Friday, March 30, 2012

Why can Respect send a man to Parliament, but not UKIP?


George Galloway, by the grace of God, has made by-election history in Bradford West. His party, Respect, was wallowing in fifth place at the 2010 general election. Last night, it secured 18,341 votes on a colossal swing against Labour of 36.59 per cent. Labour was left with a humiliating 8,201 votes which, after a dreadful week for the Coalition, is damning for Ed Miliband. Mr Galloway said his victory was 'the most sensational result in British by-election history bar none'. And he’s not wrong.

But it isn’t only Respect that has managed to do this: the Greens sent their first MP to Westminster in 2010 when Caroline Lucas snatched Brighton Pavilion from Labour. Certainly, these may be one-off singularities, but they are crucially symbolic for small ‘fringe’ parties. They allow justifiable expressions of glorious ecstasy as the elected takes his or her ‘rightful place’ in the legislature. The Green win was a breakthrough for the party after more than 20 years of campaigning in the UK. Respect was formed in 2004 and immediately secured its first MP the following year when George Galloway overturned a large Labour majority in Bethnal Green and Bow. UKIP has existed for as long as the Green Party, and yet consistently fails to break through to Westminster, and even fails in the elections to the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly, despite these being held under PR.

It is notoriously difficult to found a new political party in a FPTP bipolar system dominated by Labour and the Conservatives. Yes, there is the Liberal/Social Democrat/SDP/SDLP/Liberal Democrat tradition. But, like the karma chameleon, it comes and goes in various shades of red, gold and green. The Referendum Party and Veritas both died an inevitable death, despite the attraction of big names and the pouring in of millions of pounds. And the less we say about Sir Paul Judge’s ‘Jury Team’ and Stuart Wheeler’s Trust Party, the better.

George Galloway won Bradford West for a few very simple reasons: he is a political animal of immense conviction who thinks strategically. He identifies his natural constituency, and shamelessly presses home a consistent message day after day after day. And, most importantly, he does so with passion and commanding oratorical skill. Consider the YouTube clip in yesterday’s post (and there are many more on the Respect website). His appeal is spontaneous, without notes, and still his words are skilfully crafted and honed. He is eloquent, persuasive and authentic. He is, in short, gifted with the political virtue and ancient art of rhetoric.

Nigel Farage does not think strategically at all: his decision to stand in Buckingham in the 2010 general election was disastrous. To lose in a constituency in which all the main parties had absented themselves was bad enough. But to be beaten even by a Europhile independent Conservative was just humiliating. He can talk, certainly: indeed, his orations can be inspirational. But compare Galloway’s dour, earnest appeal with Farage’s sparkle and levity. Galloway is positively Churchillian: every speech he gives feels like a live re-enactment of Lincoln's Gettysburg address. His words have rhythm and life, and he speaks the wisdom and weight of Demosthenes. His grammar is joined by impeccable logic, and both are suspended in a mesmerizing cradle of rhetoric. It is music to the ear: a symphony of tones and notation which simultaneously thrills and captivates, even as the message offends and repels.

Nigel Farage, by comparison, is a Music Hall act. His gags are cheap, and his wisdom gleaned from the back of a fag packet. His media performances are often memorable – but more for his easy manner and affability than the weight or wisdom of his cause. It is more pop karaoke than epic symphony; more powerpoint presentation than reasoned political philosophy. Hazlitt once said that the business of oratory is ‘not to inform but to rouse the mind... to add feeling to prejudice and prejudice to feeling’. Galloway’s prejudice arouses very strong feelings indeed: Farage’s prejudice merely informs.

Even while our fishing fleets were being decimated by the gross offence of the EU's Common Fisheries Policy, UKIP failed to win even in a fishing constituency. While our economy is pulled down by the inescapable gravity of the black hole that is the euro, UKIP fails to be more than a superficial protest party. Perhaps, just perhaps, with all this pasty palaver, if they start to beaver away and build up support in a Cornish fishing town, they might just secure a breakthrough in 2015. But only if they field a well-known candidate of gravitas, conviction, passion and consistency. The people are crying out for authenticity, integrity and principle; they are sick to death of clones and compromise and centralised control. Political parties favour the mediocre, bland and monochrome: the people want vibrancy, variety and colour.

Many will dismiss George Galloway’s victory as a one-off political coup by a political one-off. Indeed, those are Nick Robinson’s precise words. But let us not pretend that there isn’t a far deeper message here. And if the main parties fail to address it, we may well yet see the BNP’s Nick Griffin in Parliament.

And he is likely to get there way before UKIP’s Nigel Farage.

68 Comments:

Blogger Sam Vega said...

"Galloway is positively Churchillian: every speech he gives feels like a live re-enactment of Lincoln's Gettysburg address."

I think you go way too far here, albeit for the laudable purpose of pointing out Farage's shortcomings. The Bradford video shows him warming to his theme quite nicely, after a very hesitant and uninspiring start. Throwing in a few words like "kismet" and "nasib" help, as does adopting a Scottish Pakistani inflection at times. But these poor wretches in Bradford are mesmerised by the spectacle of a white man apparently siding with them, rather than his rhetoric. They are a homogeneous block not found outside of decaying industrial towns. This homogeneity is why Galloway needs them, and has transformed his views and personality over the years. But I don't think we can generalise from this special and rather sad example to the rest of the country.

30 March 2012 11:03  
Blogger non mouse said...

Your Grace, I suspect that this will make the establishment nervous. Something will have to be done- at the vote-counting level if necessary.

30 March 2012 11:09  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

"It is music to the ear: a symphony of tones and notation which simultaneously thrills and captivates, even as the message offends and repels."

If only people would read the words of speeches as well as listen to them!

Children at school should be taught to distinguish between "message" and "style" - to listen to content and avoid being seduced by style.

80% of the impact of communication is achieved through tone, inflection and body language. We need to teach our children to how to discern the verbal from the non-verbal

Satan is subtle indeed - look what he did to Eve by refining reality for her and playing on her weaknesses.

30 March 2012 11:13  
Blogger Belsay Bugle said...

He's more of a Jesuit than a Muslim.

I'm not sure YG doesn't go too far in praising his oratorical skill. It's pretty transparent, and through it one can see a rather intellectually imited demaogogue, not a statesman.

He's having fun; he's in his element, and I'm not sure he believes all that he says. But it is dangerous stuff for the political class, the bien pensants and so-called 'liberal' Muslims, because he shows them all up for what they are.
And he's a breath of fresh air.

I wish Dan Hannan would abandon the conservative party from whom he is becoming increasingly alienated and join UKIP, then we might see a similar result.

30 March 2012 11:20  
Blogger The Gray Monk said...

Well, you got your wish! Now Ed Millibland has to deal with it ...

30 March 2012 12:03  
Blogger Atlas Shrugged said...

Belsay Bugle said...
He's more of a Jesuit than a Muslim.

Quite so.

Which also explains Galloways preference for dressing in black.

Jesuit through and through, as such a friend of Islamism and all that goes with it.

However I have another point to make.

Do not underestimate the power of certain forces within the Bradford Muslim community to help matters along, shall we say. One does not get majorities like this by Rhetoric alone.

Bradford will undoubtedly contain underground, usually criminal elements with direct connections to the Saudi Royal family.

30 March 2012 12:14  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

Don't believe he would have been elected in Chester or Croydon.

Bradfordistan is the home of the islamic radical especially via the young, A district within a district! Galloway's natural 'Clientele'!

UKIP does not claim to represent only one supposedly unrepresentative 'hard done by'? race. It tries to appeal to all those who feel disenfranchised by Parliamentary representative and therefore Europe.

Ernst

30 March 2012 12:42  
Blogger Berserker said...

Does anyone know what proportion of postal votes were cast in Bradford West?

The Tories after all sent out a booklet 'Don't Let Anyone
Steal Your Vote" because of the endemic fraud in Bradford.

30 March 2012 12:43  
Blogger Hereward said...

UKIP need more postal votes.

30 March 2012 12:54  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Good grief, the cad has done it. Looks like our numerous sub continent types are finished with Labour. It was always going to end in tears, you know. A small c conservative race of peoples link with socialism and it’s associated madcap social policies. They want their own representation, and they chose this extraordinary white man on this occasion...

UKIP take note. Throw all you resources in constituencies where the EU has harmed more than most. Devastated fishing towns for example...

30 March 2012 13:06  
Blogger Jon said...

Your Grace, I think UKIP would do better framing themselves as an exclusively English party. The English protest vote is largely untapped electorally (even if it's dreamed of in the wilder imaginings of perpetual government following Scottish secession by the Tory backbenches!)

UKIP have defined themselves by what they are against - there is no one they are actively campaigning for (not even Cornish fisherman, as you say!) Maybe the problem's in the name?

30 March 2012 13:07  
Blogger Daddy said...

Your Grace, I think your post says more about the enduring power of oratory, in a culture which superficially claims not to value it, than it does about the minority issue.

Brighton Pavilion is a one-off town. Not exactly a representative constituency. Bradford West is the same, but with a different demographic.

I wonder how well Respect would do in Brighton, and whether the Greens would keep their deposit in Bradford.

UKIP struggle especially because they haven't found (and there may not be) a constituency with a high enough proportion of its core voters. Unlike eco-warriors and muslims, UKIP sympathisers don't seem to feel the same need to all live together.

In Wales and Scotland, under PR, they are also up against nationalist protest options, so I'm not sure that is entirely representative.

30 March 2012 13:27  
Blogger Youthpasta said...

Jon, whilst I think there is room for some change in their focus, the problem with going exclusively English is that they believe in the United Kingdom. As such it makes for one hell of a change of direction to become solely English.

As to Gallaway, whilst it is good to see Labour lose a seat in such a way it is a really annoying result for the person that it returns to Parliament. George Gallaway is anti-British, arrogant and about as likeable as a burned tongue! The only positive that comes from him being in Westminster (other that he already mentioned bloody nose to Labour) is that it gives the possibility of 1 more person for Cameron to pour bile upon in his responses at PMQs.
Also, I am disgusted that yet another politician has decided that they need to turn from their beliefs to win votes. Sure, Gallaway has sided with Muslims in the past, but never to the extent that he has in this campaign, and all for the same of his "Respect" party and whatever the hell it theoretically stands for!

30 March 2012 14:55  
Blogger Atlas Shrugged said...

It is worth remembering that there is more to influencing debate, and outcomes then simply gaining one or two members to parliament.

If The UKIP gained 10-15% of the vote but still did not achieve a single member of parliament there allotted task is successfully achieved.

They would have made absolutely sure that all or enough anti-EU sentiment had been safely marginalized therefore neutralized from the main reactionary political party. Thus enabling the masters of The EU to carry on with there nation busting insanity and highly lucrative scams.

Political parties simply love donations, they care little to either where they come from or why they come.

The same goes for religious, educational, other political, 'scientific' institutions and so called 'charitable' foundations.

The UKIP party was not financed into existence to have the effect it was supposedly intended to have, it was financed into existence to have precisely that which it has indeed had.

Likewise the election of George Galloway will not help the lot of Bradfords Muslim population, nor was it intended to do so, it will cause them all kinds of nasty grief, and result in them being ever more divided from the rest of the British population in general, and that of Bradfords in particular.

30 March 2012 14:58  
Blogger Oswin said...

Not wishing to detract from what Your Grace says, but a primary reason must be because there are no UKIP 'sinkholes' - whereas, there are several 'muslim' sinkholes scattered throughout Britain, able to command a large, and potential 'majority' vote.

I hope that Galloway, with his undoubted talents, has not begun a process, that we may all come to regret!

It may be, for the reasons Your Grace has stated, that Galloway's uniqueness has garnered the support of disparate muslim affiliations, where another might well have failed.

The Respect Party 'phenomena' may not 'travel' far; but the lesson of the exercise may have far longer legs.

An oblique thought: might Galloway fancy himself as some later day T.E.Laurence; Bradford West as Damascus? If so, let us hope that history repeats itself, and muslim factionalism ensures that the lights go out; but only in Bradford West!

30 March 2012 15:28  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Wonder what the muslim turnout was. 110% perhaps ? heh heh

30 March 2012 15:31  
Blogger Marie1797 said...

Very good article YG

So I wonder what George Galloway's views on pursuing sharia law in the UK are?
And attaining a more integrated society there in Bradford West?


UKIP need a lot more fire in their bellies. The conviction to get themselves a seat and into Westminster is indeed missing. Apart from Nigel, they are, I feel, not that convinced themselves therefore how can they sell their party to others?

I saw Lord Pearson a while ago talking on one of the evening news programs about the burkha in the UK and his views on it being banned. Well what he said was good and sensible, but how he said it was bad. No real conviction almost shrinking and apologetic.

Where as GG is totally convinced of his own rhetoric, is out there bellowing from the top of buses, drawing crowds in, he knows his target audience well. He's pushy and loves attention, but I don't think he's a good leader, he doesn't pull people along like Churchill did, he appeases them and that leaves the door open for manipulation of all kinds.

Maybe UKIP should change their name to the UK Independence and Freedom party? Or just the Freedom and Independence party? People like that word freedom.

30 March 2012 15:37  
Blogger Mr Integrity said...

Your Grace,
Rhetoric is important to capture the attention of the listener.
You said, It is notoriously difficult to found a new political party in a FPTP bipolar system, and you are right, but also you are wrong. Fear of the unknown is usually the cause for staying with that which is familiar even if ones doubts have risen to a high level.
We are presently in a unique period in history where every party has come under criticism from its traditional supporters. Having suffered a decade of the egalitarian Blair, the bumbling of Brown and now the jumble double act of Cameron/Clegg. The Conservative Party is coming under scrutiny for its hypocrisy and sleaze. See Andrew Mitchell Daily Mail and access sleaze with Peter Cruddas.
Every day commentators on this and other sites say they are fed up with the traditional party they support. Even Christian MP’s that I have had contact with do not approve of the moral attitude of their paymasters. The C4M petition has shown an amazing support for traditional values and this should be built upon to further the rights of this (or was) Christian country.
It is no wonder in my opinion, and have said it before, that UKIP will not be a political force at Westminster because they have no moral fiber of clear policies to back up a party of Government.
Even Jon said @ 10:30 Labour and the Tories have lost their souls.
Throughout the country, voters like this bit in that party and that bit in this party and so chose the best of a bad job, often voting by the personalities of either the local candidate or the leader of the party. We need to combine the best parts of policies that meet with Biblical Integrity. Regrettably, many of the Conservatives have mixed motives in their career plans and are out of touch with both reality and middle/moral England.
We do not need to wonder how or why but must just take the prompting by the hand and be led through the door of opportunity.
So, I do not believe that we can’t have a new party, particularly at this time. If we don’t, I just can’t see whom I might vote for and despair of where this country will be by 2015.

30 March 2012 17:12  
Blogger carl jacobs said...

hey! I can post again!

carl

30 March 2012 17:46  
Blogger Atlas Shrugged said...

I have written much about deliberately created divisions in society, and how this has been used by ruling elites to help them better, or more profitably control their own subjects for several thousands of years.

One of the most useful forms of division, most especially when nasty things are afoot, is to divide the people from not only each other, but also their own government.

This shown in the above comments by Mr Integrity.

You may well ask WHY?

The answer like many others, is both subversively covert, and as plane to see as the proverbial fully grown bull elephant in the kitchen.

To cut a long story short the answer can be explained in just two capital letters E and U.

For before a not so new, new European and World order can be properly established, the seemingly old one must first be effectively destroyed, or in this case be made to be almost totally discredited among the minds of the the majority of the common people.

For example, this was the REAL reason for The Daily Telegraph hitting on the issue of MP's expenses. This whether the reporter who released the story knew it or not.

The media, most especially Sky and The BBC, have been instructed to now act to destroy the publics confidence in Cameron, and Clegg as well as their political parties, so expect much more of this kind of thing in the short and medium term.

Of course a rise in other smaller parties will not help at all, indeed it will make the situation even more chaotically dysfunctional.

The EU will eventually be seen to bring order to this seeming chaos, one way or another, of that you can be perfectly assured.

30 March 2012 17:56  
Blogger Mr Integrity said...

Atlas,
We can shrug off you suppositions of external control of institutions. There is no conspiracy theory to bring chaos, they bring it upon themselves. The media are not tools in the hands of mysterious EU gang of thirteen.
Yes, we need out of the EU as soon as possible but none of the present political leaders will bring it about, so a new start is needed and it need not be so small.

30 March 2012 18:12  
Blogger Oswin said...

Atlas Shrugged: no one loathes the EU more than do I; but even had it not been invented, the problem of Islam would remain. Admittedly, it is due to the EU that our borders have remained open for years, if not decades, beyond all common sense.

30 March 2012 18:21  
Blogger IanCad said...

Despite its policies UKIP is unelectable.
Let me keep preaching that it is only from within the Conservative Party that we can change our leadership. A few targeted seats is all it will take to oust Cameron.
Leadership is all. We must get rid of the policy wonks and take back the CP.

30 March 2012 18:25  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

carl jacobs said...
hey! I can post again!

And now the good news ....

Welcome back.

Ps
I know it's not permitted to criticise your English, this being a catholic and tolerant blog, but please try to start sentences with capitals. Surely even the Americans do that? Discipline, my good man, discipline!

30 March 2012 18:30  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Atlas. ...new European and World order can be properly established,. Come on then, who’s behind it all ??

30 March 2012 18:36  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Atlas

The Jesuits are actively addressing this emerging chaos. Have no fear, the evil Diáboluits will be contained in due time.

Chin up and keep soldiering on.

30 March 2012 18:38  
Blogger carl jacobs said...

Dodo

We Engineers only do grammar when required. That was really a test post and so efficieny was warranted. Anyways, I was getting some king of weird "blogger" error anytime I hit 'Post.' It finally went away.

btw, does anyone else see a disturbing similarity to Yassir Arafat in these pictures?

carl

30 March 2012 18:43  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Inspector
I have enquired into this and have it on good authority that two forces are waging war - the Jesuits and their arch enemies the Diáboluits.

Ever man must decide a side as the struggle intensifies. Stay wary and arm the barricades. Our homes, our women and children need protecting.

As before so again:

"I have, myself, full confidence that if all do their duty, if nothing is neglected, and if the best arrangements are made, as they are being made, we shall prove ourselves once more able to defend our island home, to ride out the storm of war, and to outlive the menace of tyranny.

We, llinked together in this cause and in our need, will defend to the death their native soil, aiding each other like good comrades to the utmost of their strength."

30 March 2012 18:46  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

carl
I got that a few nights and actually thought our host had finally decided to excommunicate me!

Glad it's resolved.

30 March 2012 18:47  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Dodo....and the cats. don’t underestimate the role of the cat in our downfall.

Carl. Had that problem today too.

30 March 2012 18:53  
Blogger Mr Integrity said...

Carl, I had the problem today also.
Like Dodo, thought I had been blacklisted.

30 March 2012 18:56  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Inspector: Ah, the cats; they've been factored in along with weasels and an odd elderly linguistic supporter.

30 March 2012 18:56  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Integrity: A goodie two shoes Anglican blocked? Hardly!

30 March 2012 18:58  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Chaps, unlike you lot. The Inspector KNEW he had not been blacklisted. He just knew it, you know...

30 March 2012 18:59  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Inspector: There will be no downfall! Moral, Sir.

Stand up and repeat the following in a deepand serious voice:

"We shall go on to the end. We shall fight on land, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be.

We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our allies beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the Jesuits, would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the good will prevail."

30 March 2012 19:04  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

That’s done it Dodo. Atlas will be copying and pasting in a fury now...

30 March 2012 19:13  
Blogger Mr Integrity said...

Dodo,
Actually, although sympathetic to Anglican, I am more Evangelical Pentecostal than anything. I just believe, period.

30 March 2012 19:37  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Inspector
Political correctness, Sir!

One is not permitted to use the term 'blacklisted' - negative connoctation on the colour black.

I take it you failed that on line diversity course? I passed mine and today and the certificate arrived and is proudly displayed in my drawer.

Integrity
So does that mean you don't have to attend church or chapel on Sunday - or is it Saturday? I do get so confused about all you protestant chaps and what you believe and get up to.

30 March 2012 19:57  
Blogger Berserker said...

From "Respect" one can form 'Spectre'

Is GG a ghost of Labour past or something perhaps not so fictional in the dirty deeds of special operations?

30 March 2012 21:01  
Blogger bluedog said...

Your Grace, the Inspector @ 15.31 makes a serious point in his light-hearted way. 'Wonder what the muslim turnout was. 110% perhaps ? heh heh'

Voter turnout at elections and general elections rarely exceeds 50%. Thus a large part of the demos signals its total disinterest and possible demoralisation with democracy.

Is it not therefore time to consider the introduction of compulsory voting?

The idea of CV is in many ways antithetical to the idea of freedom of choice, but it may represent the best hope of getting the silent majority to speak. The pattern of British democracy would hopefully change for the better.

30 March 2012 21:04  
Blogger Cressida de Nova said...

Your Grace

i am suspended
in awe
from your mesmerising
cradle of rhetoric
whether it be politics
or the scrambling of eggs
all music to my ear
i bow

Cressida de Nova

31 March 2012 02:59  
Blogger Atlas Shrugged said...

Oswin said...
Atlas Shrugged: no one loathes the EU more than do I; but even had it not been invented, the problem of Islam would remain.

Are you sure about that?

I mean really sure?

How can this be, what evidence could you possibly have to support such an assertion?

I suggest none, and the reason you believe what you do, is almost entirely based on wishful thinking.

No one would wish to believe that his own government is actively working against his best interests, it is bad enough him knowing that many angry Muslims undoubtedly are.

Fact remains that the sort of people who have the power to create The EU, and UN are certainly powerful enough to do virtually anything else they God damned wish.

31 March 2012 03:00  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Your Grace, this is off topic but I thought you might like to see Melvyn Bragg defending the King James Bible on ABC, Australia's version of the BBC.

31 March 2012 08:15  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

cressida said ...
I bow

That was the equivalent of putting an apple on teacher's desk - or showing a glimpse of stocking. Shame on you. If you're looking for a good song to be written in return, I doubt it will come before the world's end!

More de Nova and less Cressida, me thinks.

31 March 2012 09:31  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Cressida. What’s this girl ? Going down on the Archbishop. He is of course, beyond the earthly pleasures...

31 March 2012 13:08  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Inspector, one suspects a French interest here and we know such bowing down caused chaos in Archbishop Cranmer's time.

A head for 'head', what!

31 March 2012 14:12  
Blogger Oswin said...

Atlas Shrugged @ 08:15 :

I have absolutely no problem in believing that Government may work against our nations true interests. Our Government, within the EU, has increasing done so from the very foundation of the so-called 'Common Market' - what's not to believe? In short, I am in total agreement with you on that.

As for Islam: foolish policies have ensured a head-to-head confrontation; but that does not mean that 'Islam' was to be otherwise avoided. Islam has worked away forever, often misunderstood, hidden beneath the Colonial struggles of Imperial expansionism; obscured by interfactional disputes, cloaked beneath headings other than 'muslim and Islam' - it has always been with us; and then we invited it to our own shores!

The Western 'body politic' has only recently begun to recognise what has always been beneath it's own nose. A strange myopia that remains still, for the many who cannot, or will not see, beyond 911.

This 'conspiracy' is neither theory nor secret. It has been written for all to see, since Mohammed's scribe scribbled. The publind West seems unable to take Islam at its own word.

31 March 2012 16:12  
Blogger Alpha Draconis said...

Cressida would of course become super nova in my arms.

But why does Oswin dislike the EU?

I would have thought that Oswin would have liked the Earth Union anthem :

"Humanity, Humanity above everything,Above everything in the Universe ,When, for protection and defence, it always
takes a brotherly stand together.
From Mercury to Mars,From Venus to the Asteroid Belt Humanity, Humanity above everything,Above everything in the Universe !

Human women, Human loyalty
Human Beer and Human Song
Shall retain in the world
Their own beautiful chime
And inspire us to noble deeds
During all of our life time !

Human women, Human loyalty
Human Beer and Human Song
Unity and justice and freedom
For the Earthland fatherland!

For these let us all strive
Brotherly with heart and hand! One race united in colour, diversity, freedom of religion!
Unity and justice and freedom
Are the pledge of fortune;

Flourish in this fortune's blessing,Flourish, Earthland fatherland!

From Alpha Centauri to Worf 359,
From Gelise 581 to the Orion’s Belt !

Humanity, Humanity above everything,Above everything in the Universe !|

31 March 2012 23:09  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Atlas
Are you on a break and indulging in Beer, my brave reptillian viking.

Beer, women, song and comradeship! What a philosophy!

"Human women, Human loyalty
Human Beer and Human Song
Unity and justice and freedom
For the Earthland fatherland!"


I noteyouhave reverted to the term 'Fatherhood". Here this term is frowned upon as "sexist" and possibly "fascist".

Cressida will melt in your arms good lizard (allegorically, as you're a cold blooded male). She appears to have an understanding of reptiles. Be sure to have some fruit to hand.

31 March 2012 23:34  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Ps
I meant to say Fatherland. However, the term Fatherhood is under attack too. Parenthood is the preferred term and possibly "DNA Parent S" (sperm)) or "DNA Parent E" (egg). The terms have yet tobe agreed for non-DNA parenthood with all the various interest groups lobbying.

Somehow the terms "spermy" and "eggy" lack the appeal of "mummy" and "daddy".

31 March 2012 23:43  
Blogger Cressida de Nova said...

I am very disappointed in you Dodo.

Cancel the conversion papers


I will not be returning with my enlightening imaginative interpretations of the scripture unless there is a lot of serious grovelling and supplication on your part.

1 April 2012 07:16  
Blogger len said...

I see the Dodo and Inspector are' coming out 'flying their true colours.

Once the religious mask has slipped we get a glimpse of what lies beneath.

Not a pretty sight is it!

Sad.

1 April 2012 08:22  
Blogger Oswin said...

Alpha Draconis @ 23:29 : bugger that! Mind, I'm with you re' the beer, women and song' - take me to your leader, forthwith!


Len @ 08:22 : very dirty boys indeed; as you say: not a pretty sight...disturbingly reminiscent of some slobbery-lipped gollum-type creature, drooling...

1 April 2012 14:23  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Len / Oswin. You two frauds ought to be outside enjoy the British summer before it ends next week...

1 April 2012 16:07  
Blogger Oswin said...

Inspector: alas, although bright and sunny, the temperature has now dropped hereabouts; but what a wonderful week! Up here in the hills, we are due a 'lambing storm' (snow) as of most years; but what we really need is lots of steady rain, the ground is parched, the reservoirs and loughs low.

Fraud???

1 April 2012 16:28  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Said tongue in cheek Oswin, as indeed was your comment at 14:23 ! It’s as dry as a bone in Gloucestershire. Forest of Dean is turning to dust. Would you believe they want to build several hundred thousand houses here. All part of the plan to increase by immigration UK population from 60 M to 70 M. We ain’t got enough water for what’s here !

Another month of this and you’ll be able to walk across the Severn !

We’re doomed, but at least we won’t get the houses. No water, no life ! heh heh

1 April 2012 16:46  
Blogger len said...

Oswin Anything which doesn`t align with the Inspectors particular 'Catholic World view' he treats with suspicion/downright distrust and reacts with wild unfounded accusations.Hence the accusation 'fraud' thrown into the conversation(he really cannot help himself.... poor soul)
Some would call it 'having been brainwashed'perhaps 'indoctrinated' would be a better description.

Perhaps one day the light will come on but I bet he tries to put it out before it totally changes him!.

1 April 2012 16:56  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Len. You still suffering from intolerable cat infestation ? One would imagine you can smell your house before you see it...

1 April 2012 16:59  
Blogger Oswin said...

Inspector: well 14:23 was rather aimed at Dodo, but I didn't want you to feel left out. ;o)

1 April 2012 17:22  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Tetbury is safe from the housing plan. Prince Charles live there. Can’t have his royal highness’ market town swarming with economic refugees and asylum seekers, (...whether successful or failed, doesn’t seem to matter now..).

1 April 2012 17:27  
Blogger len said...

Inspector your claws seem to be pretty sharp today.....meow!.

My cats are house trained ...are you?.

1 April 2012 19:03  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Gay Butterfly said...

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2 April 2012 00:20  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Gay Butterfly said...

cressida de nova

Forgive me.

Dodo is mortified
Sweet Novo's dissatisfied
He craves her forgiveness
And prays that her goodness
Sees his sorrow bone-fide

2 April 2012 02:34  
Blogger Oswin said...

where's me plastic bucket!

2 April 2012 14:36  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Inspector
Given said fondness for cats, one suspects being able to smell len from a distance too.

2 April 2012 22:15  
Blogger len said...

Doddo,
What is the 'aroma'of a Christian?.

'Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing.' (2 Corinthians 2:15)

3 April 2012 07:47  
Blogger Rambling Steve Appleseed said...

The UKIP vote, which I suspect is largely discontented conservatives, probably prevented an outright Conservative win at the last general election. In quite a few seats, the Conservative candidate lost by a margin smaller then the UKIP vote. But for the catastrophically inept leadership of Lord Pearson (his performance was so shockingly inept I wondered if he was a Cameron mole) and Nigel Farage's bad judgment and bad luck, it could have been even worse for Cameron's party (I can hardly bring myself to call them Conservatives.)

However, and Peter Hitchens has written a lot about this, a lot of people held their nose and voted for David Cameron's Blue Labour 'to get Brown out'. And now we see that there is hardly any difference between the 3 main parties apart from Labour's deficit denial. We still have Brown's debt mountain and crushing weight of client state entitlement spending and recession, and the communists are getting away with lying to people that its all the fault of those nasty conservatives with their fur coats and Rolls Royces. And a lot of people are sufficiently benefit addicted and stupid to believe it.

I fear the best chance we have of bulding a new, dare I say British Christian Democrat party, is fom the ruins of a failed conservative party. The last election might have been our last best chance to achieve this, by voting UKIP in sufficient numbers to destroy Tory hopes of a majority.

Of course, there may not be a solution and our nation is perhaps destined to collapse and then be carved up between the Commies and the Muslims.

3 April 2012 10:38  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

len
I doubt it is the fragrance of cat's spray!

3 April 2012 21:11  

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