An Unholy Alliance
As the pressure mounts on Jim Murphy for tonight’s debate Tony Blair stepped out of whatever Gold Digging corporate hellhole he’d been working to announce his ‘100% backing for Miliband’, a strangely un-reassuring commitment probably about as welcome as his rejected money.
Looking like a mixture between Jim Jones and Barbies boyfriend, the buffed and coiffured ex PM immediately struck out arguing that the economic case for leaving the UK had “collapsed along with the oil price”. We know that the price of oil has certainly been a focus of Blair’s for some time, but the problem for Scottish Labour is that Blair’s presence will only serve as a reminder of Murphy’s support for the carnage in Iraq that brought us into the present ISIS Charnel House. His love of democracy allowing him to work for – for example the United Arab Emirates doesn’t, it seems, extend to referenda in his homeland. Referencing Scotland, and a referendum nobody’s announced, he said: “So should we do the same for NATO? Or have periodic referendums not just in Scotland but all over the UK just to check popular feeling?” At least he got one thing right, adding there was a “Herculean task” to face down independence.
In a rather beautiful insight into his own Ego and worldview he mewed that the rest of the UK would have suffered following independence, “relegated” from the “premier league of nations”. Status-envy. It’s all about status for Bambi, always has been.
Finally, he predicted that “reason” would drive Scots voters back to Labour and argued against “periodic” votes on independence. The voice of reason. Meanwhile, over at something called ‘Cap X’ Chris Deerin is also appealing to reason, whilst quietly losing the plot. He evokes Adam Smith and David Hume (whilst simultaneously chastising people for referencing Thatcher). ‘Scotland has gone mad’ he declares.
In a piece that demands ‘reason’ whilst spouting hysteria, Deerin writes:
“Our separatist movement isn’t violent, thank goodness, but it is bluntly dumb, faith-based and irrational. Unenlightened. And increasingly, it feels like it is dragging all of Scotland down to its level.”
If it’s a bitter realisation that the comfortable world that Deerin inhabits is slipping away, so too is any remote crumb of political credibility as he describes Ed Miliband as “surely as left-wing a leader as you’ll find outside Central America”.
Getting into his stride now he argues that the media is dominated by a new and alien triumvirate: “the viewpoint that dominates our polity and media (is) an unholy alliance of Nationalists, Greens and socialists. I’m sure many consider themselves to be all three.”
Well quite, self determination, ecology and social justice – Three of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?
It seems this level of hysteria is everywhere. As Adam Ramsay puts it:
“Anyone could be forgiven for thinking that Westminster has been replaced with a bouncy castle, and our political class with hysterical children. As the long anticipated rise of the SNP looms closer into sight, the Conservative press seems to have wet itself in fear.”
Thankfully though our ‘mild-mannered centrist’ Prime Minister has brought Sam Cam north for some square sausage. Over a Full-English he announced: “Today, I am traveling to all four nations of our United Kingdom, to all four corners of our country, with one simple message: we have one month to save our economy from the disaster of an Ed Miliband government.”
30 days to go.
Things can only get better.