Saturday, 30 March 2013

Real Tories – it’s time to abandon your party to all the gutless, scaredy-cat, pantywaist centrists

Another bed-wetting quisling
Poor old Iain Duncan Smith has admitted that the government has given up trying to cut benefits, and is now just trying to manage an inevitable increase in welfare spending: “All those on benefits will still see cash increases in every year of this Parliament.” No matter what the BBC and the Trade Unions and the Guardian and the Labour Party and George Osborne and all the other architects of Britain’s shameful hyper-debt would have us believe, the welfare bill will be £18billion higher in 2015/16 than it was in 2011/12. And this during a period when unemployment – thanks to the private sector – has actually already fallen by 200,000.

While pointing out that Ireland, Spain and Portugal have cut benefits substantially, IDS suggests we don’t need to, because: “…the UK has been better able to cope with shocks such as the Eurozone crisis and volatile oil revenues, while keeping our welfare safety net in place.” Well done clever old coping us, eh? Of course, the reason we’ve managed to keep our splendidly generous welfare safety net in place is by running up a national debt which – as I write this – stands at a mere £1,179,861,861,802,506. Splendid! Only £40,783 of debt for  every fully employed person in the country. Trebles all round, IDS (at taxpayers’ expense, of course – and nothing but the finest brandy, obviously: just stick it on the tab!).

When a supposedly right-wing Tory comes out with this sort of desperate guff, you know the game’s up for the Conservative Party. If any more proof were needed, former  MP, Matthew Parris, has put a number of questions to 40 backbench MPs from his old party, the answers to which demonstrate that it isn’t only Tory cabinet ministers who are too wet to live – the backbenchers (of whose toughness commentators are always assuring us) are just as gutless and useless and invertebrate. (If you really want to depress yourself, read all about it at Conservative Home, here.)

Of those who responded to Parris's questionnaire, over two-thirds were against substantial new spending cuts before the next election. Or cutting foreign aid. Or jettisoning the Gay Marriage idiocy. Or tougher action on immigration. Or bringing forward the Euro-referendum. And while they all wanted tax cuts, 23 of the 40 ruled them out unless they were properly funded.

Listen, you pinko bed-wetters – . As The Commentator pointed out, a tax cut that isn’t funded by spending cuts is nothing more than wealth redistribution, and you're Tories, and Tories aren't supposed to  believe in this garbage. If you think the government’s job is simply to redistribute wealth (or, in Britain’s case, to redistribute debt) join Labour or the Lib-Dems or the SNP or Sinn  Fein or Plaid Cymru, whose sole reason for existence is to spend other people's money, preferably without their permission.

As for how you cut spending, well, you slash the welfare bill and get out of Europe and ban foreign aid and blow-torch quangos and sack half of all public sector workers and cancel plans to build ludicrous high-speed rail links and napalm economy-destroying green energy initiatives and … oh, well, God, what’s the bloody point? Anyone who isn’t left-wing or mentally ill or seven years old just knows this.

When I decided to shift my allegiance to UKIP two years ago, after David Cameron started wanging on pathetically about the lack of ethnic students at Oxford, I was part of a knee-jerk protest movement amongst grumpy old Tory right-wingers. I fully intended to reconnect with the Conservatives just as soon as Cameron and his modernisers were left alone with glasses of whiskey and a small arsenal of revolvers. But there is no way I could ever again support a party seemingly composed almost entirely of weak, fantasist, left-of-centre quislings.

In its report on IDS’s disgraceful admission, the Telegraph quoted “one minster” as saying “We need to start thinking about far more radical approaches to tackling welfare dependency.”

To quote Michael Gove on last week’s Question Timeyada yada yada!


  1. "For the LORD your God will bless you just as He promised you; you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow; you shall reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over you." Deuteronomy 15:1-11.

    An Easter text for the Coalition. Well, at least they got the "lending" bit right [although there is no mention of 0.7%].

    A very good post albeit a depressing one. I am off to listen to excerpts from "Parsifal" to cheer myself up. Old Easter tradition.

  2. Hugo Tillinghast1 April 2013 at 12:49

    The gutlessness started on day 1. A Conservative leader worth his salt would have put together a minority government in May 2010 - with a genuine austerity "emergency" budget in June - on the basis that a coalition with the LibDems would have necessitated (as it did) too many compromises in the light of what needed to be done. (I should note that IMHO the "compromises" made by the Cameroons were and are in line with what they would have done anyway, majority or not.)

    The alternative to a Conservative minority administration would have been a LibLab (+ all the others) coalition which would have had to deal with the crap left by Brown. Although having its nasty side, such an administration would have demonstrated (if needed) the complete uselessness of those on that end of the political spectrum. A Conservative minority government which meant business could have gone to the country in early 2011 or even late 2010 and probably won a majority.

    Unfortunately, the "modern progressive Conservatives" are institutionally gutless (except when confronting their natural supporters), led by someone whose only experience of the "real world" is a stint as paid truth-twister for Carlton Communications. Mind you, this has stood him in excellent stead for his treatment of the electorate on any number of issues. So, in the end, we're f*cked for the forseeable future until a non-social democrat party in an older conservative tradition gains traction in UK politics.