Thursday, February 5, 2009

Go On Dave, Give the Hugh Grant Speech

So the Americans arranged for the torture of a British resident and held him in Guantánamo Bay without charge, but all this must remain secret because the Yanks have threatened to stop sharing intelligence with Britain. That would directly threaten Britain’s national security, David Miliband has told a judge. So that is it as far as this government is concerned.

David Davis is demanding a Commons statement from the government on the ruling, calling it “a matter of utmost national importance”. Nothing however from Dave, so far, on the subject. When the above scene from Love Actually played in cinemas, the audiences spontaneously applauded and cheered. That apolitical audiences at a romantic comedy respond like that tells us something profound, Britons know in their hearts, across the political spectrum, that successive governments have been too subservient to U.S. interests. Humiliatingly subservient.

Guido is pro-American, don’t misunderstand. There is no doubt that Anglo-American friendship has served the world well for a century. Friendship does not require subservience. Friends speak frankly, friends respect each other for telling the truth to their face. Go on Dave, give the Hugh Grant speech. It would be great for Britain.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

When Was the Last Time You Heard a Cameroon Mention "Freedom"?

Gove wants to take away our Nuts, IDS and Ed Vaizey think dads shouldn’t be allowed to take their 14 year-old sons to see the latest Batman movie. It is particularly galling that Gove and Vaizey have previously projected themselves as on the libertarian side of the libertarian / authoritarian divide. Libertarian paternalism, government “nudging”, is increasingly beginning to seem like a modernised version of old fashioned authoritarian conservativism. Vaizey explicitly encourages local councils to exercise their statutory powers to prevent teenage boys seeing Batman. That is not a nudge, that is a kick in the teeth for parental responsibility, it is not the business of the state to determine for parents what is their cultural norm.

David Davis is no longer in the shadow cabinet, apart from him it is a long time since Guido has heard a senior Conservative figure mention the word “freedom”. Quality of life issues are the order of the day – well Guido has news – freedom is the most cherished quality of life for many of us. Libertarians care about family values, families are the fundamental unit of society, the welfare state has done more damage to families than anything else. Guido doesn’t need lecturing from dysfunctional politicians on family values. Julie Burchill is on to something in her new book, she reckons the posh have embraced Green values as cover to talk down to working class people. Most Greens are she (and her co-author, Chas Newkey-Burden) says, pious, sexless, contemptuous of humankind, posh and rich, having found in environmentalism a new excuse for lecturing the poor. Telling other people to live by rules they don’t apply to themselves.

Vaizey isn’t advocating a nudge, he is advocating a state prohibition. If the Conservatives don’t respect the family and no longer defend freedom they will encourage the more socially liberal to vote LibDem – particularly if the Liberal Democrats really become a low tax party.

The last speech Guido can find where a Cameroon mentions freedom was in November 2007. It was a good one:


The battle for freedom and opportunity is never finally won. In each generation, those of us who believe in freedom, in human potential, in the idea that the strength of our society comes from the energy and industry and creativity of our people; those of us who believe in these things must be ready to fight for them because the enemies of freedom are never finally vanquished. They always live to fight another day. Today we can see the enemies of freedom preparing a renewed assault on our liberty. They do not mean to harm us. In fact, they mean to help us. But their ideas are out of date, their methods have failed and their advance must be derailed. I am speaking of the politicians and public officials who believe that they know best how to organise our lives… The desire for harmonisation and homogenisation – on tax, on regulation, on so many aspects of public and private life. It is the last gasp of an outdated ideology, a philosophy that has no place in our new world of freedom…

Consider this reminder a little nudge Dave…

UPDATE : ConservativeHome has a round-up of disquiet on the right about “nudging” – essentially some are worried that it harks back to “the man in Whitehall knows best”. It is not nudging if the state starts prohibiting or prescribing. Daddy Dizzy decides not Big Brother Vaizey. Libertarians are fathers too…

Saturday, July 5, 2008

+++ David Davis Finally Gets His Debate +++

Sky is tentatively reporting that Boulton will host a debate between David Davis and Tony McNulty at 1100 this Sunday (tomorrow). Surprising since it was reported that Downing Street had decreed that Davis was not to be debated against, all the more to marginalise him.

Tony McNulty went to the same school as Guido. He learnt logic from a fearsome maths master in the Jesuit tradition (though our old school was Salvatorian not Jesuit). Davis is not renowned for his oratorical ability, McNulty has a bit of a steam-roller style of debate. So even if McNulty has the fundamentally more difficult case to argue, he won’t be easily bested by Basher….

Monday, June 23, 2008

The Most Unlikely Civil Liberties Defender of All!

These David Davis supporters are brilliant, guitar strumming punks for liberty. The band – Billy Ruffian – are very good. Wack up the volume:


Courtesy of www.billyruffian.co.uk

Fantastic lyrics:

I think that maybe I’ve been taking pills,
‘cos David Davis is acting like John Stuart Mills,
And in taking on Brown, Dacre and Murdoch,
The establishment are in a difficult spot.

“I’m making out my political will,
By opposing the anti-terrorism bill,
But the government wish to rid us of Habeas Corpus,
So if you believe in freedom you’ll have to support us.”

The most unlikely civil liberties defender of all
What about Magna Carta? Did she die in vain?

The full lyrics lay into all the liberty stealers…

DD 2.0, Now With Added Diversity

The hastily cobbled together DavidDavisforFreedom site has been revamped over the weekend. Guido is told that Basher will be blogging daily his thoughts. The whole panoply of Facebook links and Twitter feeds are going into place as well.

The thing that struck Guido most though was the addition of diverse faces – the original site was hideously white – this version is multi-cultural. Election day is July 10, turnout is expected to be low. Basher needs to increase his proportion of the vote to justify his campaign – if he reduces his absolute share of the vote he will have humiliated himself.

On the ground the campaign seems a little chaotic, word is that he wants to emphasise advancing a national debate. The trouble is finding someone willing to debate with him…

Thursday, June 19, 2008

More Haltemprice Innuendo

Is there no end to the innuendo laden demeaning of politics? David Davis is calling on Gordon Brown to come out“: “Mr Brown likes to talk about Britishness – fundamental to Britishness is being free. He should come out and argue the case.” Something the co-conspirators have wanted Gordon to do for a long time.

A Love That Dares to Send Writ Threats

The mini-furore over Andy Burnham’s amusing innuendo-rich suggestion of some kind of seduction of Basher Davis after “late-night, hand-wringing, heart-melting phone calls with” Shami Chakrabarti is not something of which Guido would approve. Guido is responsible for Westminster innuendo and Burnham should stay off his turf.

Shami is not happy either, here is her letter to Andy:

I am writing in relation to your recent article in the ironically titled “Progress” magazine. In that article you set out to smear my dealings with the former Shadow Home Secretary. I must say that I find this behaviour curious, coming as it does from a Cabinet Minister; let alone someone with a partner and family of his own.

By your comments you debase not only a great office of State but the vital debate about fundamental rights and freedoms in this country. Indeed you seem reluctant to engage in that debate except in this tawdry fashion.

I look forward to your written apology as I’m sure does Mrs Davis. If on the other hand you choose to continue down the path of innuendo and attempted character assassination, you will find that the privileged legal protection of the parliament chamber does not extend to slurs made in the wider public domain. The fruits of any legal action will of course go to Liberty(the National Council for Civil Liberties).

Shami is getting a bit up herself here, Guido is something of an expert in this area and can see that she does not have a leg to stand on. Any reasonable person can see Burnham was clearly teasing, not really suggesting they were having an actual affair. Shami should hit back with an attack on Andy’s mascara looks. Any way, good to see that the Guidoisation of politics has reached cabinet level…

UPDATE : Burnham’s office has released a statement “An interpretation has been placed on Andy’s remarks that he did not intend. His comments related to politics and nothing else. He regrets if any personal offence has been caused.”

Via : Brogan

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Egotistical, Moi?

His DavidDavisforFreedom.com campaign site has come in for some criticism for being “too white”, and his blog is without a facility for comments. That’s nothing, he is having an election without opponents.

UPDATE : Fraser Nelson has an article in tomorrow’s Spectator which basically says Basher Davis was bored. So this is, as Harriet Harman says, a bit of a “frolic”. Why not just get a young mistress for a bit of excitement?

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Change of Address

Basher’s office needs to let go:

From: KRANTZ, Caroline

To: XXXX
Subject: RE: XXXX

Many thanks

Caroline Krantz, Secretary
Office of the Rt Hon David Davis MP
Shadow Home Secretary
House of Commons
Westminster SW1A 0AA

Monday, June 16, 2008

"DD for Freedom" Campaign Launches Tomorrow

Word is that www.DavidDavisforFreedom.com launches tomorrow and that he is going to wait until after PMQs to jab a question to the clunking fist before he stands down as an MP. Do hope this campaign site is going to be better than his leadership campaign site. That went under the title “Modern Conservatives” and looked ten years out of date…

Seen Elsewhere

Government Needs 10.6% Spending Cuts To Meet Target | IFS
What We Learned From the Referendum | FT
Scottish Crisis Moves South | Nick Wood
English Democrats Accidentally Celebrate Yes Victory | Pink News
Union In Its Current Form is Dead | Janan Ganesh
Labour Could Be Split in Two | Sun
Ashcroft Poll: Why Scotland Voted No | Buzzfeed
Boris: Change Barnett Formula | Sun
Cameron is Back | Dan Hodges
What Happens Now | James Kirkup
Cairo of the North | Quentin Letts


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Can anyone help me? I went on holiday a week ago and returned to find someone has pulled out the stake and Gordon Brown is back and acting as Prime Minister. What did I miss? Has there been a snap election?


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