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The U.K. Scandals (Two Immense Scandals are in the air, and voters can do little about it).
National Review ^ | 05/05/2010 | David Pryce-Jones

Posted on 05/05/2010 7:12:15 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

These are the last 48 hours before the general election in Britain. On all sides you hear that the campaign of all parties has been boring and irrelevant. Commentators are attaching the label of “anti-politics” to the general attitude of the public. Two immense scandals are in the air, it is true, and the voters can do little about it. The first scandal is that Members of Parliament almost without exception have taken advantage of a procedure that has been unbelievably lax but hidden from view allowing them to claim expenses. In effect they have been leeching money out of the taxpayer on a massive and disgraceful scale. You have to go back to the eighteenth century, to two notorious figures, the Duke of Newcastle and Lord Rockingham, to find this sort of naked embezzling. Those aristocrats at least built splendid houses and lived in style. Today’s wretches have nothing to show for their greed.

The second scandal is that Britain is in disastrous economic shape. The 13 years of Blair and Brown have left the country on the edge of insolvency. Again, you have to go back 200 years to find incompetence at this level. Outgoing prime minister Gordon Brown is the culprit, totally unbelievable when he repeats in his grim way that he alone can get the country out of the mess which is his gift to the nation. Nick Clegg on behalf of the other left-wing party, the Liberal Democrats, evidently doesn’t understand basic economics. Which leaves David Cameron, the Conservative challenger, who has an appealing manner but basically differs only in minute details from Brown. The winner of this election is going to have to cut public spending enormously and raise taxes. Greece, here we come.

Even at this late hour, the outcome of the election is unforeseeable, given the anomalies of the British system and the three-party race. Brown may have the lowest popular vote but still win the most seats, in which case in spite of the loss of authority he may cling Mugabe-like to the office of prime minister. A strange constitutional hiatus – a determined effort to dodge the electorate’s rejection — is a possibility.

The broader more interesting question is why Britain has come to this pass. In part or perhaps wholly, the answer seems to be that any form of socialism, even the Blair-Brown soft version of it, is a brilliant and unfailing device for impoverishing and infantilizing any country implementing it. Brown and Clegg promise more of the same, unable to recognize reality. Cameron may well win, and it would be for the best that he does so, but he too has so far been unable to engage the country in the adult and truthful debate that has to come, and soon.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: scandals; uk

1 posted on 05/05/2010 7:12:15 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

“Again, you have to go back 200 years to find incompetence at this level.”

I here this on FR about OBama. It is not incopetence by teh Labour Party it is by design to destroy and grab more power. I get sick of people saying oh he is stupid or incompetent. No he is destroying your country but the idiots like in England are brainwashed by TV. Every time you turn on the TV you are helping Hussein.


2 posted on 05/05/2010 7:15:23 AM PDT by Frantzie (McCain=Obama's friend. McCain/Graham = La Raza's Senators & Estefan-Rubio)
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To: SeekAndFind

But, I thought that government controlled health care was supposed to save money and spur the economy?


3 posted on 05/05/2010 7:17:03 AM PDT by garjog
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To: SeekAndFind

England is 200 years of history, unhampered by progress.

He is correct, these are the two primary issues. We have the same in the USA but still people vote the same way all the time.

I’m guess they cannot form a new government very soon.


4 posted on 05/05/2010 7:17:25 AM PDT by edcoil (If I had 1 cent for every dollar the government saved, Bill Gates and I would be friends.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Greece will spread to all of them. They are in the same boat as are we on a lesser scale. No more OPM.


5 posted on 05/05/2010 7:25:30 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (S)
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To: SeekAndFind

The 13 years of Blair”

Don’t think this is all attributable to Blair.

I put the blame on those who let so many “immigrants’ into Britain, and have to support them, as they are unemployable due to a dozen reasons.


6 posted on 05/05/2010 8:21:44 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: SeekAndFind

.......Mugabe-like....

That phrase applies more to the Joker’s regime than to the Brits. They are inept. he is vindictive.


7 posted on 05/05/2010 8:26:27 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Ostracize Democrats. There can be no Democrat friends.)
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