Honesty is the best policy

Tony Blair famously employed spin as a way of persuading the electorate to support his agenda. So in the run-up to the Iraq War, Blair successfully spun the intelligence to make it appear that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction which could be deployed within 45 minutes. It was not an actual lie, but it was nothing like the truth either. David Cameron is nowhere near as sophisticated. He simply tells you what he thinks you want to hear. Before the last election, for example, when asked by David Dimbleby on Question Time if he had plans to cut … Continue reading Honesty is the best policy

Tory with a wilted rose

  You won’t be surprised to learn that I am supporting Jeremy Corbyn as the next leader of the Labour Party. He’s not really a “hard-left extremist”, despite what the media tells you. He is an old fashioned social democrat, like the Labour government of 1945, which brought us the National Health Service and the welfare state, or like current governments in the Scandinavian countries, which have some of the highest standards of living in the world. The only reason he can be portrayed as an extremist is that politics have moved so far to the right in the last thirty … Continue reading Tory with a wilted rose