Monday, November 26, 2007

Heartwarming news from Britain

After the upset in Australia with the defeat of John Howard's coaliation government, I can cheer up our regulars with some good news.
Gordon Brown in Britain is stuffing it up big time and his UK Labour government is lagging in the polls.
After a series of disasters, Brown must wonder 'why me?'.
The opposition Conservatioves have even regained their poll leads for competence, something they haven't had since the early 90s.
They even seem to have the zeigiest for the times.
Brown claims not to look at polls, even though he has his own pollster , and he cancelled a UK general election recently when they turned against him.
Anyway, more importantly, Tory leader Dave Cameron, whom I have sometimes slagged off as a wet, just like I have similarly (wrongfully, it seems) branded our own National Leader John Key, has found some philosophical differences, suggesting he may be a decent, free-market right-winger after all.
Last week, Cameron was in Prague spelling out some philosophy which UK blogger Guido Fawkes likens to Libertarianism.
Here is Dave's speech in full- well worth the read.
“So there are many battles we must fight together, and my message to you today is a simple one - a message that I know you will understand more than most. The battle for freedom and opportunity is never finally won.
In each generation, those of us who believe in freedom, in human potential, in the idea that the strength of our society comes from the energy and industry and creativity of our people; those of us who believe in these things must be ready to fight for them because the enemies of freedom are never finally vanquished. They always live to fight another day.
Today we can see the enemies of freedom preparing a renewed assault on our liberty. They do not mean to harm us. In fact, they mean to help us. But their ideas are out of date, their methods have failed and their advance must be derailed.
I am speaking of the politicians and public officials who believe that they know best how to organise our lives. That they are the experts, so they must have the power.
You can find them everywhere – in my country, in your country and in the EU itself. They are the last defenders of the bureaucratic age, an age before the information revolution and our new world of freedom that makes it possible to put real power in people’s hands.
But in their desire to control, to regulate, to direct, the defenders of the bureaucratic age have over-reached themselves. They have gone too far. They have tried to do too much. And it has exposed the historic error of their ways.
In Britain, bureaucratic over-reach has seen the Labour Government creeping further and further into the lives of British people.
Millions of families sucked into a complex system of tax credits. An army of tax collectors that is now almost as big as our actual army. Fingerprinting children at school.
And this week we saw a shocking consequence of this bureaucratic over-reach: a scandal where the government has lost the names, addresses and bank details of almost every family in the country.
Are they learning the lesson? Do they accept that bureaucracy has gone too far? Of course not. They are stuck in the bureaucratic age. So they now want to take personal information about everyone in the country and store it on a national identity register.
We are seeing this bureaucratic over-reach in the EU too. The desire for harmonisation and homogenisation – on tax, on regulation, on so many aspects of public and private life.
It is the last gasp of an outdated ideology, a philosophy that has no place in our new world of freedom, a world which demands that we fight this bureaucratic over-reach and lead Europe into the hope and potential of a new, post-bureaucratic age.”

Goodonya Dave! Let us enjoy you taking your beliefs to their logical conclusion when you become British Prime Minister.
UPDATE: Independent has UK Tories 13% ahead as Labour drops below 30%.


Whaleoil said...

I'll tell you why GB is doing poorly.....he clearly hadn't heard of the "Curse of Our Beloved Dear Leader" and actually met the witch at Number if she could just pop over the Tasman and put the mockers on KRudd

KG said...

Cameron is all spin and no substance.
Anyone who seriously believes he'd roll back the influence of the EU and rein in the bureaucrats has been at the wacky baccy, imho.
Just for starters, there are no provisions allowing the Brits to selectively opt out of EU regulations.It's an all-or-nothing arrangement.
It'd be very easy to fisk that speech but Cameron and his wet party simply aren't worth the pixels.


KG, I share your concerns over the boy dave too, but such a speech from him was encouraging.
Unexpected even.
And Whale Oil, Dear Leader should have visited Krudd anytime before saturday.
It is all too late now.