Monday, 1 October 2012

Blunkett still thick shock

David Blunkett was reviled as one of the most authoritarian and reactionary Home Secretaries of the post-war period, a reputation that owed more to his intellectual weakness and lack of nous than to a committed ideology. He was crap because he was thick. A position as minister of state was so far beyond his ability, and quite clearly so to many voters, that he himself contributed to the public's lack of faith in politics. The public wondered why a man clearly not capable of running a whelk stall was in charge of the Home Office and the answer was political cronyism.

Not surprisingly, time out of office hasn't increased his cerebral capacity. In a new pamphlet launched in the Mail this morning, Blunkett accurately describes the slow failure of British democracy and the alienation of the voter from the inward looking political class in terms that could have been lifted straight from this blog. Then he loses it.

Politics is necessary, he says, but should only be open to the big three parties. Good politics doesn't include allowing people to vote for George Galloway or Nick Griffin. Then the government must get closer to the people by becoming a State Consumer Organisation, advising householders which satellite company to sign up with, offering cheap pay-day loans and helping them transfer their bank accounts.

"British politicians have never been so ridiculed and despised" complains Blunkett. If this pamphlet is the best they can do, little wonder.

6 comments:

right_writes said...

I seem to remember that idiot being a leading light of the "militant" tendency...

I am sure that I witnessed the BBC dutifully televising every single moment of the Labour Party conference when Kinnochio defeated his own kind, and went on to star as a Yerpean Commissioner, and I am sure I remember the "deputy" leader of Sheffield council (they were always deputy) ranting at Kinnock from the audience.

Apparently, he has now morphed from young firebrand to old has-been, who apparently doesn't think that opposition should be permitted.

In the kingdom of the blind... The one eyed man is king... er...

Anonymous said...

Crikey! Have you read the comments at the end of the Blunket column? If Blunket the flunket thought it was bad, then he has no idea just how bad. The reader comments are way beter than the artible itself. Go on, treat yourself to a rollocking good read!

Anonymous said...

Blunkett, a man whose vaunting ambition outreached and incredibly somehow overshadowed his colossal ego but Bliar noticed, deeply admired and promoted a fellow traveller.

Anonymous said...

Blunkett, a man whose vaunting ambition outreached and incredibly somehow overshadowed his colossal ego but Bliar noticed, deeply admired and promoted a fellow traveller.

Dave_G said...

"British politicians have never been so ridiculed and despised"

Yes they have - and tomorrow the ridicule and despite will be even greater. And the day after, And the day after.....

Brightside Bob said...

I have no time for Blunkett, but his brain is a towering intellect compared to Liebours other ex ministers: Jacqui Spliff & Bob Aintworth,etc.