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Saturday, 13 October 2012

Time for UKIP woman

When Hillary was on the campaign trail her old home town was high on the itinerary. Unexpectedly, she encountered an old teenage boyfriend, working on a gas-station forecourt as he had done since leaving school. "Gee Hillary" he commented "Just imagine if you'd married me". "Yup" she replied "You'd now be the 42nd President". Nearer home, Christine Hamilton is a similar, though not equivalent, figure of matriarchal drive. Who could imagine her smarming little worm of a husband achieving anything on his own? She's hideous, terrifying, but by God what a woman. 

The Tory party used to produce them in spades. In my youth they'd host cocktail parties at which we boys awkward in DJs and encumbered with overactive sebacious activity would make embarrassed conversation with farmers' daughters. They regulated a precise social scene that was every bit as much an incentive to party membership as the politics; one could laugh-off the latest stiffie on the mantelpiece, but it was a secret source of joy. Like hens, they had a clear pecking order, and those beneath the Grande Dame delegated to bake meringues or address envelopes were possessive of their own place in the hierarchy. They were the true heart of the Tory party as it was before the local associations were destroyed. 

As Tanya Gold writes in the Guardian, the Tories can't win without women. But they've deserted the party in droves, unimpressed with the metropolitan elite and unsupportive of Central Office blow-ins such as Louise Mensch who have usurped their role in candidate selection. The social scene and the cocktail parties have dried-up. Our DJs hang unused and crushed by moth-balls. Many - such as Dee-Dee, a regular commentator here, I suspect - have drifted towards UKIP. The WI with 208,000 members has a higher membership than any of the three main parties, and the Rotarians have inherited the social side. 

So, I think it's high time for UKIP woman to step forward. It's enduringly true that (1) people like to be organised (2) people like the chance to dress-up (3) single people welcome opportunities to meet in structured social environments (4) networking and establishing hierarchies can only truly be done in person (5) everyone welcomes a stiffie. So get to it, women of UKIP; the festive season is close to hand.

Friday, 12 October 2012

The day satire died the second time

Tom Lehrer declared in 1973 that satire had died when Kissinger was awarded the Nobel peace prize. Now it's just staged a second death with the award to the EU of the same honour. 

NATO, capitalism and Pope John-Paul II are amongst the factors that truly earned the riches that the Nobel committee credits to the EU. Nor is the EU's lamentable failure in the former Yugoslavia remembered. And indeed within the not too distant future, war may return to Europe as a result of the EU's determination to create a Federal State.

Nobel peace prize? Not worth a pitcher of warm spit.

"The lamps are going out all over Europe ..."

How astute of David Cameron to seize Sir Edward Grey's words as the keystone of the centenary commemoration of the start of the Great War. What we had all mis-ascribed as a hopeless shambles of a government energy policy that will leave us with rolling blackouts and power cuts in 2014 was in fact a perspicacious preparation for Cameron's 'reality war experience'. Together with coming food shortages and rationing and draconian restrictions on alcohol sales, Dave is determined we won't forget 2014.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

UK at the heart of Europe

In a frankly silly piece in the Guardian this morning, Martin Kettle misrepresents the stance of the large and growing anti-EU lobby as xenophobic and isolationist. Nothing could be further from the truth; breaking away from the strictures of EU membership will place the UK at the heart of Europe. We are a European nation, with bonds of blood, language, culture, history and faith that bind us to other European nations. That will continue, and we will be uniquely placed to
  • Maintain free trade with other European nations as key trade partners; though our trade with the rest of the world has now overtaken our trade with an increasingly impoverished EU, the Eurozone will continue as a major market for British goods and services
  • Provide Europe's financial services hub; as Frankfurt is killed by the EU, London's unique time-zone advantage and unparalleled expertise across a range of financial services including insurance and reinsurance, commodities, FX, shipping and marine, together with a reformed banking system will make the UK a hub of choice for Europe's business
  • With the UK holding its own UN Security Council seat it can maintain a critical balance between the US seat and the Eurozone seat (formerly France's)
  • In an increasingly Anglophone world, the UK can link and span a polyglot Eurozone with a global network; our superlative international reputation as a  legal and contractual jurisdiction of choice will be even stronger once our Common Law system reasserts prominence over a creeping Code Napoleon
  • With strong trade and historic links to both the Commonwealth and the Eurozone the UK enjoys a position of economic advantage unknown to any other nation. Freedom to exploit those links for the benefit of global trade and economic growth will sustain Britain and enrich her peoples
  • BAE's links to Australian and Indian defence firms, and with those in the US particularly in the field of cyber security, together with a naval and military capability second to none for a nation of our size will give us the independent deterrent 'teeth' a strong nation needs in an era of change and uncertainty
There are many more exclusively British advantages in the areas of culture, cinema, music and key global competencies, all of them of mutual advantage to both the UK and Europe. It's time to shop whining about the EU banning jam-jars - the point's been made, and we all know the sclerotic effect of the EU - and get positive about the real boost to Britain that Independence will bring. 

Monday, 8 October 2012

Were they all at it?

The parallels between the BBC sex scandal and that in the Roman Catholic church are all too obvious. A monolithic world-leading organisation founded on virtues of rectitude and morality shelters and protects the perpetrators of an institutional paedophilia; in place of priests we have DJs and presenters, and in place of the bishops and cardinals doing the cover-ups are the controllers and directors-general of the BBC. The expressions of contrition to the press once found-out are identical, and once the story is out the victims and the sordid stories multiply. ITV, like the Anglicans, has escaped the initial flood of allegations but its own dirty vicars will emerge in time. And no doubt before long the actions for damages will begin, and group-actions (if one may call them that) of children groped by 'Top of the Form' presenters and BBC TV and radio stars will receive large cheques.

Savile was the subject of the chit-chat with my lady barber yesterday as she tidied me up. "Of course the police were all at it as well back then" she said; she had been sexually assaulted as a 13 year old by a constable in uniform to whom she had turned for help. Pervert schoolmasters and scout leaders we already know about. 

Was it something in the drinking water back then? Were they all at it?

Sunday, 7 October 2012

The Ugly Cerberus of British politics

Peter Hitchens is on fine form in the MOS this morning, describing how the media wing of the political class have decided it's now time for Ed in the buggins-turn world of our failed polity. Scorning the notion of one nation, Hitchens writes
It isn’t one nation. That’s why it isn’t and shouldn’t be a one-party state. But, looking at the policies of all three major parties, you could be forgiven for thinking that we do have only one party, all the uglier for having three heads.
Meanwhile the Observer, the comfort-Sunday of the LibDem cafe klatch classes, publishes the results of its latest 'Opinium/Observer' poll. The entire column is given over to Boris' effect on Dave's support, in the hope no doubt that the readership will not notice the tiny 'State of the Parties' box squeezed into the bottom corner of the graphic. For the discomfort of any LibDems, it's reproduced below

I suspect that not until the Conservatives and 'Other' are head-to-head on 25% each will the media wing of the political class deign to write about the real story here.