Politicians are useless. And they keep on being useless. This is why the economy failed, this is why we have so many enquiries into this disaster or that calamity. Charlie Fairservice tells us that its ultimately our fault for voting tribally and having misguided loyalties to political parties.
In the course of human events it is pretty common for things to go right, wrong and anything in between. Whatever the result it is also handy to Continue reading
One thing you can guarantee about life in Britain is that there will be a good scandal soon. Chris Smith explores the peculiarly British need for a scandal.
Observing the current scandal engulfing News International expand day by day, along with debate in the media about whether life as we now it will ever be the same again, the thought occurs: Why in Britain have we seen scandals affecting numerous different sections of society? What does this tell us about modern Britain as a whole?
The first large scandal I can remember is the Iraq war; the dodgy dossier, the death of Dr David Kelly and the Continue reading
‘Hackgate’ is David Cameron’s first real crisis of government. The absence of Tories coming out and defending Cameron is suggestive about the Prime Minister’s popularity within his own party. If he’s going to successfully deal with the next disaster to come his way, he needs to schmooze with his backbenchers. And get rid of Baroness Warsi, writes A.P. Schrader.
Like many, I have been totally absorbed by ‘Hackgate’, though frankly one does rather begin to tire of the whole tedious imbroglio Continue reading
By bailing out every nation too big to fail, we have created a monster too big too save. And if the European Union collapses, will it take down the USA and China with it? Asks Ventilator Blues.
What a mess we have gotten ourselves into. Our financial system has been exceedingly well cudgelled by this interminable crisis if not instigated by, then certainly triggered by the collapse of Lehmans. The result of this was a mad rush to prevent the entire economic order collapsing around us and blind dumb governments waving their bailout stick at huge bankrupt straw donkeys because they were too big to fail. This meant, I think, that the governments believed that the whole world would go to pot if Barclays et al decided to diversify into liquidation as the profit quanta suffered catastrophic devaluation – or however Murdoch Jnr would say it. Continue reading
David Cameron is not the best leader for the Conservative Party or for the country. His friendships with Andy Coulson and Mrs Grant Mitchell are reason enough for us to get rid of him. But he’ll survive the scandal no doubt. This is why we need either of two proper Tories, George Osborne and David Davis, to whet the blade and aim for Cameron’s spleen, writes Ventilator Blues.
When in times of national emergency it is vital that a proper sense of perspective is developed and that national interest is put first. Continue reading
David Cameron’s performances at Prime Minister’s Questions were better when he was Leader of the Opposition. As Prime Minister, he is alienating back-benchers and coming off second-best to Ed Miliband. Could this work in Cameron’s favour? Asks Ellis Wiggins.
Wednesday, 12 o’clock, and once again the attention of the House of Commons turns to Prime Minister’s Questions. David Cameron rises to the Despatch Box, and in solemn tones recounts the week’s casualties of war. Then, in a single breath, he lists his engagements for the day: the catchphrase of PMQs. With a supplementary of a backbencher easily swatted aside, Continue reading
Ed Miliband is doing something wrong. Largely anonymous as opposition leader, serious doubts are raised about his ability to lead the country. Not that Prime-ministership is on the horizon. He’s too political, too burdened by his Marxist upbringing and too bound up with the unions, writes David Vaiani.
There are, of course, countless reasons. Indeed, the difficulty is to know where to start. However, it is Miliband’s past that holds the key to his future. Quite apart from convincing his own party to support him, a prospective candidate for Number 10 must be able to appeal to a broad range of voters. As public support for political parties continues to ebb away, he must also liberate himself from the narrow confines of his own party. Continue reading
Ed Miliband has opportunistically seized upon David Cameron’s closeness with the shamed Murdoch empire. Considering the Blair government’s own flirtation with News International this is cant and hypocrisy of the first order, writes Christopher Wheeler.
Within the last few weeks the British newspaper industry, and more specifically News International, has been found to be a hotbed of immorality and alleged illegality. The Labour Party and their leader Ed Miliband have been seen – by the media and the general public alike – to have been making all the running over the issue of phone hacking. Labour have tried to claim that the scandal shows that Prime Minister David Cameron lacks judgement due to his hiring of an ex-tabloid editor who – it is claimed – was intimately involved in the scandal.
I’m no apologist for The News of the World. A rag that markets to man’s state of nature instincts; that dresses up soft porn and celeb goss as ‘courageous investigative journalism’, not gutless, lowest common denominator conformity; that profits from, and relies on, popular ignorance and apathy; that loads our insalubrious obsession with B- and C-celebrity; that revels in rumour about cabinet ministers and their mistresses; that rejoices in misery because misery sells; that stalks and phone hacks the rich and famous, and dead children and dead children’s parents. Continue reading