bookmark_borderIf you don’t move, you sink!


Murduck after the US election
Originally uploaded by sumnfishy.

I’ve blogged about the LibDem nonsense before.

Now, however, they’ve done it all over again in Wales!

This is ridiculous! If they want to work only with Labour, why don’t they join Labour?

I think the problem might be that the LibDems are torn between a faction that will only work with Labour (former SDP members?) and other members that will exploit the possibilities of coalition politics.

However, it won’t do that a party is so torn between two factions that it can’t manoeuver, or it effectively becomes a lame duck.

If there are members that refuse to vote against Labour in order to gain power, they should be named and shamed and thrown out of the party. Trying to keep everybody happy will just lead to the eventual demise of the party.

bookmark_borderIs New Labour a neocon party?

I was reading up on the neocon movement on Wikipedia today.

It seems that generally speaking, neocons are former Democrats who thought their party didn’t stand up to the USSR in the 1970s and who therefore became Reagan Republicans. “These people tended to remain supporters of social democracy, but distinguished themselves by allying with the Nixon administration over foreign policy, especially by their support for the Vietnam War and opposition to the Soviet Union. They still supported the welfare state […]”

I wonder what happened to this sort of people in the UK. I’ve never heard of any mass exodus of people with this sort of views from Labour to the Tories in the late ’70s.

I’m starting to think that perhaps they stayed in Labour, and subsequently became the core of New Labour, and that this is why Tony Blair and George W. Bush get on so well.

Tony Blair definitely seem to be very close to the neocon mindset, but I’m not sure whether that’s a fairly recent development. And what about Gordon Brown – is he a neocon as well?

bookmark_borderHonda and the euro


unos
Originally uploaded by warein.holgado.

The Independent had an interesting piece today about Honda ruling out further expansion in the UK while the countries stays outwith the eurozone.

As they say, “We thought that the UK was Europe but they are reluctant to join the euro, which was something we hadn’t expected.”

Even more interesting than the article itself is the fact that no other media seem to be reporting this. Is there an unwritten consensus to keep the euro off the agenda for the moment? If so, who is that helping?