? We don't want to have to burn bloody Blair again.
If anyone knows a source, please please leave a comment ....
News today that MPs have rejected a security fingerprint-scanning entry system for the Commons, on the grounds that terrorists might cut their ickle piggies off to gain entry. But it's good enough for the rest of us, who will have our prints recorded on our passports for security scanning. Some fingers are worth more than others, it seems.
So to our brave MPs, who are so squeamish about losing a digit, I suggest we all offer them one of ours.