Friday, June 01, 2012

The Coalition must rediscover the radical


This is a guest post by Zach Johnstone:

At a time when the news cycle is dominated by the chronicling of economic stagnation, Middle Eastern political unrest and journalistic indiscretions it is easy to overlook the fact that we are, remarkably, already (slightly more than) two years in to the five-year term of the Lib-Con coalition government. A coalition that, above all else, resolutely pledged to break with the past; that vowed to be radical in its policy implementation and to take the United Kingdom in a “historic new direction”. A coalition that bore the weight of public expectation from day one, and which embraced this responsibility enthusiastically.

The announcement of a hung parliament on 6th May 2010 precipitated a tortuous period of indecision, obfuscation and power-brokering, but once in office the Coalition wasted little time in implementing basic reforms. Within one day of taking office David Cameron announced a 5% pay cut for all ministers and a further pay freeze for the entirety of the Parliament, whilst less than eight weeks later the Coalition had also announced the introduction of five-year fixed-term parliaments. The Coalition enjoyed broad public support, a clear vision for governing in the form of the Coalition Agreement and faced a leaderless, bungling opposition hopelessly tarred by its thirteen years in power.

Two years later, however, the picture could scarcely be more different.

Take the Lib Dems. The immensely high hopes surrounding the party and, in particular, its leader rendered disappointment inescapable. A series of strong performances in the televised leadership debates preceding the general election elevated the Lib Dem leader from relative obscurity to veritable stardom; the term ‘Cleggmania’ – coined by the media – not only entered common usage but also found its way into the 2010 edition of the Collin’s English Dictionary, such was the furore surrounding the former MEP. Clegg was cast as kingmaker – the man to whom the other parties would have to deign if they hoped to form a government.

But the basis for this popularity – Clegg’s position as the virtuous candidate, unblemished by the trappings of power – became instantly untenable once he took office. The sacking of David Laws following details of his living arrangements and a much-derided ‘U’-turn on tuition fees shattered the illusion of purity, whilst the failed AV referendum – seen as the greatest concession to be extracted from the Conservatives when forming the Coalition Agreement – left the party’s membership feeling forlorn and powerless. Perhaps the bigger problem now, though, is one of perception; after years of vacuous mud-slinging from the sidelines of British politics, the Lib Dems will be forced to campaign in 2015 without that which sets them apart: outsider status. They are part of the problem, and will not be able to rely upon their natural position as the ‘alternative’ party to win votes in three years’ time.

From a Conservative perspective, the prospect of coalition was largely perceived to be, and accepted as being, necessary. As unpalatable as five years of compromise and diluted policy-making appeared, it was understood to be preferable to another half a decade of opposition; Cameron’s “big, open and comprehensive offer” to the Lib Dems was a stroke of political brilliance, and rendered Labour irrelevant from the beginning of the coalition negotiations. The Rose Garden press conference following the Coalition’s formation, despite everything, seemed like a natural fit – even those who doubt the tenability of coalitions as a general rule felt a peculiar optimism on that sunny May morning.

No one, however, could have foreseen the damage that Cameron’s vicarious involvement in the recent phone-hacking scandal would do both to his own image and that of his party. The embarrassment that accompanied Cameron’s decision to hire the former editor of the News of the World as his communications director was compounded by details of his close personal friendship with the former Chief Executive Officer of News International, Rebekah Brooks. Any political credibility gained from Britain’s successful participation in the enforcement of a no-fly zone over Libya which ultimately led to Gaddafi’s removal from power, or Cameron’s much-lauded EU ‘veto’, was overshadowed by scandal, and with the Prime Minister’s appearance at Leveson still to come (and with Coulson having been charged with perjury this week), the spotlight seems set to remain firmly on Number 10 for the foreseeable future.

Just as worryingly, the present fiscal torpor has damaged public perceptions of Conservative competence where matters pertaining to the economy are concerned, a dependable vote-winner at previous general elections. The IMF, whilst broadly backing the Coalition’s austerity-driven economic strategy, has called for a greater emphasis on growth in the form of quantitative easing and investment in infrastructure, precisely the approach that the Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, has been lauding for months (albeit in an effort to take a diametrically opposed position to the Government rather than an exhibition of economic acumen). Given that the worsening state of affairs in the eurozone is likely to inhibit Britain’s capacity for recovery and that, domestically, trust in politicians is at an all-time low, it is perfectly reasonable for Conservatives to question how the party can turn things round.

What seemed impossible two years ago has become a permanent reality: Labour is presently between five and twelve points clear in the polls, whilst Ed Miliband enjoys almost universal support amongst his party membership. As scandal threatens to render the positions of Hunt and Warsi untenable, Labour finds itself in the enviable position of being able to watch those in government self-destruct. Early predictions of a swift and unceremonious coup to oust the ostensibly hopeless Mr Miliband have been all but eradicated; at times he almost seems convincing. The initiative has changed sides - if the Conservatives wish to return to power in 2015 with a parliamentary majority this is a trajectory that they must calibrate immediately.

Above all else, the Government must rediscover the approach that made it so popular at the outset. The Coalition’s early support emanated from its radical tone; the electorate supported the notion of a government with a clear plan to change Britain for the better. Yet for two years, the governing parties – and particularly the Conservatives – have failed to communicate their achievements amidst the chaos of events out of their control.

Gove’s educational reform, for instance, has been a roaring success; as many as 45% of the 20,000 schools in Britain are now academies, whilst he has also overseen the introduction of Free Schools across the country. Yet how many people in the United Kingdom could even explain the concept of a Free School? The Local Government Secretary, Eric Pickles, has worked tirelessly to increase transparency at the local level; councils are now required to publish all spending data above £500, for instance. But how many amongst the electorate would be able to identify this as a Coalition achievement? The Government has raised the income tax thresholds, thereby taking over 800,000 citizens out of income tax altogether. Few in either governing party would argue that this received the column inches that it deserved. And what of Iain Duncan Smith’s outstanding work in the area of welfare reform? Despite being an immeasurably important consideration for Conservative voters, the party has done little to demonstrate the scope, and value, of the changes it has made.

As imperative as enacting far-reaching educational reforms or establishing a more efficient system of welfare distribution is ensuring that voters are aware of what is happening and why it is necessary. The Government has been forced onto the back foot amidst a profusion of bad news, but the only way it will regain popular support is by articulating both its accomplishments over the past two years and its aspirations for the next three years of government. Labour’s biggest weakness following the general election was the absence of any coherent plan for government: that has not changed. Faced with a government once more firmly focused on fulfilling its election pledges, the Labour Party’s ad hominem attacks will find little support amongst the electorate.

The solution is simple: the Coalition must unapologetically champion its achievements and expose Labour’s dearth of policy initiatives. If it engages in the vacuous exchanges upon which Ed Miliband’s reputation depends, it will pay the electoral price in 2015.

55 Comments:

Blogger Nicodemus said...

In all due respect I don’t think the solution is simple.
This is a politico-religious blog, and we cannot address the present problems of government and the country without addressing the fact we as a nation has roundly rejected our Judeo-Christian heritage with successive anti-godly legislation. The root problem for Cameron is that he has bought in to this secular-equality-diversity agenda. This framework of thought has produced the disastrous decisions for family and community in the country, and continues to do so. Gay marriage is but one (highly significant) manifestation of this humanistic philosophy which is ruining our country. I was in a small discussion group last night who were talking about the genuine sense of loss people are feeling, even if they can’t articulate it well. Those things we loved about our country, and the sense of values, have been taken away, and deliberately so. The idea that “the Coalition must unapologetically champion its achievements and expose Labour’s dearth of policy initiative” is simplistic in my view. This sort of prideful boasting is not the solution, and is just more of the same. I wrote to my MP 2 years ago saying there would be no economic recovery, and unfortunately this has proved to be the case. And I said the reason is this: while we are looking for the green shoots of economic recovery, God is looking for the green shoots of repentance, that is a massive U-turn back to him. I appreciate that the church is not giving a clear trumpet call, and many don’t preach the gospel. Nevertheless only then will the politicians be blessed and enjoy the fruits of their labours.

1 June 2012 09:36  
Blogger bluedog said...

Your Grace

One reads with amazement that Tony Blair has become David Cameron's new best friend.

Could it be that the old trouper can smell the death of Cameron's political career and is manoeuvring to sign Dave as a support act on the speaking circuit?

How Cameron must regret his decision to welsh on the cast-iron promise of a referendum on the Treaty of Lisbon. If he had honoured his promise to the electorate, Dave would now be looking like a hero. As it is, with every day that passes, bringing the Euro and the European Monetary Union closer to calamity, David Cameron looks not only untrustworthy but of unsound judgement too.

This communicant believes that David Cameron now faces a Neville Chamberlain moment. Cameron has backed the wrong horse, and the electorate knows it. His appeasement of the EU is ending in disaster and very shortly he will look like yesterday's man. Not so much broken Britain, but broken Cameron.

These are perceptions from which no political career can recover.

To whom will the crown pass?

1 June 2012 09:37  
Blogger Anoneumouse said...

The coalition agreement

One day, a yellow scorpion was walking along a river bank, wondering how to get to the other side.

All of a sudden the yellow scorpion saw a toad.

He asked the toad to take him on his back across the river.
The toad said, “No, If I do that, you'll sting me and I will drown.”

The scorpion assured the toad, “If I was to sting you, we would both drown.”

The toad thought about it and finally agreed and the yellow scorpion climbed up on the toads back. The toad began to swim... but.... halfway across the river, the yellow scorpion stung the toad.

As the poison filled his veins, the toad turned to the scorpion and said, “Why did you do that? You know that we will both drown.”

“I couldn't help it,” said the yellow scorpion. “It is my nature.” I am a Liberal Democrat and that's what us Liberal Democrats do.

Jeremiah 12:1

1 June 2012 09:59  
Blogger Hereward said...

This Government is now beset by scandal and paralysed by the monumental crisis unfolding in Europe. The Condems have become the Condemned. When the EZ flounders and a tsunami crosses the channel Dave will have far more than heat-seeking pasties heading for his backside. Somehow I don't think he will be leading what’s left of the Blues onto the electoral battlefield in 2015.

1 June 2012 10:36  
Blogger Preacher said...

Let's face it. None of the current party leaders have the integrity or ability to govern. Nigel Farage is a possibility. The farcical Euro Circus is ready to fall as many predicted & the big question is what or who will follow. For sure,the politicos who are the only ones to gain from it, will not let their 'Grendel' die.
Perhaps the 'Son of Perdition' will be its natural successor. Anyone ready for 666? it's going to happen sooner or later. Time to wake up, the Coffee's boiling over the fire.

1 June 2012 10:38  
Blogger GGAANN said...

The coalition, as modern day politicians, are congenital, careerist, meddlers. Forget the championing spin remedy what they should do

OUTGOINGS
Reform health,welfare,public sector costs

INCOME
Free Education,Incentivise SME creation,champion those who pay reduced corporation tax and create jobs, even more heavily incentivise SME in regions


STOP EVERYTHING ELSE
Go to the Opera

1 June 2012 11:55  
Blogger graham wood said...

Nicodemus. A very good and perceptive comment, and one which is light years away from the thinking of our politicians.
You are right about Cameron's (and he is not alone)deliberate embrace of secular humanistic philosophy, which is the "root" of his problems, and therefore as expressed in Godless legislation, our problem also.
Of course the rot had started long before from about the mid 60s onwards but has continued to accelerate up to the present.
Cameron has displayed a talent for leaderless, and directionless PR thinking which is contemptible.

The plain fact is, whether secularists like it or not, the Judeo/Christian heritage which previously and for generations governed our culture and society well, though far from perfect, ensured moral stability and a measure of national acceptance.
That has now gone, and once deliberately abandoned, CANNOT be replaced by any other with a prospect of success. Have they not all been tried and found wanting?
No value system can replace either the Christian Gospel, ethic, or Biblical moral framework - all of which have been abandoned.

Nothing that any political party, politician, or philosophy has to offer our nation can replace the Bible's conditions for national moral, spiritual, and by extension, economic prosperity.
Once the Christian vision is rejected there is no core of common allegiance remaining, no "glue" to bind society together, and so fragmentation, disintegration' and eventual total collapse is inevitable.
The complaint of the Psalmist still holds today: "It is time for you, Lord, to work, for they have made VOID your law"
To deliberately make void God's law as of express purpose at a national level is the quickest route to national decline that any country can take. The process is already well advanced here in the UK and other 'western' once nominally Christian societies.
I agree too with your point: "God is looking for the green shoots of repentance, that is a massive U-turn back to him"
A good starting point would be a reflection on, say the 2nd Psalm, or Romans 1:18, and subsequent chapters, as Paul unfolds the nature of God's remedy for our situation for anybody looking for genuine answers.
I think we would agree that there are no alterntaves.
Thanks again for the thoughtful post.

1 June 2012 12:04  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

Anoneumouse said...

Correct but the wrong way round.

"One day, a blue yellowish cane toad was hopping along a river bank, wondering how to get to the other side.

All of a sudden the cane toad saw a yellow scorpion....The toad began to swim... but halfway across the river, the cane toad spat poison onto the yellow scorpion.

As the poison filled his veins, the scorpion turned to the toad and said, “Why did you do that, there was no need as we were nearly across? You know that we will both drown now.”

“I couldn't help it, I just had to do it first” said the cane toad. “It is my nature.” I am a Liberal Conservative and that's what us Liberal Conservatives tend do. 'Do unto others before they Do unto you'"

Ernst

1 June 2012 12:47  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

Watched QuestionTime last night.

Utter Despair!

They really have not got a clue and Ernst awaits us all being flushed down the pan.

We need a bunch of Thatchers not Botchers! even a poor suicide victim in Greece stated this as his last words

Ernst.

1 June 2012 12:59  
Blogger Marie1797 said...

Dear Zac,
You're right to want to measure achievements and broadcast them, BUT, the Coalition has done nothing really of any significance that it can measure and brag about! Michael Gove seems to be the only one battling away for his vision of improved schools with better education to be implemented.

I thought the income tax threshold would be raised to the first £10k being exempt now that would have been a lib dem pleaser and a little something. Welfare, well, forcing people to work for nothing is hardly something to brag about, that's taking the country back to Victorian times.

People are waiting in hope to be lead with some sensible policies for growth and recovery but Call me Dave & co are not visionaries, therefore nothing much happening. Clegg being the stronger partner is pushing his crazy policies AV, HoL reform, gay “marriage”and other stuff the country does not need and Cameron is gutless.


Why don't you put yourself forward? You would do better in his position and you seem to have a bit of umph in you.

You could take us out of the EU, stop immigration, as we are full, deport the foreign criminals, force the banks to lend to SME's and concentrate on innovation and new businesses as this is the way out. Cut overseas aid out, think of an alternative policy to high taxesto get the rich to contribute more whilst keeping their egos intact and all whilst maintaining our lovely Christian culture and heritage. Oh! and to mark your time in office “Boris Island” Airport in the Thames Estuary. Just like every time you go to Canary Wharf and Docklands or visit big inner cities that were renovated one thinks fondly of Lady T.

1 June 2012 12:59  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Zach, I didn't vote for the Not-the-Tories because they were stupendously useless in opposition which didn't bode well for them taking up the reins of government. Therefore it comes as no surprise to me that this current shower of idiot prodigies are even more incompetent than the last lot.

1 June 2012 15:19  
Blogger Berserker said...

There is no such thing as continuous growth. We must accept that for at least a decade or so there will be minimal or deficit growth because growth depends on consumers buying. So we must stop spending money on foreign aid and immigrants benefits. And of course say au revoir to the EU and be 50 million a day better off. Let us be the first rat to jump ship!

But to counteract this pessimism here are two ideas to increase employment. Start building the Severn Tidal Barrage and maybe a couple of other tidal estuary ones as well. The cost would be £30bn a lot of money, yes, but this would be spread over quite a long time and the Government would only need to support it in the planning stages. It would provide 5% of Uk energy needs and future revenue would come from the traffic tolls for using it.. We must make use of our natural resources and stop considering piffling little wind farms etc.

We are becoming a nation of renters like Germany. The Englishman's home is another man's castle now. The property ladder has nothing to prop up against. So encourage builders and financial bodies to fund building new homes and flats to rent! Further make the tenancy agreements much more flexible like in France.

Ignore all Lib-Dems - now that's a u-turn I could live with!

1 June 2012 15:34  
Blogger Phil Roberts said...

Nicodemus

Absolutely spot on

It is human nature to kick God out of the driving seat because we know better

History then shows we crash.

Phil

1 June 2012 17:08  
Blogger Oswin said...

We've got a God-awful imbalance of a coalition; perhaps it is time to extended it to a full coalition: a Government of National Emergency?

Such is the seriousness of our predicament that no one party should suffer the burden of governance. A GNE would serve to concentrate the mind, rather than wasting time on pointless partisan politicking.

1 June 2012 17:50  
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1 June 2012 17:50  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Careful Zach. What needs to be put across to the public is how well the Conservatives are doing, despite the Liberal Democrats. Those bunch of pinkoes are no use to man nor beast. Not to be trusted ! How to do that subtly is the question. Be easier towards the end of the term, when the Tories can finally put a bullet in the back of the Lib-Dem head, and haul him overboard. Oh yes, and put Cameron’s head on a spike. That last part is very important if there’s to be an outright victory…

1 June 2012 17:54  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Graham Wood / Nicodemus the Judeo/Christian heritage which previously and for generations governed our culture and society well, though far from perfect, ensured moral stability and a measure of national acceptance.

A good point well presented, men. We want back what we had, what we knew worked. The comparatively small number of odd balls in society behind the recent changes do not have a mandate to change anything. They’ll just have to put up and shut up, just as their odd ball forebears did before them. We don’t want their brave new world, with its compromises, deviations and corruptions. Leave that for the fiction people. We’ll one day come to rue the day we allowed them to do what they did, in the same way as people free from communism have.

1 June 2012 17:55  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

A young Belfast man is on the Isle of Man pier, wistfully looking out to sea, slightly the worse for drink. A group of lads he knows walks past, and says “How are yer Paddy, come on, the last boat sails now. Miss that and you’ll have to swim over”. Paddy looks at them and mumbles “I’m not going anywhere, I’m staying here”. “Oh come on now Paddy, we’ve all had a good time and would like to stay longer, but all things end”, and with that they frogmarched him to the ship.

Back in Belfast, a taxi carries them and the now unconscious Paddy to his doorstep. Mick jumps out, and rings the bell. Mrs Murphy opens the bedroom window to see who it is. “Hello Mrs Murphy, we’ve brought your son Paddy back”. “You can’t have lads, he’s in the Isle of Man on his Honeymoon”

1 June 2012 17:56  
Blogger Atlas Shrugged said...

Gnostic said...

1 June 2012 15:19

Likewise. They were worse then useless in opposition, and so where always going to be even more useless in government.

Now, for the good news.

Oh sorry, there isn't any.

Marxism is winning, and here to stay. If you think things are bad enough today, then I can totally assure you that things are positively paradisiacal at this time in comparison to what they are carefully planned to become.

The seeds of our utter desolation were sown well before any of us we even born.

If our children happen to survive the coming apocalypse, the majority will soon enough wish they had not bothered.

I am genuinely sorry not to be able to offer any degree of consolation. If you want to hear nonsensical BS, then listen to Cameron, Clegg, or Milliband.

These utterly powerless puppets of the establishment have a common purpose, because all of them are Common Purpose. In common with Tony Blair, they are all products of The Tavistock Institute.

1 June 2012 18:18  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

Definition of the perfect oxymoron?

"Private Muslim schools told to promote British values"

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/9305957/Private-Muslim-schools-told-to-promote-British-values.html

Coalition Government rediscovering the radicals?! Not on your sharia! *Huge sniggers and chortles*

E S Blofeld

1 June 2012 18:38  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

Alister McClure ‏@alistermcclure

@His_Grace Sandwiches and a thermos by Cleopatra's Needle it is then? (But how do Ashes drink tea, I wonder.)

IntraUrnously, naturellement?

Ernst Blofeld

1 June 2012 18:49  
Blogger G. Tingey said...

Nicodemus is an idot, and so are you agreeing with him.
THERE IS NO BIG SKY FAIRY get used to it.
To return to the actual subject - politics.

EU! EU! EU!
What about the EU?

1 June 2012 19:02  
Blogger Dodo the Dude said...

Oh dear. Tingey it seems has been granted home leave for the weekend.

1 June 2012 19:42  
Blogger Owl said...

Mr Johnstone,

With all respect, I have to disagree with you. DC and can brag all they want but it will make no difference.

These are just side issues.

The things that the people really don't like are the EU, mass immigration, moronic green energy policies and, of course, secularism including SSM.

Of course, not keeping "cast iron" promises doesn't make DC any more lovable either.

Personally, I am still waiting for him to roll back the 11'000 odd useless laws which Blair and co. subjected us to (of course, only for our own good).

I could go but I think you get the drift.

DC is a puppet for others. We don't need a puppet. Clegg is just odd.

1 June 2012 21:53  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Ah, revelation ! There are actually two owls that visit this site. Owl and Hampstead Owl....

1 June 2012 22:28  
Blogger Atlas Shrugged said...

G. Tingey said...

THERE IS NO BIG SKY FAIRY get used to it.

1 June 2012 19:02

Listen arsehole no one believes in sky fairy's, big or otherwise.

To suggest that anyone else does, says more about your own level of intelligence then it does those you so childishly patronize.

However there are many ( estimated to be 86% of the worlds population including the most intelligent people, and accredited scientists this world has ever produced ) who believe that the world was created by some kind of high intelligence rather then a consequence of something mindless and unguided, like yourself for example.

We think we are a product of intelligence, and you think you are a product of a bunch of infinitely lucky rock particles.

And you have the utter nerve to suggest that we believe in fairy stories?

There is absolutely nothing more fundamentally stupid then Darwinian Evolution.

The universe is more likely to have been created by a consortium of The Tooth Fairy, Little Red Riding Hood, and Father Christmas, then by unguided, wholly materialistic mechanisms.

IMO not even Richard Dawkin's really believes in Darwinism, he simply seeks to destroy established religion, using any lies he thinks he can more then half get away with, for the Common Purpose of helping to replace it with his own religion, amusingly named Dawkinism, and more accurately Marxism.

Almost everything Dawkin's claims to be proven science, is nothing of the kind, indeed it is scientifically proven hogwash, and he knows it.

1 June 2012 23:07  
Blogger Owl said...

OoIG,

We may well be distant relatives but I grew up in a somewhat poorer area further up the Northern Line.....

1 June 2012 23:19  
Blogger Dodo the Dude said...

Atlas

Feeing better are we .... ? No mention of the Jesuits.

2 June 2012 00:00  
Blogger Mr Integrity said...

Tingey and DanJo meet in Hell. DanJo says to Tingey, "Why did you have to keep saying THERE IS NO BIG SKY FAIRY. see where its got us"? Tingey says back, "I know, but it aint alf hot here mum".
Satan says to them, "Are you the two new punkah wallahs"?

2 June 2012 01:28  
Blogger Mr Integrity said...

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2 June 2012 01:28  
Blogger Nicodemus said...

G.Tingey said:

Nicodemus is an idot


Excuse my idiocy, but "idot"is a new word for me. I looked it up and found this interesting definition:


An idot is: "A person that comes onto a message board or enters a chat room with the sole intention of insulting its members. This person then goes on to demonstrate their stupidity by spelling idiot as idot and moron as moran."


I did not not intend to insult you G. Tingey, or anyone else, regardless of your atheism. But if you in fact intended to say IDIOT, I can easily forgive you since spelling has never been my strong point either.

Also, as you well know I DO NOT BELIEVE IN FAIRIES. But, moving on from trivialities, and getting back to the subject, my point was that the way of thinking, based in secular humanism, which has gripped our political class (as well as our media)has produced and is producing disastrous results in family and the country.

But for me, a mere worm, yet rooted in Judeo-Christian thought, not only was it possible to predict failure for Cameron's efforts, but the whole economic crisis was entirely predictable many years before. Browns boom was inevitably going to end in tears.

Regard this as idiotic if you wish, but I feel you don't understand the meaning of the word.

A definition dictionary says: "someone who acts in a self-defeating or significantly counterproductive way."

But this is why, politically, we are in such a mess.

2 June 2012 09:42  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

I say chaps, slightly off thread, but news from the “Battle of the Back Passage” so to speak.

As you may be aware, the Inspector has been visiting ‘Pink News’ (...well, stepping in it up to the shoelaces would be more accurate...). To get a hard line right wing Christian’s view across, no less. Now, absolute disaster, the blighters have gone home and taken the ball with them...

“Good to see people encouraging others to ignore the trolls on here.

Probably best not to reply to the “Inspector General’s” posts. He is a troll, and thrives on confirmation of the impact of his posts. Just let what he writes be there as evidence of how homophobia can screw people up.

His unconscionable posts are more likely to win sympathy for the LGBT cause from people previously indifferent or mildly opposed, than the reverse. Many people don’t know what some homophobic “Christians” are capable of.

None of us knows what kind of abuse, evil and suffering he has been subjected to, to make him the kind of person he is today. If we had had his parents, his genes and his life experience, we might well be behaving the same way. Not a nice thought, but possibly an accurate one.”

2 June 2012 11:49  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

"None of us knows what kind of abuse, evil and suffering he has been subjected to, to make him the kind of person he is today."

Haven't you told them you were raised a Catholic then?

2 June 2012 13:29  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

Mr I: "Tingey and DanJo meet in Hell."

Is that the Christian hell or the Islamic one? Just so I know whether to keep an eye out for you.

2 June 2012 13:38  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

They know, but they loathe Christianity in the main. Dreadful people all round, that we should suffer their demands...

2 June 2012 13:46  
Blogger Marie1797 said...

Oh Inspector, just read your comments on the Green Lantern story over on Pink poof's site, they're easily riled by Jove, better be careful they'll have the Bow Street runners after you. A fair bit of red arrowing going on.

2 June 2012 15:02  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

What ho ! Marie. Can you believe it, the gays actually going to the police ! Things have changed in the last few years that's for sure. Have packed suitcase during last hour as have feeling I’ll be chokey tonight. Hope to continue posting on ‘prison notepaper’...

2 June 2012 15:29  
Blogger Dodo the Dude said...

Inspector
Goodness, they're a touchy bunch down at Pink News! Very easily riled and so quick to judge and take offence. I see they are encouraging their readers to report you to Hackney Police. I'm sure the boys in blue in the capital have nothing better to do.

2 June 2012 15:51  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Dodo, they are all hiding from the Inspector now on that comic book thread. Won’t come out to play. By the by, am now 4th highest blogger there on the entire Pink News. What sport !

2 June 2012 19:33  
Blogger Dodo the Dude said...

You are a bad man Inspector but what fun! Loving your comments and the fact none of them get satire and irony.

So how does one get up, climb up or ascend a homosexual bugger site?(Excuse the typo ...) And all those queer red arrows are badges of honour, yes, badges of honour, good Sir! Wear them with gayness and pride.

2 June 2012 21:24  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Well Dodo, if you get 10 thumbs down, your comment line shrinks but is still accessible, just not so profound. The Inspector has seen nearly all his go that way. It’s like a drug addicted prostitute watching her children succumb to AIDS.

2 June 2012 22:10  
Blogger Dodo the Dude said...

Well Inspector, a thumbs up from those swine would be somewhat painful, what!

2 June 2012 23:48  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Indeed Dodo. Inspector now back from his sodjourn (sic) at ‘Pink News’. Gave him the cold shoulder. Just a gang of foot stompers and hand on hippers really. No moral backbone...

3 June 2012 14:14  
Blogger Dodo the Dude said...

Talking of pains in the proverbial Inspector, where do you suppose our favourite weasel is hiding these days?

3 June 2012 17:58  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to remember Weasel, I mean Len, whose mysterious disappearance the police have assured us they will not be looking into...

3 June 2012 21:59  
Blogger Dodo the Dude said...

Inspector
He may have entered a Benedictine Monastry. (Do they have silent orders?) That, or he's gone on a round Britain trip, bible in hand, to evangelise the nation, and will be appearing in a square near you soon.

3 June 2012 22:09  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

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3 June 2012 23:44  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

What's the plan there with you two and your trolling there under the same google-able names as here? Is it to get a bunch of them to come over here and trash the blog owner's site too in retaliation? At least it's completely clear that you're internet trolls now, though obviously it's been said by various people here in the past.

4 June 2012 17:53  
Blogger Dodo the Dude said...

One man's 'troll' is another man's prophet. Good point about the name though. I shall change mine 'over there' and suggest the Inspector does so too. Wouldn't want an invasion.

4 June 2012 17:57  
Blogger Oswin said...

DanJo: quite so. As this site is, ostensibly, an Anglican blog, it might serve the interests of both Dodo and the Inspector, to bring down upon us the wrath of others.

Potentially a 'double whammy' in their book eh?

4 June 2012 18:21  
Blogger Dodo the Dude said...

Don't be so ridiculous Oswin. You and DanJ0 sound like a couple of dispproving old aunts!

This site is open to all, not just Anglicans. And I'm sure the host is more than capable of seeing off a few interlopers should they attempt to disrupt proceedings.

4 June 2012 20:18  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

busted

4 June 2012 20:39  
Blogger Alpha Draconis said...

Are Inspector and Dodo the same man?!

4 June 2012 23:52  
Blogger Oswin said...

Alpha Draconis: er, probably not, which is even more disturbing!

5 June 2012 03:03  
Blogger Dodo the Dude said...

Alpha
You should be able to tell, being from the future and all.

5 June 2012 18:47  

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