Blair 2 Lib Dems 0 ! - Respect !!
Like him or not - and I positively don't - Blair is undoubtably a clever politician and a good PMQs performer. Why Ming led on the question of caretaker head teachers yesterday is utterly beyond comprehension. If Ming was hit back straight over the wicket for 6, then Hughes went for four runs too, being easily swatted away by Blair. The equivalent of 12th man back in the pavilion or the BBC Studios as they are sometimes called, the dastardly Oaten, must have been chuckling wildly !
Seriously surely the PM's Respect agenda offered the chance to hurl a 'bouncer' at Blair ? Yet more summary powers to the police, more moralising, more state attempts to 'police' so called 'failing' families and individuals. Civil liberties trashed again ! Surely here was a Liberal (and liberal)issue par exellance ? It almost makes one nostalgic for the almost benign by comparison 'Back to Basics' campaign of the Major years !
Blair seems to prefer summary justice to the rule of law as many Iraqis no only too well. What's next ? A tariff for misdemeanours ? A fiver for dropping chewing gum in the street, £10 for stealing from the school 'Tuck Shop' and £50 for supporting Mark Oaten for Lib Dem leader. Oooops, made that last bit up all by myself ! Policy on the hoof Oaten-style, just like his tax pronouncements yesterday. Silly me, I though Conference decided such matters !
Speaking of RESPECT, isn't George Galloway making a totally fool of himself in the 'Big Brother' House ? Anyone who calls his own book " Mr. Galloway Goes to Washington: The Brit Who Set Congress Straight about Iraq" is beyond vanity. This, of course, is the man whose support for the Palestinian cause [just] often seems to veer towards thinly-veiled anti-semitism [unjust]. This is the man whose saddest political event was the downfall of the USSR and satellites. He's a wanabe 'tinpot dictator' who sits comfortably with the terrible Trots of the SWP in RESPECT. What the large Muslim vote in his constituency make of him absconding to go into the BB House to promote himself [again] will be interesting to learn. I'd say it's a toss-up betweem Andrew Rosindell (Tory / BNP-lite), Bill Cash and 'Gorgeous George' as the Commons' most repulsive member.
RESPECT is such a shotgun marriage anyway between Trots, anti-abortion Catholic MP Galloway and the muslim community in East London. They ought to be called BIZARRE not RESPECT ! Rant over !
Good day to all !