Monthly Archives: August 2015

Cameron Slater Blasphemes

Cameron Slater claims to be a Christian (albeit a Seventh Day Adventist, which barely counts, since they deny the divinity of Christ).  If that is so, why does he publish graphics like this on his blog?

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David Farrar is an Atheist.  I’d far rather read about Farrar’s Atheism than Slater’s Christianity!

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Memory Eternal George Gair

georgegairVery sad to hear of the passing of one of the old school of National MPs, the North Shore’s George Gair.  He was one of the last of the gentlemen politicians, and one of the classical liberals that used to be a strong feature of National’s caucus but these days is in shorter supply.  One almost feels as if, with the death of the man, that way of life and way of public discourse is also itself dying.  Both shall be greatly missed!

Democrat Donald Must Be Stomped On

George Will sums up Donald Trump (D-Manchuria) perfectly:

In every town large enough to have two traffic lights there is a bar at the back of which sits the local Donald Trump, nursing his fifth beer and innumerable delusions. Because the actual Donald Trump is wealthy, he can turn himself into an unprecedentedly and incorrigibly vulgar presidential candidate… When, however, Trump decided that his next acquisition would be not another casino but the Republican presidential nomination, he tactically and quickly underwent many conversions of convenience (concerning abortion, health care, funding Democrats, etc.). His makeover demonstrates that he is a counterfeit Republican and no conservative.

Trump-2004I’ve been appalled at the lack of willingness from anyone other than Rand Paul to kick the crap out of Donald Trump. So many blogs, writers and columnist who ought normally to know better have written prevaricatingly about him, as if his nonsense is a genuine Republican voice that should be listened to.  I am especially saddened at the silence of Ted Cruz, although I understand why Cruz has been reluctant to criticize him – his brand is entirely anti-establishment, and to go after Trump risks diluting the brand.  But even so, if you can’t make a meal out of Trump, how can you possibly beat Clinton or Sanders in the General?!  What happened to the days of politicians making the argument?!

In many ways, Trump is the bitter fruit of the dumbing down of the Republican Party, and their inability to make the argument.  GOP support now comes from misinformed bar-room rednecks whose political thought consists of occasionally inconsistent slogans crafted on identity politics without any thought given to practicality or policy detail.  In that sense, despite actually being an ideological Democrat, Trump is the perfect candidate for the modern GOP.  He doesn’t need to be consistent, or actually make sense.  He just needs to repeat back the same neanderthal rhetoric that other Republicans have been using, but better.

Someone like Ted Cruz especially should know better.  Cruz is a Harvard Law graduate who has argued cases in front of the Supreme Court.  Why is it so hard for him to make the argument now?  If he really wants to be President, he is going to have to deal with much worse than one eccentric property magnate.  Trump is a Democrat pretending to be a Republican, and any politician with rudimentary skills in the art should be able to make mincemeat of such a scenario.  Come on Ted!  Stomp the crap out of this man and throw his body out the back door!

Death of a Party: Tony Blair Now Literally Begging People Not to Vote for Jeremy Corbyn as UK Labour Leader

corbynI’ve been absolutely delighted to see the rise of Jeremy Corbyn in the UK, one that parallels that of Bernie Sanders in the US.  Both politicians are comically unelectable, and will ensure the Left are out of power in their respective countries for many years.

To see Tony Blair, begging, pleading, offering his firstborn child to party members to stop them voting for Corbyn, is a wonder to behold, and makes me chortle with joy.  Whatever you think about Tony Blair, he is a very smart politician who knows how to win elections, and his Guardian article is dead right:

The Labour party is in danger more mortal today than at any point in the over 100 years of its existence. I say this as someone who led the party for 13 years and has been a member for more than 40. The leadership election has turned into something far more significant than who is the next leader. It is now about whether Labour remains a party of government.

…So this is directed to longstanding members and those who have joined but without an agenda. They’re still a majority and they have to exercise leadership now to save the party. It doesn’t matter whether you’re on the left, right or centre of the party, whether you used to support me or hate me. But please understand the danger we are in.

The party is walking eyes shut, arms outstretched, over the cliff’s edge to the jagged rocks below. This is not a moment to refrain from disturbing the serenity of the walk on the basis it causes “disunity”. It is a moment for a rugby tackle if that were possible.

This is not the 1980s. This is by many dimensions worse and more life threatening…. What we’re witnessing now is a throwback to that time, but without the stabilisers in place. The big unions, with the exception of the most successful in recent times, USDAW, are in the grip of the hard left. And the people do not have that same old-time loyalty.

If Jeremy Corbyn becomes leader it won’t be a defeat like 1983 or 2015 at the next election. It will mean rout, possibly annihilation. If he wins the leadership, the public will at first be amused, bemused and even intrigued. But as the years roll on, as Tory policies bite and the need for an effective opposition mounts – and oppositions are only effective if they stand a hope of winning – the public mood will turn to anger. They will seek to punish us. They will see themselves as victims not only of the Tory government but of our self-indulgence.

Jeremy Corbyn doesn’t offer anything new. This is literally the most laughable of all the propositions advanced by his camp. Those of us who lived through the turmoil of the 80s know every line of this script. These are policies from the past that were rejected not because they were too principled, but because a majority of the British people thought they didn’t work. And by the way, they were rejected by electorates round the world for the same reasons.

I wouldn’t be surprised if a number of Labour MPs defaulted and formed their own party.  I suspect it will be a much larger number than those who defected to form the SDP in the early ’80s.