Thursday, January 28, 2010

Cameron should heed Kipling

England only seeks fairness, those with "lots of Scot's blood" flowing through their veins should heed Rudyard Kipling! The complete poem Norman and Saxon may be read from here.

Norman and Saxon

"My son," said the Norman Baron, "I am dying, and you will
be heir
To all the broad acres in England that William gave me for
When he conquered the Saxon at Hastings, and a nice little
handful it is.
But before you go over to rule it I want you to understand this:--

"The Saxon is not like us Normans. His manners are not so polite.
But he never means anything serious till he talks about justice
When he stands like an ox in the furrow--with his sullen set eyes
on your own,
And grumbles, 'This isn't fair dealing,' my son, leave the Saxon

David Cameron knows the Barnett Formula is unfair to England, see his reply to Andrew Marr, posted below. David Cameron should be warned in the coming election that advice framed by Rudyard Kipling for Normans goes for the Picts as well.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Of course Cameron will do nothing to help the English, he is committed to the Barnett formula, the effect of which is to manufacture a huge subsidy flowing ever faster North across the border to Scotland!

Why is this the case? Who knows, but perhaps the answer lies in his response to a question once posed by fellow Scot, Andrew Marr, as seen and quoted in the posting that follows.

Monday, January 25, 2010

ANDREW MARR: Sure - another area of constitutional argument just at the moment is the whole business of the Scots and the English. Lots of people are saying now there should be English votes for English laws - Ken Clarke is clearly attracted by that - and there's quite hubbub now saying that the Scots are getting too much public money, that the old Barnett formula, in fact Joel Barnett himself has said this, needs to be looked at again. Are the Scots getting too much public money at the moment, proportionately?

DAVID CAMERON: I don't have any plans to change the arrangements. Obviously we're in opposition, we have the opportunity to look at these things and we should do so. But I don't have any plans to make changes. And we should look at funding on the basis of need. And I think that's the right way, right way round. But I want, you know, I am a passionate Unionist, I think that Scotland brings a huge amount to the United Kingdom. The Scottish people bring a huge amount to the United Kingdom and I don't want, and I'm a Cameron, there is quite a lot of Scottish blood flowing through these veins.

Full interview linked here.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

More sense from Spirit of Stead.

In The Independent to an article from John Rentoul, linked here, comes this:

Re-invigorating politics
[info]spiritofstead wrote:
Thursday, 14 January 2010 at 09:05 am (UTC)
"...An anti-politics election.... is a dismal, life-denying prospect" writes Mr Rentoul, but unlike the ordinary voter, commentators such as he, are at least in a position to do something about this anti-political environment resulting from the continual lying and dishonesty of our political class.

Put aside for a moment any analysis of how we arrived at this state of affairs and then consider only the characters, not the party nor the apparent politics, of our future leadership teams. Those we must now choose to govern us. I would suggest that on character most people would probably select the team offered by the Liberal Democrats. Certainly on the economy which will be the main concern of the next parliament, polls show Vince Cable is head and shoulders above the two potential alternatives. The expenses scandal also has the Lib/Dems emerging ahead of their sleaze-ridden alternatives.

I believe the EU is the greatest threat to democracy and self-governance that this country has ever faced. Nick Clegg argued convincingly on the need for an in/out referendum at the time of his shameful reneging on his party's referendum promise. He has now removed that pledge from his party's commitments, yet all the arguments he then made still stand.

Whatever the result of such a referendum it is clearly essential for all must see part of the poisoning of our politics is the reality of our weakened parliament post-Lisbon.

If the air can be cleared a new politics could emerge when our politicians could address the real issues, not claim to undertake actions on matters only open to Brussels. Either addressing all the challenges of renewed national independence in a near bankrupt condition - or making the EU accountable (and crazy dream - democratic) from within.

The Lib/Dems should commit to an in/out referendum as a confirmed policy which would become their prime condition for any power sharing deal after the election. They would then have the potential support of 80% of the nation who state they want a referendum - better yet the real issues facing the country would come to the forefront of the campaign and British politics would cease to be the complete farce our money-grubbing main parties have allowed it to become.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The NHS is a waste of money!

Vapid Cameron was on TV this morning, I could not watch as his fatuousness makes me ill.

Fraser Nelson, here, of the Spectator reports:
3. “We have a very frank and clear and positive message - the NHS is our no.1 priority, we do not want to see the state withdraw from that in any shape or form.” I do hope this was another of his mis-speaking moments. Alan Milburn explicitly wanted to see the state withdraw, and said the NHS should be regarded as a payment mechanism. It was the trade unions who fought Blair, saying they didn’t want to see the state withdraw from the NHS in any shape or form. Cameron seems to be clear about where he stands on this dividing line. He is retreating from the NHS reform agenda, and the NHS (and patient care) will be the worse for it.

As cuts in defence, education, policing and every other area of national life presently funded by a grossly over-staffed and incompetent state become evident even to the mass of morons who never read a sensible publication will not this pledge become an electoral liability?

Has nobody yet realized within the Conservative Party leadership, that all expenditure on health other than for pain relief is eventually wasted as we all must die?

Even morons will one day begin to question why all else of value that often makes life worthwhile - such as safe streets as one example - must be sacrificed to keep the sick and aged alive, often on a basis lacking either dignity or apparent point!

Monday, January 04, 2010

"Spectator" Editor agrees Cameron is 'VAPID'

In a stinging attack on the Leader of the Conservative Party by the Conservative supporting weekly magazine 'The Spectator' the original assessment of Cameron's pathetic leadership by this blog (here) on his first election is confirmed mere months (perhaps weeks) before the country's most crucial election, by stating the following:

"I describe the speech as vapid nonsense." Read here.

My posting of December 2005 is repeated below:

'Vapid' Cameron looks set to win

The Conservative Party appears headed for oblivion today. We will know at four o'clock Brussels time.

If the Bookies, press and pundits are correct then the nothing that seems to be David Cameron (who this blog will refer to in future as 'Vapid') will ostensibly take over the leadership of Britain's still main opposition party.

With Simon Hughes seemingly positioning the LibDems to steal the English Democrats clothing that may not long be the case!

The British people can hardly be worse served if the leadership result is as predicted. The English people even less so!