The Downing Street twitter feed will be silenced shortly, the website will be mothballed, SpAds will have already handed in their Blackberries. The Civil Service is now running the country…
Alistair Darling, Ed Balls and Gordon Brown claim that the Tories will take money out of the economy by cutting government spending, the Tories skirt round the issue by saying they will actually cut waste and undo the government’s proposed N.I. tax hike because it is a tax on jobs. The Tories have balked at directly crossing the Brown/Balls dividing line on tax and spend by directly taking on the idea that somehow government spending is better than the private spending that taxes reduce. They are still advertising a vote-winning anti-tax message, but they are unwilling to take the argument further that lower taxes stimulate higher economic growth. How different it is in the U.S. where even Obama ran and won on a tax-cutting platform. Obama promised the middle-classes a tax break in a budget deficit environment little different to that faced the UK.
The Tory message is no new taxes and a slower increase in debt. If a candidate in America suggested (as Brown and Balls do) that raising taxes for the government to spend would support the economy, he would be laughed at, Obama during his presidential campaign said “The last thing you want to do is raise taxes in the middle of a recession because that would just suck up more demand out of the economy and put businesses in a further hole.” If only the truth of that was as recognised across the political spectrum in Britain.
Do you find this implicit threat from Greenpeace a little disturbing?
The proper channels have failed. It’s time for mass civil disobedience to cut off the financial oxygen from denial and skepticism … Let’s talk about what that mass civil disobedience is going to look like.
If you’re one of those who have spent their lives undermining progressive climate legislation, bankrolling junk science, fueling spurious debates around false solutions, and cattle-prodding democratically-elected governments into submission, then hear this:
We know who you are. We know where you live. We know where you work. And we be many, but you be few.
Guido is one of those who spends his life undermining “progressive climate legislation” and other alarmist nonsense from Greens who have long ago left behind reason and rationalism for a mystical Gaia. Scratch a Green and you will find, underneath the romanticism for a past mythical pastoral existence, a yearning for an anti-human totalitarianism.
The implicit threat from Greenpeace of “we know know where you live” signals that having failed to yoke the world’s democracies to their demands, some on the fringes of the Green movement will, like their allies in the Animal Liberation Front, move on to eco-terrorism directed at individuals. We have been warned…
Hat-tip : Devil’s Kitchen
The Observer asked Guido to comment on pop culture and politics with a yoof, a depressed Marxist professor and one of their music hacks. It was a Nathan Barley type self-facilitating nodal moment…
For many years Gary Elsby was a regular contributor to the comments on this blog, much to the amusement of fellow co-conspirators. So it is without hesitation that Guido endorses his campaign “to do battle” and “carry the torch of socialism.”
The former Stoke Labour Party constituency secretary is standing as an independent, this is a bit of collateral damage in advance of the full-scale civil war that will come following a Labour defeat. Mandelson is trying to hold the line against the Whelan-Balls-Brown axis which is putting its placemen into upcoming seats using UNITE’s muscle with Tom Watson enforcing the faction’s advantage wherever he can. Mandelson in private sees the battle for Labour’s soul as his primary mission having calculated that Labour is likely to face at least one, if not two terms out of office.
The exit of so many Blairites has been a tawdry money-grubbing affair which has strengthened the Brownite / UNITE hand with ordinary disgusted Labour Party activists. Mandelson has weakened his hand by misjudging matters and insisting that a “toff” like Tristram should be a standard bearer for his faction.
All in all, Stoke promises to be a foretaste of the chaos that will engulf the Labour Party following election day…
For March the blog had some 186,420 visitors making some 1,060,747 visits to view 1,836,000 pages plus 1,038,250 views from feed readers making some 2.8 million views in total. The BBC’s Rory-Cellan Jones on the other hand says that according to Nielsen Netratings “with unique user figures well below 50,000” political blogs are too small to measure with accuracy. This will come as a huge surprise to PoliticalBetting.com, Iain Dale, UK Polling Report et al who all have days, never mind months, with more traffic than that. Guido had a look at Nielsen’s Blogpulse service and couldn’t find a single British blog ranked. Even the massive celeb site Popbitch.com wasn’t ranked. According to one industry source it is because Nielsen uses a panel system. Do they actually have a UK panel? Other UK internet metrics companies track real user data taken at network ISP level or server level.
Anyway if you were not one of the 54,970 visitors viewing 346,044 pages over the last seven days, here are the seven most popular stories (in order of popularity) that you missed:
- Saatchis Sharpen Tory Message
- Punters Slash Odds, Ed Balls Now Expected to Lose
- Spin Room Verdict
- A Future Blair For All
- Guardian Editor’s Internal Rant at Murdoch
- Statistics Boss : Stop Lying Mr Brown
- The Fall of Vince Fable
You’re either in front of Guido, or you are behind…