There seems little to point out at this probably highly historic juncture in British history except the bleedin’ obvious: that, as George Orwell said, it’s a constant struggle to see what is right under your nose.
The following are some points that we will do well to remember and which cannot be stated too many times in the coming year of parliamentary paralysis and the arms race of lying that will take us to the next general election.
1) This country is heading for very hard times. Its economy has been wrecked by 12 years of financial mismanagement and imprudence (the new Labour view, that it is all America's fault is specious; if Brown hadn't recklessly spent and borrowed the effect of the downturn would not have triggered the long-term problems we now face). Any ‘green shoots of recovery’ rhetoric is based on a financial activity triggered by massive government borrowing – a time bomb sent into a very uncertain future, where the West, sclerotic with debt and incompetent institutions, and with its increasingly non-educated youth, will struggle to compete with the economies of the far East. Think of a grand old luxury motor car that does 10 miles to the gallon, is very comfortable but cannot go anywhere; and compare it with a nippy little mass produced model that does 30 miles to the gallon and gets into the smallest parking spaces.
2) The Labour government, the purported friend of the working class, has in fact and in effect, made war on that class, through maintaining and encouraging a right-wing monetarist economy and marrying it with obstinate cultural Marxism across education, law and order, immigration and all public services. This is the reason the streets are full of unemployed English manual workers and building sites are full of eastern European workers (provoking, during the February ‘British jobs’ strike, Peter Mandelson’s awesomely crass ‘go and work in Poland’ retort. Had it been made by a Tory cabinet minister socialists would have called for his head).To take a recent news story as an example, the fanatical political correctness that flourished under Labour was the reason that Mohamed Sidique Khan’s jihadist bookshop in Beeston was funded by the taxpayer. It was also the reason that Brian Paddick, on the afternoon of the 7th July, 2005, stood up in a press conference and announced that ‘Terrorism and Islam are two words we don’t use together’. Five minutes thought about the effect mass immigration into an already overcrowded country has had on rents and property prices demontrates the foolhardiness of one of Labour's - and the EU's - flagship policies.
3) The Labour government’s large parliamentary majority has enabled them to indulge in a 12-year tsunami of legislative bullying and institution attacking, which would have been worthwhile if it had resulted in the quality of life for the many being raised. It hasn’t. The government’s social and law and order policies have been disastrous and have made life harder for the low-paid and those living in tough areas; correspondingly, those same policies have made life easier for those who would attack and destabilise the very communities that Labour waxes lyrical over. The governent's belief in the EU is also a disaster for British democracy, idependence and rule of law. Tony Blair's Human Rights Act has been the cause of far more injustice than it has ever prevented.
4) The Labour government has taken Britain into two ill-fated wars and misled and deceived the public on both occasions. There is no doubt about that. There has been no public inquiry about the Iraq invasion. Nor will there be.
5) The political class has behaved immorally and in some cases criminally in the matter of expenses; they fought hard to conceal their indulgence while sedulously legislating against personal liberty of the British people and lecturing the public with the utmost pomposity about various non-negotiable moral imperatives, from climate change through fortnightly rubbish collections to fox-hunting. At the same time, having learned how the government blew billions on failed public works, such as the NHS supercomputer project and various Public Private Finance fiascos, we learn that MI5 lacked the funding to prevent the above-mentioned Sidique Khan’s terrorist attack, even though the man had been on police files for 12 years.
6) Our Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, is an arrogant and foolish man, quite possibly mentally ill, who has mistaken power lust for moral certitude and is quite prepared to bankrupt his country and destroy his party in the pursuance of it. Like most lefties, he’s a hard-nosed right-winger when it comes to the crunch. Witness his comments, published on the front page of the Daily Telegraph on Wednesday, 20th May, regarding the criminal activities of MPs:
“Individuals are to blame. They have got to take personal responsibility for their own failings.”
But, Gord! Are they not victims of society! Blimey!
7) The Conservative Party, which will very likely form the next government, is as weak, divided and as wrongheaded in its way as the Labour Party. Stuffed with millionaires and the extremely privileged, they know as little of ordinary life and their morals are no better than the champagne socialists they scorn. When they finally achieve power they will be left with wrecked public finances and will have no choice but to begin public spending cuts that will make the early Thatcher years look benign. They will be violently hated, but – and this is important – we must all remember which administration created the problem.
8) The extreme Right is making ground in this country and is doing so as a direct result of the ill-considered policies mentioned above. We must defend ourselves from fascism but also never forget how and why we have come closer to empowering the far-Right than ever before, even in the 1930s. The centre-left media is already beginning to formulate a new mantra – sorry, we must persist in voting Labour to keep the BNP out. They have haven’t the sense to conclude that the longer Labour is in power, the more power the far-Right will accrue because of the indignation and sense of grievance Labour’s policies cause among the working class and poor.
As I say, this might not be the most original analysis, but it needs to be kept in mind.