Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Make Poverty Of Ideas History

Speaking personally, I was surprised by the announcement that ‘Sir Bob’ Geldof was going to become a consultant to the Conservative Party. Of course, standards in public life have been dropping for years, but still – I thought Geldof had some principles.

Equally, some folk will cite this appointment, together with that of Zack ‘ecoloon’ Goldsmith, as further proof that Cameron has outsourced recruitment to Google, with whoever gets the most hits getting the job – we’ll know if the ‘Terrorism’ group is headed by Osama Bin Laden. Nevertheless, whatever the logic – or lack thereof – behind appointing Geldof, he’s not quite the flake he might appear. True, Geldof often dips into the swamps of moonbattery, but equally he sometimes comes out with some recognisably right-wing arguments, which is more than Cameron ever has. Try this latest from Lord Snooty: “A new generation of concerned citizens want prosperity for themselves and progress for the poor, whether living on the other side of the street or the other side of the world.”

So, the Conservatives are against poverty. I guess we’ll have to wait to hear their positions on fluffy kittens and bubonic plague. That's the problem right there. The Conservatives have appointed a barely-coherent egomaniac to help them develop policy and he's the political heavyweight.

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