Tories Take Page From Establishment GOP’s Book

In America, the Republicans have to worry about that pesky Tea Party, while in the UK, the Tories (and everyone else, it seems) has to worry about that pesky UKIP. Both the Tea Party (which is a movement, not a party) and UKIP (which is both) are on the rise due to under-representation of a large block of voters in both countries. But much like the superior Star Wars movie “The Empire Strikes Back,” the establishment powers are doing just that.

Many political news stories in America this year have been about a Tea Party on the ropes. What has happened? Well, it’s pretty simple. The establishment GOP, even though they have a majority in the House thanks to the Tea Party, are pissed off that some of their long-time members are getting bumped off, i.e. Richard Lugar, Bob Bennett, et al and decided to enact revenge in the only way they know how…spending more money. The MSM feigned shock that the Tea Party candidates had a rough go of it this year when it was as simple as the fact that they got outspent and vilified in the press by Republicans. Again…simple, easy.

Across the pond, UKIP just had their watershed moment in the recent by-elections and took from every party: Tories, Labour, Liberal-Democrats. Needless to say, the Tories are pissed and have upped their game:

With just two days to go until the by-election in Newark, the Nottinghamshire town has faced a deluge of politicians across every party.

It is the Conservatives who have gone all out, however – nervous of the damage a win for Ukip would do, the party has reportedly ordered every single one of its MPs to visit the constituency at least three times before Thursday’s ballot.

On David Cameron’s fourth trip he spoke to a group of workers, and told them: “A dog is for life not just for Christmas, it’s a bit the same with your Member of Parliament.”

All the canvassing has prompted something of a local backlash, with one quick-witted businessman setting up an offer of 50p per “single egg for throwing” – encouraging market-goers to “pick a politician”.

But all the activity seems to have paid off, with a poll from Lord Ashcroft suggesting the Tories now have a significant lead among prospective voters.

Interestingly, the Tories haven’t taken the tack of becoming more like UKIP to win back voters but instead have considered a deal with the devil:

An unholy alliance between the Conservative and Labour parties is emerging, with party members in Thurrock, Essex, deliberating on how best to keep Nigel Farage’s new UKIP councillors out of decision-making processes.
Last year, Conservative Party activists slammed UKIP for considering a coalition to keep the Tories out of power in Norfolk, but the Conservatives seem to have adopted these very same tactics as animosity between the two parties shows no sign of relenting.

The Thurrock Gazette reports that in the Essex town where UKIP picked up five seats (three Conservative, two Labour), the Tories and Labour are now in talks over a “grand coalition” which seeks to lock UKIP’s six councillors out of the decision-making process.

It had been noted when the results came in last week that UKIP may now hold ‘kingmaker’ status in the council. But representatives of the 23 Labour and 18 Conservatives members “had anticipated a Ukip surge and were discussing the prospect of teaming up ahead of last week’s vote, which left both Thurrock’s main parties a lot lighter.”

One source told the local paper: “I’d lay my money on a grand coalition between Labour and the Conservatives. Talks have already taken place and more are planned.”

This scheme didn’t pan out, but it shows you just how far the establishment types are willing to go to protect their turf. Imagine, the Democrats and Republicans in America forming an alliance to keep the Tea Party down. Well, we don’t have to imagine it. It happens every day.

Turning to Mississippi, we have an establishment Republican incumbent being challenged by a Tea Party candidate and all hands are on deck to maintain the staus quo, even if it means delaying retirement:

The Abramoff connection is another reminder for Mississippi voters that Cochran’s real address isn’t his cabin in Oxford or his phantom apartment at Webber’s crib. It’s on K Street.

In fact, in a Washington Post interview over the weekend, Cochran said he had intended to leave the Senate after this current term, but he changed his mind:

Cochran said he is running because others encouraged him to seek another term. “I thought it was time for me to retire,” he said. “I thought I’d served long enough. …But people were saying, what are we going to do without you?”

 

Crush the establishment.

The Obama Coincidences

There’s been a lot of debate over President Obama’s feelings about the job he holds. Some theorize he really doesn’t like being president while others think he’s having the time of his life. I tend to lean toward the latter as it appears the head of the executive branch is taking every opportunity he can to have a good laugh in private.

There have been a number of odd little occurrences. Giving Britain back a bust of Churchill; bowing to the Saudi King; sending Netanyahu and the Dali Lama out the back way; giving Queen Elizabeth II an iPod full of his speeches and audio books; and I’m sure a few other events I’m forgetting.

Now just the other day the president decides, hey, let’s celebrate Hanukkah early and instead of lighting one candle a day per tradition, let’s just light them all now and then party down!

I’m not saying Obama doesn’t like the Jews, but I’m not not saying it either.

But the pièce de résistance is something caught by The Blaze and brought to my attention by Twitter buddy @Robert23Hersey. Obama gave a rather anti-capitalist speech this past week in a city called Osawatomie, Kansas. Ever heard of it? I hadn’t, and it’s rare that the president makes a speech in a city I haven’t heard of. It can happen. You research demographics and maybe say this would be a good place to get some exposure leading up to 2012. Who knows, maybe.

But the name Osawatomie does indeed ring the bells of some more literate in the history of the Weather Underground:

That’s right ladies and germs, “Osawatomie” was the name of the Weather Underground’s publication.

Folks, we’re a long way past laughing these things off as coincidences. Obama is have a laugh, and he’s laughing at us.

Can Tea Party Spill Over Into Europe?

That is the question. Certainly democracy found it’s way to Europe after 1776, so why not a second time?

The reason for the question is this viral video from MEP Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party who let it rip in the latest EU session taking a page from the book of Daniel Hannan:

Portugal is indeed next. Cloward-Piven is on the march and may crush us if we don’t stop it soon.

UK Heads To The Polls

As “bigoted women” head to the polls in the UK tomorrow, Daniel Hannan gives us this warning:

If the Conservatives don’t win tomorrow, I warn you not to have a pension. I warn you not to hold savings or own shares. I warn you not to be ambitious, not to be enterprising, not to be patriotic. I warn you not to demand classroom discipline or choice in education. I warn you not to live in southern England. I warn you not to expect public services that serve the public. I warn you not to try to move from benefits into work. I warn you not to hold sterling. I warn you not to own a house. I warn you not to run a business. Above all, I warn you not to offer anyone a job.

Gordon Brown Meets Mrs. Duffy

Move over Joe the Plumber…there’s a new voice of the people! UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown shows once again how a career politician just can’t go toe-to-toe with regular folk.

BLUNDERING Gordon Brown has been caught on microphone calling a voter a “bigot”.

The Prime Minister was heard describing an exchange he had just had with lifelong Labour supporter Gillian Duffy, 65 — on the campaign trail in Rochdale, Lancs, today — as a “disaster”.

He made the comments as he got into his car after speaking to Mrs Duffy — not realising that he still had the Sky News mic pinned to his shirt.

He told an aide: “That was a disaster – they should never have put me with that woman. Whose idea was that? It’s just ridiculous.”

She tackled him on a series of issues including the national debt, taxes, student financing and immigration.

Mrs Duffy, a widow, said she was “very disappointed” with Mr Brown’s remarks.

After hearing what the Prime Minister had said about her, she said it was “very upsetting”.

She added: “He’s an educated person, why has he come out with words like that?

“He’s supposed to lead this country and he’s calling an ordinary woman who’s just come up and asked questions what most people would ask him – he’s not doing anything about the national debt and it’s going to be tax, tax, tax for another 20 years to get out of this mess – and he’s calling me a bigot.”

Of course the first thing that gets me – having worked in video production my whole career – is how a trained politician can be so careless around microphones. When you’re miked up, you have to go into a different mode that doesn’t end when the interview is over, it ends when you see the microphone being completely removed from your person. Politics 101 people!

Now to the heart of the matter.

Mr Brown’s unguarded comments were made after the pensioner quizzed him about immigration claiming it was a taboo subject.

During their exchange in the street, Mrs Duffy told the Prime Minister: “You can’t say anything about immigrants.”

She added: “All these eastern Europeans – where are they coming from?”

Mr Brown said a million people had come from Europe but another million Britons had moved the other way.

Mrs Duffy also complained about people on benefits.

She said: “There are too many who aren’t vulnerable and they can claim, and people who are vulnerable can’t get claims – can’t get it.”

Mr Brown said: “But they shouldn’t be doing that. There is no life on the dole for people any more.”

As he went to leave, the Prime Minister shook her hand and told her: “Very nice to meet you, very nice to meet you.”

Amen, sister! You can’t say anything about immigrants in this country either without being called a bigot. Our president gives us pretty much the same treatment.

MORE: Video of Mrs. Duffy receiving the news she is a bigot. Allahpundit calls the look on her face “pure-spun gold.” I completely agree.

British Lawmakers Cover For Climategate Criminals

Hat tip to Andrew Breitbart on this one. A British parliamentary commission found this week that Dr. Phil Jones and the rest of the gang at East Anglia University are horribly misunderstood and their reputations remain “intact.” This little nugget is by far the piece de resistance:

The House of Commons’ Science and Technology Committee said that the word “trick” in this context “appears to be a colloquialism for a ‘neat’ method of handling data” and that the phrase “hide the decline” was meant as “shorthand for the practice of discarding data known to be erroneous.”

Mmm! And the committee also ruled that when G. Gordon Liddy used the word “burglary” he actually meant “fact finding mission.”

Rule, Britannia!

Story Of The Day: Hitler Called Chamberlain An "Arschloch"

It never ceases to amaze me how much Adolph Hitler, perhaps the worst person that ever lived, can teach us. He’s like the horrible gift that keeps on giving….like that cuckoo clock I once got as a wedding gift (which turned out to be rather poignant considering I’m not married anymore).

Today we learn from the British archives that MI5 tried to use some of Hitler’s saucy descriptions of Chamberlain to convince the weak Prime Minister to reconsider appeasement:

The file claimed that Hitler was “convinced that Great Britain is ‘decadent’ and lacks the will power to defend the British Empire” and added: “If the information in the [report] which has proved generally reliable in the past, is to be believed, Germany is at the beginning of a ‘Napoleonic era’ and her rulers contemplate a great extension of German power.”

At the suggestion of one officer they included samples of Hitler’s insulting references to Chamberlain which was said to have had “a considerable impression on the Prime Minister.”

Lord Halifax, the Foreign Secretary, underlined three times in red pencil Hitler’s reported description of Chamberlain as an “arschloch” before handing it on to the Prime Minister.

Hitler was also said to have mocked Chamberlain’s trademark umbrella, according to the report, which said he was “very fond of making jokes about the ‘umbrella pacifism’ of the once so imposing British world empire.”

Professor Christopher Andrew, the author of the book, said the report, delivered in November 1938, was “unprecedented” because it represented the “first, albeit implicit, indictment of government foreign policy by a British intelligence agency.”

In the end it had no effect, and Chamberlain and Halifax still believed Nazi Germany would stand by the agreement they had made in Munich even as they occupied Prague the following March.

This is so rich and delicious, I can’t finish it all. I hate to play the “Captain Obvious” card, but does anyone see, oh, I don’t know, some simliarities to current world events?

And my new favorite word is now “arschloch.” Expect to see it on this webpage ad nauseum.