Friday, 9 August 2013

Party memberships

Douglas Carswell's guess that Tory party membership is now 'south' of 100,000 is probably a tad too pessimistic; ConHome's guess of 100k - 130k is probably near the truth. Labour's membership will be marginally higher, the LibDems probably now down to 40,000 or fewer. UKIP's membership is up to about 30,000.

With an electorate in the UK of 45m, that's a combined political membership of less than 1%. Fewer than 450,000 people see any advantage in joining a political party, compared to over 4m who happily pay the National Trust's membership fee every year. Perhaps the Tories could open Michael Heseltine to the public, or host cream teas in Mr Pickles. 

That little prat Bercow thinks low numbers are down to 'arrogant ministers' rather than to dickhead Speakers, but he would say that, wouldn't he?

Be scared of these numbers. The lower they go, the greater the chance of our taxes being stolen to fund these dying private clubs. The party funding issue is still bubbling along.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Godfrey Bloom graduates to 'Character'

With his remarks about Bongo-Bongo land, UKIP's Godfrey Bloom has just made the transition from I'm -not-sure-about-that-bloke to 'Character', with a licence to voice the most outrageous truths to the apoplectic fury of the liberal left. You see, just about everyone in the UK knows the problem with foreign aid is that it's stolen by foreign politicians; Bloom's image of a grinning African minister in Ray Bans and and an ill-fitting Armani suit with a wife as fat as butter spending Guardian-readers donations with a Platinum card in Antibes' chic Street of Bling is as familiar to us as, well, a dishrag foreign aid minister pretending that aid is for humanitarian purposes. 

Likewise, to a nation seeing its Afghanistan veterans now getting redundancy notices Bloom's comment "F18s for Pakistan. We need a new squadron of F18s. Who's got the squadrons? Pakistan, where we send the money." strikes a common-sense chord.

Ministers and shadow ministers should be wary of labelling Bloom a bigot; as Brown found, to do so when the 'bigoted' views are nothing but the widely recognised truth can be dangerously self-destructive.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Al Qaeda to complain to Leveson?

It is understood that top Al Qaeda bosses are set to submit a complaint to Lord Leveson in relation to the 'hacking' of their phone conversations, which has led to the closure of British and US embassies across the Middle East. 

'Hacked Off' spokesman Hugh Grant said yesterday "These international terrorists have a perfect right to plot mass destruction and global murder without the Murdoch press repeating every word of what are essentially private conversations. (flick hair, look winsome)"

Monday, 5 August 2013

Gibraltar: The sign of an economy close to collapse

The more Spain ramps-up measures to blockade Gibraltar, the more you can be sure that the crippled Spanish economy is closer to another existential crisis. The play-acting and sabre-rattling by the desperate Spanish government is just empty puff and display behaviour. You have to remember that this is a nation whose national sport is goading a large, powerful animal and then running away.

Meanwhile I shall indulge my favourite Spanish treat for a Sunday afternoon in the garden; a well-chilled 50cl bottle of La Gitana. Not only should we keep Gibraltar, but if we bail-out this stricken little country again, we should certainly make a bid for Sanlucar de Barrameda.