Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Miliband does OK.

Had to be in the Chamber today, to watch Ed Miliband's debut. Couldn't understand why so many people thought he would be a flop. I didn't. To me, he's always seemed a good performer (in a sixth form debater sort of way). He's sharp and personable, and I've warned that we must take him seriously. Mind you, if he can't make his mark in the current climate, he's a banana.

This is the image that came to my mind. A young Pakistani bowler, unknown and untested, opening the bowling against David Gower at his sublime peak, on a wicked pitch under heavy cloud - ball moving both ways and lifting. The first few overs are interesting to watch - before David gradually gets his eye in, taking control. The question, as it was on the day that 'the Unions' awarded him the captaincy, is whether he just flatters to deceive, or turns out to be a Wacqar Younis or an Imran Khan. Though I cannot claim to be an impartial observer, it was great to see a decent contest. the young newcomer did OK. I will not be missing PMQs for the next few weeks.

What also struck me is the degree of disconnect between 'cause' and 'blame' in modern politics. Labour completely wreck the economy, leading to the people putting a replacement Government in place to clear up the mess - reducing public expenditure and in doing so, providing ammunition for Labour to fire at us. Its brass neck of a very high order. And how the culprits cheered. No good moan aboput it. That's politics. Price of being in Government I suppose - being on the receiving end of gunfire. So happens that today, I feel that, along with others, I made a real difference. Makes it all worthwhile.

4 comments:

Welsh council house laddie, PhD JD said...

"What also struck me is the degree of disconnect between 'cause' and 'blame' in modern politics."

One long term worry is the disconnect between the Welsh 'economy' and what passes for the Welsh 'economy' with its awful GVA rating with the 'cherry on top' drop in Welsh exports (some £1.6 billion – and "Mark You" I predicted a serious drop in exports from EU member states/UK->Wales some time ago - not hard as I could see the downstream crush of Obama inspired "Feds" (Federal Regulations/tax changes) coming down the Obama pipeline - something I predicted/argued about from the audience with Elizabeth Edwards (wife of former Kerry running mate, John Edwards) back October 2008 in the BBC Question Time Special broadcast from the Newseum in Washington, DC) - as the American Small Business sector pulls in her/his belt so imports into the USA will go down and hence countries/nations in the EU would find their export market to the USA compromised - happened as per prediction). Have to chop - I'm in a Toyota dealership having my compact car serviced...

CH laddie said...

Typo: correction shown in brackets:

One long term worry is the disconnect between (the Deputy First Minister) and what passes for the Welsh 'economy' with its awful GVA rating with the 'cherry on top' drop in Welsh exports (some £1.6 billion ...

AngryMan said...

"Labour completely wreck the economy..."

Mr Davies, it is the "Tory Boys" in The City of London are are most at fault, and therefore responsible for the economic catastrophe the UK was plunged into.

The City, aided and abetted by the Conservative/ Lib Dem Government, of which you are a member, is now systematically "Downsizing" and "Privatising" Health, Education, Local and National Government. The very process which destroyed UK Manufacturing.

This is both crass, unnacceptable, but above all dangerous.

Roman Jones Esq. said...

Angryman - please get your facts straight. The City's speculative capitalism was nurtured, encouraged and faited by the 13 years of the New Labour Administration. You cannot label the City bankers as Tory Boys merely because of their wealth and social up-bringing. What about City Slickers like Lord Myners, Lord Sugar or Geofferey Robinson - Labour through and through! It is the case that New Labour screwed up our economy, not just from allowing their City friends free reign, but by also their own profilagacy in public spending. That had nothing to do with the City's activities. We must cut public spending. Otherwise taxes must soar to cover the deficit or we continue to borrow more every day (£500million+). Is that seriously what you are suggesting?!? That is a lunatics route to bankruptcy!