Vaz – Brown Wants “Employment Apartheid”

Keith Vaz, a former minister and now chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, is not at all happy with Brown’s“British Jobs for British Workers” slogan. In no uncertain terms last night he told the Commons:

There has also been talk recently of the importance of British jobs for British people. I worry about that statement. It lacks credible arguments, and some have suggested that it appears to amount to little more than employment apartheid. It assumes that foreign workers are somehow stealing jobs from United Kingdom workers, an idea for which there is absolutely no evidence. It also raises the question: how do we ensure that jobs are going to British people and what do we classify as British? If someone has another citizenship but they have indefinite leave to remain in the UK, they have a right to work.

Hopes are falsely raised whenever “British jobs” are mentioned. Every position that is filled will require justification and an account kept of how many British jobs there are. The fact is that, in this country, over the past century, we have entered into many agreements with European and Commonwealth countries, which means that we are obligated under treaties, rightly, to give jobs to people who are not British, based on merit… There are Indian and other citizens who came to this country to work hard and to help our economy, and they have been treated very badly.

Guido’s father and grandparents came from India in the fifties*, it seems that if Brown had been in charge, they would have been made unwelcome and denied employment. Think what might have been the resulting loss to the future of political commentary…

If a Tory MP had advocated“British Jobs for British Workers” he would have had the whip removed and been sacked from any party position. Yet Brown is prepared to mouth BNP slogans in order to win council estate voters in Dagenham back from the BNP. It won’t however play so well with Guardian reading Hampstead liberals…

*That will have the obsessive Wikipedia editors even more confused.

Dave Attacks Gordon’s Borrowed Slogans

Dave touched on something today that (surprisingly) he hasn’t used before. Brown’s borrowing of an old NF/BNP slogan to blow a dog-whistle to Dagenham voters

“Take the slogan the Prime Minister wheels out every week – ‘British jobs for British workers.’ If he could only see how embarrassed Labour MPs are, how they shudder whenever he says those words. Well, I’ve done of a bit of work on this slogan of the Prime Minister’s. First, let’s be clear what they want us to think. The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has told us that there should be no doubt. It is – and I quote – ‘explicitly a British jobs for British people campaign…’… I did a bit more research to find out where he got his slogans from. Here’s one he borrowed off the National Front. Here’s another one he borrowed off the British National Party. Where was his moral compass when he was doing that?

Knuckle-dragging barrel scraping politics aimed at winning back Dagenham council estate votes for Labour from the BNP. Labour activists are embarrassed by the slogan, Nick Griffin is flattered by it.  In reality it is meaningless, favouring Britons for British jobs is illegal. It is just a Deborah Mattinson focus-group tested dog-whistle slogan.

UPDATE : Ben Brogan has just updated his blog with something Guido hadn’t noticed, Dave “waved a copy of the BNP’s May 2006 newsletter at Gordon Brown during their Commons exchanges earlier” the document was headlined “Keep British jobs for British workers”.

Total Politics, Totally Disconnected

Peter Oborne’s The Triumph of the Political Class anatomises a cross-party, tax-parasitical ruling class. The class is personified in the next generation of most likely leaders of the major political parties; Clegg, Miliband and Cameron.
With views that are essentially interchangeably metropolitan liberal, all that differentiates them besides the colour of their rosettes is a bit of proportional representation, some income redistribution and a little Euro-scepticism. They are crowded ideologically onto that marginal – voter – friendly, focus-grouped, centre – ground. All went to Oxbridge, all had politico-media-wonkish mini-careers before climbing the political greasy pole.

They are increasingly disconnected from voters, electoral apathy at the lack of choice results in falling voter turn-outs. The financing of election campaigns is increasingly a problem as the membership of political parties collapses. When you have unattractive, undifferentiated products it is hard to sell. In the market-place you have to give the consumers what they want or you go bust. Listen to your customers, give them what they want and you will prosper.

Today we will hear a lot of cant about democracy, Gordon will bemoan the “funding of democracy”, by which he means politicians. He will do what he does best, take money from the taxpayer to coercively fund what the people are unwilling to fund voluntarily.

Guido has a simple suggestion for all politicians; raise money from your supporters, it will force you to listen to them, it will be good for politics, it will be good for politicians, it will strengthen democracy. Raise the money centrally from taxation and you will further divorce your parties from your supporters. You will concentrate on the few hundred thousand swing voters who allegedly decide the electoral outcome. This is just lazy.

Yesterday, Ron Paul, a little known anti-War Republican running for President shocked the U.S. political establishment by raising over $4 million online – in one day. Not for nothing is his campaign song “Google Ron Paul”. He comes from the libertarian wing of the Republicans, yet despite his anti-War stance he is the single biggest recipient candidate of donations from military veterans. He talks about ideals, he is principled, he raises money from the grassroots. If Guido could legally give Ron Paul money, he would.

In contrast, today in Westminster we will see the next step on the road to totally tax-funded political parties. It will be a bad day for our democracy and good only for our lazy, unprincipled politicians.

Martin Bell Witnesses Crime, Keeps Schtum

Speaking at the University of Wolverhampton yesterday, Martin Bell told an audience at an open public lecture to plug his latest, book that “he saw and heard an MP trade his vote for a peerage while he was a member”. He explained that he wouldn’t name the party involved because he “didn’t want to spend the next 5 years in court”.

Some might think that reporting crime was a legal requirement, let alone a moral one, for the man in the white suit.

Enjoy the Fireworks

An End to Celebrity Culture (After Countdown)

Is he overdoing his medication? Look at the crazy smile…

UPDATE : Some are questioning if this is actually genuine. The full uncut and even more manic version can be seen on the Downing Street website.

Vote at 16, Stay in School Until 18

Ed Balls plans to force kids to stay in school until they are 18 because they are so feckless. The government plans to give them the vote as well. Joined up government…

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

Huhne : Sue Me,”Labour Sold Honours”

Huhne has told the Indy that “the whiff of corruption has become a nauseating stench..there was an organised arrangement whereby a very large amount of money was donated to the Labour Party and at the same time the major donors received peerages and knighthoods”.

“It’s quite clear what was going on,” he said. “This was basically a supermarket in honours. It is completely mad to suggest other than this was an organised matter. I am very happy to say that on the record. If they [the Government] think otherwise they can very happily take me to a libel court.”

Huhne is no idiot, that is too vague to be libellous if it were untrue. You would have to say something more specific, such as “Lord Levy was intimately involved in the trading of honours for donations to the Labour party.” That would only be libellous if it were untrue, and that is why Lord Levy isn’t going to sue anyone.

Friday Caption Contest (Clegg Cops It Edition)

Perhaps irritated by Simon Hughes coming out for Clegg we learn that Huhne has been characteristically bitchy about his rival in a GMTV interview. He doesn’t quite say “Clegg is crap” but you know what he means.

Huhne says Clegg is similar to Cameron in age and looks before laying into David Cameron in a way that sounds like a proxy attack on Nick Clegg. Huhne also gets very niggledy about criticisms by Clegg of the lack of impact that the LibDems are making on the environment compared to the Tories (or rather the LibDem environment spokesman is making compared to the husky-hugging glacier-riding Tories).

“I want to fight a positive campaign, so I just simply say that I think Nick has great strengths. … The record is that last summer, for example, the Tory blogs were criticising my Tory opponent because he wasn’t getting as much coverage on the floods and foot and mouth as I was, and in fact some of them were calling for his resignation. If you look over the last year, I’ve consistently been ahead in terms of media coverage of my Tory opposite number, and that’s one of the reasons why I think that we’ve done so well in terms of public perception on the environment.”

He then implicitly has a go Clegg

Well, one of the things that I know as an economist and as a journalist is that both politicians and journalists tend to be very bad at numbers, and numbers are often the evidence so you need to look at things like poll numbers before you shoot from the hip, and that does worry me slightly, but I think that you need to actually go back and look at what the real situation is we’ve done very well on the environment over the last couple of years and I think that if you compare that with any other area you’ll see that it’s the only major area where not only are we in the lead over other parties, but it’s also the only area where we’ve built up our lead over the other parties.

He obviously is pointing to the LibDem numbers which show them polling badly on Home Affairs issues compared to the authoritarian-populist Labour party and the Law and Order loving Tories. Clegg is the Home Affairs spokesman…

The Poster Doesn’t Mean What It Says

The Daily Mail’s Ben Brogan followed up Guido’s story about the Tory poster committing them to a referendum on the constitution EU Reform Treaty whenever the Tories get into power.

The poster says “A vote on the European constitution” is “now delayed until the election of a Conservative government”. Pretty clear. Yet Dave’s office told Brogan “The point the poster is making is that if there had been an election today and if the Conservatives had been elected we would have had a referendum”.

Well it is coming up to panto season, so all together: “Oh no it doesn’t!”

Is Gordon A Handshuffling Bundle of Nerves?

At least it stops him picking his nose

So If Gordon Hadn’t Bottled It, Tomorrow’s News Would Be…

Above is Guido’s prophetic vision from December 2005.

What No SpAd List? Cock-Up or Conspiracy?

Is there some reason why an up-to-date list of SpAds post-Blair has still to be produced?

Guido needs to have a handy list of targets, is this tardiness government incompetence, cover-up or what? What is Konrad Caulkett’s exact role?

Brown Bottom

As the price of gold today hits a historic 27 year high, Guido wishes he had bought more for his daughters. We all make mistakes as traders don’t we? Gordon Brown’s great mistake is of a different order altogether and is remembered by the gold market players with much fondness and clinking of champagne glasses.
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