Charon’s Advent calendar: Day Five
Sunday, December 5, 2010 by Charon QC
It is not that long ago when a fresh faced youthful man who, hitherto, had been largely ignored and mocked by prime minister and leader of the opposition alike, stood behind a lectern on television between two giants of the political stage and told us…“You want to know the great political story of our generation? It isn’t new Labour. It isn’t New Conservatives. Those are just the dying sparks of a fire that’s running out of fuel.”
Well… Clegg didn’t actually say that in the leadership debates… he said it a couple of years before. Now, even Sepp Blatter is more popular than Kim Il Clegg. I suspect the great political story of our generation is that, soon, Lib-Dem MPs will be able to go to work in a Smart car….. all of them……. in just one Smart car.
Nick Clegg’s unexpectedly swift journey from idol to hate figure
Rawnsley, in The Observer, does the analysis….
And…just when you thought it was safe to consider the possibility that politicians may be acting in the ‘national interest’…The Mail on Sunday would like to disabuse you of this idea…
Ed Miliband’s statement that the fees rise is an ‘Act of vandalism’...
prompted me on twitter
last night to suggest that the election of Ed Miliband as leader may be the act of vandalism
. For my part, I cannot really summon the enthusiasm to either listen to or read anything he has to say. After 30 years of voting Labour I no longer subscribe to any form of tribal politics, preferring instead to look at the ‘real politik’ of options open to us in the context of the times we live in. Miliband Minor is not going down that well. Clegg is going down very badly. Vince Cable is spinning so fast with mind changes that he may have a future after politics working for Shell
again, but this time as a drill. This leaves us with Cameron who admits that he is more of a Chairman than a CEO;
presiding over a party where the more extreme element are sitting on the backbenches wearing togas, sharpening their knives on the stones of vested self interest and asking each other when they will be able to kill foxes again. Apparently the 1922 Committee chairman is asking them not to rock the boat, otherwise the next two years will be about killing foxes and not the recession.
At least there is some good news… The Mail on Sunday reports
…“Boris Johnson has taken revenge on Sepp Blatter and the other FIFA delegates who destroyed England’s bid to host the World Cup by kicking them out of London’s Dorchester hotel for the 2012 Olympic Games.”
It has taken a while, but the mainstream tabloids, now that X-Factory and I’m a Tosser Get Me Out of Here are coming to an end, have finally worked out that our investment in the BANKS could be a good thing and we might actually make a profit out of selling the bank shares over the next two years. City experts believe that we will make a profit.
And some even more surreal political news….
MP’s Commons aide is accused of being a Russian spy: Woman, 25, fighting deportation on suspicion of espionage
The Mail reports…“An MP today denied his Russian assistant was a spy after security services arrested her on suspicion of espionage.
Home Secretary Theresa May had approved the removal of Katia Zatuliveter after being briefed by MI5 about her alleged activities, according to the Sunday Times.
Ms Zatuliveter, was working for Liberal Democrat MP Mike Hancock, who confirmed that she had been taken into detention and was fighting deportation from the UK.