A few quick thoughts

Posted by Tim Ireland at April 11, 2006

Category: Inneresting

This entry was posted on
Tuesday, April 11th, 2006
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I’m neck-deep in a new music video (of the non-political money-making variety) so please excuse me if I only poke my head up over at Backing Blair for the next few days.

Here are some thoughts on current events to tide you over…

Bird Flu: BSE (“Eat your burger, Cordelia…”) and FMD (“Phew! The crisis passed just in time for the election!”) revealed the true enemy of the people; the profit motive (the same thing that’s meant to save our schools, health, pension, transport, etc. etc. etc.), but now there’s another problem… trust. Given this government’s track record of being more concerned with how a problem looks (rather than, say, tackling the problem itself) and cynically exploiting one human tragedy after another for political or financial gain… how do you think the public is going to react if the shit hits the fan and compulsory orders start flying? Here’s more from Justin.

The Italian Elections: Exit Polls suggested a 5% lead for Prodi’s coalition, but an actual count has narrowed this to almost zilch. Excuse me for calling a crook a crook, but does anyone here actually think that Berlusconi is above a little box-stuffing? (Oh, and wouldn’t it have been interesting if one of the television stations Berlusconi controls called the election in his favour at 2am?)

Tony Blair’s PledgeBank Adventure: I think Tom Steinberg is having himself on a bit when he says that; “those of you who are successful bloggers and who ought to know better than to de facto comment spam other sites.” Agh! The shame! It burns! (PS – My blind cynicism made the papers.)

Going Nuclear On Iran: “The idea of a nuclear strike on Iran is completely nuts,” said Mr Straw…. in the same interview where he insists that Iraq is not facing a civil war.

Denial In Iraq: Whenever Blair faced questions of legality (or even plain common sense) over the invasion of Iraq, he sought to ‘answer’ the question by highlighting the ‘positive’ the results. They have a democracy! (Not yet, they don’t.) They have stability! (Not yet, they don’t.) No wonder he’s taken to avoiding the media and the public (again) for the duration of the election campaign.

The Loss Of Our Democracy: And they wonder why people feel distanced from democracy. No matter… Blair’s about to dismantle it anyway. (PS – You may want to do something about that.)

Our Man At The Home Office: How about that? Charles Clarke can be civil… when given ample time to psyche himself up.

Our Man Murdoch: Oh dear… if Murdoch isn’t preparing to switch sides, then he must want something that Blair is finding it awfully difficult to provide. The bitch-slapping continues with news that Blair has a ‘black hole’ in his expenses.

Lazy Mamma Wade: Has anybody seen any progress on the Scum’s ‘Get Britain Reading’ competition? I was wondering when I could expect to see my entry in print. (PS – Today’s Page 3 girl is amazed that Jessie Walker took cocaine at breakfast time and says: “I can’t imagine it’s a very nutritious start to the day. She should have stuck to cornflakes.”)

1 Comment

  1. Jherad says

    On the subject of Iran…Browing the international blogosphere, and came across an interesting bloomberg article, quoted on the 'Talking Points Memo' blog:—April 12 (Bloomberg) — Iran, which is defying United Nations Security Council demands to cease its nuclear program, may be capable of making a nuclear bomb within 16 days if it goes ahead with plans to install thousands of centrifuges at its Natanz plant, a U.S. State Department official said—Ho ho ho – haven't we been here before? 45 minutes anyone?http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&s

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