Saturday, May 12, 2007

Shambo and Blair

What on earth can Tony Blair and Shambo the bull have in common. There could be several private blessings which only Cherie should know about. But we do know that both generated irrational adoration from their millions of followers, both are surrounded by believers who defend them against all the evidence - and both must be killed off (purely in a political sense in Blair's case of course).

Its more of a pity about Shambo, who has done nothing to deserve his fate. Just imagine if we Tories had won 31 seats (including me) and Nick Bourne had asked me to take on the 'Countryside' brief and Shambo the first item in my in tray. What a nightmare. There is no choice. Shambo has failed a Tb test, and he must be slaughtered - end of story. I've had to be ruthless with several much-loved Charolais bulls on my farm. It was never the bull's fault that they couldn't generate the desire to service 40 cows in a matter of weeks (be a bit of a challenge for most of us)- but that was the deal. Do the business - or off to the abattoir.

Now Blair deserves his fate. At present, everyone is saying what a great leader he was. I don't agree. He was a hugely charismatic politician, who attracted massive support. He is probably great company. But he didn't know how to govern, and he did serious damage to the body politic in the UK. Anyone who saw Michael Howard fillet Alistair Campbell on Newsnight will have heard the case against Blair put by a man who did not command public popularity - but knew how to govern.

Even I admit that Blair could make a wonderful speech, even if I found the 'quivering lip' and the shallow soundbites sick making. But he did not tackle the big issues facing our country, he developed a culture of 'spin' (lying) which has drawn contempt onto the heads of most politicians - and he lied over the case for toppling Saddam Hussein. As all these plaudits are bestowed on Tony Blair, I am left reflecting on the huge damage the man did while holding that great office - and I am really pleased to see the back of him.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Shambo has faild a TB test"
What is a Tony Blair test? is it difficult? What is the pass rate?
Is it anything like A levels? couldn't Shambo take it again and again and again he would surely have got an A* in the end.
Or is it a test of sincerity, did Shambo say "Trust me" or "I'm a straight kind of guy" and nobody believed him.
What other questions could you ask in a TB test?
AD

Normal Mouth said...

For God's sake man, take the "Assembly Member" off your blog title. You'll have Trading Standards down on you soon!

Christopher Glamorgan said...

...not to mention Dafydd El writing to you on his new headed note paper (complete with crest - not sure if it's been given yet)!

Glyn Davies AM said...

Normal mouth - Sorry but I'm a technophobe. My daughter, Sally is sorting these things out for me tomorrow. I'm changing the title to 'A View from Rural Wales'

Normal Mouth said...

Seriously - I'm really glad you haven't stopped blogging. I find it richly ironic that a number of successful candidates have vacated the blogosphere faster than you can say "taking the voters for granted" while you have remained.

Glyn Davies said...

normal mouth - I blog because I enjoy it and I thrive on commenters like you who disagree with me. I don't blog for any political benefit - because if I did that, no-one would read or comment. And it does look as if Sally has changed my blog titles.

Anonymous said...

the titles have been changed but i think you need to change your blog address from glyndaviesam.blogspot.com to plain old glyndavies.blogspot.com

Damon said...

Yes, anonymous, but most people will have bookmarked glyndaviesam.blogspot.com so lots of people will need to change bookmarks if Glyn does that. Titles such as "A view from Rural Wales" can be changed easily, but getting everyone to change their bookmarks and links would not be. Keep the address as it is, Glyn, for convenience's sake; David Davies still has the AM bit as part of the address, even though no longer an AM! http://www.daviddaviesam.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Stop being pedantic. AM just means that Glyn gets up early !

Glyn Davies said...

I've changed my website to glyndavies.net from glyndaviesam.net. Will have to ask Sally about the blog address. Pleased to learn about this new word (to me anyway) bookmarked.