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In television interviews yesterday, the Prime Minister
seemed to exhibit how well he has developed the knack
of actually believing his own deception.
Philip Webster, Political Editor at The
Times, mentions some of the comments Mr Brown gave
in BBC and Sky television interviews on Sunday.
On people's concerns about their falling
standard of living, the Prime Minister said: “I feel
the hurt they feel.”
What a remarkable statement from a
man who has just refused to reinstate the 10p tax band
that helped low paid workers: those who Labour once
looked after as their own. Many of their supporters
must be ignorant of the fact that this concern for them
started waning some time ago.
The PM said there was a job to be done
and that he was the man to lead Labour's recovery. A
bold statement from a man under fire from so many in
his own party.
I have read mixed reports about whether
backbencher John McDonnell would stand as a 'stalking
horse' candidate to ease the way for a more popular
figure to contest the Party leadership.
Mr McDonnell has a website called john4leader.org.uk
which was registered on 8th July 2006, so it would seem
his ambitions are real and not a knee-jerk reaction
to last week's election disaster for Labour.
Just what is Brown's vision of the future?
Apparently, Gordon Brown came into
politics to stand up for the "hard-working people" and
promised to get out more to learn more about what people
Have Labour's leaders been agoraphobic
for the past eleven years?
He did not need to leave his office
to know that the people are against, for example:
- Further EU integration
- Further large scale immigration (even among the
majority of immigrants)
- GM crops
- Post Office closures
Brown continued, "we have a vision
of the future that will carry the country - optimistically
in my view - into its next phase."
“That is all about chances, opportunities,
a fair deal for working families, helping people get
onto the first rung of the housing ladder, helping people
get opportunity in education - more universities and
more colleges - the big building blocks for the future
that we are putting in place.”
There are several problems just in
this piece of nonsensical rhetoric. Just what was he
Labour's next phase?
I dread to think what Labour's "next
phase" could involve.
"Papers please," perhaps
or, "I need to scan your barcode tattoo to allow
you on the train."
When the children who are currently
being fingerprinted in order to have their school dinners
have grown up, they will more readily accept being interfered
with by the State without questioning it.
Walmsley has said: "The practice of fingerprinting
in schools has been banned in China as being too intrusive
and an infringement of children's rights. Yet here it
She said that one head teacher had
"tricked" three-year-olds into giving their prints "by
playing a spy game".
To quote Lenin again: "Give me four
years to teach the children and the seed I have sown
will never be uprooted."
If Mr Brown truly wants to help people
have affordable homes, why does he not relax the draconian
regulations that make the building of homes so difficult
if not impossible?
Why is the countryside becoming a virtual
museum piece where plentiful and cheap homes could be
built where families could enjoy the good life, but
are not and where farmers are paid NOT to grow crops
and where rural post offices and police stations (tough
on crime?) are closing by the hundreds and small schools
are getting axed?
Of course we are easier to control
if we live in towns where we can be kept under surveillance
and the children go into large schools to be more easily
trained to live in a Godless society of 'equality',
'rights' and 'diversity', but without help developing
a mind of their own, sense of responsibility, ambition
It is a recipe for enslavement.
Who are the terrorists in labour's view?
Mr Brown intends to proceed with his
plan to extend the period of detention without charge
for terror suspects to 42 days, which is likely to lead
to another fracas with his backbenchers. “It’s the right
thing for the country,” he said.
The major problem here, apart from
the fact that incarcerating people for six weeks without
evidence is contrary to natural justice, is that the
Government has made many minor misdemeanours terrorism-related.
Here in the port town of Stranraer,
a man who came over on the ferry from Belfast and played
a prank by incorrectly filling in his embarkation pass
now has a conviction under the Terrorism Act, even though
the judge admitted there was no way he was a terrorist.
These laws are also being used against people who oppose
John Catt, an octogenarian anti-war campaigner, has
twice under the Terrorism Act.
Police first stopped him in east London and searched
the van he was driving.
He said: "I was stopped in Shoreditch when I was pinned
in by two police cars. They asked ridiculous questions
like where was I going and why, how old I was and where
I had been. They searched the back of the van and gave
me a receipt to say why I had been stopped."
On the second occasion, he was questioned as he walked
through Brighton on his way to an anti-war demonstration
outside the Labour Party conference wearing an anti-Blair
Brown wants "more universities and more colleges"
I would have thought that we need more
doctors, dentists and tradesmen, like plumbers.
If the plan all along was to discourage
school-leavers from following these highly-paid professions
in order to try and justify large scale immigration
to fill all the jobs that the natives were not trained
for, then, voilà: success; major social engineering
to dilute our successful Judeo-Christian-based British
society to deliver us into the clutches of a federal
Brown continued: “What people are most
worried about - and I do understand this and I feel
the hurt they feel - [is that] petrol prices are going
up, food prices are going up, they are worried about
utilities bills, they are worried about their standard
of living, there is an uncertainty about the economy."
Well, why has all this happened? Has
he already forgotten that he was Chancellor of the Exchequer
for a decade and was responsible for making the decisions
that should ensure a sound economic future?
The price of petrol is two-thirds tax,
so make that fairer for a start, Mr Brown.
He added: “I think I am someone who
believes passionately in opportunity and fairness."
“I believe that the real Gordon Brown
is someone who is standing up at all times for hard-working
families in this country."
“That’s what makes me tick. That’s
what I am about. That’s what the dividing line in politics
So that is the real Gordon Brown
is it? Will he please stand up and start acting like