First up, via Timmy, it seems that the Tories are prepared to do a deal over 42 days detention.
What?Hopes of a deal to end the row over holding terrorist suspects for up to 42 days have increased after it emerged that the Conservatives had offered an olive branch to ministers which could save them from a humiliating defeat.
They’re negotiating over this? A basic principle of civil liberties, and they’re going to do a deal?
And the motivation for the Conservatives?
Mr Davis described the Tory position of objecting to an extension to 42 days on civil liberties grounds as "highly principled". But he admitted: "Inside the Tory party, inside the shadow cabinet, we've had debates about this. There have been colleagues who have said, 'This is a bit dangerous, you're taking a chance with public opinion.' "
Well, that's the Tories all over, of course: highly principled except when their high principles might carry a chance to keep the little fuckers out of power.
It is this kind of attitude that leads me to agree entirely with George MacDonald Fraser.
I loathe all political parties, which I regard as inventions of the devil. My favourite prime minister was Sir Alec Douglas-Home, not because he was on the Right, but because he spent a year in office without, on his own admission, doing a damned thing.
Quite so. I agree with almost every word of that article, which you should read in full, but especially the final paragraphs (which were drawn to my attention by The Longrider).
Most of the letters came from the older generation, but by no means all. I was made aware that among the middle-aged and people in their 20s and 30s there is a groundswell of anger and frustration at the damage done to Britain by so-called reformers and dishonest politicians who hardly bother to conceal their contempt for the public’s wishes.
Plainly many thought they were alone in some reactionary minority. They had been led to think that they were voices muttering to themselves in the wilderness.
Well, you are not. There are more of you out there than you realise - very many more, perhaps even a majority.
That, I find, refreshing – although through this medium I had begun to get a feeling that this was the case. So many of the political blogs are railing against the establishment of the politically correct control freakery we see around us.
One small point; throughout the article, MacDonald Frazer refers to these poisonous people as “liberals”. This is a word they stole to represent themselves. They are not liberal, they are highly illiberal. That apart, he was bang on the nose.
Absolutely. A great many of the emails that I receive are ones that convey, more or less, the following sentiment:
Thank fuck for The Kitchen and all the other blogs on the same theme. I thought that I was alone in holding these views—now I know that I am not, and it's a weight off my mind.
No, you are not alone; we are not alone. But the question remains: what can we do? Those with their hands on the levers of power are all as bad as each other: we must, somehow, work to remove the levers and destroy their power.
As such, removing the influence of the sanctimonious media gatekeepers, as Guido so obviously enjoys doing, is a priority.
Hanging them all would be merely a pleasure.