Friday, November 14, 2008

Substantial Bollocks

You have to hand it to Douglas Alexander - Secretary of State for International Development and brother to the only fish ever to lead a political party in Scotland. He has written an article for the Telegraph today which is so full of crap it would probably shit its pants if it laughed. I'll come on to the best bit in a moment, but have a read of the article and then read this paragraph again:

"In the next election we will have substance because we have experience and a serious leader. And we show substance as we confirm to the electorate that we understand that the world has changed, and we have the ideas and the policies that can equip Britain to master those changes."

There's something deliciously ironic about a paragraph stressing the importance of substance appearing in an article which contains absolutely none of it. But the thing I really like about it is the way in which Alexander is trying to spin the Labour narrative that Obama won the US election because:

"At the core of Obama's campaign was a belief that only progressive politics had the answers to the challenges of the time. Relentlessly, he made the case for government action in responding to the problems faced in the economy, in energy and environment policy, in education and in healthcare."

The reason he is doing this is, of course, obvious. The only way Labour can sycophantically attach themselves to Obama is by trying to hijack and present his campaign as one built on 'progressive' politics. There's nothing progressive about Labour's plan to tax us all up the wall, give a bit of it back by taking out a gigantic loan on our behalf, and then asking us to pay it back with interest in a couple of years, but that's another issue. The simple truth is that the moment Obama's 'change' message becomes an issue, Labour - as the incumbents - are left pissing in the wind. So I think it's time for Alexander to take a look at Obama's website, which is currently displaying this little image:

3 comments:

Jess The Dog said...

I didn't even bother reading the Alexander article - predictable rubbish! What is his sister doing now anyway?

The Raven said...

Migrating to the ocean for breeding, I would imagine.

Not that I particularly want to imagine that.

roman said...

One assumes that by 'progressive' Wee Duggie means 'progressively more taxation and borrowing'?