Ed Milliband’s hysterical demands for ken Clark’s resignation yesterday seemed a little opportunistic. The story had only just hit the media yet Milliband managed to work it into his performance within hours and even The Independent declared that it is Milliband who should be ashamed of himself. This disingenuous and scurrilous misrepresentation of Clark’s words reminds me of the old bullshit days when Labour called themselves “new” and Blair could talk for hours without saying a thing. I now wonder whether Mandelson may be crouching behind the Labour benches with his hand up Milliband’s arse. “Ooh Mrs! - That’s the way to do it!” It seems to me that Labour are devoid of any ideas of how to get the country out of the mess they made and are resorting to rabble rousing.
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Over the past couple of days the media seem to be making a big deal over the fact that David Milliband did not clap when his brother said that Britain taking part in the Iraq invasion was a mistake. The supposed division between Ed and David is now the main themes in any discussion of the Labour leadership. The media are talking bollocks! David and Ed may be brothers but they are not clones. They will have different opinions. This is good. It would be far worse to return to the old days when Tony Blair filled his cabinet with yes men.
And speaking of Mr. Blair, when in power he attempted to ingratiate himself with ordinary people by imitating “estuary English”. This is an accent used by people who live along the Thames estuary and is characterised by “Glottal replacement” where a consonant, in this case a “T”, is replaced by a glotal stop To you and me this means dropping your T’s.
Dropping your T’s has long been a feature of working class accents in England but it took a real nob head like Tony Blair to attempt an accent by picking just this one feature. Consequently Mr. Blair became the only man on Earth to speak in a middle class English access with a glottal stop instead of a T. The effect was risible and made worse by inconsistency. Presumably he only put it on when appealing to the masses.
In opposition Labour look set for a rerun of the old power battle between Blair and Brown but this time staring the Brothers Milliband. As each brother struggles to differentiate himself, I find one interesting commonality: They both have that weird middle class accent with the inconsistent glotal stop – Just like Mr. Blair.
Not a good omen.
I worked for a business consultancy a decade ago and later in organisations who use consultants. It seemed to me that these people are merely good at bluffing. They talk the talk but when it’s time to walk the walk they find it necessary to hire contractors. That’s how I ended up working with them on more than one occasion.
In the UK I’ve seen consultants bring in recent graduates from Singapore and charge them out to work on technical projects. The arrogance of these consultants in charging fat fees for people with no qualifications or experience is astounding but we have to remember that these consultancies are frequently “partnerships” and the partners will be getting a slice of the fees.
I’ve seen medium sized projects balloon into monsters as every requirement generates two new consultants who then require people to work for them. All the time the project gets bigger and the end date gets pushed back. It seems to me that New Labour were partly responsible for encouraging these people. After the collapse of the .dot com boom I understand that they flocked into government departments like rats. The mantra there was “Organisational transformation”. Of course the consultants were TALKING BOLLOCKS but Blair swallowed the bullshit that government departments could be transformed through targets and other fashionable ideas. As citizens we saw the result with absurd situations such as not being able to book a doctors appointment more than 48 hours in advance as the surgeries fought to ensure that they met their “key targets”.
During the New Labour years the UK seemed in some kind of trance. Peter Mandelson would come on the TV or radio and talk the most abject nonsense and nobody would realise that he wasn’t saying anything. Just so with consultants, they have lots of important meetings and cause havoc within an organisation but they don’t actually do very much.
As Peter Mandelson and Alistair Campbell eventually spilled the beans on what was going on in government now senior consultants are telling all about the work of consultancies and The Independent has an article about this today. Best quote is: “We were proud of the way we used to make things up as we went along”.
The fault lies in all of us. If we visit the financial area of London known as The City we see that all the big banks and financial institutions have big expensive buildings with marble floors and that the directors turn up outside in chauffeur driven limousines. We have to ask yourself why we are giving our pension money to organisations which spend it on marble floors and chauffeurs.
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This morning I listened to John Humphries interview the Shadow Education Secretary, Ed Balls, on BBC Radio 4′s Today program. Yes, I know, I should move on from ranting about the inadequacies of New Labour and start ranting about the Tories and Lib Dems but hang on.
Following the publication of Mandelson’s diaries and a book by Andrew Rawnsley both documenting the infighting within the New Labour cabinet between Blair and Brown, Humprys was trying to pin down Balls on his association with the infighting through his association with Brown. Mandy had called the infighting an insurgency and Humphries said that Andrew Rawnsley’s book claims Mr. Brown was vacillating before a planned “coup” in 2006 and Ed Balls told Mr Brown: “It’s too late. It’s all in place. It’s going to happen.”. Adn article in The Evening Standard claimed Balls also said: “Blair is never going to go. He has to be pushed. You mustn’t be weak. You’ve been weak for too long.”
So Mr. Balls waffled and said the book was full of inaccuracies but, tellingly, did not deny the specific incident.
Humphries drew attention to Labour’s part in the financial crisis and a McKinsey document stating the UK’s horrendous debt. Mr. Balls waffled, saying “interests rates were low” and “inflation was low” and went on to say that the crisis was global, implying that nobody is to blame at all.
This tosh is like a second rate rehash of Gordon Brown’s interview technique and shows that Balls, like Brown, does not understand the linkage between cheap money (low interest rates), the asset price bubble and the financial crisis. I am reading the diaries of Tony Benn – “More Time For Politics” at the moment and he wrote something which goes to the heart of New Labour spin. He said: “….I no longer feel that I am required to believe what I am told by (new Labour) ministers”.
It occurred to me that the feud between Brown and Blair may have contributed, in a very substantial way, to the prevalence of manipulators, bullshitters and bullies surrounding the New Labour government. Both Blair and Brown would have needed hatchet men and this need would have driven out any wise, thoughtful or competent advise. Leading on from this one can speculate on the whole nature of the New Labour years without the likes of Campbell, Mandelson and Balls. If wiser heads had prevailed might Blair have remained relatively sane and not led the UK into Iraq? Might Brown have had more time for the economy and avoided the worst of the financial crisis? We shall never know.
Several people have commented to me that the Tories would have screwed things up just as bad as Labour. Maybe. But of course they didn’t did they. It was Labour and you have to punish governments who screw up by chucking them out otherwise you are just rewarding incompetence.
No doubt the Tory/LibDem coalition will draw my attention in time, though right now I just find the absence of Mandy bullshit a refreshing change and with the remnants of New Labour still voluminously TALKING BOLLOCKS it is easy to get distracted.
The Labour party wont move on until it faces up to its mistakes and rejects the unsavoury characters from the New Labour years. If it doesn’t then, once the Tories have fallen out of favour, we will be faced with another Labour government wastin ti’s time on spin rather than achieving objectives. In the words of Monty Python’s Spanish Inquisition the Labour party need to “Confess the heinous sin of heresy”and “reject the works of the ungodly”. ie admit that they screwed up and chuck out the likes of Balls.
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Since this blog started in January 2008 it has been mainly polemic. Polemic, I believe, justly targeting hypocrisy. Two commons targets have been Israel for continuing a racist policy of settlement building while branding all criticism of this policy as racist (anti-semitic) and New Labour for spending most of their energy on marketing a supposedly prudent economic policy while wasting huge amounts of money, dragging the UK into massive debt and achieving very little.
Tony Blair is now gone, Gordon Brown is out of government and, while the spectre of Peter Mandelson lingers like a fart in the House of Lords the nightmare of New Labour is finally over.
So what now? Who will I complain about now? Nothing new is happening in Palestine / Israel and I don’t see a resolution to that problem in the near future. So who can compete with the ghastly liars and frauds that comprised the upper echelons of New Labour? Who can match Blair when it comes to grinning like a crazed muppet while lying through his teeth?
It’s true that New Labour Next Generation are even as I write manoeuvring for position. The Millbands appear in public shaking hands and chirpily angling for advantage. Perhaps the Labour Party will resist being pushed into an early leadership election with just Pinky and Perky but I am not counting on it.
Probably Labour are out of power for a few years yet so the question is: Are the golden days of railing against hypocrisy and incompetence over? Will the Tory/Lib Dem coalition deliver fair and efficient government? Should I be searching for a new domain name. Talking Sense perhaps?
Somehow I don’t think I’ll need to.
Supporters of Labour in the United Kingdom appear incensed that they are no longer the party of government and are condemning the Liberal Democrats for forming a coalition with the Conservatives. Words such as despicable, treachery and deceit have been used.
Labour suffered a massive drop in support and polled far fewer votes than the Conservatives. The Labour party, Gordon Brown and the rag tag bunch of nobodies that formed the last cabinet are widely disliked throughout the country yet they now behave as if they have been cheated of power.
“I fear the lady doth protest too much”! Their allegations of betrayal and despicable conduct should be directed at their own leadership. Gordon Brown’s decision to bring the twice disgraced Peter Mandelson back into government placed the Brown premiership firmly in the “spin over substance” camp of Tony Blair.
Let’s just list the reasons why they are out of power:
- No party gained an overall majority.
- All parties are free to negotiate alliances as they see fit. The Liberals Democrats are an independent party and are not obliged to side with Labour.
- A Labour / Liberal Democrat coalition would not have achieved a majority and would therefore have no more right to govern than the Conservatives alone.
Labour lost, it’s called democracy – get over it.
I heard John Humphrys interview Ben Bradshaw on BBC Radio 4′s Today program yesterday. Mr. Bradshaw said “Get Real”. I think I first heard this term used by politicians recently when Gordon Brown used it during one of the televised leaders debates. Since then every Tom Dick and Harry politicians seems to be using it.
I’ve noticed this before. One of the leading politicians would use the phrase and suddenly all the second raters pick it up.
With Blair it even seemed to happen with his accent. All his little clique suddenly started speaking Estuary English.
I find it amazing that even MPs who are supposed to be leaders behave like sheep.
The other term they are all been using is “progressive”. They are all progressives now apparently. I have no idea in what way they think they are progressive unless it is in changing what Ben Bradshaw, out of nowhere, termed ”our broken and completely discredited electoral system”. If the electoral system is such an issue for Labour then it is strange that they did not think to change it before they went to the country.
The truth is that New Labour are doing what they have always done which to compromise their principles in order to stay in power. I recall that when Tony Blair was inventing New Labour the argument was that if they did not change then they would never regain power. That the Labour party went along with this argument shows how they were more interested in power than they were in their principles. On the other hand perhaps this was a triumph for democracy. If each party merely conducts polls on the popularity of various policies and then adjust their manifesto to fit then the population will get what they want no matter who they vote for.
I suspect that the new “progressive” agenda is no more than more Mandelson spin. Like “Get Real” it is a phrase that the sheep have been instructed to use as often as possible in an attempt to fool us into thinking their is subtance where there is none.
I was in France last week and so missed some of the election coverage. I did see the front page of the Telegraph on the web one day and they had run an article suggesting that Nick Clegg had compared the reputation of Great Britain unfavourably with the Nazis! What a pathetic and seedy story. Do they really think that their readers are that stupid? perhaps they do?
I guess election fever reveals the true character of the editors of these newspapers along with that of their owners. In this case the owners are David and Frederick Barclay. The Wikipedia entry for these two says that they are worth about £ 1.8 Billion and “have earned a reputation for avoiding publicity”. I note that this penchant for avoiding publicity doesn’t seem to stop the little shits smearing other people character.
I tried to watch the leadership debate on Thursday evening from a hotel room via my work PC but my company have blocked streaming video. I thought I could at least listen via the BBC web site but streaming audio was also blocked. Finally I sat there watching some bloged responses. A bit pointless I know but when I finally watched a repeat via the web that was about as much fun as the blog.
On Saturday night I watched the excellent BBC program Have I Got News For You and saw a great clip of Gordon Brown TALKING BOLLOCKS to avoid a question from the BBC’s Nick Robinson. This was immediately followed by a look from Peter Mandeslon that, in my view, said: “Yes, I know he’s an idiot, you know he’s an idiot but we’re going to bluff it out and you can’t do anything about it.”