Blunkett Wants To Sue

I see that David “civil-liberties-just-get-in-the-way-of-me-locking-everyone-up” Blunkett, wants to sue over the scrapped ID card scheme. Aside from the fact he clearly doesn’t understand the concept of democracy and that changes of Government can do this, this quote was amusing:

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I have got a card and it’s very useful and I don’t believe anyone has surveilled anything about me.”

He either has a short memory or is very complacent, this from 2003:

A BBC reporter has “stolen” Home Secretary David Blunkett’s identity as part of an investigation into Britain’s fastest growing crime – ID fraud.

Paul Kenyon, of BBC One’s Kenyon Confronts programme, set out to prove how easy it is to snatch other people’s identities and shows that basic checks are not made when official documents are issued.

Good riddance to both him and the ID card scheme.


Not Long Now…

…until prisoners will be granted the right to vote. As predicted here and here, the government was always likely to cave in rather quickly after the election, the question as ever is timing. My bet of it happening around the time of the emergency budget, which is on June 22nd, still looks good.

Completely unrelated, the nation will be distracted from the gloomy economic news certain to be in the budget, because England are playing Slovenia in the World Cup the day after, on the 23rd.

Shurley some coincidence. Jo Moore would be proud.

Bugger Off

Just caught a quick listen to BBC Radio 2 just now – The Jeremy Vine show – discussing the proposed hike in Capital Gains Tax to 40% which is being hotly debated within the coalition. All well reasoned arguments on both sides, then there’s a voice that sounds all too familiar to me putting the case forward for the Lib Dems: Evan Harris!

Erm how do I put this? You lost your seat (with not much dignity I hasten to add), you’re now no longer a MP, why oh why have you been clogging up the tv and radio airwaves since?

Still at least he’s in good company.

Masters And Servants

The Evening Standard has a quote from David Cameron:

“In everything we do……………we must remember that we are not masters but servants.”

Hmm now that seems strangely familiar. Here’s what Tony Blair had to say in 1997 just after the Labour landslide:

“We are not the masters. The people are the masters. We are the servants of the people. We will never forget that.”

He was also overheard saying to Cameron recently:

“You have learned well my young Padawan…”

(Note: I might have made that last bit up).

hattip: Witterings From Witney


I promise I won’t keep harping on about the lack of clear water between the three main UK parties on the EU, but I’ve stumbled across this article in the Economist by Charlemagne. Titled; “Are Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats really so Europhile? Are the Tories so Eurosceptic?”, here are some choice quotes:

“NUANCES”. That is the word that William Hague, Britain’s new foreign secretary and a supposedly ferocious Eurosceptic, uses to describe foreign policy differences between the Conservatives and their new coalition partners, the Liberal Democrats (and, for that matter, the outgoing Labour government).

“Quite easy”: that is another Hague phrase, to describe the work of forging a common policy on the EU with the LibDems, supposedly the one true Europhile party in Britain.

I must admit that as a foreign hack myself, out of Britain for some 13 years now, the central message that Mr Hague had to send strikes me as accurate: that the differences between the big three British political parties on foreign policy are not very big, and that what counts most of all is the fact that they are British.

Mr Hague basically sounded like a Democrat: ie, like every other European politician who comes to Washington. In fact, scepticism towards the euro was about the only area where Mr Hague showed some teeth, it seems, appearing to have said of the euro crisis that his party had always thought the single currency a foolish idea.

The article is well worth reading in full. It’s very clear that nothing has changed in terms of policy detail on the EU, and on other issues as well, by the election apart from the colour of the shirts.