Monday, 16 April 2018

War as a distraction - the treachery of the Tories

Whenever the progeny of priests start virtue-signalling, it is obvious that they are perpetrating actions beyond the moral pale.  Anyone who has absorbed the teachings of Christianity (or at least the mainstream versions) would think twice about using their daughter-of-the-manse status as a defence against accusations of waging illegal war, let alone betraying the interests of the people over whom her party exercises usurped power.  The most amazing feature of Theresa May is the way in which she has assumed the mantle of a fourth-rate Enoch Powell, while sweeping all challenge and debate under the general heading of "treachery".

The Middle East has been the graveyard of political action for decades - problems that are difficult have become intractable because of the meddling of outside powers, and the lack of willingness to speak truth about the multiplication of evil.  Criticise, however mildly, the conduct of the Israeli regime, and, as Jeremy Corbyn has exemplified, there are howls of anti-semitism.  The same applies on the other side of the religious divide.  For May to claim some kind of moral mandate, cushioned as she is by wealth obtained by means at best dubious and at worst on the fringes of legality, is crushingly evil.

Nobody with an ounce of humanity would condone or support the Assad regime in Syria, whose outrages against its own population are becoming axiomatic.  However, to respond to the dog-whistle of Trump's lunatic governance-by-Twitter, without reference either  to the UK's constitutional conventions or to the international frameworks of the UN and the EU, represents a further descent into the illegitimate.  May has demonstrated throughout the EU negotiations that where she is likely to face defeat in the face of scrutiny and challenge, she would rather avoid the fight through a far-right coup.

Just because she is the prisoner of the hard-right of the Tory party does not make the current situation acceptable.  The irony is that had she waited she might have had a legitimate Parliamentary vote.  Instead she has demonstrated yet again that the current government does not act for the people or for the preservation of the national interest.  There has only been one assassination of a Prime Minister in English political history.  When the deranged and the messianic become empowered, as Blair demonstrated, the odds on a second decrease.

Monday, 2 April 2018

Distraction tactics for the Ides of May

The vultures circle, the fair-weather friends are looking anxiously at the door.  Theresa May, from the tone of hagiographic infatuation that the BBC now regurgitates (emulating other parts of the gutter press), is enjoying a period of strength and stability that would have been the envy of Gladstone, Lloyd George, Attlee, Thatcher and Blair, all multiplied into the messianic figure of an inadequate, rich career politician sustained by ill-gotten and exploitative gains.

Conservative Party reality is, as ever, much more cynical and murderous.  The inmates of that fractious charnel house are now fighting over the scraps of secular decline and the fratricidal motivations that come from having no common cause other than survival.  Whatever Jeremy Corbyn is, and isn't, it is highly convenient and therefore suspicious that the cries of anti-semitism (a useful catch-all when other attacks are failing) have coincided with the local election campaign, in which there are a number of obvious tips of the Tory iceberg that just might be swayed by a concerted monstering by the Daily Heil and other purveyors of odiferous propaganda.

Leaving aside the moral dubiety of a paper which has never disowned its support for Mosley, Mussolini and Hitler leading the howling moronic pack, it would be instructive to determine the extent of racism and anti-semitism within the Tories.  Not one Labour MP was jailed for supporting the fascist cause in the 1930s, or indeed the Communists, but there was at least one Tory who enjoyed a privileged life during the Second World War banged up and worrying about what might happen in the showers.

Were Labour to be sensible at this point, they would be suggesting that the Tories should put their own house in order as well, and even a multi-partisan approach across politics.  The Moggs of this world, with their affected disdain for democracy, the constitution as well as people who do not fit their worldview (mercifully this means that they only have concern for themselves as most of the rest of us are on a higher moral plane) are ripe for calling out and humiliating.  Corbyn, as ever, sees everything through the prism of the Labour Party - he is much more comfortable in internal faction-fighting than taking the battle to the real enemy.

This is a gift for May, alongside Corbyn's cack-handed handling of the Russian poisonings.  My view remains that there is much more to emerge about links between the various strands of the right-wing coup (Russia, Trump, the Leave campaigns and the Tories) that should be dominating the front pages.  With a poodle media and an opposition engaged in internal soul-searching, the stage is set for a short-term Tory rearguard action.  When this is complete, the right will be ruthless in trying to impose its own coup within the Tories - the tactics of entrism and the far left have been studied in some detail by the hard right / UKIP infiltrators.

May is not going to be in office much longer - her power has never been there, conditional upon the consent of her puppet-masters.  The current political mess is principally to create a diversion while the coup continues.  The time may well be coming where there is no alternative but to cross the boundary between argument and active resistance and denial of legitimacy of a usurping cabal of crooks and idiots - enabled by the inability of the main channels of communication to extend analysis and challenge into a void of their own creation.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Join the dots - Downing Street to the Kremlin.

To describe Theresa May as governing in the national interest would be ridiculous, unless said interest is of the Russian kleptocracy.  As the edifice of interference in electoral process and the purchasing of influence with Tory politicians becomes more and more exposed, the shakiness of any of her claims to leadership is apparent.  Wittingly or not, she is Putin's stooge and a much more useful ally than ever Jeremy Corbyn could be.  The instincts of the Tories coincide with those of authoritarian oligarchs and we are watching this play out.

This may seem, in the light of the diplomatic "row", to be counter-intuitive.  Yet when it is apparent that the Foreign Secretary's prowess at tennis (the Buster Mottram of the current generation) is sufficient to persuade a member of the Putin coterie to part with £160,000 to be knocked-up by the blond ape, and that the Russians are so confident to splash the cash that £30,000 provides you with the opportunity to have dinner with the risible and venal Gavin Williamson, whilst there are significant flows in donations into the Tory coffers, there is more than just the stench of suspicion but a rotting corpse presided over by an amoral leader.

While my views on Jeremy Corbyn's supine and disingenuous policy on the most fundamental economic and social challenge remain scrofulous, he has been subjected to the full glare of Tory diversionary tactics.  The fascist smear-sheets of the Heil and the Scum, ventriloquists' dummies for the self-interest and mendacity of Rupert Murdoch and Paul Dacre, ripped into him for raising reasonable questions about the conduct of the investigation into a terrorist assault on British soil - for those of us with long memories it is the same treatment meted out to Robin Cook and Charles Kennedy the last time a messianic delusionist sought to take us into conflict.

This time, I suspect that the quarrel is not genuine.  May knows that her grip on power is in the gift of the DUP, the Tory right and a media whose depths of evil have not been seen since Goebbels allowed Max Amann to take over the press in Germany during the 1930s.  She also knows that there is every possibility that the next few months will result in disaster in the English local elections, the Brexit reality will hit home and her sixty-plus right wing morons under the Oswald Mosley-lite leadership of Jacob Rees-Mogg will extract their pound of flesh even as the country turns against the Tories.  Add to this the decay of the Tory party machine, and its reliance on shadowy offshore backers like Lord Ashcroft, and you can see the advantage to a politician in shadow-boxing.

Shapes are shifting, although if you pay attention solely to the right-wing press, including the rapidly-imploding BBC, it is always somewhere else.  The Facebook and Cambridge Analytica revelations, tenaciously pursued by the Guardian and the New York Times may not have run its course - the trail will lead to the bot-farms and the bank-rolling of both Brexit and Trump.  If I were Arron Banks or Nigel Farage the proximate cause of sitting uncomfortably may be shifting from piles to incontinence in the light of the forthcoming nemesis.

May has done nothing to quell reasonable doubt that the Tories are not shielding offshore interests - and the rhetoric of patriotism has gone down several notches.  A reasonable person could conclude that there is something to hide, and more will emerge from the stinking recesses of the right.  Pass the popcorn.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

The unbearable triteness of Corbyn

Surveying the chaos and downright incompetence that the Tories are perpetrating, it is on occasion difficult to remember that the function of the opposition is to challenge and where possible frustrate the actions of imbeciles and traitors.  In the period since I last attempted to articulate anything beyond open-mouthed disbelief, disdain and contempt for the farrago of lies, ineptitude and self-seeking hypocrisy that the disgraceful Theresa May and her cronies are spewing out on a regular basis, there has been enough material to hang them from every political gibbet on offer.

Instead, the leadership of the alleged official opposition party is desperately trying both to enable the Tories to commit national suicide and to escape the blame for it.  The former is despicable, the latter is a tactic that those of us with long memories will recollect as being identified with the less intelligent strands of the hard left over the decades.  Unsurprisingly, given the nature of the current Labour leadership, its instincts are rooted in the pseudo-internationalism that relies upon besmirching the European project in the context of the Cold War and the Anglo-Soviet Friendship Society - astroturf before the term was invented for the rats of the Taxpayer's (sic) Alliance.

Corbyn and McDonnell are entirely consistent in their denigration of the European dimension of politics.  Their approach was forged in the 1970s and 1980s, where the catastrophism of Tony Benn's Alternative Economic Strategy coincided with the sense of national crisis and particularism that the right-wing media are continuing to peddle today to justify their proprietors' aims to reduce their tax bill and impose fealty.  The hard left were useful idiots to this construction then, and they are definitely playing along with this now for reasons unfathomable.

Hostility to Europe is hard-wired.  Labour's official position was aligned with Enoch Powell in the 1970s, and it was only the actions of the alleged traitors such as Roy Jenkins that allowed Heath to pass the European Communities Act in the first place.  Tony Benn and Michael Foot, both justifiably celebrated as intellectual and political mavericks, campaigned alongside Powell and others to withdraw from the EEC in the decisive referendum of 1975.  It might have been more honest for Corbyn to align himself with the Leave side in the unresolved plebiscite of 2016.  But Corbyn is no Foot, nor a Benn, however much his hagiographic cultists wish to portray him.

Again, the history of Labour during the period of its long decline was one of anti-European xenophobia.  The 1983 manifesto was unambiguously opposed to the EU, and it was only during the period where Kinnock shifted the party to within a hair's-breadth of electoral success that a more measured approach was adopted - a still-justifiable recognition that flawed institutions are best reformed from the inside, rather than by shouting abuse and pretending superiority.  This played out well for Blair as the Tories tore themselves to shreds after the Lisbon Treaty, while Corbyn voted, more often than not, aligned with the hard right.  A Hoey avant la lettre.

One of the characteristics of the hard left is its inability to engage with ambiguity.  The casuistry that Corbyn has permitted Labour to sink into has been redolent of the worst kind of theological discourse, without even a veneer of moral underpinning.  Over the last two months a discourse over the meaning of the customs union, with or without a definite article, has been the sole focus of Labour's official opposition to the suicidal tendencies of May, Johnson, Fox and Davis.  The vacuity of "jobs-first Brexit" remains unchallenged, although when many of my fellow dissidents dare to express our distaste for the moronic mantra we are howled down as not being true believers in the death cult.

Not that this worries his cheerleaders, who seem wedded to the idea that somehow one more heave will bring in the millennium.  While the UK"s national parody of democratic representation ensures a continuation of the media conspiracy of binary choice, the reality is that it will not remain the case, and that the fissile nature of political support does not guarantee an unfettered mandate for any party - especially one that has indicated that the tactical supporters it craves, especially those for whom the abandonment of the extreme Brexit idiocy is the principal determinant of support, should be ignored and belittled.  That is the approach that Militant and others used to test the commitment of their recruits - voters have other choices and will make them.

Recent pronouncements from the Labour leadership have been even less reassuring.  Playing the racist card is yet another throwback to the Powellite position.  The economically-illiterate bleating about the labour market seems to exist in doublethink, alongside the claims that the EU blocks nationalisation - despite the RMT and other hard-of-thinking cheerleaders constantly complaining that nationalised European utilities are able to enter the UK market.  At worst, it suggests that Powell's cynical support of Harold Wilson in the February 1974 election has made a subconscious impact on the hard left.  At best they are sticking to their wooing of the UKIP vote, which has now returned to its natural home in the Tory party, finding the racism and fascism of Rees-Mogg much more to its taste.

Were Corbyn genuine, he would be attempting to lead.  Instead, he ignores the elephant in the room that would render all his properly-identified policies that differentiate Labour from the Tories to become irrelevant.  Domestically, they are infinitely better than the oppressive, authoritarian garbage emitted by the current incompetent usurpers, bound as they are to the DUP, a party of neanderthals who would make Donald Trump blush.  If Labour wanted to win, they would not be spending their time virtue-signalling but engaging with the reality of what would need to be set out as the consequences of an electoral victory.  Meanwhile, the SNP has already started a redistributive taxation reform!

There would be no shame in Labour now adopting an approach that acknowledged the 2016 plebiscite without committing to its implementation without reference back either to Parliament or the electorate.  When John Major is more radical than Corbyn, alarm bells should be ringing.  If there is a strategy from within the Labour party apparatus, it appears to be to hope that the electorate blames May for the catastrophe while keeping a safe distance.  It won't wash, because there is much more than they can and could do to address the issues and inform people as to the consequences.  This plays right into the hands of the 62 Tory flat-earthers who hold May hostage - a smart opposition would exploit this.  As it stands, hand-wringing and Socialist Organiser throwbacks have captured and paralysed a party that should be standing on the threshold of power - and instead may well slip backwards when the mask of throwback idiocy slips.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

The unsightly unravelling of idiots

The Tories are ending 2017 where they began it, but without a majority.  It would have been a brave prediction that they would have called and lost a General Election a year ago, let alone that there are still people out there who regard Jeremy Corbyn as a herald of socialist purity rather than as a grubby Tory enabler.  Irony is lost on them - they pour scorn on reports that Nick Clegg is to receive a knighthood on the basis of his coalition collusion with Cameron, while taking umbrage at those of us who remind them that the Labour front bench has piroutted with Theresa May in the Brexit dance of death.

You do have to wonder whether the thirty pieces of silver extracted from May by the Klan in Northern Ireland were necessary, given the extent to which the Labour Party has connived in pursuing the alleged will of that section of the people permitted a vote in a 2016 advisory referendum.  The role of politicians should be to argue, to lead and to debate - not to pretend that their hands are tied behind their back.  Adults are able to take their responsibilities seriously, without constant reference to events that are increasingly looking like a subversion of even what passes for democracy at the UK national level.

May’s predicament gets worse - how many more Ministers can she lose?  The efforts to “draw a line” as each sleazy episode lurches to its unsavoury conclusion resemble the last days of the Major administration, except that the talent within the Conservative Party is now so abysmal that it would be difficult to conceive who else could possibly be promoted that won’t result in hyperventilation by the hard right whose agenda she pursues with a messianic insanity.  If the latent contradictions of the policy she is enabling do not emerge with massive force over the next six months then surprise will be a reasonable minimum.

All the evidence points to utter incompetence and imbecility on the part of politicians at Westminster, which will eventually come back to haunt them.  Without an executive branch either resourced or able to deliver the contradictory outcomes desired by the corrupt and the venal, the next stage of negotiations with Brussels and our erstwhile allies will result in humiliation - especially when being harried by the devolved nations and a united, non-partisan opposition outside Parliament.  This could be the salvation of Labour, but it appears to be completely oblivious that its enabling of national suicide will not result in sustained support.

The prospects are bleak, but evil usually sows its own destruction.  The cliches are out, but this may be the darkest hour before the realisation that a sovereign state can reverse its own mistakes.  Hopefully there will be enough intellect left when the traitors, enablers and colluders are deposed for there to be something better emerging from the wreckage.  That’s about as optimistic as one can get at the moment.

Friday, 22 December 2017

Blue passports for local people, sugar tits

The League of Gentlemen used to be black beyond one’s darkest comprehension.  In the current state of Britain its return felt akin to providing pointers as to the degeneration and pathetic posturings of a government in hock to a cabal of self-interested bigots and inadequates.  The icing on the cake was the culmination of the new series coinciding with the defenestration of Damian Green, confidant and mentor to a Prime Minister even now crawling to the Polish government, themselves facing censure and sanction for violating the rule of law.

Perverting the standards and conduct of public life appears to be vocational for the Tories.  We shouldn’t forget Anne Widdecombe and Michael Howard defending the shackling of pregnant mothers and refusing to take responsibility as the decision was “operational” not “policy”. From that moment on, even the relatively toothless Ministerial Code was devalued.  Given the intellectual calibre of May’s current maladministration, it would be unsurprising were the Cabinet Room not to have large, socialist realist posters emblazoned with “don’t get caught, but if you do, lie about it”, on each wall.  From council chamber, via the devolved nations, through to Westminster, every level of the party is contemptible and sleazy.

Green’s departure was lengthy and painful to behold.  Clearly May cannot afford to lose what passes for an ally in the collection of amoral inadequates that forms the Tory talent pool, although, had David Davis actually carried out his threat to depart in solidarity it might have been a price worth paying.

As we know, every time Davis opens his mouth he contradicts his previous utterances, which since they were lies to begin with seems to be a pattern of sociopathy that deserves treatment, isolated from the world.  Every lie diminishes him and the UK - from the risible “impact assessments” that appear to have been cobbled together by remedial GCSE students to his apparently loyalty to a colleague already known to have been involved in activities that in any other context would have resulted in dismissal.  That he remains in a senior position, presiding over a Department with a critical task that no sane civil servant would want to associate themselves with, is perfect testimony to May’s impotence and cupidity.

Meanwhile, Mark Garnier, an undistinguished Tory who would not normally have troubled the IQ or visibility scorecard, has been exonerated for calling a member of his staff “sugar tits”.  Whatever the casuistry, this demonstrates further that May’s hypocritical rhetoric on her accession about a liberalised society is complete hokum.  A Pharisee at best, a sock puppet for the reactionaries who want to turn the clock back to 1820 is a more likely analysis of her motivations and incentives.  It would be amusing were crowds to display “Hello Sugar Tits” banners every time she appears in public, not that this should ever be condoned as it would further demean the authority of government, which the Tories carry out with aplomb and without assistance.

As everyone from the IMF to the more sensible Parliamentarians recognises that the current course of UK government policy is pointless self-harm, the response of the Tories is to create beer and circuses.  As Jeremy Hunt, who is morally the equivalent of the vet in Royston Vasey in terms of his impact on patients, presides over an NHS starved of the funds that his cronies promised it, we get the idiot Brandon Lewis popping up to explain that the feelgood factor will be restored, even for Remainers, by the return of blue passports in 2019.

The far-right echo chamber of the print media will probably hail this as the culmination of forty years of struggle - as it distracts from the pathetic inability of the government to conduct its business in the national interest.  Having been advised by MPs of the laughable state of its assessment of the impacts of its immolation strategies, we could, in a rational world, expect Ministers to commission proper work in advance of any decision on the end state that they are seeking - instead of which we had two hours of posturing on Tuesday and ploughing on regardless.

The last twelve months have been surreal, but this may just be the beginning.  May is now locked into pursuing a policy that every rational being would regard as extremely risky, dangerous to social cohesion and downright immoral.  There is increasing evidence that the foundations upon which the entire “will of the people” trope has been based are weak and crumbling, and anyone with pretensions of leadership would be looking to chart a sensible course rather than steer straight into the whirlpool. Local laws for local people is both a lie and a delusion, but that is the only jibe that the Brexit fanatics appear to retain.  When the criminals and simpletons reign, the outcome is macabre.  From Royston Vasey to Maidenhead this is the essential message of Christmas 2018 in Little Britain.

Sunday, 17 December 2017

The slow-motion toppling of Theresa May

Historians have the luxury of identifying defining moments with the benefit of hindsight.  Living in chaotic and uncharted times, the noise of events drowns out perspective, and each incremental stage becomes imbued with a massive significance that it may not deserve.  The defeat of Theresa May’s authoritarian coalition with the Democratic Unionists (a party who take two words to explain what they stand against) last week was both welcome and a further staging post in the unravelling of a seditious administration.  It is not necessarily the defining event.

The response of the fascist right was predictable and vicious.  For 11 Tory MPs it resulted in vilification and worse - death threats are now normalised from those who follow the advice of the extreme press.  The language of “rebel”, “mutineer” and “saboteur” - all epithets with which anyone sane would be prepared to embrace given those who bestow them - creates an atmosphere where the monobrowed idiots are impelled to behave as though those who disagree with them have to be despatched.  It is not a matter of Henry VIII powers, but the murderous outlawdom of Henry II with Thomas Becket.

One of the key drivers of this incitement, for which Paul Dacre and his vile Daily Mail would face prosecution in a state where the rule of law prevailed, is a recognition of how much their extremism is not founded on anything more than shallow rabble-rousing and manipulation.  Given the parallels with Hitler’s approach to the usurpation of power, the coup’s prime movers should consider the impact of a regime’s collapse in the face of reality.  The Little England Brexiter narrative is based around the false prospectus of British supremacy - they would do better examining both how the Nazi Party collapsed in 1944 and 1945 and the subsequent repudiation even by those who actively or passively complied with the regime.  Debrexitisation may be less painful, but the way in which the right’s propaganda machine has normalised fascism and intimidation renders this a possibility rather than a probability.

In pushing the spurious “will of the people” trope as a justification for closing down debate and the freedom of legislators to take action, the right is playing with fire.  While a Commons vote, taking back control from an inept and incompetent Cabinet, securing one of the ostensible aims of the leave campaign, they are reduced to casuistry.  Every headbanging inadequate is claiming that this weakens Theresa May’s hands in negotiations - negotiations that are unnecessary, and which with the balance of powers she is bound to lose, humiliatingly.  This is a desperate throw by a group that recognises that its fundamentals are being rumbled on a regular basis, and which is fearful that it will be landed with the blame when the entire edifice crumbles.

To use the language of authoritarianism and totalitarian control is always an unwise and evil act.  It will come back to haunt its perpetrators.  For every tinpot Haw-Haw, the Fabricants, Rees-Moggs and Melanie Phillipses of this world, time will be unforgiving and they may find the tumbrels arriving sooner than they think.  To denigrate and threaten those who dissent, oppose and challenge is both the act of traitors and a recognition of their lack of legitimacy.  Every time the morons on the right issue threats they are weakened.

Underneath the Parliamentary unravelling of the Tories, and May’s authority and control, there are a number of seismic shifts taking place.  For people who merely track opinion polls as a barometer of public sentiment, it is not obvious that this is occurring, as there remains an apathy towards Labour’s apparent inability to determine whether it is an enabler of evil or an active opposition.  Yet there are indications that a more fundamental rejection of the acquiescence in the Conservative narrative is under way.  This makes the task of opposition both urgent and harder.

For example, there is now evidence that the impact of austerity and Brexit is impacting on household confidence.  This is the Bank of England’s analysis, so, unless you are as morally bankrupt as John Redwood and require the manufacture of fake news, this does not bode well for the progress of the national suicide- a combination of inflation, household debt, falling real wages and job insecurity were not the sunlit uplands that the liars and charlatans spun as the inevitable conseqeunce of Brexit.  As the effects of suicidal policy emerge this will crystallise - and effective opposition will channel the outrage towards its true originators.

Added to this a continuing and steady shift in public opinion over the relationship with Europe, there is now more ammunition for those who seek to impose Parliamentary accountability over the idiots and charlatans squatting on the government benches.  The responsibility of legislators is not to act as cheerleaders and delegates for the unelected - if it looks as though the consequences of idiocy will play to badly then the early benefits of rebellion may develop further into a genuine cross-party and persistent denial of the architects of the right.

Perhaps the strongest, and least-remarked evidence of shape-shifting was the commencement of the Scottish Budget process.  I declare an interest in that I shall be one of those impacted by paying higher tax, and, on balance, I am pleased.  An honest recognition that to maintain and even improve services requires paying for, and that this is better done straightforwardly and upfront, rather than the tinkering of stealth taxation and mortgaging the future that both Labour and Tories have been guilty of over the last thirty years, may be a much more fundamental shift than any other.  Despite the carping of the right, a stoical approach and a recognition that the private and the public realms interact and require contemplation together does not appear to have created a whirlwind of dissent in Scotland.

Given that the Scottish Conservatives are being portrayed as a model for renewal of that vile rabble of selfish and ignorant careerists, this represents an object lesson in the impotence of their efforts. All their rhetoric was directed at tax rises, without any attempt to justify what should be cut.  By the by, Scottish Tories are experts at pork barrel politics, which the odious and incompetent David Mundell exploits at all times in Holyrood while enabling austerity at Westminster - the forked tongue of colonial satraps.  Not one Scottish Tory, despite previous protestations of pro-European views, found it possible to join their courageous colleagues in the national interest.

All early days, and the prognosis is uncertain.  There have been two defining moments in politics this year - May losing the election and the first parliamentary defeat.  However, the gathering storm of the lies and false prospectus of both austerity and the Brexit coup will form a backdrop to the febrile and discontented Christmas and New Year season, where editors and journalists seek sensation in the absence of evidence.  A government that legitimises and fails to condemn domestic terrorism in the name of keeping itself in power is unworthy, and when this is recognised the only growth industry will be defence lawyers and those widening the exit doors from a failed dictatorship.