Daily Archives: 19 October 2008

Louise Bagshawe – from chick lit to book burning?

Are you serious?

How do I love Sarah Palin?

Let me count the ways…

I love the excitement she brings to the base. I love how her rallies outdraw Barack Obama. And, for that matter, Joe Biden in his hometown. I love how she handles hecklers: “Bless your heart, sir, my son’s in Iraq fighting for your right to protest.”

I love her politics. And this morning I especially love her hilarious appearance on Saturday Night Live, bopping along to an hysterical rap by nine months pregnant Amy Pohler (go Amy!)

I don’t really know what to add to that. I can understand how people can admire Sarah Palin – damnit, even I admire her gumption. But to love her politics?

A former Labour Party member, Bagshawe was being held up a couple of years ago as proof positive that Cameron had changed the Conservatives. Now she is expressing love for a set of social policies that make Nadine Dorries look like a moderate. Somebody at CCHQ, take action quick! You’re candidates’ masks are starting to slip!

Eee, those slippery Tories.

I’m still seething after Cameron’s speech on Friday. Coming in late, I won’t rant on redundantly except to add a couple of points:

1) Sometimes soundbites can bite you on the bum. Gideon Osborne on the Today programme on Friday managed to claim that a) it was time to question how the “house caught fire” and b) that Labour “didn’t fix the roof when the sun was shining.” Now, I may not know much about housing, but I am unaware of how a lack of roof could cause a house to catch fire. This may sound a rather pedantic point, but it does seem that during a time of crisis all we are getting from the Tory front bench is pat phrases.

2) The Tories have chosen this moment because they judge the immediate crisis to be over. In the City maybe, but the rest of the country has barely begun to feel the after effects. It speaks volumes that politicians, and the Tories in particular, only judge it necessary to put on a show of unity for the City and not the rest of the country. It shows who they consider their true masters to be.

3) Crude is now cheaper than it was 12 months ago, and half what it was in July. Back then, when the market cost was high, the Tories were offering to “share the pain” and cut fuel duty. The quid pro quo was that when the price of crude was low, they would raise taxes. So why aren’t they calling for increases now? Doesn’t this show the vacuousness of their policy in the first place?