"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, 26 May 2010

The Queen's Speech Debate

A portrait of a miserable old bastard called Hegel who said, "the State is absolutely rational ... and has supreme right against the individual, whose supreme duty is to be a member of the State".

There were quite a few maiden speeches this afternoon, the second day of the Queen's Speech debate, and I have to say that I've never heard so many speech impediments in one place before - orators they are not.

On the Labour side, I think I must have been away from Yorkshire for so long that I can no longer understand the dialect - either that or the new MPs are just nervous.   I hope it's the latter but I have to say some of the diction is appalling. This afternoon I've heard people speak a form of broad Yorkshire that was unknown to my grandparents who'd never left the County in their lives - and nor had their grandparents before them. What the heck's going on?  Is everyone regressing?

The new Conservatives seemed to focus on Afghanistan and Defence while the Labourites spoke about Engels and local issues back in dick's day when there was trouble at t'mill, t'pits were dark, t'bosses were baddies and t'workers were downtrodden workhouse fodder.

I don't think I came across a LibDem apart from a wonderful shock-haired chap of about 50/60 who thought it was ridiculous that we needed a nuclear deterrent in this day and age and so should scrap Trident with no replacement.  The camera didn't pan to his feet so I couldn't see if he was wearing sandals but I thought I saw a smudge of lentil roast on his tie.  Sorry, I can't remember the MP's name but I think we'll be hearing more from him.

There were plenty of historical references scattered about to provide assurance of a continuance of history and tradition and even Robert the Bruce had a mention - though not his spider, which was the real hero of the tale.

All in all, it was a very partisan affair and the only speech which I actually listened to, rather than hearing, was that of Bill Cash (Cons, Stone).  I admire Cash, not only for being returned with an increased majority, but for standing true to his principles.

Cash:  "We're in government, we're not an Opposition Party and when we're in govt we have to receive the legislation that comes from Brussels and we have to decide what to do about it.  And it's not just from Brussels it's from the whole of the European institutions and they operate by majority vote and we don't have an option..."

Cash went on to discuss the ERM, the eurozone and sovereign debt crisis and also spoke of how UKIP had deprived the Conservatives of twenty-three seats in the House (including David Heathcoat-Amory, an MP and Parliamentarian who shouldn't have lost his seat).  He blamed it on the Conservative leadership "not having a more robust policy on the European issue" .  It will all be in Hansard tomorrow.

How on earth the three parties have managed to reach a tripartite consensus between them I don't know - but they have. We shouldn't be fooled. I've seen many other blogs writing 'meet the new boss, same as the old boss' and they're right. Back in 05/06 Cameron made no secret of his "same destination, different path" politics (try and find that old quote in an online newspaper now and you'll fail but it stuck in my mind at the time).

Once again, it's the Third Way, it's Fabian socialism, Hegel and communitarianism writ large. The ConDems are taking us via the scenic route and, as we know, if your destination is a sewage works the pretty flowers on the way don't make it smell better when you finally arrive.

I wasn't going to post the following video because it it goes over old ground but then I realised that the title should be 'Who is David Cameron?'  Here's the same old info in another format which might resonate differently:

PS I wish Denis MacShane (Lab, Rotherham) would sort out the polyps in his nose - perhaps he can fit in a quick op during the next Recess.


  1. Hegel "(The State) has supreme right against the individual, whose supreme duty is to be a member of the State".
    Dead twat.

    Annie Bessant, ditto.

    I thought the audio was Pink Floyd, Time, but I was wrong, waiting for the line another year has passed you by.... Used to wonder about that as a teenager, now I know.

  2. Hi Banned, they may be dead but their poisonous ideas live on - sometimes I think all politicians are tainted with the philosophy.


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