Monday, 26 December 2011

On Our Guard

There is a comic, yet tragic, character who tries every day to post essentially the same comment over and over again, but on multiple posts and under multiple, though regular, aliases. And yes, he was doing it yesterday. On Christmas Day. I know who you are, of course. Would you like me to name you, and to provide some contact details? I should be so much more than happy to oblige.

Now, to the serious business of today's Guardian front page, which like the rest of the uniformly Blairite media is obsessed with some little poll about the "personal standing" of the Party Leaders, rather than concerned with questions about actual voting intentions, never mind votes cast.

A mere British political party dared to disobey its essentially foreign betters in the media, and as a result has been consistently ahead in the polls for a year while winning five parliamentary by-elections out of five, all with potentially majority-delivering swings.

There is now a Leader of the Opposition who does not favour the unerring slash and burn agenda of "the markets", nor any war ordered up by the Israeli Far Right and its American Amen Corner. What is more, real votes and real voting intentions put him easily on course to become Prime Minister. Deal with it. He undoubtedly intends to, er, "deal" with you as soon as his opportunity presents itself.


  1. JCR Returning Officer26 December 2011 at 17:07

    Go on, say the name. Pleeeaaase. It's Christmas.

  2. The five by-elections sounds impressive, but every by election in Britain during this Parliament has been for a Labour held seat. I don't think a government has picked up an opposition held seat in a by election since the 1950s. So its a weak soundbite.

    I agree with the larger points that the Labour Party is favored to win in the next general election, and the leader is getting undeservedly bad press, though I understand the latter is normal in the U.K. for politicians on left, at least economically.

  3. Oh, yes, indeed.

    But what we are seeing now is quite exceptional, even by those standards. There has not been the like since the days of Michael Foot and Neil Kinnock, possibly not even then.

    The upside is that, while annoying, this coverage is manifestly making no difference to the public view.