Sunday, September 21, 2008

Disingenuous Tory manifesto pledges

Well, thank fuck for ConservativeHome's breathless report on the Tories' latest manifesto wibblings.
Two weeks ago ConservativeHome exclusively revealed that the Conservatives were unlikely ["Unlikely"? Oooh, that's concrete—DK] to renew the pledge to match Labour on spending. A senior frontbencher has now told us that, as part of an ongoing review of economic policy, higher green taxation is very unlikely ["Very unlikely"? Oooh, that's so reassuring—DK] to feature in the next Conservative manifesto.

Well, that is good news, eh? Lucky old us, not having to pay yet more for the follies of our lords and masters. Whoopee-fucking-doo.

It's a pity that, as EU Referendum points out, that we're going to get higher Green Taxes imposed on us anyway, isn't it?
"Taxpayers in Britain face up to 5p in the pound in extra taxes because of the credit crunch created by the banks, leading economists have warned," says The Sunday Times, bemoaning in its leader that, "It's the ordinary folk who carry the can."

Indeed they do and it was ever thus but, while the paper is rightly getting excited about this latest raid on our wallets, another one is around the corner which will cost us, potentially, even more.

We are, of course, referring to our favourite hobby-horse, the EU's emission trading scheme (ETS) which, with other levies and taxes, is set to add anything up to £15 billion a year to our bills (no one knows precisely how much – so this is a conservative estimate) – also, by some strange coincidence, equivalent to 5p in the pound in extra taxes, and that is likely to be only a start.

Worst still, this "tax" is regressive, which means those on lower incomes are hit proportionately harder than the wealthy.

That the vultures are gathering to feed off this new income stream is already evident from this piece, where the boss of the consultancy LECG, Chris Osborne, is exulting in the prospect of a new "dot-com boom".

That snouts are already in the trough is clear from our other piece and, in a shameless appeal to the greed dominating the financial markets, the Carbon Trust is advertising in the business press a "business opportunity worth £1.2 billion in the UK". Aimed at encouraging investment in "low carbon markets" and "creating new products" it directs readers to its website, where no end of money-making scams await those who join the "green-con boom".

Amazingly, the political classes seem to be totally unaware of what awaits us. This is perhaps indicated by a post in Conservative Home today which "reveals" the exclusive news that a senior frontbencher has told the site that, "as part of an ongoing review of economic policy, higher green taxation is very unlikely to feature in the next Conservative manifesto."

I doubt that: I think that the political clases know precisely what is coming. But technically, ConservtiveHome are right: those taxes won't be in the Tory Manifesto—but the Tories know that they are coming anyway.

If ConservativeHome weren't such a collection of fucking dyed-blue, meglomaniac morons, they would realise that this is just a sleight of hand by Dave "Spam" Cameron and his Merry Warriors for Social Justice.

Although, just like their Conservative masters, one suspects that the fuckwits running ConservativeHome wouldn't care even if they knew about this stuff: they don't give two fucks about truth or what's right for the people of this country, they just want their side in power.

I suppose it's too much to ask that Tim Montgomerie gets it into his head to go on a great Crusade and dies of dysentry in Palastine? And is there any danger that "Call Me" Dave might bugger off back to his glacier and fucking stay there?

Fucking hell, can we leave yet?


Mark Wadsworth said...

If you look from afar, it is all very puzzling.

The big parties are vying with each other over who can put up energy prices and taxation most, while risking serious power cuts etc and expecting people to vote for them.

Basically, they are competing over who gets to be captain and ram the Titanic into an iceberg, while simultaneously encouraging passengers to vote for them on the basis that they'll charge higher rents for the deckchairs while the ship goes down.

Very strange indeed. What sort of collective madness is this?

Anonymous said...

Hey fuckwits! Print this of and sign on the dotted line. Photocopy and distribute among the general public.

An Acknowledgement:

For much of the past thirty years, there has been a consensus that deregulated capitalism provides a just moral framework. One that promotes fairness, efficiency and social progress.

I have been a vocal supporter of this position. I have opposed improvements to welfare safety-nets on the grounds that they would interfere with the workings of the markets. I have advocated a 'meritocracy' in which we all enjoy the rewards of our enterprise and take the consequences of our mistakes.

For decades, I have stood by while millions of people who were not born with my material advantages have been forced to bend over and take it like a man while I have continued to enjoy the fruits of my advantaged start in life. I have always argued that poverty is, at least in part, the consequence of irresponsibility and poor judgement, and that to relieve that poverty would be to reward these shortcomings.

I have always reassured myself that the iron laws of the market show that there is no fairer way of organising human relations.

Furthermore, I have argued that taxation is, somehow, almost a form of theft, and that no situation is so bad that it isn't made worse by government intervention.

I am now happy to concede that the leading lights of modern capitalism are the more deserving of the label 'thieving bastards' than anyone else alive. In a month in which people such as myself have received the kind of bail-out that I have refused to countenance for others who are less advantaged than ourselves, I am now willing to concede that I am - and have for a long time been - a worthless cheating parasite of the highest order.

If the families of the unemployed have suffered terribly over the years for their relatively minor lack of responsibility or good judgement, then in a fair world, I would be spending the next couple of decades up to my eyeballs in raw sewage for the wanton irresponsibility and stupidity that I have long advocated.

If I had even an ounce of honour, I would retire to my study with a generic bottle of blended scotch and a revolver in order to relieve those around me of the burden of having to gaze upon my hypocritical countenance for a moment longer.

But failing that, I now, at least, have the decency to acknowledge that a generous universal safety net funded out a general taxation would be a minimal concession to make given the huge bailout that democratic governments have handed to the leading institutions of capitalism.

Furthermore, I am now prepared to accept that the kind of market liberalism that I have advocated for many years is entirely impractical in a modern democracy - and that effective liberal democracy is that only thing that stopped the entire population of my country, and it's neighbours, from suffering the consequences of my long-standing stupidity, greed and dishonesty. I now concede that elected governments, and not larcenous shitheads such as myself, should drive public policy for the foreseeable future.

Signed: ...............................................

Name: .............................................. (block capitals please)

Date: ...............................................

Devil's Kitchen said...

Ah, I was going to fisk that earlier today but I had better things to do, and I knew that a Lefty sockpuppet would come along here eventually.

I shall fisk it in due course but, needless to say, aiming it at libertarians -- especially when the Libertarian Party is the only UK political party with policies aimed at preventing the banks from pissing about with our currency -- is the height of arrant stupidity.

Further, to attempt to pretend that the banking problems were caused by a free market is just plain wrong. They were at least partially caused by the banks' confidence that governments would underwrite them.


Trooper Thompson said...

Hey anonymous!

you gutless fucker, why don't you name yourself?

Talk about straw man arguments...

leg-iron said...

Ah, the eloquent anonymous. A rare beast indeed although I see you retain the vitriol and bile that is the hallmark of your kind.

Pity. It would be good to discuss, rather than exchange insults, for once.

I have responded to your letter but that response became overlong for a post here. Therefore I have placed it here.

Anonymous, you can waste time calling me names, you can use the deflection and distraction techniques that you were taught, or you can discuss the matter in an adult and reasonable manner.

It's your choice.

(I hope you don't mind me hijacking your thread, DK)

Mark Wadsworth said...

DK, I have read the LPUK banking policies and like most leftie ideas, it sounds great, but would be unenforceable.

Briefly, you can't stop banks lending in Sterling any more than you could stop them lending in Yen or Euros.

Letters From A Tory said...

You don't appear to have explained anything wrong with the as-yet-unwritten Conservative manifesto.

You've said that the Conservatives won't raise green taxes, and then bitched about the EU - which is fair enough, but I doubt the Conservatives could pull out of the EU in time to avoid the tax rise even if they tried. At best, it would take years of arguments before the UK could renegotiate with the EU.

Always in the kitchen a parties, eating lard said...

I don't "get" anonymous.

I was waiting for the line about how he would show me how to make thousands, for a small one off payment.

Perhaps he is one of them. The sort that sticks a podgy photo of themselves on the fridge door to resist piling into the lard.

Takes all sorts, but not someone I would choose to sit next to on a long journey.

Budgie said...

For the past eleven years, there has been a consensus that corporatism-socialism provides a just moral framework. One that promotes fairness, efficiency and social progress.

In that time NuLiebore supporters have cheered whenever: civil liberties have been reduced; taxation increased for everyone on low incomes; wealth has been squandered on madcap IT schemes and the EU; pensions plundered; government has hidden massive public liabilities that our children will have to pay back; regulation increased and made more complex; etc etc.

Is it not odd that in 10 years the supposedly intelligent McBroon was completely unable to spot what was going wrong at the banks that he had designed regulations for?

I know that most NuLiebore supporters are now justly ashamed that they have kept in place the worst government in living memory and now wish to recant. Which is why support for NuLiebore has fallen off a cliff.

Roger Thornhill said...


there is no plan to stop banks lending Sterling, but just to outlaw their lending of sterling THAT THEY DO NOT HAVE. There is a simple term for it: fraud.

If they do fiat lending, they lose their banking license.