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Posted: 12/18/2005 6:52:47 PM EDT
Dramatic title, I know, but I am frankly furious. As I've had my last week of law school, which involved a important presentation followed by drinking and packing, I've been out of touch with the news somewhat. It was somewhat distressing, then, when I sat down to read The Sunday Times to do a bit of catching up.

First I saw something about another Blair-Brown rift and how John Prescott isn't paying council tax because he's a fat idiot with more double standards than an army of twins. Fairly normal stuff for New Labour, although saddening in light of the fact these people (and I use the term loosely) are supposed to be running our country. Unfortunately for us it seems when they took the job they misread 'running' as 'ruining', but we've only got the hordes of unmitigated morons who voted for them to blame for that.

Oh well, so far so normal - I didn't even bother reading anything but the stub of each of the articles as I knew it would be the usual mix of hypocricy, lies, and moral degredation you get with New Labour. Anyway, turn a couple of pages, and what do I see? Oh good god tell me I'm having a nightmare. It shouldn't be a surprise, really. I should have prepared myself for this. Maybe I'm just confused. No, wait.... those months of hard-man posturing on the part of Mr Blair over how we wouldn't give up any of our rebate were real, I didn't imagine them. I also remember - quite clearly - that he'd already bowed to EU pressure and accepted no increase to the rebate this time around in order to help the new member states, which I suppose is fair in a round-about, not entirely fair sort of way.

Why, then, has this spineless PR-front bowed to the freeloading socialists across the channel and given up a significant chunk of the rebate and increased our funding input by 63%? Look, you horrible little man, that isn't just a significant increase, that is a bloody gargantuan increase. Or should I say, decrease - to our public spending capabilities, and therefore our education, health, transport, welfare (I mean, if we've got to have that one we might as well run it properly, right?), and everything-else budgets. But then maybe I do mean increase - to our taxes, rightful share in French farm produce, and rate of financial collapse.

For a government that was promising for a very long time that it would be honest, consistent, and avoid the old Labour tax-and-spend tactics, I can't help but find the actions since gaining office - and increasingly so in recent months - a little incompatible with those promises. First we had the tuition fees debacle (not that I even object to them, merely being lied to about them in a manifesto promise), then the Iraq war (again, fine by me but be sodding honest about it - I dislike being treated like an idiot by a man with a fixed grin and a fat friend). Following that was the revelation that pretty much the entire anuities market was on the brink of completely imploding due to Mr Brown's love of other people's money and desire to redistribute the wealth (to civil servant's obscene non-contributory pension funds and corpulent paychecks, naturally), thus meaning a mass exodus of pension funds. Then, a month or so ago, the cash-grabbing smarm has the gall to announce he's going to start taxing savings as well. What the bloody hell do my savings have to do with anything, you fat bastard? Does the New Labour front bench actually eat money or something? After totally ruining people's plans for caring for themselves with pension funds (thus not requiring welfare hand-outs.....) you're going to rob them of their savings as well? Are you utterly, utterly insane, or just incapable of hammering together a budget that holds, all the while your boss hands over billions of pounds to continental socialist countries who really have no excuse for not running their own countries better in the first place?

Wait - don't answer that. I already know the answer; anyone who has to borrow £12.5 billion to balance the budget can only ever fall into one of those catagories, can't he? Yes, you're a corrupt, inept, life-ruining, effort-wasting, pound-hoarding hypocrite Mr Chancellor, as are the tax-dodging hypocrite and the gutless liar you call friends, and I hope you all end up living in miserable squalor. Like an entire generation is going to have to do after you've worked it half to death and taken all it's money and belongings, that is.
Link Posted: 12/18/2005 6:56:06 PM EDT
Wow. That was depressing.

Good luck, ally.
Link Posted: 12/18/2005 7:01:17 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SWS:
Good luck, ally.



Thanks. When you couple what I wrote with the current state of our firearm laws, things just look bleaker every day.

That being said, we Conservatives recently elected a charismatic young gentleman as our party leader. Perhaps there is hope?
Link Posted: 12/18/2005 7:01:18 PM EDT
Drinking alot of water will help that dehydration headache go away faster.
Link Posted: 12/18/2005 7:03:19 PM EDT
All socialism needs is the right person running it.

Maybe Tony's your guy, just hang in and give him a chance.
Link Posted: 12/18/2005 7:06:46 PM EDT

Originally Posted By captainpooby:
All socialism needs is the right person running it.

Maybe Tony's your guy, just hang in and give him a chance.



He's not our guy though. We're talking about the guy who extended the ban on handguns to .22s!

Fair enough, he does have some redeeming qualities: He stood by our American allies where a lesser -more European- leader would have fled.
Link Posted: 12/18/2005 8:53:27 PM EDT

Originally Posted By BlairHous:

Originally Posted By SWS:
Good luck, ally.



Thanks. When you couple what I wrote with the current state of our firearm laws, things just look bleaker every day.



What do you expect? The American revolution started over taxes. You're being taxed to death and your guns are being taken away at the same time so that you can't stop it.

Perhaps I'm being paranoid and pessimistic, but it looks like you're right....Britain is taxing herself to death. I wish you luck in stopping it, but we've got our own problems on this side of the pond (namely, trying to keep the US from making some of the mistakes that Britain has.)
Link Posted: 12/18/2005 9:00:29 PM EDT

Originally Posted By BlairHous:

Originally Posted By captainpooby:
All socialism needs is the right person running it.

Maybe Tony's your guy, just hang in and give him a chance.



He's not our guy though. We're talking about the guy who extended the ban on handguns to .22s!

Fair enough, he does have some redeeming qualities: He stood by our American allies where a lesser -more European- leader would have fled.



Would have fled? The vast majority fled. Thanks for your country's sacrifice.

If you or any of our British members ever fancy a holiday across the pond, I am sure there are members that would let you fire some interesting toys.

SRM
Link Posted: 12/18/2005 9:05:04 PM EDT
We'll be glad to have you here in Texas. Put a sign on your home that says GTT!
Link Posted: 12/18/2005 9:07:44 PM EDT
Perhaps one day we may arise again(1) to cross the great water(2) with fire(3) and sword(4) to aid our kin(5), slay the wicked(6), and crush(7) the serpent(8) beneath our heel.

I say, Let that day be soon. Yea verily, and forsooth!


Allusion 1: The Fifth Crusade

Allusion 2: The Atlantic

Allusion 3: Nuclear Weapons

Allusion 4: Military Forces

Allusion 5: Europe

Allusion 6: The Left

Allusion 7: Destroy forever and all time

Allusion 8: Islam
Link Posted: 12/18/2005 9:32:34 PM EDT
I've been meaning to watch Question Time for the last two weeks in a row but have missed it

I did see Micheal Howard's last day though.
Link Posted: 12/18/2005 10:03:59 PM EDT
Your rant was fecking brilliant... spot on.

I just love it when Brits go on a rant, it sound so much more cerebral than an American rant.

Must be that they developed the language, and STILL know how to use it.

Just my .02 cent.

Dram out
Link Posted: 12/18/2005 10:10:23 PM EDT
Yeah but what the fuck is Sodding Afraid to use the proper word or are ya just being a fanny.
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 3:15:28 AM EDT
I took a quick look in my historical archives.

No nation has ever taxed itself into prosperity.
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