Where To Start?

Friday, 17 July 2009

Late to bed and late to rise makes a blogger dull-witted not wise. In fact I was thinking about declaring myself a Jedi and taking the day off to celebrate R2D2's birthday (it's my yuman right innit?)

However, we have the all-too-believable story in the press this morning about the plan to smear Gen Sir Richard Dannatt once he leaves post in August. Here's the article. His 'shopping list' is unlikely to endear him further to Brown and the MoD. One minister said: “Once he’s gone, we can have a go at him. He can write his book and talk all he wants, but he’ll be fair game then.”

The reason this is so readily believable is because smearing is the proven tactic of the Labour Party: smear, lies, deflection and spin is all they know and that's why they're such a bunch of no-hopers and losers. The only way they could win an election is by increasing the postal vote in some northern cities; lowering the voting age to 16; allowing online voting or text voting (perhaps they can bring Ant & Dec or Richard & Judy in as consultants and ennoble them for their work?)

While the government attempts to deflect criticism of its lacklustre Defence funding & policies another British soldier has died this morning. As yet unnamed but from 2nd Btn The Rifles, he was on foot patrol near Gereshk.

Parliament prorogues next Tuesday, 21st and won't sit again until October 12th - that's about ten/eleven weeks - which means that MPs this year will have only sat for 128 days. Thanks to the govt's way of doing business, many debates have been guillotined and rushed; some nodded through without adequate scrutiny. The Parliamentary Standards Bill currently being rushed through before next Tuesday on Brown's orders is a good example. Already the govt has had to back-track and water down some aspects of the Bill, the consequence will be ill-thought out legislation and a piecemeal attack on the Constitution (whether written or not, it's still our Constitution). And, of course, those MPs who have already announced their resignations and those expecting be be kicked out at the GE can hardly be expected to give the Bill their full attention. Perhaps they're the ones being reported as 'surly' and 'resentful'?

Oh, well, that's enough for the moment from a bear of very little brain - though more accurately, I feel like this:


By the way, there's a radio discussion at the moment considering the difference between the mourning at Lt Col Thorneloe's funeral yesterday and the grief displayed at Wootton Bassett. What no-one has yet mentioned is that (a) these two events were not comparable: one was military and one was public, and (b) the 'keening and wailing' I saw came from youngsters still in school uniform who obviously had close ties to at least one of the 18yr-olds killed. I don't think it's a good move to criticise the ways grief shows itself.
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Dr. Dave said...

"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience."

That statement is so true, it's disturbing.

Thanks for the comment over my way, and for the follow!

Any friend of G.O.T.'s is a friend of mine.

17 July 2009 at 13:37
Quiet_Man said...

I'll point you in the direction of Richard North and EUReferendum who doesn't have a very high opinion of Dannat either.

http://eureferendum.blogspot.com/2009/07/saintly-dannatt.html

17 July 2009 at 15:40

Already been there and blogged on it QM.

17 July 2009 at 16:29
banned said...

Lord Prime Minister Mandelson was on the radio this morning promising General Dannat all the support under the sun while sounding just like the hissing snake, Kaa, in the cartoon Version of The Jungle Book.

17 July 2009 at 21:55