Thursday, 21 July 2016

Who is Owen Smith?

Owen Smith is one of the new breed of Labour politicians who are utterly devoid of humour, personality, character, interest or individuality. It was thought in the last decade that only politicians so bland, so tasteless, so mediocre and so forgettable would have a chance of taking and holding the centre ground in a miracle process called 'triangulation'. The thinking has all been blown apart by UKIP and the referendum result, but the MPs remain.  

The new MPs don't actually have individual, personal life histories but share a common background with some variations. Here therefore is Smith's biography;

Born: On some date between 1968 and 1978, in one of the Home Counties 
Parents: Father a Quantity Surveyor / Health Service manager / Actuary / Local Government officer, mother a Dental technician / Librarian / Pension administrator (delete as appropriate)
Education: A Comprehensive / Secondary Modern in Hampshire / Sussex / Kent (delete as appropriate) and a 2:1 in Geography and History / Art and French / Geography and French / French and History from the University of Brighton / Tonbridge / Chelmsford / Guildford (delete as appropriate)
Early Career:Trainee publicist / cub reporter / European officer / union researcher for international pharma / regional paper / Trade association / Union (delete as appropriate)
SPAD: Became SPAD at age of 26 / 27 / 28 / 29 (delete as appropriate)
Parliament: Entered Parliament in 2010 / 2015 representing Llandrindod Wells / Liverpool East / Barnsley West / Hull Central (delete as appropriate)
Ministerial posts: Shadow junior health minister from 14.20 on 7th July 2016 to 18.35 on 8th July 2016 ...

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

A tenner to get Blair in the dock

I'm holding on posting while events in Turkey continue to pan out. That even Con Coughlin (writing no doubt on behalf of MoD sources) can question Turkey's continued membership of NATO demonstrates that the obvious will eventually penetrate even the mental armour of the MoD mandarin mind. 

Meanwhile, with the price of a pint of Peroni and a glass of Prosecco in central London now £17, why not donate £10 to help get Blair in the dock? Legal action by fathers of Matthew Bacon and Tom Keys, killed in Iraq II. https://www.crowdjustice.co.uk/case/chilcot/

Monday, 18 July 2016

Erdogan's Turkey is not a friend; Putin's Russia is an ally.

Well, I hate to say I said so, but the overwhelming support of the mass of Turkish people for becoming an Islamic Republic confirms what I've long been saying - that instead of being a NATO ally, Turkey ought to be considered a potentially hostile neighbour. Not yet openly an enemy, but certainly a country with which Europe and NATO should no longer be sharing intelligence and co-operative military planning. 

The reason the dinosaurs are still so keen to keep Turkey on board as a NATO member is to counter Russia. Well, they really need to realise that Russia is not our enemy, and ought to be our ally against the Islamic Sultanates, Caliphates and Republics to our South and East. Putin has made the offer, which has been contemptuously rejected by the fools of the EU and NATO's deluded warmongers. Who now keep prodding and poking the bear, fearful of its teeth and claws but unable to resist baiting her. 

Russia has now turned to Asia for friends. A hugely wasted opportunity, a horrendous global error by the morons, cretins and mental dwarfs who drive Europe's foreign policy. If the US does go to war with China in the Pacific in the foreseeable future, it's not our fight. We should support Australia and New Zealand with whatever they decide to do, but let them lead. Our interest is in maintaining peace in Europe - and we need Russia on board as a neutral in any China - US conflict. 

In the past ten years, the blogosphere has outperformed governments at every turn on foreign policy matters. We have been right about the outcomes of every mistaken adventure, every poorly advised intervention, every lunatic policy misdirection. And we're right about this. 

Turkey is just the start. Let's begin by starting to make the right decisions.