Archive for April, 2010

The best Downfall mash was this one. Why? Because it perfectly captured the massive Labour wobble about Brown in 2008, when they could have got rid of him. It also reminds us why the Guardian has switched sides today, and regrets reversing the position it took at the time: that Brown should have gone.

Mind you, it’s bloody funny too. Be warned, however, that there are tons of swear words, and I usually try to stay away from that kind of language. I bloody do.

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Just watched the interview that I had hoped would be the clincher that finally ended the Brown nightmare once and for all.

Initially, I was encouraged by Paxman’s enthusiasm in pursuing Brown on his lies about, well, just about everything, and his terrible record everywhere. Then, after Brown did his usual trick of attacking the interviewer for not asking him the right questions, I really thought Paxman would lose it and go for the jugular. You know, a Howard moment, which he could have done with a question like “You say you take responsibility for the things you think you are responsible for. Name them.” Something like that, or better (he was in a massively target rich environment about ten minutes in). But he didn’t – and I was pretty unimpressed.

Then, once the whole, sorry spectacle of wriggling, delusion, desperate, hate-filled divisiveness and contemptuous revisionism was over, I realised what Paxman had really done. In fact he hadn’t suddenly decided half way through, for some perverse personal, politically motivated reason, to go easy on Brown. He’d done precisely what everyone else has done when it comes to this useless, troubled man, including the editors of the Guardian (laughably).

He’d just given up.

And that was more damning than a hundred Howard moments, and it sealed Brown’s fate in just the way I had hoped – finally and permanently – but not quite in the way I’d imagined.

So – and I never thought I’d be saying this – well done Paxman. You’ve finally done your compatriots a genuine service.

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Nasty piece of work

I’m not a huge fan of the Mail, and certainly not its columnists, generally speaking. But in amongst all the pointless posturing and frequent pandering to their own puerile interpretation of middle England values, you do occasionally get a bit of a gem…

Watching Brown’s lunatic performance on Wednesday was painful, and, frankly, baffling. What kind of a man is this unasked for Prime Minister, wondered millions of people? Well, I reckon Richard Littlejohn might have found the answer. The bloke’s a borderline sociopath, according to this old bruiser of a feature writer, at least in terms of his public life. Littlejohn says:

Here are some commonly accepted traits of sociopathic behaviour. Stop me when you’ve heard enough.
Glibness and superficial charm; manipulative and cunning.


Grandiose sense of self and entitlement.


Pathological lying; absence of remorse, shame or guilt; callousness and lack of empathy.


Refusal to accept blame; tendency to blame others even for acts they obviously committed.


Authoritarian; secretive; paranoid; narcissism; grandiosity; an over-inflated belief in their own powers and abilities.


Prone to rage and abuse; outraged by insignificant matters.


Instead of friends, they have only victims and accomplices who tend to end up as victims.


The end always justifies the means; nothing must stand in their way.

Check, check.

Our survey said… Anyone we know?

Tell me which of the above does not apply to Gordon Brown. Well, I can’t. Can you?

Personally, I think ‘sociopath’ is far too grand a term for Brown. I think he’s just a narcissistic martinet with deep seated insecurities. But, hey, what do I know? Make up your own mind.

The only thing that still amazes me is that people are still planning on voting for this loser. They must be as delusional as he plainly is. It’s alarming that they’re loose in the country!

Ah well, only six more days to go, give or take a few hours. And then we’ll be rid of, wait for it, the worst prime minister and government ever to have been inflicted on this country.

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As Crash Gordon becomes Car Crash Gordon (how weird was that? Watch it here), a new game’s been released to celebrate Wednesday’s Brown-inspired campaign disaster, when he manfully took on a sweet old lady and was battered.

Be the gaffe prone jinxed PM, who can cause a car accident from 100 yards just by opening his gob, and pit your wits against Duffy, the Vampire Slayer (cheers for that, John Ward). Can you do better than Brown? Can you go more than one round before you, too, are devoured! See if Cameron or Clegg would do any better (they could hardly do any worse 😉

Play Downing Street Fighter (now with Gillian Duffy bonus round) here.

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I’ve got it wrong before, so I’ll most likely get it wrong again. My impression of this debate is that Brown under pressure was only ever really able to fall back on discredited smears and lies to try to score the odd point. Unfortunately for him, he’s been found out, and his record speaks for itself.

Clegg once more tried to play on the anti-politics trick – it’s tired, but the goodwill for him, that means people aren’t listening closely enough to the monstrous contradictions in his party’s manifesto, and, let’s face it, in his party, will massage any positive view of his hesitant performance. To me, in trying so hard to rise above it all, from time to time he seemed simply to float away.

Cameron, by contrast, was tolerant, statesmanlike, patient and, above all, (and what he wasn’t in the last two) completely coherent. He delivered on the substance, he sounded like a man with a positive hunger to turn this country around, but, above all, he calmly destroyed – destroyed – Gordon Brown.

As many have said, Brown needed to win this debate. Even if the popular, or spun (or both) opinion disagrees with the view that Cameron won by a country mile, what will be beyond debate from now until Election Day (or doomsday, for that matter) is that Brown lost it, and lost it bad.

Either way, that was the decider performance from Cameron that I expected, and got.

Cameron has just delivered on the faith many of us had in him, most of the time 😉 He’s delivered a Conservative government.

Breathe a sigh of relief on May 7th, when the work really starts. I will.

A far better writer than I will ever be, Peter Hoskin, has framed it thus:

…as soon as it came to clarifying Lib Dem policy on an amnesty for illegal immigrants, the wings rapidly fell off the yellow bird of liberty. All of a sudden, Clegg sounded rattled and unpersuasive. From then on in, it was Cameron’s game.

It helped that Cameron had the clearest – and, I suspect, the most popular – line on immigration: “We would cut immigration from the hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands.” But, really, the Tory leader’s strongest answer came in a subsequent question on improving opportunities for younger generations. What we got then was what Cameron does best: the sunshine, the positivity, the sincere concern about our nation’s schooling. We even got a neat summary of Tory school reform plans. As Cameron put it, he wants to see “choice, diversity and excellence” in the state sector. It was great to hear the Tories’ most impressive policy agenda talked about in such straightforward, unequivocal terms.

As for Brown … well, he was almost a caricature of himself: grey, relentlessly negative and obsessed with the old “cuts vs investment” dividing line. At the beginning of the debate, I thought some of his attacks had a blunt kind of power to them. But as the show wore on, and as it became clear that this was all he had to offer, he faded more and more out of view. By the end, with his closing pitch about the Tories’ inheritance tax plans and tax credit cuts, it was unwatchably awful. There was little to distinguish this Brown from the one who murmured gloomily in the back of a car yesterday.

I couldn’t have put it better myself. No, I really couldn’t 🙂

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“Vote Conservative on Thursday so we can get to work on Friday.”

Good that.

Clegg’s was white noise and Brown is standing on his record. Big mistake.

Got a feeling this could be Cameron’s night…

Cameron, as far as I’m concerned, is winning this debate hands down.

One other thing, it is unbelievable to me that Dimbleby is plugging programmes mid-debate. Who the hell does he think he is?

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Been too busy for Bigotgate today, more’s the pity. But I’ve had a chance to skim through all the papers now and have been struck by one thing in particular: the schizoid coverage of Brown’s epic fubar by the Guardian. Its snob-Left middle class are smelling their own farts (a la South Park’s ‘smug alert’) like crazy over some touchy feely rentapole called Millionovus Poppinova or something’s, mortally wounded by the OAP’s comments about Eastern Europeans ‘flocking’ into Britain act. Well, I don’t know about you, but I’d call a million or so permanent new members of the community, all from the same origin, a pretty hefty ‘flock’, wouldn’t you?

This is ‘grow up, do’ territory, but, relentlessly, this stupid person instead drones on and on and on with this fake victimhood horse manure, possibly designed to deflect us from criticising the true villain of this piece: el Gordo. If not – if it is somehow genuine – then in terms of spectacularly missing the point it’s hard to trump. The point? The point is that Brown simply lowered not just his, but his entire political party’s mask for a moment and revealed in all its stark reality how very, very much the middle class snob-Left (the Toynbee and Harmans of this world, to name but two out of hundreds either in politics or in journalism or both) fear, despise and resent their own core vote. You see this not so much in the article, which is just bluster and drivel, but in the comments below it, which are generally disgusting. If you really can stand it, you can see what I mean here.

On the other hand, though, you have Steve Bell. Artist, a committed Tory basher with plenty of previous and a dyed in the wool lefty, but at least he’s got a sense of humour. He hates hypocrisy even more than he loathes David Cameron:

Ah well, home time. But, oh joy unconfined, another debate to look forward to tonight. I do hope Dave and Nicky tease little Gordy about all this.


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