Saturday, January 13, 2007

Are TB and GB certifiable?


Yet more evidence of almost mind-numbing incoherence at the heart of government. Today’s Guardian reveals that at least 13 members of Tony Blair's ministerial team have campaigned over the last few months against closure of services at NHS hospitals used by their constituents. And we are not talking unknown Labour lickspittle. Tessa Jowell, Jacqui Smith, the chief whip and Mike O'Brien, the solicitor-general, have all challenged NHS reform proposals. Labour’ll be blaming the cuts on the Conservatives next…

Meanwhile, Big Gordo has been droning on about the virtues of Britishness… and, in a great flight of logic, blaming Conservatives for encouraging the end of the Union.

As for Emily, well, the Prime Minister has urged that Britain should retain a global "war-fighting" role, emphasising that military might was essential to winning the war on terror.No mention of the fact that the Chancellor’s financial settlements have increased financial pressures on the Ministry of Defence, to the point that almost half the Royal Navy's fleet of 44 warships is to be mothballed to save Money… Tony Blair has also turned the blame for his disastrous military campaigns in the Middle East on anti-war dissidents and the media. His own fatal misjudgements on foreign policy, of course, have nothing to do with it…

As Ann Treneman puts in the Times today, “…it is obvious that the PM now has got some large gaps in his knowledge of life and politics as we know it…” Obviously. But it’s not only TB who seem to be detached from reality…. the rest of the government seems to have fallen prey to the same disorder. Whatever happened to “joined-up” government?
In its death throes, NuLabour is only too eager to attach the blame for its serial failures to its own foot soldiers or in fact just about anybody. For NuLabour, the buck always stops with others....

6 comments:

CityUnslicker said...

A nice summary post of a bizarre week. Saves me doing it!

However, when you think about it, it is not strange that they are so ideologically inconsistent and lost.

This was the mission after all of NuLabour to turn the pary into winners at any cost; to jettison ideology. After all these years though, now there is just a vacuous waste.

I hope the Tories are watching closely at this point.

istanbultory said...

Thanks, CU. A vacuous waste is exactly what NuLabour adds up to...there are certainly lessons for the Tories to extract from this kind of ideology-free politics.

Newmania said...

Never looked in here before but on Croyddonians recommendatuion I have linked to it anyway . That is it though so I `ll have to find the time to look in.I was trying to keep it to those I know well
Judging from this post you are very much of my mind. In particular the Broon Great Britain stuff is like somone who comes to a fancy dress aparty when evryone else is in jeans.

What ? Ummm this is a bit embarrassing ...etc.Are you in the right ..planet?

istanbultory said...

Mr N,
I am honoured to have the pleasure of your company. Actually, you have visited these parts before and a good time was had by all. I shall be linking to your own august endeavour.

Voyager said...

NuLab has reached that point in a regime's existence when it is simply ridiculous and people find it incredible that they are ruled by such crooks and bunglers.

The usual trick then is for the regime to stay in power by manufacturing an emergency or cancelling elections. I am not confident NuLab won't try this.

Perhaps torching the Scottish assembly and re-imposing Direct Rule before May. Noone knows with this Communist regime where the sycophants are praising the new leader of the regime for his sartorial elegance, charm, erudition, and magnificence.

The BBC boring everyone to death with its running commentary trying to make Brown seem legitimate and Blair seem extant

istanbultory said...

Yes, agreed Voyager. Today (15.01.2007)marks the beginning of a govt campaign seeking public support to allow Whitehall departments to exchange ever more data about individual citizens.