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I’ve been searching for a metaphor for the dogs breakfast that is passing for Brown’s government reshuffle.

But I can’t.  It seems to me there was more logic and coherence to ‘Plan 9 From Outer Space’.  The tag line for which was …

“Unspeakable Horrors From Outer Space Paralyze The Living And Resurrect The Dead!”

Hmmm …

Well to be fair, it does seem Labour are having great difficulty hammering their very own Criswell back into his coffin.


Its odd, considering that I am apathetic to the EU, that I increasingly find EU Referendum too strident sometimes and certainly too sanctimonious.

However – their point about the attendance in Parliament for the Defence Debate is well made.  There looks to be just one Labour backbencher and no LibDems.  Conservatives not much better.  As Ann Winterton says, an …

“insult to our armed forces”

Tabling a Defence Debate on polling day is a disgrace.  But then so is Brown, using PMQ’s as an excuse to read out the names of our dead.

Ann Winterton has been caught out by the “Mr and Mrs” expenses scandal and will soon be no more in Parliament.  A pity since she has been in the forefront of exposing the lack of proper equipment for our troops in Afghanistan.

On a similar topic Richard North has published his account of our intervention in Iraq, which after a good start has to be said ended in an ignoble fashion.  Its not likely that the mainstream media will admit to this but we must hope that the defence establishment realise it, otherwise our presence in Afghanistan (which I support) will end in even more wasted lives.

In a TV interview today Justice Secretary Jack Straw has blamed bad management of the London Probation Service for all the problems which culminated in the horrible murder of 2 French students.  The chief of the service resigned some months ago.

Shades of the sacking of the chief of the Prison Service by Michael Howard several years back.

Yet back then in October 1995 it was Straw himself who saw fit to move the following motion in Parliament …

“That this House deplores the unwillingness of the Secretary of State for the Home Department to accept responsibility for serious operational failures of the Prison Service”

Straw was happy to stand up in Parliament and accuse …

“The Secretary of State has continually sought to evade his responsibility for the proper running of the Prison Service.”

Now in office himself and following a shocking break down in the operation of the Probation Service ( not to mention police and the Crown Prosecution Service ) he is happy to duck the same responsibility he was earlier keen to heap on his predecessor.

He was opportunistic then and is shameless now.

The decline of the Brown government along with the Great Leaders own persona has continued apace.  Its hard to know where we are right now.  Uncharted territory.  On the edge of an electoral black hole where the laws of political physics break down.

There have of course been lots of comments in the ‘blogosphere’ and just lately its Dizzy who has been hitting the nail in the head.

His perception of todays PMQs is I think the best I have read. He points out for instance

Incredibly, Brown started banging on about helping mortgage holders. The thing is, the Government revealed two days ago that only two families have been helped by the £285m Mortgage Relief Scheme since January. The subject then came up later about this figure and Brown denied it was the case.

Dizzy has also pinned down the Telegraph over its comments on the Blears resignation (and it would seem forced a climbdown) and caught it out spinning for No10.

…if you were a complete idiot and failed to pay attention to what was said at the time; or perhaps are taking a line being briefed to you from those with an interest in discrediting Blears before she publicly attacks them.

And from the sublime to the ridiculous Dizzy even has time to make play with the vanguard of that monstrous regiment of Blairite wimmin. Gordon’s (fallen) Angels.  Try as I might though Dizzy, I am afraid that Flint woman does nothing for me.

And where next? Whoever is leader of the Labour party they are going to find it hard to avoid an election before October. My thinking?  This crisis is not over yet. Our spending is still outof control and the public finances are heading ever deeper into the red. Everything is coming out of left field and that does not preclude Crisis Part Two in August. Could Labour really survive an emergency Budget without being forced into a subsequent election?

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