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Bitter and then some

May 11, 2010 Leave a comment

The post hung-election political mêlée really has been hilarious to watch. From those who take pride in their ignorance over the constitutional process that has ensued, to some astonishing (and most probably/hopefully career damaging) outbursts from Sky News ‘journalists’ (see below).

The apparent failure of The Conservatives to secure a majority despite near-universal media support, the deepest recession since the Great Depression, and an overwhelmingly unpopular Prime Minister, has led their supporters and party members (though not, to be fair, its leadership as of yet) to claim that ‘we won’, despite evidence to the contrary like, um, the number of seats The Tories now hold.

With Gordon Brown promising to step down from his position as leader of The Labour Party by the time of their party conference in September, and the consequent development of formal talks between the Lib-Dems and Labour, the right-wing press has somehow managed to appear even more shrill. May 10 was apparently a ‘bleak day for democracy’ according to The Telegraph, whilst the Mail went (predictably) further, claiming that it was in fact a ‘squalid day for democracy’. In this context, ‘democracy’ evidently means The Conservatives getting into power.

Perhaps the most amusing (albeit unimportant) facet of this right-wing fury, was the following pretty-much-insane tirade from this apparently none-too-happy-chap. The comment was hidden deep amongst the usual idiotic suspects on the Mail’s article regarding Adam Boulton’s embarrassingly undignified rant at Alastair Campbell.

What bothers me more than anything is that little Communist RED STAR on the odious Campbell’s lapel. THAT is what “New” Fascist Labour was all about, a nasty MARXIST confiscatory, freedom stealing junta hidden behind Blair’s grin. campbell will soon be changing his name to Berya, although with the way they scapegoat and demonise people GOEBBELS would be more appropriate

Jeremy Zeid, Harrow, HMP-Loonybin-England, 11/5/2010 7:59

Zeid is a familiar presence to those of us who waste our lives trawling the Daily Mail comment sections. Although blatantly unhinged, this is nothing strictly new for Mr Zeid, although there is one noticeable difference. Never one to miss the opportunity to remind those around him of his status, Zeid proudly posted previous diatribes under the title, Cllr Jeremy Zeid. A quick google search leads us to Harrow council’s website and the discovery of this simple albeit telling statement on Zeid’s profile‘Not currently an elected Councillor’. Zeid lost his position during the under-reported (somewhat understandably) local council elections held alongside the general election last week. Hardly a surprising result in the wider context, though undoubtedly deserved. Acting almost as a caricature of Steve Coogan’s Alan Partridge, Zeid wins this week’s right-wing-sore-loser award. Brilliant.

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Vote Tactically

This post was originally going to list all the potential failings that a Tory government would likely possess, and the subsequently damaging impact that these would have upon the UK in the foreseeable future. However, such is the overwhelming presence of similar articles doing the rounds in the mainstream media and blogosphere, a simple picture seems a rather more effective warning.

Vote tactically. Don’t let The Conservatives destroy everything they touch.

Pre-election special: Missing the Issue

This article is rather more impressive than a thousand other contemporaries discussing non-issues such as ‘Bigotgate’, immigration, and tv debates. We remain so far stuck within a crisis of capitalism we cannot regain perspective upon it. Too large to contemplate, too problematic to challenge.

The current farce at Goldman Sachs should shock us in to action, though not akin to the action taken with Greece’s economic woes – the wrong prescription from an institution with an almost unparalleled history of disastrous economic intervention, which will ultimately aid those who need it least.

The market remains largely unadmonished, unregulated, and propelled through flawed speculation. Staffed by over-privileged incompetents, the financial sector will fail again; only this time there’ll be no state to pick up the pieces, no protection from brutal levels of unemployment, no safety net.

On a wider scale, the neoliberal system has somehow remained despite overwhelming indications of its complete inability to work effectively. On a local scale, a Conservative Party victory on Thursday/Friday will tear apart the fabric of UK society for the foreseeable future. It doesn’t have to be this way – small victories for the left will save the global financial system. Listening to Krugman, Stiglitz et al can help to craft the widespread regulation that is so vital. Sustainable growth should be the aim.

Pre-election special: an insight into the UKIP voter’s mind

March 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Opinion Polls No One Asked Me.
Don’t Vote Any Of Above.
Vote UKIP
There The Party That Will Come Out The European Union And Give Us Our Freedom Back.
Am Sick Of Getting Legally Ripped Off By This Country.
Buts Thats My Opinion.
But There Again Most People In This Country Are Thick
Can They Not See That The Top 3 Parties Are Lyers And Cheats And Interested In Lining There Own Pockets First.
There Again People Will Vote For Them Because They Like Getting Ripped Off.
Give Some One Else A Chance They Can’t Do Any Worse.

John, Brighouse, West Yorks, 27/3/2010 9:23

Too cruel?

This is (sh)it

September 28, 2009 1 comment

This is it?

cameron

Hardly.

As Britain dumbly meanders its way towards a change of government (http://ukpollingreport.co.uk/blog/voting-intention), how exactly have the Tories come to be viewed as a credible, electable party?

With the current round of UK political party conferences, and in the run-up to next year’s general election, it is inevitable that slogans will be created, tv news channels will go into overdrive, and manifestos shall be set out. The new Tory slogan, at least according to BBC2’s Newsnight sometime-last-week, This is it, is rather apt for a party who remain seemingly vague on detail for the vast majority of issues that the UK public consider of greatest importance.

With the clear prominence of economic concerns amongst the UK public (“54% place it amongst the most important issues” – Ipsos Mori Poll, August 2009), it seems incredible to consider that the Tories are yet to lay out a full, ‘progressive’ string of economic policies, choosing to place their wholly negative approach towards opposing the globally-implemented fiscal stimulus packages (as Gordon Brown ventured in Pittsburgh) whilst retaining their evident fetish for cutting away a politically-threatening public sector.

The Conservative Party, already isolated within the EU, will find few friends in the international community with what could be kindly termed against-the-grain economic reforms. The fiscal stimulus is working: much of the world is moving out of an unexpectedly short-lived recession. The global consensus is moving away from favouring the unfettered market, calling instead for far stricter market regulation and a stronger role for the state.

The Tories remain at odds with such principles and, operating within a culture of greater international cooperation and national economic success dependent upon coordinating with global economic trends, the Conservatives are likely to leave Britain diplomatically isolated with a weak economy characterised by high unemployment and crippling interest rates besides a lack of overseas investment and little available personal credit to encourage spending (critical in a nation heavily reliant on its service industries). Admittedly, the national debt will undoubtedly be reduced, yet the likely benefit of this as a short-term plan is open to criticism, in addition to being unpopular with the UK public.

And what of their other plans for the UK? We can assume that the demonisation of single mothers, an increasingly privatised education system and the disgraceful removal of the Human Rights Act will happen. Perhaps most disconcerting is their proposed reform for the House of Commons, which will reduce the number of overall MPs, and will, surprise surprise, prove most beneficial to the Tories themselves. The implications are serious – a Conservative government will unfairly reduce the level of political influence for regions which are traditionally unlikely to support their party (and, insultingly, at the expense of the political void that is the South of England outside of London). This is a threat to future political plurality in the UK and those who support democratic choice (as many undoubtedly should in a culture that misguidedly prides itself on a sense of fair play which is rarely evident) should be strongly opposed. Although providing a broad outline, the current Conservative Party manifesto appears short on detail. Policies are stated with little reference to how exactly these can be implemented.

Perhaps Tory policy appears weakly conceived due to the failure to communicate with the British public. This is quite possibly not the problem it appears however. The party’s current popularity suggests that the UK public are disconcertingly undiscerning when it comes to their media consumption. Inextricably linked to the Conservative Party’s undeniable popularity, is the uncritical nature of the UK media towards them, as Alastair Campbell notes in last week’s  (21 September) edition of the New Statesman:

Journalists, particularly after so-called Labour spin, like to pride themselves on their refusal to be spun. They are being spun big style: what they write is informed by their view that Cameron has won. Anything that points in that direction is news. Anything that doesn’t, isn’t. If he does win, he will do so as the most underexamined, under-scrutinised, untested and policy-lite leader in history…

It’s looking bleak.