While the stench of corruption dissipates, like the fear of swine flu, because we’re all bored now and the Tories are just as culpable, there is a serious danger that Brown and his larcenous mates will get away with it. This vile jelly must be nailed to the wall. Let’s have an election – or a riot – maybe both?
Any hopes of reform of the British Houses of Parliament under the glassy stare of Gordon Brown were dashed yesterday with his schizophrenic rebuff to the Opposition leader’s call for a General Election. The unrepentant Labour leader said that the government was too busy addressing the crisis in the economy and the MPs’ expenses scandal to hold an election, and that he didn’t want to see the Tories bringing in public spending cuts. I’m no shrink, but there is more than a hint of psychosis here. Brown’s policies exacerbated the crisis in the economy, largely through massive public sector overspending. At least three of his Cabinet Ministers – Blears, McNulty and Smith – have patently ‘made mistakes’ on a serious scale with their expenses. McNulty, whose department deals with benefit fraud, may well have misappropriated £60,000 all within the rules, of course. (Thus passim). None have been disciplined. Several more Labour grandees, including former Prime Minister Blair, Jeff Hoon, Alan Milburn and various backbenchers, have defrauded the taxpayer to a greater or lesser extent, whether or not it was ‘within the rules.’
The Speaker of the House, the loathsome Labour-inclined Stalinist, Michael Martin, tried to use the police to intimidate The Telegraph and stop further revelations (Thus passim). He was deposed, under pressure from Tory Doug Carswell, Nick Clegg, Leader of the Lib Dems and others. Few detractors were Labour (pace Kate Hoey). In fact, he was warmly applauded from the Labour benches when he made his unapologetic announcement of resignation, no doubt helped by a chat fron Obergruppenführer Brown. Though the Speaker’s role is supposed to be independent, another New Labour innovation has been to decimate that illusion. (For our foreign readers, this may sound tedious – it is – but this guy was only the second person to be forced from the office, technically the second highest in the land, in over 300 years). This constitutional crisis, and the most widespread outbreak of sleaze since the Rotten Boroughs, happened under Labour, led by an unelected Prime Minister. In the ‘reformed’ House of Lords – now stacked with mostly undeserving unelected representatives, this time chosen by Labour rather than birthright – two Labour peers, Taylor and Truscott, were suspended yesterday for offering to take cash bribes (Thus passim).
If there were an election next week, despite the despicable behaviour of certain Tories with regard to expenses (confirming that the epithet ‘The Stupid Party’ still applies in some cases) polls indicate that Labour would face a wipeout. According to the British Polling Index, support for Labour has fallen to its lowest level since polls began in 1943. 23% of voters support Labour – compared with 45% for the Tories. 17% support the Lib Dems. In a general election, this would translate into a majority of 220 for David Cameron, beating Tony Blair’s 1997 victory by 41 seats.
The country needs an election. Labour delusionally think the populace will quickly forget about the small matter of corruption in high office, the manipulation of the police and security services to political ends, the fawning obeisance to George W Bush which caused so much tragedy and mayhem and the legacy of the largest national debt of all time. The danger is that we’re tired of hearing about MPs’ expenses, but it should be noted that Brown has effectively done nothing about it outside soundbites, and what he has done has been in the wake of Tory initiatives. On their performance in opposition and the evidence (or lack of it) of their economic policies as presented to date (George Osborne is not good with numbers), the Tories don’t deserve to win a huge majority, but they will. This in itself is bad for whatever democracy we have left. But Labour sure as hell deserve to be consigned to oblivion for the atrocities they have perpetrated. It’s also entirely possible that Gordon is a nutter. On these grounds and because I can’t wait for the Tories to get in so that I can revert to type and start kicking them, I commend David Cameron’s petition for a General Election. It will cheer us up no end to see the Browns moving house. No doubt somebody else will pay for it.