Such a prescient, beautiful sentiment.

Saturday, 16 May 2009

Still No Big Headlines for Gordos Big Friends?

(as suggested at Guido's place)

Still The Golden Balls fail to hit the big headlines. Mind you we do seem to be getting predominantly Labour culprits, though most I've never heard of until now. However, if my conspiracy theory is correct the fallout will still slightly favour Jimmy.


  1. You think Jimmy and his mates will come out best? I'm not so sure.

  2. Subrosa,
    It would be so Jimmy like to suffer unintended consequences!

  3. I don't really know about this one. If Gorgon leaked the material, then he must have known that the other parties' MPs' claims were worse than Labour, but as we've seen, on the whole, they're not. Perhaps he was advised badly by whomever came up with the plan to leak? It's certainly been very convenient for him to remove his continued incompetence out of the public eye, but it's only made a bad situation even worse for Labour. Their poll ratings are crashing through the floor. At least DC seized some of the initiative early on, but he should have gone much, much further with some of the most egregious claims his MPs made: instant removal of the whip. Just getting them to pay the money back simply won't do. I happened to bump into the UKIP West Mids battle bus and Land Rover today: and Mike Nattrass was positively walking on air, as if all his Christmases had come all at once.

    OR, I found this on the DT's website about some of the letters that they've received about this whole sorry saga, and this is for you, and just about sums it all up, doesn't it?

    A lesson in realism came from John Oakley, who works with the charity Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association. His letter brought offers of help from dozens of readers, because he told the story of a very old man, once a prisoner of the Japanese, who needed £500 to double-glaze his bathroom, so that he could take a bath in warmth. The money was not there to give him.

    “Telling him was very hard,” Mr Oakley wrote, “but his reaction – that life was tougher on the railway and that I was not to worry – left me weeping. Now I read of the chocolate bars, bath plugs and horse manure claimed in expenses by our MPs, and I weep again.”

    [end quote]

    It just sickens me to the pit of my stomach to read that and brings tears to my eyes. My old socialist friend has long wondered what's the tipping point at which the public will not tolerate any more horse manure being thrown at them, and spark a revolution? Is this it? One thing I'd like to remind all MPs is what happened in Bucharest in the late 1980s. There's a very nasty atmosphere out on the street, and while I'd never advocate any violence towards anybody, it wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if that were to happen, sadly.

  4. I read The DT article, Richard. Thank you for your excellent contribution. What I find a little strange is my loathing of socialist dogma has changed into a genuine sympathy for those activists, as well as my own collegues, who have been even more shafted than a public who, until now, has swallowed the no more "boom and bust" mantra. In a way we are all united now against Parliament. Is that good or bad? Some of both, I suspect.