Underhanded and doubletalking, Cameron is pushing us into totalitarianism

‘The leader knows best.’ Denis Skinner’s sarcasm pulls the wool away from our eyes; despite invoking the fight against Hitler, David Cameron becomes more like him every day.

It’s funny how Tories like to say the Labour Party would have us all doing as “Comrade (at the moment) Ed” tells us – and then gets back to whittling away our democratic rights, sometimes by huge chunks at a time.

Today the BBC is reporting that our right to challenge government policies is to be limited. Planning is the area that is singled out for closer examination but my reading of this is that any branch of government may use this stick to beat the plebs.

Opponents will have less time than the current three months to apply for judicial review of policies they oppose, will face higher fees (so that means most of us won’t have a chance), and will have our chances of appealing against a decision halved from four to two.

Cameron is trying to tell us this is to prevent time-wasting and boost the economy, but gave himself away when he said “We urgently need to get a grip on this” – he means he wants to tighten his grip on democracy and choke it hard.

The Beeb tells us Downing Street figures showed that more than 11,000 applications for judicial review were made in 2011, compared with 160 in 1975. Around one in six applications was granted. One-sixth of 11,000 is 1,833, which implies – to me – that more than 11 times as many judicial reviews are successful now as in 1975. That’s good for democracy. The people get to have their say.

Cameron wants to stop this.

Is this really the action of the Party of Freedom and of Choice?

Of course not.

It is appalling that he has chosen to compare the present day with the fight against Hitler – when he himself is behaving more like the German dictator every day.

He was expected to tell the Confederation of British Industry today (Monday) that “Whitehall underwent a revolution” in wartime. “We need the same spirit. We need to forget about crossing every ‘t’ and dotting every ‘i’ – and we need to throw everything we’ve got at winning in this global race.”

But we are not living in wartime, no matter how much he might like to push that on us. We aren’t even living in hard times, when you consider how he has handed more than £30 billion in tax breaks to the rich and large corporations, while talking about economic crisis to justify victimising the poor, the sick and disabled.

The changes he cites were reversed after the war ended. And his mention of Hitler is Tory doubletalk. He’s hoping that, by using the fight against one of history’s vilest dictators as his comparison, we won’t realise he’s attacking democracy, not increasing it.

What a miserable little underhanded goblin he is.

The reaction on Twitter is negative, of course. “Be wary of any government which wants to remove the legal means of you challenging its decisions and abuses of power. Worrying,” tweeted David Green (aka Jack of Kent).

Tom Doran agreed: “It’s a strange kind of small-government philosophy that makes it harder, not easier, to appeal government decisions.”

And Denis Skinner, who provided the picture for this article, tweeted sarcastically: “Whitehall “circumvented”, crackdown on “time wasting” legal challenges to planning decisions. The leader knows best.”

We can all see that, even if he does know what’s best, he’s ignoring it in favour of his obsession with shrinking the state. Fewer appeals means smaller government. The trouble – for us – is that the nation as a whole will suffer from hastily-made, ill-judged decisions based on a drive for short-term profit. It’s practically written into his CBI speech.

Cameron is not a prime minister for the nation – he’s a puppet for big business. We’ve seen that most prominently in his all-out attack on the National Health Service in England, which is now just a big sack of blood on which the corporate vampires are happily sucking.

Other cutbacks are hacking British society into a bloody mess as well. As state services withdraw, my understanding is that the people are expected to take up the slack. That’s Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ in action. But ordinary people don’t know how those state services work – they were never taught it at school and they can’t be expected to absorb it by osmosis.

So services are lost, entropy sets in and chaos increases. I predict an increase in frustration and stress, leading to a rise in lawlessness. The police – another target for cuts – will not be able to cope. What will Cameron do then? Martial law?

And so the march to totalitarianism gains pace.


  1. Kevin Morley November 19, 2012 at 11:13 am - Reply

    By definition small government: totalitarian / dictatorship.

  2. Christopher John Ball November 19, 2012 at 11:20 am - Reply

    and, didn’t Cameron, like Hitler, come to power through a coalition?

  3. Robert Maguire November 19, 2012 at 11:47 am - Reply

    Cameron is turning the screws on the unemployed.There are not enough jobs to go around. He is forcing people to take part time or unpaid ‘training’. The disabled are dying as ATOS deems quadraplegics off benifits. He wants a ‘big society’ when Scotland had a big society( the clan system) and we have been subjugated ever since. We need one ‘clan’ now. If we work towards stamping out bigotry and division in our society, Independence and control of our economy will put our affairs and our childrens future in our hands. This coalition does not work for the good of the U.K. and definitely does nothing for Scotland. Westminster has been milking our economy and telling us we are taking more than we give and cannot stand on our own two feet. He is stealing our rights while the rich lord it. Enough is enough. Start at the top and get the tax system sorted out. This is a unfair society geared to making the rich richer while the poor are told to work harder and longer. People are disollusioned and are starting to waken to the fact. We never voted for this govt and they are taking advantage to push Tory policies. We demand our rights be safeguarded. Give the working class a break cameron.

    • Glynis November 19, 2012 at 8:01 pm - Reply

      Well said!

  4. Silver November 19, 2012 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    We can see the similarities.Right down to IDS and his Propaganda.

    The Bigger the Lie,the More its believed.And yes,Cameron is morphing into Hitler.Perhaps attitudes help define features.

  5. Chris Tandy November 19, 2012 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    I don’t mind caMoron morphing int his hero so long as his end is the same. And so long as it’s soon. Is there a cellar at No 10 Downing Street?

  6. Thomas G Clark November 20, 2012 at 12:29 am - Reply

    Great analysis. You always seem to come up with good statistics to back up your arguments.

    I particularly liked your Tom Doran quote: ““It’s a strange kind of small-government philosophy that makes it harder, not easier, to appeal government decisions.””

    Here’s my analysis of Cameron’s nauseationg speech:

  7. Alex December 2, 2012 at 1:47 am - Reply

    I don’t believe Cameron is a bad man, he is just another of those rich and in power saying (if you read between the lines( I’m all right Jack. I’l Not have to do; and none of mine need suffer what you lot with no money have to suffer.have to do. What Cameron is sayind. Is. As Long as my greasy guts gets filled and I get free everything. Iand go anywhere in the world free Im fine. I will be okay and impress all my rich friends.who believe my crap.

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