Thursday, 26 June 2008

The Cameron Manifesto That Isn't

Pure wishful thinking from Fraser Nelson.

How long has the right-wing press been banging on about how Eurosceptical, or tough on crime, or committed to traditional family values, the Tories are really?

For that, as for this, there exists absolutely no evidence whatever, but rather, overwhelming evidence to the contrary.


  1. Paul Granville27 June 2008 at 08:17

    Oliver Kamm is now claiming that his blog's coverage of you is just "an in-joke"! Another commenter on his blog claims that Harry's Place's editors and commenters are not laughing with you, but laughing at you.

    Should we honestly believe that they just think you're funny, or do their comments mask a deeper fear that their days are numbered?

  2. Oh, I know that they published it for a luagh. But that doesn't bother me, because I've received more positive emails about the BPA since they did than ever before, so they have done the project no end of good. As I knew would happen: all publicity, as the saying goes.

    As for Kamm, he's come across (entirely accurately) as a demented, seriously underemployed weirdo who will happily devote several hours of every day to repeating his deranged theories about me and the Spectator or Comment Is Free, one of which will denies his fantasies outright in private correspendence with me and apologises profusely, while the other also shows absolutely no sign of taking Kamm's notions seriously.

    The poor man is in a world of his own. But, of course, he can afford to be. He is a walking, talking, blogging argument for Inheritance Tax.

  3. Glenn Mitchell27 June 2008 at 16:27

    Why do they think you're funny?

  4. Oh, they think that the idea that there was ever a thriving non-Marxist, Christian-based, largely provincial and working/lower-middle class element to the Labour Movement, and that it delivered all the great achievements of that Movement, is hilarious. They flatly refuse to believe it.

    Everything that they think they know about politics, they got out of books, or from Marxist academics in the Seventies and Eighties, or from Marxoid students in the years above at the same time. They have never been politically active, properly so called, in their lives, and they wouldn't know where to begin.

    Just try and picture these people canvassing door to door, and the point is made. But, of course, they don't see the point of that sort of thing, and they think that people who do are very, very funny.

  5. What is this business with Martin Miller? Who is he?

  6. Oliver Kamm, pretending to be me, pretending to be someone else, pret ... well, let's not go there.

    Rich people, like Kamm, are called eccentric where poor people would just be called mad.

    Kamm has a whole back story involving Miller (allegedly me in disguise), the Spectator (which denies it outright), Comment Is Free (which at best, for Kamm, shows no sign of taking him seriously on this), Harry's Place (which has now published a whole article by me)...

    He devotes oodles of time to spreading this drivel around the blogosphere, as he does to spreading fictions about Neil Clark and the Guardian, apparently oblivious to the fact that the Guardian actually *pays* Neil for articles that it simply would not commission if Kamm's allegations had the slightest connection to reality.

    I shan't be discussing this any further.