Yesterday John Major added his tuppence to the foreign aid debate ahead of the vote, opining that
“It seems that we can afford a “national yacht” that no-one either wants or needs, whilst cutting help to some of the most miserable and destitute people in the world.
This is not a Conservatism that I recognise. It is the stamp of Little England, not Great Britain.”
Whatever your view of the merits of a national yacht – Guido seriously doubts the merits of a luxury yacht paid for by taxpayers – some of us are old enough to remember that when he was PM, Major also planned to build a yacht:
“We have taken that decision because we believe that a Royal Yacht is an important national asset and projects a prestigious image of Britain which adds powerfully to official occasions and to Major government even went as far as to say “we believe that a new royal yacht—a symbol of the nation’s pride—should be funded not by sponsorship or subscription, but by the nation.”
Construction didn’t go ahead because he lost the election to Tony Blair. Even more hypocritical of Major, though, is the fact that during his premiership foreign aid was lower than it was than under any premier in living memory – he left office with foreign aid at the lowest point, lower than it was under Thatcher, lower than it was when Britain was begging the IMF for a loan in the seventies. Now Major wants British taxpayers to borrow money to give away in foreign aid at more than double the level it was under his entire term in office…
Butting in on a lame anti-mask tweet from provocateur Paul Joseph Watson, Edwina Currie, the former Health Minister and close friend of John Major, decided take Watson down a peg or two. Edwina revealed a little more about her sex life than Guido expected of a Wednesday morning. Pegging Watson’s tweet beneath her own, the former Prime Minister’s lover revealed a deep truth she must have been toying with for some time. John Major is presumably too bussy to comment.
Idiot. Try it, you might enjoy it. https://t.co/sjjnAuYivN— Edwina Currie (@Edwina_Currie) December 16, 2020
Coincidentally it was John Major’s Government that in 1994 passed the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act, legalising buggery…
Since leaving office, Gordon Brown did a better job of keeping his head down than his predecessor, generally only popping up during major disputes such as the Scottish and EU referendums. It appears he’s now trying to use Coronavirus to confirm his elder statesman status, taking a lead in urging world leaders to both create what the Guardian headlines as an ominous-sounding ‘global government‘ and calls to create a $193 billion fund to tackle the pandemic. Fortunately so far it doesn’t seem like anyone is listening…
His rally for a multi-billion dollar economic rescue package was supported by fellow former PMs Blair and Major. Whilst Major took the time out to back Brown’s initiative, he’s been noticeably silent on another issue. Wishing Boris well in his recovery…
Over the last couple of days we have seen well-wishes from almost every living former Prime Minister:
However, one living PM has not said a word – John Major. It is known Major resents Boris for winning the Brexit referendum, though even Tony Blair managed to put political difference aside to wish the PM well. Not Major’s finest hour…