Thursday, 28 October 2010

A Man Without Conviction

As Barack Obama is struggling to retain public confidence at home, and looks set for a thrashing in the forthcoming elections, he has chosen to defend his reforms on the The Daily Show hosted by Jon Stewart.

He trotted onto the show to an audience cheering him like he had just won the X Factor, so no packed audience there. Cue a little friendly banter and then onto the serious stuff. Jon Stewart asked him about his lightweight legislation and watered down healthcare reforms to which Obama replied in statesmanlike manner.................................'er, er, Jon, now you know I like your show........................'.

But why the hesitation? Surely Mr Obama is passionate about healthcare reforms? In which case he should have jumped in, told Stewart it was about time all people were given decent health care, that given the opposition from other parties no way was his legislation watered down and so on. However, struggling for an answer Mr Obama had to play for time to give his response

Now I've seen that response hundreds of times when interviewing people, as they play for time whilst trying to formulate an answer that they think will impress the interviewer, or audience in this case. But why would Obama have this reaction? Surely he knows why he has pushed through healthcare reforms and surely he is passionate about the subject, but strangly, couldn't give an immediate answer.

The only conclusion this leads to is that he is another political 'placement', just heading a state in a consultancy capacity, hired by incompetents to push through policies that he knows little about and certainly has no passion for. Basically spin without conviction. Mind you, I suppose it was a comedy programme.

But it really is 'time for change' from these appalling pretend politicians.

Monday, 25 October 2010

Mike Natrass and the Corruption of UKIP

Well done Mike Natrass. Your open and truthful account of Nigel Farage took me down memory lane.

I remembered my first experience of Nigel Farage was at the National Motor Museum in Birmingham. I'd never been to a political conference before and expected something akin to statesman like behaviour from the fairly recently elected UKIP policticians. The first 'statesman' I got to hear was Farage himself and statesman like he was not.

He had spoke for or against a particular motion and expected the audience to rubber stamp his view. When the motion did not go his way, he berated his audience/supporters/UKIP members and flounced out of the conference hall in high dudgeon. I laughed as it was so camp I thought it was just a theatrical political joke and he would come back into the conference hall to the amusement of the audience. But no, it was Farage in control freak mode, how dare the plebs go against what he wanted. I was left with an uneasy feeling.

In the following years, it became clear that the only people Farage wanted in his Farage party were no hopers who would dance to his tune in the absence of being able to create their own tune of adhere to any kind of decent morals.

The NEC elections were particularly interesting, where unknown checkout girls living in the North West suddenly managed to gain more votes than the great Fuhrer himself. Then there were those people who stood up to him, only to be revealed as sympathisers of the far right or the BNP.

Then there was 'that' video. You know the one - it got found by a Morrocan taxi driver who posted said video on t'internet' and so on....................the amazing coincidences are endless.

So I congratulate Mike, and Nikki Sinclair, as you have both stood up against the most corrupt individual I have ever come across. Good luck in everything you do and remember, the truth will out.