25th November 2010
IT TOOK 6 YEARS FOR DISAPPOINTMENT IN BLAIR
AND EVEN THEN HE WON ANOTHER ELECTION (in 2005)
It’s only when you read such as the below from my friend Peter Reynolds, a firm Conservative, that you realise how quickly the present government and its component parts have fallen from grace. Just over SIX MONTHS, and already even those who voted for Cameron or Clegg’s parties are wondering why.
It’s only when you recall Tony Blair’s popularity (or as some insist, despite the evidence, his present lack of popularity) that you recall that it was well into six or more years into office, after a SECOND landslide that his NEW Labour government suffered anything approaching similar disdain. And that, in my humble opinion, was mainly due to the all-pervasive press’s disapproval of his Iraq decision and the resultant destruction of his integrity.
Even the marches against the Iraq war did not result in the mindlessness shown in recent student demos. Yesterday – pictures and report at The Mail. But that’s another issue, perhaps for another post.
But talking about disappointment, here’s a reminder of how disappointed Mr Clegg was, when his seat numbers actually FELL by FIVE on May 6th. (Tony Blair’s birthday, btw.) Such was Gordon Brown’s failure to emulate Blair’s leadership – (THE ONLY LABOUR LEADER EVER TO HAVE WON 3 CONSECUTIVE ELECTIONS. Brown couldn’t even manage ONE ) – that the Lib Dems still managed to become part of government. And their leader, the Deputy PM.
The anti-Iraq war Lib Dems saw no evil, heard no evil and spoke no evil. And so it went. BUT, Nick Clegg’s gang saw evil in Blair where there wasn’t any. Heard evil from the press regarding those concerned about religious fundamentalism. Spoke evil against this country’s moral rectitude.
And thus they persuaded idealistic, misled kids to vote for them. For those reasons and other lies. The main lie was in pretending that they could EVER have won outright, even though Clegg was the so-called winner in the televised debates. In fact, as mentioned above his party’s seats went down. Their should have been a large “PROVISO” in all their election leaflets.
Asked how it felt to have students hang him in effigy, the Deputy PM told the BBC’s Jeremy Vine: ‘I’m developing a thick skin.’
He said: ‘I regret of course that I can’t keep the promise that I made because – just as in life – sometimes you are not fully in control of all the things you need to deliver those pledges.’
Picture above from The Independent – Clegg tries to defuse anger among students
Peter Reynolds –
There is no more integrity.
Reynolds: ‘This government is even more corrupt than the last. Not just widespread financial corruption amongst MPs, now ministers have abandoned all pretence at listening or consulting. Britain has become an oligarchy and both politicians and the media are complicit.
I and many other Tories were prepared to accept and defend the financial squeeze but I can no longer support this government. I could not vote Tory again given the level of betrayal and arrogance from David Cameron. As for the LibDems, they have sacrificed their integrity completely. I see nothing unfair with the present proposals for tuition fees but deplore and condemn the LibDem’s broken promises. They are ruined. Clegg is beyond, in fact, beneath redemption.”‘
But Mr Cameron will continue to blame the previous government for the present coalition’s decisions, as though there was no alternative. Hardly helped of course, when Labour’s so-called leader hasn’t the foggiest how to benefit when the Tories shoot themselves in the foot.
WE DISAGREE WITH NICK
As many of the disappointed in Sheffield push to remove Nick Clegg as their MP, Mr Clegg’s big idea that reminding us that this is a coalition, and therefore he had no choice but to agree to Tory education plans and other cuts, is falling on deaf ears. Hoping he and his party will somehow regain their (wrong-headed) authority as the “honest party” which would never, never, not ever – have truck with raising student fees is a forlorn hope.
I can back up Peter on the below too, regarding the useless BBC AND the national press.
‘And the press are involved too. They protect and serve only their own comfort in the politics bubble. The editors of the national newspapers follow their own agenda with no regard for their readers. Normal rules of supply and demand do not apply. They have so much power that most only know what they are given. They distort the truth as it suits them. Only what serves them gets published.
We have some recourse with the BBC. It is obliged to provide balance but the complaints system is worse than useless and the director-general receives a ludicrous bribe of £838,000 per annum.’
As for the BBC, over a week ago I sent a complaint in asking why Tony Blair had been airbrushed from their coverage of the Remembrance Service at Whitehall. I wrote about this here.
I received no reply from the BBC. Not even a “we have received your complaint and will respond within 28 days”, which if I recall correctly, was their response the last time I did my “Disgusted of Britain” thing.
As to my current press complaint I’ll hang fire for a bit in case they decide to honour me with a decent completion to my complaint. Suffice it to say it was a complaint about their commenting “facility”. Far too facile for my liking.
Peter Reynolds is not exactly clear as to what he is referring to here.
‘Over just the last 12 months there have been massive demonstrations in London where tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets but we do not hear of them. It is entirely true that were it not for the violence we would never have heard of the 52,000 students that marched on Millbank earlier this month. The blood spilled and the damage caused is on the hands of the media. They are a corrupt and pernicious influence on our society. Much as I believe in smaller government, the media now have too much power. Effective regulation is needed.’
Tony Blair in his memoirs points out that we are highly regulated in every aspect of our lives in Britain. All of us. Except, he says, the press.
But who, according to Peter Reynolds, do we not hear of from the media? Let me take a guess. Could he be referring to this – just a few weeks ago on Remembrance Day, as our countrymen, the vast majority, fell silent –
– or this, in January 2009 – Oh sorry, Google too is part of the PC media, and has removed the truth, because it might offend someone. But the pictures and text are still there.
And just months after the bombings in London on 7/7/2005, there was this –
The press may SAY they are not using these videos because they are often put online by the BNP or another group the press sees as “racist”, such as the EDL. Neither of those origins should matter one iota as far as showing the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. The press is not the arbiter or conduit of the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
So, it is not only over the last year, but for SEVERAL years that we have not been seeing these politically incorrect videos and pictures of violence-inciting demonstrators. If the mainstream press, (mainly the BBC are at fault here, since some papers DO show them) ever had stooped to tell the truth and had shown such demos as these, you can be sure that they’d also have told us that certain people were declaring them “hoaxes”, even though the hoax claim was demonstrably a LIE.
As for this from Peter Reynolds regarding the EU – well, what can I say? As a once pro-European, and now, someone reconsidering their position, I feel your pain, Peter.
‘The Tory promise never to allow more power to slip to Brussels has also been broken and Cameron is exposed as nothing more than a procedural clerk. All his bold, inspirational philosophy of freedom and fairness is gone. I have never seen such hostility from those who were previously firm Tory supporters.
This corrupt and self-serving government is going down the pan.’
But NOT down the pan for about four and a half years, if they have their evil and unconstitutional way.
- Clegg’s attacks on Labour will turn voters away from the Lib Dems (solutionfocusedpolitics.wordpress.com)
- “Who hates Nick Clegg?” and related posts (politicalbetting.blogspot.com)
- Nick Clegg’s election war starts here (blogs.telegraph.co.uk)
- Tuition fee protesters hang effigy of U-turn Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg (dailymail.co.uk)
- Well, it looks like the STUDENTS are out Again !!! [Milton Rodrigues] (ecademy.com)
- Lib Dem internal elections see anti-Tory candidates take key positions (guardian.co.uk)
- New poll shows Lib Dem voters fear Coalition, but Tories are content (leftfootforward.org)
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“All countries need a leader who isn’t afraid to fight terrorism. I believe Mr. Blair did a necessary job in helping his allies. Are we all just supposed to lie down and wait for them to come for us, I don’t think so.”
And – “Mr. Blair is one of the finest politicians to have had the privilege of serving the United Kingdom, and Britons are fortunate to have had him as their Prime Minister. Time will show that Mr. Blair’s approach to affairs in the Middle East were and remain correct. From a member of the Commonwealth, thank you, Mr. Blair, for your continued service to legitimate and lasting (and not convenient or politically expedient) freedom.”
AND – “Tony Blair was the greatest Prime Minister since Winston Churchill and the only regret I have he didn’t get my vote as I live in Canada.”
AND – “I am sick and tired of television and radio interviewers asking the same old questions over and over, regarding the decision to go to war in Iraq, presumably they hope Mr Blair will let slip some secret information which they would then use against him. History will show if the decision was the right one, (I believe it was) but people must accept that Tony Blair is an honourable man, and made his decision based on the known facts and not with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight.”