Saturday, 28 June 2008

...and then there was none.

The Tories under Hague, Howard and Duncan Smith.

The SNP under Swinney.

England under McClaren.

Hearts under Frail.

When you have no talent within your squad, a winner you shall not become.
When your boss has been as successful as dying painfully doing a spot of DIY, you know your ship is sinking in a sea full of shit that's full of sharks who like the taste of weak politicians.

But when that boss has just been chomped down like a stale twix by said sharks, and she really was your only heavy-weight (well, as Scottish Labour MSPs go, compared to anything else, she was), you have to worry if you are a Labour supporter, though you could just switch to the ever-improving Greens or BNP?

Nobody who's being touted for 'the top job' (as one reporter described it!) is anywhere near talented enough. In fact, even of those not being touted, I can't see the skill, the panache, and certainly not the desire for job. It's a sign of how politically suicidal it would be to take on the job that none of the 'younger, fresher, new-directioner' Labour MSP's have been trying to do a Cameron, the new political technique.

To an extent, the Labour leader though, as a post, is insignificant. Over the last ten years, it has been pretty much the same shadow/cabinet political twixes bouncing around with impressive inadequecy, failing to wow us with any of the characteristics they call skill, passion or ability. If a football manager (Jack McConnell) buys a load of crap players (Labour ministers), they will lose.
After losing the League and Cup (they of course didn't qualify for the champions league), if they replace the hapless manager with one of the squad as player-manager, AND KEEP THE SAME SHIT SQUAD OF PLAYERS, THEY...WILL...STILL...LOSE.

What Labour needs is a summer clearout, but we know it won't happen. So the Andy Kerr s and the Margaret Currans at ShitLabour FC won't be effective, because, for too long, they have been part of the problem. Throughout the next few years though, if they all get a shot at the shithotseat, they will slowly all die that slow DIY death, until there is no one left from the old guard, and the new generation (by this time probably calling themselves 'Labour+') will have no choice but to takeover.

But will Labour last long enough to reach this stage? There are so many runt's of the litter within Labour waiting to have a go that unless they realise that it's not the Leader that's killing them, something much, much worse could happen.

A democraticly legitimate Lib Dem opposition. We cannot allow such a thing, so please Labour, sort it out.


Have just been watching the Obama/Clinton rally, where they're all chanting "Yes we can!"

Just caught a funny picture in my head of a similar sort of rally, in the Barras, with Margaret Curran on some raised platform leading a chant of "No we can't!"

Thursday, 26 June 2008

D'you think she's "on"?

Pardon my French and my childish title but Harriet Harman can fuck off.
Stuff like this is why my blog is called political dissuasion.

According to the BBC...
Equalities Minister Harriet Harman has set out plans on equality to the House of Commons.

According to the BBC...
Equality minister Harriet Harman has set out plans to allow firms to discriminate in favour of female and ethnic minority job candidates.

My dictionary says...
Discriminate - "... (a) To treat unequally."

Can you see where I'm going with this?

How can this Government have the audacity to label this a measure of equality when it is the absolute polar opposite?
It is war and peace
Hot and cold
Dead and alive.

You cannot claim you are being equal when, as a man, I am now less likely to get offered a job than I was yesterday. I've done nothing wrong, I haven't got stupid overnight. Apart from needing a shave I haven't changed in the slightest from an employability perspective.

I'm sure many bloggers will be making the same point but...

If I was looking to employ someone and I said
"You're not getting the job because...
...the other candidate is white"
...the other candidate s younger than you"
...the other candidate is Catholic"
...the other candidate is straight".

I'd be up in court.
In fact if I said
"You aren't getting the job because you're a woman" - this would surely result in a prosecution, which no doubt Harriet 'fuck-off' Harman would strongly support.

But if I said "You aren't getting the job because you're a man" DeputyPM FuckOff wouldn't have a problem with that, she would see it as a "postive action" claiming this is "progress"!?

The Commission for Equality and Human Rights an independent public body, state that
"Direct sex discrimination is less favourable treatment of a woman than a man (or vice versa) because of their sex. "

Harriet Harman has been using the example of women working the same jobs as men but getting paid less for doing the same job. Yup! I agree, this is a bad thing. But encouraging people to employ more women isn't going to change this. The Government is talking about forcing companies to disclose how much people in the same job get paid to ensure it is fair and equal. Yup, no problems here. If a company is paying a woman less, and they've been forced to disclose this, hence being caught out, then they will surely be fined and sued by the woman for reimbursement if she wishes.

But if these companies are part of the 'old boys network', how is encouraging them to 'pick-the-chick' going to change an organiations ethos?
Also, I've not heard Hardman Harriet say that women aren't actually getting the jobs already, all she has spoken about all day is that women get paid less once in the role. So why are you fucking about with the getting of a job, when it's the wage of having the job you're worried about?

I am going to stop writing now as I am getting so angry, so flummoxed and so disillussioned at such a stupid, stupid approach from Labour, again, that I'm struggling to make sense and get a decent point across without calling her names, but I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks this. I may return to this if I can stop being so grrrrrrrrrrrrrr. It's just another example of guys getting a good old fashioned kicking because it's never going to backfire in politics. When did it become fair-game to regularly shit on the male species?

Yet again, as the prolific Gary Strang once said
"It's always us blokes getting it in the neck. There you go, I'm a bloke, there's my neck, get it in there!" For want of a better argument...

So fuck off Harriet Harman.

taking a comfort break

ok, so I haven't exactly been giving the blogging too much of my time recently, and to the seven or eight of you that read it, I apologise, I will be back on it asap.

In the meantime, saw this and thought I'd spread the comedy.

Nothing to do with politics, unless you're an avid writer on "the youth of today", but it made my day.