Wednesday, May 12, 2010

DOWN TO THE DOCTOR’S: Good riddance Gordon

Libertarianz leader Dr Richard McGrath ransacks the newspapers for stories on issues affecting our freedom.

This week’s biggest story: “Good riddance Gordon”

gordon-brown-04Gorgon Brown resigns– The day’s biggest story hasn’t made it to the national newspapers yet. As I write this, Gordon Brown’s flunkeys are carting the lectern, from which the Tartan Terror announced he was quitting, back into his former home in Downing Street. 

The career politician, described by one of his own party’s candidates at the election last week as the worst Prime Minister in British history, has already left the building.

That’s one of the great things about changes of government in the UK. There’s no two-week period of grace where deposed Prime Ministers can wistfully reflect on their time in office, or meddle with the markets. The morning after the bastards get their marching orders by the voters, while they’re still hung over, they’ve got to dust off the suitcases and start packing. Gordon’s four extra days at Downing Street are exceptional, and he can thank the closeness of the election result for his prolonged tenancy.

gordon-brown_03 The Conservatives themselves must have one of the most insipid party logos in existence. I initially thought I was looking at the emblem of the Monster Raving Enviro-loony Party, a zigzag broad brush scribble of green representing the foliage of a tree, with a thin blue trunk and roots. So different to Margaret Thatcher’s inspired flaming torch from the 80s; in fact, absolutely bloody depressing if you ask me, but perfectly symbolic of today’s Conservatives.

The press have been demanding a resolution to the “crisis” of government. Gorgon and David have both talked about the need for stable, strong government. What utter bollocks. The best thing for Britain would be a small and slightly shaky government, beholden to a constitution that recognised the right of Britons to live for their own sake in peace and privacy.   

gordon-brown-02 Well, what should David Cameron do now he’s been anointed Prime Minister? I have a radical proposal, having looked at the election results in each of the four countries of the United Kingdom. In Scotland, home of the Gorgon, the Labour Party won 41 out of 59 constituency seats with 42% of the vote; the Tories won just 16% of the vote and one seat. One miserable bloody seat! In fact there was a small swing from the Scottish Nationalist Party to Labour. The leek-eating Welsh, despite a 6% swing from Labour to Conservative, still only received 26% of the vote and have 8 Tory MPs out of 40 seats. In Ulster, Sinn Fein received more votes than the Tory-leaning Democratic Unionists. The silver lining there is that Sinn Fein  still refuse to take their seats in the House of Commons. (I hope that means they are also cut off from funding by the British taxpayer.)

gordon-brown-01England, on the other hand, is a Tory stronghold. The Conservatives won 41% of the vote, and nearly 300 of the 532 seats. It’s staggering to contemplate that of the 306 Conservative MPs elected, 297 (97%) of them are from England. I believe it indicates that the Tories have no moral mandate to govern Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. Clearly, these three festering cesspools of socialism should now be excised from the host that has sustained them for centuries.

The people of England need to free themselves from the engorged parasites to their north and west. It’s time to dissolve the United Kingdom.

Great Britain, while no longer the only sick man in Europe, is still far from well, with a debt-to-GDP ratio not vastly different to that of the People’s State of Greece and the other miscreants such as Portugal and Spain who the German taxpayer are being forced to bail out.

Therefore, as well as granting Scotland, Ireland and Wales independence and home rule, as so much of their respective populations have been demanding for years, urgent and drastic cuts in government spending are needed.  If England is to make any sort of economic recovery within the lifetime of this blog’s readers, this must be coupled with cuts in income tax and the elimination of VAT as quickly as possible.

  Local government in England, long dominated by the Labour Party, needs to be seriously pruned as well. The state needs to sell off vast swathes of urban property including the roads and streets, many of which could then be either closed off to road traffic, or opened up to new parks, thoroughfares or imaginative shopping precincts. Privatisation of property might also mean the dismantling of the bulk of four million CCTV cameras that constantly spy on Britons—another legacy of fourteen years of Labour government.

David Cameron has an opportunity to pull England back from the abyss. But, even more urgently than electoral reform, his Lib Dem enablers should be pushing him to cut free the lesser nations that have wilted in England’s shadow over the past four hundred years. It’s time these nations learnt for themselves that socialism means equal misery for all, and perhaps then the flower of freedom (and when I say that, I assuredly don’t mean the Tory Party) might just start to poke its head above ground in those backward nations.

England’s attachments need to be liberated and their peoples set free to discover the route to prosperity, or the road to serfdom, by their own hands.

So say it with me everyone: “Home rule now!”          

When the people fear the government, there is tyranny - when the government
fear the people, there is liberty.

- Thomas Jefferson

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6 Comments:

Anonymous LGM said...

PC

Good idea. One question- if home rule is granted to the parasites of the north and west of England, would a portion of the debt handed over to the newly independent "nations" pro rata? How would you do it?

LGM

5/12/2010 03:37:00 pm  
Blogger Richard McGrath said...

@LGM

Probably would have to make it pro rata. After all, the smaller members of GB shared in the good times as well. England would still have to shoulder the vast majority of the debt.

5/12/2010 05:00:00 pm  
Blogger libertyscott said...

Sadly the Conservatives wont do it, out of pure philosophical commitment to the Union, and Labour wont because it faces oblivion if it does.

A better option is a federation.

The federation would be an extension of the devolution now enjoyed, but it would include almost all taxes (and the transfer of public debt to each devolved state in kind).

The functions of the Westminster administration would be restricted to defence and foreign affairs, funded from an in kind contribution from all of the states.

Then watch the experiment commence.

5/12/2010 09:55:00 pm  
Anonymous Robert Winefield said...

I would agree that Scott's solution is the best one. Except for one thing. The Welsh, Irish and Scots need to be taught a lesson by reality.

Home rule would do that and quickly. And once they have learnt that lesson, then they would be fit to be partners in a federalized state.

But anything along the lines that Scott proposes would be an improvement over the current state of affairs IMHO.

5/13/2010 05:29:00 am  
Blogger Andrew B said...

The people of Cornwall and, to a lesser extent, Devon often say that they have their own language and are not really English, that they feel they ought to have their own country. Can we not fk those Lib Dem voting saps off too?

But Scott is right.

5/13/2010 07:36:00 pm  
Blogger Richard McGrath said...

re comments by Andrew B (is that you, Master Bates?):

The Duke of Cornwall doesn't help the reputation of the good people of his fiefdom by talking to trees and making absurd utterances about architecture and capitalism.

I think Scott has nailed the solution (establishment of a federation), but you can bet any federal government will do its utmost to bloat itself to uncontainable levels as has happened in the U.S., ruining what was once a magnificent arrangement.

One of my patients pointed out yesterday that there is home rule in some of these countries anyway. I note the First Minister in Northern Ireland lost his seat in the House of Commons at this election.

5/14/2010 09:52:00 am  

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