Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Welcome to the New Politics...

...same as the old politics.

The debate on the Queen's Speech started off much the same as any other - bunches of imbeciles shouting at each other from both sides of the House. Cameron handled his first real address well, and even Harman (though I loathe to praise the authoritarian, militant-feminist, politically correct witch) did well, although Guido Fawkes attributes this to her recent hiring of a comedian to write her speeches.

My first gripe about the new coalition Government is now well embedded, however. One thing that really irritated the hell out of me when Labour were in power was the constant end-running around Parliament by the leaking, or even formal announcement, of policy decisions to the media. The executive should be accountable to the legislative, and therefore policy decisions should be announced first to Parliament, preferably the House of Commons.

Unfortunately, Dave and Nick have been doing exactly the same thing. Which pisses me off.

The love-in in the Number 10 gardens between Dave and Nick was one prime example. The press conference given at the Treasury by David Laws and George Osborne was another. And although the hypocrisy of Labour is difficult to stomach when they illustrate this, they do have a point.

Monday, 24 May 2010

Getting Rid of Rotten Boroughs

The Government have announced plans to redraw the constituency boundaries and to cut the number of MPs across the country.

Labour have, of course, criticised the plans, as the twisted, bent political system we currently have has served them pretty well so far, being weighted heavily in their favour. Their heartlands are often low-population constituencies, making it far easier for them to obtain seats than other parties. For example, the BBC report that the Western Isles constituency has a population of 22,000, but the Isle of Wight has a population of 110,000. So a vote in the Western Isles is worth 5 times as much. Anyone which considers the current electoral system fair needs to have their head examined.

It all rather smacks of Blackadder, no?

Off on a tangent, type "politicians are" into Google.

Friday, 21 May 2010

Worrying Developments in Europe

Germany has announced today that it is approving its contribution to the Eurozone bail-out fund, which will pay money to countries in the Eurozone struggling with their debts.

The problem is, if the Eurozone agree to help pay down Greece's debt - or anyone else's, for that matter - it is no longer Greece's debt. It is the Eurozone's debt. A common debt, and a common deficit. A common budget.

Well, that's OK, some may argue.

No, it isn't. If you have a common budget, you need a broadly similar taxation system. Otherwise people in some member states, like Germany, will be paying disproportionately more, which isn't fair

Well, you can't have taxation without representation. You need a political body to co-ordinate those taxation decisions. In Western society, we generally call this Government.

And hey presto! Welcome to the United States of Europe. Nobody voted for it, no referendum was granted approving it, no war was fought to create it. It is simply being foisted upon us, and the other peoples of Europe, for our own benefit, because of course those bureaucrats in Brussels know better than the rest of us, don't they?

Deficit Revised Downwards

The BBC are now reporting that the ONS have revised the budget deficit down to £156billion this year. This is a 12% reduction on the original forecast in the Pre-Budget Report last year.

Good news!

However, let's put it in perspective. £156billion a year deficit means that the Government is still having to borrow nearly £18million every hour. That's a lot of cash. But still, anything that will make the job easier...

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Inflation Starts to Bite Again

The BBC have reported that inflation is still rising - the official Consumer Prices Index (CPI) measure hit 3.7% in April, well above the Bank of England's 2% target.

More worryingly, the Retail Prices Index (RPI), a measure used for pay negotiations and indexation of pensions and tax allowances, hit 5.7%. Most of its indexation uses are capped at 5%, meaning that many people could face real terms reductions in their incomes, at a time when the Government is proposing to use tax rises to fund 20% of their deficit reduction plans.

Still, this is to be expected with the inflationary measures the Bank of England has been taking - £200billion of new money printed, and the Bank Base Rate has been in 0.5% for over a year now.

So, a budget deficit of £162billion, rising inflation and a still-fragile economy. George Osborne is going to have to tread very carefully.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Conservative Government!

I wondered if I would ever see the day again.

After the debacle of yesterday, when the Lib Dems whored themselves to Labour to try and get a better deal than was being offered by the Conservatives, they scurried back to the Cabinet Office today.

And gradually, whispers come out of all corners of Westminster, that negotiations for a Lib-Lab pact have failed.

And now, Gordon Brown has indicated his intention to tender his resignation to the Queen, and to recommend that David Cameron be invited to Buckingham Palace.

The authoritarian, partisan, absolutism of New Labour - it's self-righteousness, it's arrogance, it's vile, despicable, aggressive, condescending, patronising attitudes, are now gone.

Let's just hope that Cameron and Clegg can offer us better days.

Monday, 10 May 2010

Brown Resigns

Wonderful – the one time I actually DON’T want him to resign (because his apparent desperation to stay in Number 10 drives the Lib Dems towards the Conservatives with the potential of forming a majority coalition), and the bastard actually does it.

So now the Lib Dems are going to talk to Labour to see what they’ve got to offer. Which leaves the Conservatives no choice but to give further ground, in order to prevent the awful prospect of a ‘rainbow/traffic lights/bunch of election-losing hoons’ coalition.

The forces of the left are deliberately conspiring to keep the most popular political party in Britain out of government. If this had happened if Labour had been the largest party, I have the distinct feeling that the gang of miscreant brownshirt thugs they jokingly call ‘activists’ would be staging riots all over the place, which the BBC would obligingly splatter all over the news.

I am now ready for the uprising. This is a democratic outrage!