British Politics

I used to be a keen follower of British politics, between the years of 2000 and 2003.  Then when I emigrated and removed myself from the tax system, obviously the state of British politics didn’t have much of an effect on my personal circumstances so over the last few years my interest flagged, although I always had a rough idea what was going on.  To be honest, in the years since the Iraq war with New Labour being as boring as ever and the opposition in utter disarray, there has not been much to arouse my interest.

Until now, that is.  Although the Conservatives have yet to prove themselves to be a formidable opposition, I think the moment has come which everyone knew would have to arrive some day: the moment at which the government starts to self-destruct in the same way the Tories did in the early ’90s.  In British politics, a messy and shambolic fall from grace with the electorate is the standard way in which a government falls, and surprisingly little of their defeat is dependent on the opposition parties.  As the old saying goes: opposition parties don’t win elections, governments lose them.  All the opposition needs to do is hold a steady course on a handful of key policies, resist the temptation to do anything stupid, and not panic in the home straight, and they’ll romp home.

And Labour are now, in my opinion, past the point of no return.  The electorate are fed up with Tony Blair and his Labour government, and with Cherie Blair charging the taxpayer $7,000 for her hair, Tessa Jowell not noticing $350k of dodgy money passing through her household, the NHS imploding while Patricia Hewitt tells people it has never been better, Charles Clarke forcing ID cards on a reluctant population at the same time as releasing a few thousand foreign criminals onto the streets by mistake, and John Prescott unable to keep his dick in his trousers, it will take a miracle for the New Labour spin doctors to convince the voting public that they deserve to be in charge any longer.

I have been longing for the time when I could watch the New Labour project fall apart with its architects being humiliated at every point and turn, desperately trying to cling to power as the timber and masonry falls around their ears.  It has been a long wait, and now I think it is here.  British politics has, for me, become interesting again, and I am now looking forward to the next year or so sat in a comfy chair, bag of popcorn in one hand and beer in the other, watching the whole clusterfuck slowly unravel.

I am looking forward to it immensely.

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7 Responses to British Politics

  1. Cherie Blair charging the taxpayer $7,000 for her hair

    This isn’t really in her defence but I think it’s fair to point out that she actually charged the Labour Party for her coiffure and not the taxpayer. Not that I’d put it past her mind. Still, I don’t suppose that what supporter thought they were paying their subs, union levys and Labour club raffle tickets for. It didn’t used to be so showbiz

  2. Tim Newman says:

    Ah, okay. My bad. I’d not put it past her either, mind.

  3. George Hargraves says:

    $7,000 for that? We’re all in the wrong business.

  4. I love Brits. You guys have the most out-dated and archaic system of democracy. You political preferences are so wide spread that you should have at least 120 competing political parties. And yet you stick to a two-party system. Enigma wrapped in mystery, indeed.

  5. Tim Newman says:

    Enigma wrapped in mystery, indeed.

    Hey! That’s you lot, not us! ;)

  6. Bruce says:

    surprise, surprise – it seems you are a conservative..? Shame that as party they’re so lacking credibility they’re driving people to vote BNP. That should improve life in the UK. Also, I believe it was less than a thousand foreign crims released.

    On the plus side – it’s long past time Blair and co got their comeuppance

  7. Tim Newman says:

    Conservative? Me? Hmm. On some issues I’m conservative, e.g. I am for preserving the integrity of the judiciary, habeus corpus, and other British traditions which are beneficial to our liberty and well being.

    But on all but a few social issues, I take a strong libertarian stance, which can hardly be described as conservative. I’m of the belief that gays should be allowed to have the same rights as married couples for example, although I will part company with the gay rights movement when they insist that this right should not be extended to other, non-homosexual cohabiting couples. I’d also support moves to legalise all drugs, and make the users responsible for their own subsequent medical bills.

    As for voting Conservative, I probably will do as I did last time – vote Conservative not because I am impressed with any of their policies, but simply to get rid of Labour.

    Also, I believe it was less than a thousand foreign crims released.

    Yeah? Well, I’m going off most media reports which give the number as 1,023. Which isn’t a few thousand, I admit.

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