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January 22, 2010

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Kay Tie

"Britain is healthier, richer than 12 years ago and there is less crime."

I take it then you will man the barricades against the puritans who want to introduce alcohol prohibition and food sumptuary laws based on the "tidal wave" of health issues that threaten to engulf us? And that we don't need more laws to "crack down on" the ever-rising crime?

(I agree with you: we are richer and healthier, and I do suspect that you are right on crime).

Gareth

...or you can we make your own David Cameron poster. some of us have had some great fun with it:

http://www.andybarefoot.com/politics/cameron.php

Kay Tie

The Independent has put online its archive, so it's a snip to travel back through time. Here's the leading article on the Bulger case:

http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/the-worst-murder-of-our-time-there-can-be-no-glib-coming-to-terms-with-the-outright-evil-of-james-bulgers-killing-1506565.html

Fascinating for two reasons. One is the way Tony Blair did what David Cameron is accused of (this was before Tony Blair was leader, too: a profile-raising stance). Another is the almost identical language used in the media then and today.

It really is entrancing to read newspaper stories from 17 years ago, in the light of a recession, and truly see plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

Kay Tie

One of my favourite spoofs:

http://www.mydavidcameron.com/images/data1.jpg

There are lots more. Most are lame, but some are very good.

Kay Tie

"I'm getting old. I can't quite remember which government it was which destroyed the mining communities in Britain."

That would be the Wilson government.

"Their social cohesion, self discipline and commitment to bettering their children"

What? "Bettering their children"? That was a national joke, actually turned into a satirical sketch by Monty Python:

http://www.ibras.dk/montypython/episode02.htm

(search on the page for "tungsten carbide drills")

"were wilfully ruined by someone who believed there was no such thing as society. I just can't think of her name."

Well, it's funny that you misquote Mrs. Thatcher regarding the cohesion of the family because she actually said:

"They are casting their problems at society. And, you know, there's no such thing as society. There are individual men and women and there are families."

If you're going to recycle hackeyed leftie slogans then at least know that you're parading your ignorance.

Kay Tie

"Another, named Peter Clarke, said the best policy for Newport pensioners would be to ship them off to Eritrea because poverty is relative."

You said we'd be better off in Cuba because it's more equal and has a great healthcare system. Oh, wait, maybe I'm grossly distorting what you said..

"Clearly spelling is not her strong point."

How does that glass houses and throwing stones thing go?

"His spending splurge on posters has incited viral mockery."

There have been some excellent spoofs on the web. It's certainly done the job of raising awareness!

"Planned hand-outs for the married is attacked as an indiscriminate bribe for the rich."

It's a stupid policy but the intentions were good (and this excuses everything, according to the Left, yes?). It's wicked that the tax and benefit system makes a family financially better off if the parents split up. That needs to be addressed.

"Not even the most rabid political zealot believes that the evil of children who kill are the fault of politicians. It wasn't with the Tories in the Bulger case or with Labour in the present horrific attack."

That's funny, because I seem to recall a certain Tony Blair claiming that the Bulger murder was a symptom of Thatcher's Britain.

Richard T

I'm getting old. I can't quite remember which government it was which destroyed the mining communities in Britain. Their social cohesion, self discipline and commitment to bettering their children were wilfully ruined by someone who believed there was no such thing as society. I just can't think of her name.

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