"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Truth Hurts

This analysis by Max Hastings has to be one of the best I've read recently from an msm journalist:  A Nation in denial.  He questions why Labour are still in the running for the GE and why the Conservatives have not made the ground expected of them.  The blame, he suggests, lies not solely with the reluctance of political parties to spell out the truth but also with the voters who have a misplaced and unrealisable sense of self-interest

Here's a taster of what he has to say:
"What does it say about the national psyche that opinion polls suggest Labour still has a chance of forming another government?

"Gordon Brown led this country into its worst economic predicament since World War II. We have an unprecedented scale of national debt that threatens a sterling crisis and will burden the country for years to come.  During 13 years of power, Labour has failed abysmally to reform public services, above all education, or to equip Britain to earn its living in the 21st century.

"The Government's latest initiative threatens higher education, the country's only hope of creating a skilled workforce to meet the challenges of the next generation.  Universities are threatened with more than half a billion pounds' worth of funding cuts. The money is presumably needed to finance more NHS cosmetic surgery, asylum seekers' housing benefit or  -  most likely  -  to pay the interest charges on Gordon Brown's horrendous national borrowings.

"Yet against this background of incompetence, fiscal recklessness and neglect of real priorities, millions of people seem willing to give Gordon Brown another chance.  Their motives, I suggest, say more and worse things about such voters than about the shortcomings of the Tories or LibDems.
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"At every turn, people clamour for a right to a soft option; to receive rewards unrelated to their efforts or performance; to be preserved from any consequence of failure.  It invites derision to suggest that it is good for us as human beings to struggle a bit, to compete, to suffer some hardship, especially in youth, to be denied instant access to whatever takes our fancy.

"The pursuit of self-interest, heedless of the consequences to others, is enshrined as if it was a basic human right.  Those at the bottom of the social pile can scarcely be condemned for their own greed and selfishness when they see the repellent example set from the top.  The herd of snorting, grunting porkers who make up Britain's insanely over-rewarded financial community have done frightful damage to ideals of fairness and social justice.

"You will remember the favourite old schoolroom history story, of the Elizabethan soldier Sir Philip Sidney, mortally wounded on the battlefield of Zutphen.  Declining an offer of water, he urged it on another man, saying: 'Your need is great than mine.'  In similar circumstances in modern Britain, your average town hall bureaucrat, Goldman Sachs partner or shop steward would grab the water for themselves, saying: 'Sorry, mate. My need is greater than yours.'

"This is the spirit of the British times. And it represents a huge obstacle that the Tories must overcome, to win the election on anything resembling a truthful prospectus...

"Gordon Brown has parted company so decisively that he will never rejoin planet Earth. He wants to be in office, but not in power. He craves the title of prime minister, but rejects any vestige of personal responsibility for the nation's fate in war or peace. He has become a psychological mess of frightening proportions..."
There's no mention of the UKIP or BNP effect of course but it remains imperative that one way or another Brown, the Labour Party and the Unions, are kicked into touch at the GE.


2 comments:

  1. I read this article and fully endorse it's content. however we should not forget the Orwellian grip Labour have on media reporting. If sheeples don't know they are in an abattoir they don't bleat.

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  2. That's true OR - many decent people have enough problems just keeping body & soul together (it's not only the workshy and feckless) and simply don't lift their heads. As you say, the msm haven't covered themselves in glory in recent times; a pliant media is a godsend to corrupt governance. The likes of Marrs, Robinson, Toynbee, Peston are just another branch of the Labour Party.

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