Sunday, November 25, 2012

Lest We Forget....

While even Special Ed Milliband is running for cover from the Rotherham fiasco - although not to the extent of expelling anyone from his allegedly moderate, middle of the road party - it's worth winding the tape back and hearing what Cast Iron Dave's Nu Tory Party used to say about these people:
Social workers are too often vilified for creating problems rather than given due credit for the work they do with the vulnerable, a senior Conservative politician said today.
Tim Loughton, the shadow children's minister, told the National Children's Services Commissioning Conference in London that social workers are caricatured as a result of general ignorance about what they actually do.
Loughton, who also chairs the Conservatives' commission on social work, attacked what he described as the "deeply corrosive situation where too many social workers are seen as part of the problem rather than an integral part of the solution".
Good call, Timmy! Yes, indeed, another one of Cast Iron Dave's Certified Super Genius Squad gives the bumpkins a finger-wagging lecture about how they just don't get it, and then it all goes horribly wrong. It's almost like there's a pattern here.

There's a chicken and egg aspect to all this too. As Britain's sexiest blogger said at the time, Loughton's despicable position was a renunciation of the principles of both conservationism and democratic governance. No wonder liberal fanatics feel free to use innocent children as pawns.

The case in Rotherham is the perfect barometer of the utter failure of Nu Tory Cringe Conservatism to achieve much of anything. They came, they saw, they hung around for a bit.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Hey, Let's Do The Show Right Here!

Given that the US electorate now apparently believes that paying for stuff isn't their problem, it looks like one pop culture meme is exactly backasswards. We're not turning into their 51st State, they're turning into our fifth country.

Compare how Ogabe talks about the 'rich' versus how Salmond talks about the 'English' and you'll see what I mean.

All of which means that the engine of the global economy has gone a bit Austin Allegro and China is free to rampage around the Pacific (so if you were wanting to get a PS3, don't wait too long), but it's not all bad news though.

Hey, I can well understand why British conservatives are so interested in US politics. Let's face it, it's great to see at least one country where the conservative movement is lifey and making the intellectual running, but at a certain point all this Yank-watching becomes a displacement activity. We can learn a lot from US conservatives, but we actually need to do something with that knowledge. Now America has hit the rocks, we can tear our eyes away from the no-longer shining city upon a hill and start sorting out our own favela.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Drop The Hanky, Sunshine, You're Nicked!

First we had the Karaoke Squad, now we've got the War on Offensive....Dancing?

 Hey, well, I can kind of see their point. These guys are kind of weird, but offensive?

This is one of those times when the officer concerned should be suspended without pay until he can summerise in less than 100 words what *exactly* is offensive about the Hey Noney, Noney crowd.

Are we sure it wasn't actually Eric Pickles in fancy dress trying to drive up the turn out for the Commissioner elections? If we hear a case next Sunday about a Priest getting busted for serving booze without a license, you'll know they're doing it deliberately.

On the plus side, at least the dancers got off lightly. You know how the police are about guys with sticks.