Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Cameron's nemesis

There is a delicious irony in the fact that the Boy, who has done everything he can to position himself in the political centre, abandoning a raft of traditional Conservative beliefs in the process, should be so undone by his transformation in the public mind into a sleazy Nob, a Top Hat Tory of Dickensian traditionality, by the 50p tax and Cruddas events. Hugging the huskies fades rapidly from the public mind and instead Cameron stands exposed as the little rich boy taking care of his chums and lining his pockets. Meanwhile, traditional Tories are looking to a UKIP manifesto that includes 
  • Economy - Low tax; flat rate 31% with NI abolished
  • Education - School vouchers, abolish OFSTED, support Grammars
  • Defence - Spend an extra 1% of GDP, increase army and naval strength, cut Whitehall
  • Nationality - Promote uniculturalism, oppose the apartheid system of 'multiculturalism'
  • Immigration - Strict immigration controls, safer borders
  • Direct democracy - Support triggers for local and national referenda
  • Energy - Expand nuclear, end subsidies for wind
  • GM foods - compulsory labelling
  • Liberty - Defend personal liberty from the State
  • Localism - Greater powers locally, less Whitehall control
Nothing there about Health or Welfare, but I daresay UKIP will distance themselves from State nannying and the alcohol price debacle, a move that the IFS estimate will benefit the drinks industry by £850m a year and the consumer not at all. And as Sam Leith pointed out in yesterday's Standard;
If drinks in a club are a fiver a pop, as Lansley pointed out before his conversion, you don’t stop people “pre-loading” at home by sticking a quid or two on a bottle of off-licence vodka. And statistically it is neither the young nor the poor — demonised though they are and targeted by this measure though they will be — whose drinking is the real problem.

We drink not because it’s cheap but because we like it. We drink because we got started and — look! a wrap of speed! —and what the hell, in for a penny. We drink because the agony and tedium of living in this crappy little island is alleviated, and always has been, by our deep rooted traditions of getting plastered and putting a bar stool through a bus shelter. I’d advise Andrew Lansley, if he hasn’t already, to take it up.

12 comments:

DeeDee99 said...

Well said Raedwald. UKIP is the natural home for real conservatives. Cameron's CON is simply a blue-tinged version of Blair's NuLabour - and both agree that the EU should run the country, not our own elected politicians.

As for levels of drinking - is it too much to hope that our 'betters' in Parliament will give up their taxpayer-subsidised watering-holes and make the Palace of Westminster an alcohol-free workplace in order to set a good example to the serfs.

You bet it is!

Barnacle Bill said...

I'm afraid Cast Iron and his motley group of fags have blow it big time with me now.

I was even looking at the cost of membership of UKIP last night!

John Page said...

It seems the deadbeat dead end fiefdom that is UKIP don't headline shale, and haven't heard that OFSTED is under new management which promises well.

But then under UKIP's leadership régime what would you expect.

right_writes said...

@John Page…

OK the UKIP energy policy has not been looked at since January 2008…

http://ukip.org/content/ukip-policies/418-energy-and-the-environment-ukip-policy

However, there are several UKIP bods talking about this relatively new discovery in a positive way.

And in their even older education policy, they intend to abolish Ofsted.

"Ofsted will be abolished and its powers transferred to school governing bodies and a new independent Educational
Inspectorate made up of experienced teachers. The National Curriculum will become less prescriptive and schools will have a greater say over subjects taught, although key subjects will be retained. We will allow parents to trigger a government inspection of a school if 10% of the parents at that school initiate this in a referendum"


As far as the leadership regime is concerned, it is quite new, so it deserves to be given a chance…

...However, the polls, up from 1% ish to 8% ish in just over a year, with councillors (at all levels, though mainly conservative) leaving their former parties to join UKIP, seem to suggest something that John Page obviously is not expecting, due perhaps to his superficial prejudices.

Sean said...

Voted nothing else since 1997 inc. Uk ref.

Now if we could get the electorate to send their manifestos to the prospective elected members that would be a radical change?

..along with vetoes on all budgets.

Budgie said...

I have for a long time called Cameron 'Heath-without-brains'. Nothing he has done in the last 2 years makes me change my mind.

Just one example: he increased the UK's taxpayers spend on foreign aid when evidence shows it is counterproductive, and when India was telling him that they did not want the £280 million a year we have been giving them. At the same time he sold our Harriers to the USMC for a paltry £112 million.

If we had cut the aid to India when they asked us to do so we could have retained the two aircraft carriers and their Harriers. Cameron has catastrophically reduced our defences to please a few grauniadistas and aid-junkies.

G. Tingey said...

OK I'll bite ....
•Economy - Low tax; flat rate 31% with NI abolished

OK BUT - abolishing NI is all very well - how are you going to pay for pensions, NHS etc?
Actually, personal tax SHOULD be "progressive" BUT ...
No tax below £15k
Base-rate to 55k, 40p rate above that.
KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID!

•Education - School vouchers, abolish OFSTED, support Grammars
Actually, support SELECTION - which is not the same as "grammars".
You CAN make comprhensive Ed work, but you MUST set your calsses, and rigorously move people up & down inside the system
It works very well elsewhere.

•Defence - Spend an extra 1% of GDP, increase army and naval strength, cut Whitehall
PROVIDED it actually gets spent on kit that works, then YES!

•Nationality - Promote uniculturalism, oppose the apartheid system of 'multiculturalism'
Carefully, very carefully.

•Immigration - Strict immigration controls, safer borders
What "safer borders"?
I get hassled every time I go abroad by plane already
This is just theatre.
What we NEED to do is make sure that undesirables are thrown out - after a year or two, they'd learn!

•Direct democracy - Support triggers for local and national referenda
YES

•Energy - Expand nuclear, end subsidies for wind
YES - and support small-scale water-power and "solar" (PV prices are dropping & dropping)

•GM foods - compulsory labelling

.... and let people choose. YES

•Liberty - Defend personal liberty from the State
Really?

•Localism - Greater powers locally, less Whitehall control
UNTIL you get a horribly corrupt local council, erm .....

jaded said...

Can't disagree with to much written above but the only extra would be much stricter sentences for criminals.They are laughing at us at the moment.

Anonymous said...

Bring back the Roman Senate.
these aristos would know what is good for us.
Bread and Circuses all round.

Anonymous said...

Bring back the Roman Senate.
these aristos would know what is good for us.
Bread and Circuses all round.

Anonymous said...

"We drink because the agony and tedium of living in this crappy little island is alleviated"

Something I was discussing only two days ago. Nail. Head.

Coney Island

Liquid Courage said...

Re Anonymong:

"We drink because the agony and tedium of living in this crappy little island is alleviated"

I tend to think that the above is a self fulfilling prophecy.

Those who binge drink and get 'sh@tfaced' aren't the handicapped & disposessed in society.

It's the hypocrical 'ME,ME,ME' generation. As far as I'm concerned, let the pitiful, spinelss cowards be given all the free booze required to keep them permanently comatose.