"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."

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

It's Too Early

It's too early to breathe a sigh of relief and too early to go on the attack. We're in a strange limbo where Cabinet seats and government departments are still being allocated and we have the likes of Yvette Cooper and Caroline Flint giving us their opinions on our screens.

For me it's always been about the authoritarian nature of the Labour govt and the rotten political infrastructure weighed down with the subversive elements of Common Purpose, EU placemen and the Fabians. This was unlikely to change very much even under a true Conservative govt, since it would be such a mammoth task, but is even less likely to change now with the influence of the LibDems.

One thing we do know is that the Con-Dems both agree that ID cards and the state database are likely to go, as is ContactPoint, the children's database.  Other databases (health) and the use of cctv will be reviewed.  It would be a good start if someone like David Davis were appointed to oversee the dismantling of the worst excesses of the last 13yrs.

There's no word yet on the Conservatives' promised Grand Repeal Bill, meant to repeal vast swathes of useless and criminalising Labour laws (don't forget - 4,600 since 1997), but the House is scheduled to sit again on Tuesday the 18th, next week, so we may hear more by then.

One thing that does seem to be definitely off the agenda is their repeal of the Human Rights Act - the LibDems just wouldn't wear it. Something must be done to weaken the scope of its powers, whether it's an outright re-interpretation, the UK Parliamentary Sovereignty Bill might have areas that can influence it, or revised sentencing guidelines for the judiciary. It can't be left to stand as it is.

There are so many areas of civil liberties that need to be addressed urgently and the promised bonfire of the quangos must begin now. This new government must not be allowed to use the economy as an excuse to delay other important issues - I have the feeling that the UK will get hit financially whatever the best efforts of our new Chancellor. It was Labour wot dunnit!


  1. Hi GV,

    I'm uploading the Cameron and Clegg show, do you want to write the comment?


  2. Lets hope it really is an end to the people being forced to do stuff for the convenience of bureaucrats.

  3. Hi Bob - thanks but sorry, I only listened with half an ear - it seemed like a touchy-feely love-in and very superficial. I might nick your video though :-)

    I don't think 'the Big Society' was ever really fully explained AC1 - as you say it never got beyond the stage of people doing for themselves what we pay our taxes to govt to do - which was never going to work. It all fitted very nicely with localism and the EU project though. At the moment I just want to see lots of Council employees given hammers to bring down the cctv!

  4. I thought it was entertaining, check out the Q&A, it's all up now.

  5. Thanks Bob - I see "common purpose" had a fair few mentions, the Q&A was good and it was all very amenable but fairly superficial. I've still got the feeling that we've been railroaded into a stitch-up.


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