Two news items today.
Wendy Alexander and the leadership of Scottish Labour are caught giving public money to a Labour computer firm.
The Government slashes funding to the Arts Council and thereby threatens to wipe out regional arts organisations.
Is it too cynical to wonder if this Labour government is trying to lose the next election?
All of this brings me onto the day’s topic.
Labour is going to lose the next election at the current rate of scandals, incompetence and alienation of our voters. That much seems obvious. Moreover, we are going to lose by a landslide to a Tory Party, which has not changed more than adopting some Green politics and a new PR strategy.
The root cause of this (how I hate that phrase) seems to be the current leadership of the Labour Party in Brown and his clique of advisors/worshippers. They and he are seemingly incapable of good presentation, response or the other arts of the PR guru; they cannot put together a policy strategy that is coherent, popular or correct. To every reverse or self-inflicted blunder the response seems to be to work harder.
It is obvious to me that a number of things need to happen.
1. Brown and the clique must go. This starts with Brown, Balls, Alexander, Darling, Jacqui Smith (of whom I had a good opinion until late) and their little policy advisors. It also includes that useless lump Wendy Alexander and her friends in Edinburgh, who are pathetic in public, spineless in policy and seemingly corrupt in practise.
2. A Blairite ministry needs to be installed: pro-reform, pro-American and especially, for once, pro-Israeli.
3. This ministry should be headed by a sound, capable reformer: to my mind Alan Milburn would be the ideal candidate, since he has proven to a capable minister, excellent communicator and understands the desires of the electorate.
4. To complete this, we should also undertake a radical change of direction: It is obvious that government has become too big; this does not mean the NHS but the manner of government. We should be encouraging people to be active within their own lives, defining the boundary between the state and the family and generally taking a more hands-off approach to the public.
In this vein, I detested the smoking ban, as it interfered with public liberties and took the choice away from society. This is speaking as a non-smoker and asthmatic to boot.
A typical example of what is wrong is the Children’s Strategy launched to much laughter (fanfare would be too kind). The government is proposing to appoint “expert parental advisors”, encourage schools to take on social responsibilities and worrying via social service bureaucrats about children’s mental welfare. This is a bag of tricks just waiting to go wrong.
We should dump global warming nonsense rapidly but quietly, since the orthodoxy can still do damage to our electoral prospects: at least until we can explain to the voters that 25-40% cuts in emissions can only realistically be met by sacking one in four workers.
We should definitely win back the working class vote by a no-nonsense military budget that expands spending by £15 billion over the next ten years, ensuring that married couples quarters are a good, sound standard, all the old barracks are replaced, logistical stocks can be maintained and all these problems solved without recourse to more cuts in numbers. Balance this with an aggressive foreign policy, training more closely with the US armed forces and the Israeli to learn from one another’s experience, doctrines and technologies. Do this and we can lay sound foundations for the next fifty years of defence policy.
I believe much of the current tax level can be maintained, though we should be looking to scrap useless or injurious (I love that word) regulation or programmes that are unnecessary and expensive. Those resources thus freed can be put into defence or other spending.
Having seen some of the NHS from both ends, I can praise parts for their efficiency and request more. However, we must not abandon the Blairite path of public sector reform, which will not just increase efficiency but continue to place the NHS on a footing where private healthcare remains a prestige card in the wallets of the wealthy.
Education is as great a worry as Defence. We must reform the way in which schools teach, dump out the progressive education nonsense and return to proven methods of education that succeeded for over a thousand years before the “progressives” of the 1970s destroyed the best parts of the public education system. We should return to the core subjects of English, Maths, the Sciences, History and modern Languages and Art. Latin should also be available at secondary school as an additional subject. IT does not need to be taught, since the bulk of this generation to come will know the operations of a PC, or indeed, of most electronic devices.
Schools should give to their pupils an ability to think independently that would not be out of place in Oxford or Cambridge. And finally, our state schools should not treat their pupils as cattle, to be herded from one point to the next. The timetable should be three one hour lessons from nine to twelve, with one hour for lunch and play, with an afternoon of two one hour lessons ending at about three. The one-hour lesson is perfectly sound if the teacher is sound. We must abandon criteria based teaching and return to the idea that the idea that a child is equipped with the facts and be taught to argue, not repetitively repeat whatever passes for political correctness at the time of writing.
Multiculturalism as understood to be the inviolable separateness of cultures must be dismantled. Assimilation is not necessarily the abandonment of one’s history but recognising that all can live together provided that the rule of law is acknowledged and cultural custom has no sway over the person of the adult. Preachers of sedition, such as Abu Hamza and the Islamist ilk must be expelled from the country as unfit to reside here. Whether they end up in Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia or whatever barbarous nation they hailed from is no concern of mine. If you wish to conduct jihad – fuck off and die.
These are only some scattered thoughts but they describe well enough my political outlook in the current climate.
Last words on the US presidential contest – I sincerely hope John McCain gains the Republican nomination and defeats whichever Democrat candidate is put up against him. The Democrats in this current climate are not our friends, instead being in the grips of appeasers and traitors to their own nation as well as the West and the Enlightenment.