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The Twat In Guildford

Oi, YOU! The delusional in Guildford who just voted in my online poll that Broon isn’t the worst Prime Minister we’ve ever had. Show yourself and get ready for a public shaming. No? Well, you know who you are, Guildford-boy.

To quote TS Eliot (via Dave Cameron): Twat.

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Eliot: “this twittering world”

I wonder if Dave Cameron had TS Eliot’s metaphysical masterpiece in mind when he bemoaned the world of Twitter so succinctly – and thus shallow, divisive, popgun Labourists like Balls with their pathetic obsession with the instant online inanity provider by far more than implication.

Eructation of unhealthy souls
Into the faded air, the torpid
Driven on the wind that sweeps the gloomy hills of London,
Hampstead and Clerkenwell, Campden and Putney,
Highgate, Primrose and Ludgate. Not here
Not here the darkness, in this twittering world.

from: 1st Quartet, Burnt Norton, TS Eliot, 1936

Doubtful.

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Twatgate

A response from commenter “Rob666” on Sky this evening really sums-up the latest epic miss by panicking Brownites – and Labourists in general – who are simply desperate to find some stick – any stick – with which they might beat Cameron.

I think his comment re too many tweets makes a tw@t was brilliant! Shows that he has a personality and a sense of humour.
Boris Johnson says things like this all of the time, and we all love him for it! I really don’t this will do David Cameron any harm. Quite the opposite, i think.

Once again, what they thought was a stick was in fact a squeaky rubber chicken and it’s left Cameron no more than a little bit tickled. Obviously, the “Twitter twats” synechdoche was a thinly disguised and timely dig at Balls and Milliband, who are, as everybody knows, all-round twats who happen to abuse Twitter.

For what it’s worth, Cameron just got a bit cooler. Which is exactly what he wanted. One-nil Cameron (again).

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Twatgate

A response from commenter “Rob666” on Sky this evening really sums-up the latest epic miss by panicking Brownites – and Labourists in general – who are simply desperate to find some stick – any stick – with which they might beat Cameron.

I think his comment re too many tweets makes a tw@t was brilliant! Shows that he has a personality and a sense of humour.
Boris Johnson says things like this all of the time, and we all love him for it! I really don’t this will do David Cameron any harm. Quite the opposite, i think.

Once again, what they thought was a stick was in fact a squeaky rubber chicken and it’s left Cameron no more than a little bit tickled. Obviously, the “Twitter twats” synechdoche was a thinly disguised and timely dig at Balls and Milliband, who are, as everybody knows, all-round twats who happen to abuse Twitter.

For what it’s worth, Cameron just got a bit cooler. Which is exactly what he wanted. One-nil Cameron (again).

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Organic Panic

Heard on Radio 4 this evening coming home through the inevitable post-deluge traffic jam that organic food is no healthier than – um – non-organic(?) food. I have to admit, I was a little surprised to hear this after so many years of being reliably informed the complete opposite is true. ‘Wherefore came this new (old) “knowledge?”‘ quoth I. (I think like that when I’m bored, you see).

Setting aside seemingly redundant adjectives for a moment (isn’t all food ‘organic’?), when, exactly, did insecticides/pesticides/chemical fertiliers suddenly become something other than potentially harmful to human health? I italicised potentially (twice now) to emphasise that that is the whole point: nothing has ever really been proven either way in the organic-inorganic battle, especially that weapons-grade ammonia-based fertilisers (you know, the stuff the IRA blew-up Central London with in 1996) was now completely and utterly safe to consume – and officially, no less.

I’m not gonna get into all that stuff now, though. Suffice to say, this report was released by the FSA. Now what the Financial Services Authority thinks it’s doing commenting on something that’s clearly way outside its remit is beyond me. Surely it should stick to its own territory: utterly failing to do its job regulating banks. What’s that you say? It’s the….what? The “Food Standards Agency”.

Ohhh. I see. So, unlike the FSA (Financial Services Authority), a quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisation created in 1998 by Gordon Brown to oversee the total deregulation of the big banks – which is what the big banks wanted – and to lie about it afterwards, the FSA (Food Standards Agency) is a quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisation created in 2000 by – erm – some other Labour moron, to sell the government line (which also happens to be the big corporation line, surprise surprise) on food production and then lie about it afterwards. They couldn’t even be bothered to give them different acronyms. Sheesh.

Maybe the FSA and the FSA should swap places. The tame government foodies could have a go at running the banks and the tame government economists could have a go at muckspreading and sheep shagging shearing.

I mean, you know: what difference would it make? They neither of them could do any worse at the other’s job, could they?

I wonder what the government line on free range is these days. This lot will probably end-up banning it as ‘elitist’ – like grammar schools! Put all our little children in sinking comprehensives and all our little chickens in stinking battery farms.

Socialist utopia.

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Another Peter Brookes classic…

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Darling: just window dressing?

Though flabby and out of condition, Alistair Darling is flexing his newly-found political muscle, it seems. I wondered whether he would actually try to run his own department at some stage, especially now that his position is basically unassailable after he gave his former friend and boss, Brown, an ultimatum about Balls’ attempts to steal his job.

However, due to the fact that this Labour government is so extraordinarily directionless, talentless and rotten to the core, the instant consequence of Darling’s inevitable move to reverse the ridiculous VAT cut – the most ineffective and expensive tax break in history – is to split the cabinet, or so the ST has just said. It would be hilarious if it wasn’t so tragic. Here are the key bits:

His comments [about reversing the VAT cut] come just two days after Harriet Harman said the planned rise from 15 per cent to 17.5 per cent on January 1 was “under review”.

Ms Harman, speaking in the wake of the Daily Telegraph‘s campaign to postpone the increase, said the Government would be flexible about VAT – a move that was welcomed by business groups.

Leading figures in the retail and hospitality industry, including Sir Philip Green and Sir Stuart Rose, have argued it will be an “administrative nightmare” to implement the change not only on a Bank Holiday, but also at the busiest time of the year for restaurants, hotels and shops.

However, Mr Darling publicly “slapped her down”, according to a Treasury source, after he made clear the reverse in the temporary cut was still set for the New Year.

Talking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, he said it would “definitely” return to its original higher level of 17.5 per cent in January

“…when you consider that it costs almost about a billion pounds a month, I was quite clear at the budget and clear when I announced this last November that the VAT rate would return to the 17.5 per cent at the end of this year. Now that remains the case,” the Chancellor said.

It is understood that he was upset that Ms Harman, deputising for the Prime Minister, who in on holiday, spoke on tax matters.

In the Marr interview this morning, Darling also tried to shift the blame for the government’s mishandling of the economy back onto banks that are still not lending to businesses, despite Labour assurances last year that this would not happen. Given that the Treasury’s own new rules for the banks, which demand that they have double the capitalisation that they could work with previously, and mean they have no option but to hoard QE and bailout cash, it seems rather dishonest of Darling, muscular or otherwise, to try to offload responsibility for his and his governments’ hopeless incompetence over loan guarantees onto bank boards hand-picked by him! No more than we’ve come to expect, though, I suppose. Meanwhile, through all the lies and bluster, thousands of businesses and hundreds of thousands of jobs are being lost in what is a truly horrific downturn – and which could be rapidly turning into a full-blown depression.

While that might be another story, it’s all part of the same problem: bad government. The fresh split and the “bad” bank behaviour provides further evidence, as if more were needed, that this government, with its constant infighting and loser leader is completely paralysed. The country needs a united government with a proper mandate to act. It needs a general election far more now than at any time in the post-war era.

You see, Darling might have muscle now, but he has no authority. No-one in this government has – and none moreso than G. Brown, who, laughably, remains our Prime Minister. This really is a crisis, even if it might not feel like one. Remember, though: it never does until it’s too late. The clock is ticking on the timebomb that is a sudden and huge acceleration in unemployment, which is where all this is heading.

It’s 1978 all over again, folks (or worse). Gawd ‘elp us all.

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