"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."

Thursday, 19 April 2012

What Does It Take?

After her assured performance in the House yesterday I was prepared to give Theresa May the benefit of the doubt; she seemed confident and on top of her brief. Well, how wrong was I - and how deep in the mire is she?

The Council of Europe has said that Abu Qatada's solicitors (I believe it's Gareth Pierce, again) launched his appeal against deportation within the 3-month time limit set by the ECHR.

Just what, exactly, does a Minister have to do to be sacked? How incompetent must they prove themselves to be before they're deemed unfit for office? Once upon a time, in a land far away, she would either have resigned by now or been sacked but these days there seems to be nothing they can't do and get away with. They're pretty much like those crims who are never sent to jail despite so many previous convictions but are left unpunished to go on and commit further, bigger crimes. I wonder who takes after whom.

May should be sacked, no doubt about it, but I can't see anyone fit to replace her. David Davis is studiously ignored by Cameron, having shot himself in the foot when he resigned as Shadow Home Secretary in 2008. After all, it wouldn't do to have a government comprised of Ministers who are willing to resign on points of principle. We might actually begin to believe that integrity and honesty had made a return to the Front Benches, and that would never do.

Talking of integrity, Nick Clegg faced the Political & Constitutional Reform Committee this morning. Much has been made about giving local people the power of recall over their MPs if they were judged guilty of something like, for example, fiddling their expenses. Well, we can forget that. One thing Clegg said stood out for me. When asked whether the procedure for recall might be 'abused', he replied that MPs would have "a fair amount of discretion" and that "industrial-scale laziness" would not count as serious wrong-doing or grounds for recall. Try that one with your boss.  So, if anyone was hoping to see a cleaner, more accountable House of Commons, they can forget it. As if they'd really give away any real powers to us, the people.

Something else you might be interested in is a copy of a Spectator article due for release this coming Saturday and it goes some way towards explaining why Cameron, Clegg & the Coalition are in such a mess. Civil Service Coup. If Cameron doesn't have the cojones to deal with this then he deserves all he gets; the trouble is, the country doesn't deserve it but we're the ones who will bear the brunt of his failure.

Finally, George Soros, a man who should be behind bars, has peeped above the parapet again and declared that the Euro is ripe for plucking. It looks as though the end game is nigh but because of the prevarication & subterfuge of the so-called 'EU elite' over the past three years, the damage will be so much greater and has the capability to take us all down with it. Osborne should not have been propping up this failed ideology, with our high taxes, for as long as he has.

That's the trouble with our government, they all want to be dancers on the world stage but they just can't cut it with their two left feet.


  1. GV, qualification for office now seems inversely proportionate to ability and competence.

    1. Sadly, you're right, OR. May has had a spectacularly nondescript career - I suspect she got where she is because (a) everyone talks about her shoes and (b) she's wimmin. I've never seen any evidence of intellect.


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