Cameron’s comedy turn won’t make anybody happy


David Cameron should be very happy that UKIP is around to make him look acceptable.

We can’t ever say he’ll look good, but in contrast to the ‘Farage wave’, the spectacle of UKIP being thrown out of the venue where it was supposed to be launching its European election campaign, and the never-ending queue of candidates who are desperate to embarrass themselves publicly – what’s the latest one? “Women should be made to wear skirts because they’re a turn-on for men”? Ye gods… – it’s easy to think that the Conservatives are mild, or at least rational.

They’re not.

But Cameron was keen to project an image of competence at the Conservatives’ campaign launch for the local council elections. This is strange because, with his record of achievement, the things he was saying seem more like stand-up comedy than serious statements of ability.

Try this, about the European Union: “I have a track record of delivery – and believe me, whatever it takes, I will deliver this in-out referendum.” A track record of delivery? Well, yes. He delivered a top-down reorganisation of the NHS that nobody wanted, leading to an inrush of private health companies into the NHS – that nobody wanted. He has delivered the lowest amount of house-building, per year, since records began. He has delivered a withered economic ‘recovery’ that arrived three years later than if he had continued with the plan of the previous, Labour, government. He has delivered all the benefits of that ‘recovery’ to the extremely rich, rather than sharing it equally with the people responsible for it. And he has delivered a new high in employment, with no economic benefit to the country, that has left workers on wages that are so low they are going into debt.

He delivered the bedroom tax.

He delivered a massive increase in the National Debt.

He delivered millions of people into poverty and food bank dependence.

Ha ha ha. Very funny, Mr Cameron.

He told us, “People said I would never veto a European treaty. In 2011 that’s exactly what I did.” Well, yes. But the rest of Europe just went right ahead and carried on without you. You marginalised Britain as a member of the EU and made us a laughing-stock in the eyes of the world.

Ha ha ha. Very funny, Mr Cameron.

“We came through the great recession together; we are building the great British revival together,” he said. But he can’t say that to the many thousands of people who used to be claiming sickness and disability benefits but aren’t anymore because they are all dead. They didn’t come through the great recession. Cameron cut off their means of survival, forcing them into situations in which their health was allowed to worsen until their conditions overwhelmed them, or their situation induced such huge bouts of depression that they took their own lives.

Ha h- no. That’s not funny, Mr Cameron.

“The job is not done. If you want to finish the job we have started, back the party with a plan,” he said. Well, no. The Conservative plan (such as it is) will destroy your employment rights, scrap the welfare state, maintain a huge underclass of unemployed people to use as fodder for work-for-your-benefit schemes (a contradiction in terms if ever there was one) to circumvent the minimum wage, and to claim credit for successes that aren’t theirs.

There is only one reason to support the Conservative Party in this – or any other election.

That is if there is only one other political party on the ballot paper – and that party is UKIP.

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  1. Barry Davies May 3, 2014 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    More negative campaigning Mike? Try to post something about camoron without trying to bring UKIP into it, and if you are going to post something as the latest don;t go for old news and point out whether the person involved is still with UKIP because UKIP has the track record of getting rid of people who come up with comments more apt for conlablibdum membership.

    • Mike Sivier May 3, 2014 at 5:01 pm - Reply

      I’ll post what I like, Barry – you don’t have to read it.

  2. sdbast May 3, 2014 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  3. MrChekaMan May 3, 2014 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    I detest this government, as whilst Blair’s was mildly annoying, this one seems determined to force me into abject poverty within a few years.

  4. thoughtfullyprepping May 3, 2014 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    I read this and cringe.
    Not by what has been written but it reminds me that when the election actually happens it’ll probably be one of the same two lame ducks (Tory or Labour) who get into power and we’ll still have to suffer the same s##t except from a different colored tie.

    As for UKIP, the party that is going to solve the UK’s problems?
    They will probably become someones lapdog (not unlike the LibDems are today).

    Seeing as though their elite are mostly failed Tory’ites, it don’t bear well for the ordinary citizen. Just imagine Toryism with a sense of humor and theater. Yeuk!

    Having bravely waded through their “work in progress” manifesto, I’m also betting they will have a future as the comedy relief at PM’s question time.

    Still what do I know, I either vote for an independent or “none of the above”.

  5. beastrabban May 3, 2014 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    Reblogged this on Beastrabban’s Weblog and commented:
    Mike tears into the repeated lies and falsehoods Cameron has told as part of his election speech promoting the Tories. MIke states that the only reasons the Tories look any good is by comparison to UKIP. I have to say that in a lot of ways, there really isn’t much difference between the two. UKIP’s leadership and policies seem to be drawn very much from the Europhobic section of the Tory party. As for the grassroots Tory activists, Jeremy Hardy made an extremely hilarious diatribe a few years ago on the News Quiz on Radio 4 about just how vicious and stupid the faithful, who turn up at the party conference really are. And he’s right, as I found out when one day a few years ago I tuned into their party conference out of sheer boredom. I turned off again soon after. The difference between the Tories and UKIP is one of degree, not difference.

  6. JK May 3, 2014 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    When Osborne became Chancellor he made hay about keeping Great Britain’s triple A status rating by international ratings agencies, saying how important it was in respect to being able to borrow money on the wholesale money markets at low rates and how, if Labour had remained in power we would have lost that “gold standard” status of credit worthiness as a nation. Since then that rating has been downgraded three times. Another failure. The Tory time in office has been a litany of failure, especially as far as “welfare reform” is concerned – and, sadly, has squandered many innocent lives needlessly.

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