Articles tagged: Politics

Should the Tories gag their inglourious basterds?

August 15, 2009

However good they are at wonking, David Cameron’s progressive Tories are continually belaboured by own goals from their own side. Just as the inhabitants of duck island were gingerly winding down the drawbridge on the moat, Alan Duncan upset the golf cart. The Shadow Leader of the Commons and representative on the Estimates Committee, set up to reform MPs’ expenses, who had repaid £4000.00 claimed for gardening expenses including – the horror! – a posh lawnmower, was filmed complaining that the new regime obliged MPs to live ‘on rations.’ Duncan... More

Epitaph for a rump parliament

June 21, 2009

Thus reader John Poole unearthed Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell’s speech upon dissolving the UK Parliament in 1653, which could be recycled as and when the current smelly rump parliament is dissolved – in a vat of Draino, perhaps? “…It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonoured by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches,... More

Don’t Panic! Lord Sugar of Tut will save the economy

June 7, 2009

After 13 months of manufacturing decline and with unemployment heading towards 3 million, the unelected British PM has promoted the equally unelected Business Secretary, ‘Lord’ Peter Mandelson, to First Secretary of State in a clear signal that his ‘democratic renewal’ measures mean exactly the opposite. Mandelson, who is really calling the shots at the fag end of this ruptured government, wanted the job of Foreign Secretary but David Miliband, who led a failed coup against Brown last autumn, refused to move. Meanwhile, fingers-in-the till Chancellor, Alastair Darling remains in his... More