An irrelevent look at life, ah yep, as well as slagging off the establishment.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Blair, Brown and The Problem With Nu Labour

Yesterday was to signal the start of the long goodbye, as Tony Blair went to The Labour Party Conference in Manchester to speak to delegates for the last time as the longest-serving Labour Prime Minister in history. By the end of yesterday, people was openly discussing the possibility that it might not be his last, and I'm for one am beginning that this could be the case.

Blair's speech was excellent as it was a load of hot air, but it could have done enough within the conference to allow him to survive that little bit longer, which won't do his 'friend' Gordon Brown any good at all, as it allows potential opponents of Brown extra time to plot their plans to gatecrash Brown's radical reforms.

It is no secret that Blair would prefer anyone by Brown, he would've said long before now, that Brown was his preferred choice if he was. It could well be that Blair is already nurturing his succesor in front of our very eyes. Environment Minister David Milliband, who is the son of Marxist Academic Ralph Milliband. Milliband epitomises Nu Labour Mk II dare I argue, as him and his sort are and sound extremely classless, in more ways than one.

He was elected as MP in the safe seat of South Shields in 2001.

In rather controversial circumstances, Mr Miliband was "parachuted" in from outside the constituency to fight the general election that year. However Since then he has moved quickly through the government's ranks.

Within a year he became a middle-rank minister, after being handed the school standards brief, and in 2004 he was made Cabinet Office minister.

He joined the Cabinet in 2005 as local government minister, serving in Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott's department. It is argued that to satisfy certain Blairite voices, that Milliband could become Brown’s number two in any post-Blair administration.

And here's the point, any person who does beat Brown, would have to think about Brown, and the sheer influence that he has within the Labour Party. It could be suggested that anything but an Brown leadership could be catastrophic for the party as Brown's supporters could bring the party to the brink of paralysis, if their demands were not met, and the Tories know to their eventual cost the result that a electorate's perception of a party dis-united.

Two crushing defeats in successive elections happen, that is what.

Mr Brown, be careful, be very careful in what you wish for.

You might end up somewhere you really do not want to be.

The Wilderness.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

9/11 and all that.

Yesterday was the 5th anniversary of the attacks on America. To commemorate that atrocity the company that I work at ordered all staff to pay a minute's silence to those who were brutally murdered that day. All well and good, but really, when are we going to have a minute silence for those innocent Iraqis murdered during the so-called Allies' shock and awe and eventual illegal invasion. No such minute silence for those innocents slain during the Afghan war. Why is that?

The company decided yesterday to get political, there was no such official government order or request for the country to go silent at 1.46pm (BST) yesterday.

I am not impressed at all with the company political acumen (or lack of for that matter). Let that be known. Nor do I think that if it was widely known to the Muslim customers that this was the case then again it would go down as well as a lead balloon.

Let make it also clear that I have no truck for those extremists who did what they did that day, the point is that the company should have followed government policy on this issue and that they decided to go out of their way not to, makes me very concerned indeed.

If you're going to have a minute silence for one atrocity, then you need to be doing that for all atrocities, even when they are done and committed by your government.