Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Tory Trinity: the ineffable theo-political Three in One

Cameron, Osborne and Johnson.

Or, for those who feel more immanence, Dave, George and Boris.

While Peter Hoskin at The Spectator’s Coffee House muses about the extent to which Ed Vaizey has dropped David Cameron in it (again) with his assertion that the Conservative leader is ‘much more conservative by nature than he acts, or than he is forced to be by political exigency’, there is actually something rather more interesting in the Vanity Fair article which offers much hope for the future.

Michael Wolff writes:

In Conservative shorthand, Osborne, the brilliant tactician, will become the brains of the party; Boris Johnson, the party’s most charismatic figure, its soul; and Cameron, the most media-ready of the new blood, its face.

To which Boris quips:

“The lion lies down with a lamb, calf, and fatling together, and a little child shall lead them.”

Of course, Boris is not part of Dave’s inner circle, and he is not likely to be. Yet if he were, there would be an instant change in the popular perception (and, doubtless, working dynamic) of the élite Tory group: it would immediately be perceived as being less arrogant and aloof: it might even become more likeable.

But the Wolff theology is a little trite. Let us not hastily dismiss Cameron’s strategic and tactical ability: he is one with Osborne; let us not ignore Boris’ brains: they surpass those of both Cameron and Osborne; let us not be blind to Cameron’s soul: it is ‘broad church’ Anglican; let us not disregard Boris’ Tory instinct: it surpasses that of both Cameron and Osborne; let us not distrust Osborne’s tactics; they are at one with Cameron’s grasp of postmodernity; let us not reject Cameron’s charisma: it is as televisual as that of Boris; and let us not disbelieve, even in times of extreme doubt, that Cameron, Osborne and Boris are in harmony: the three are hewn from the same Tory rock and fused into one at the deepest politico-philosophical level.

While Cameron and Osborne are superior, it is Boris who presently holds the highest elected office and yields more political power than either.

Rightly, fairly or not, Cameron and Osborne are perceived as being aloof and arrogant. But, like the Holy Spirit, there is something reassuring and comforting about Boris: he is immanent and accessible. He not only invariably speaks and writes manifest common sense, he has that rare gift for a politician – he is lovable. No matter what his faults and failings – and these have been broadcast far and wide - there is something profoundly warming about his personality. In an era where the medium is the message, Boris is a very portly medium indeed, through which the message of Conservatism may be amply expounded.

And everyone has heard of Boris. Like Diana, he has the aura of first-name familiarity about him; not such a one that may breed contempt, but one that endears people to him; one that makes people feel that they somehow know him. There is something cultic about him; to use the vernacular, he has mojo, he creates his own mystery which inevitably yields a loyal following. In that sense, Boris is the people’s politician, and God knows the Conservative Party desperately needs politicians with whom the electorate wants to engage; politicians who can lead and create disciples.

The British electorate seems to teeter now between a logical suspicion of Cameron’s true nature and a desire to be generous and accepting: they appear to want what he seems to be proposing, which is this adaptable, fix-it-if-it’s-broken, don’t-fix-if-it-isn’t — or if it is broken, like the N.H.S., don’t open a can of worms, which will make it worse — approach.

But there is wariness and suspicion. Cameron’s postmodern transmutation risks straying off its careful tonal balance — this is the first British general election in which there will be televised head-to-head debates — and this could result in a rush to the ‘minor’ parties and a hung parliament.

Cameron is basing his campaign and, too, his idea of the Third Way — this further chapter in Clintonian and Blairite politics — on his being the bulwark against the disagreeable and ugly people in his Party’s local associations. And he is counting on the fact that fewer and fewer voters will ask those old-fashioned questions about identity and provenance, which, after all, in the modern world are, for so many people, ever changing and fluid.

Cameron has political antennae every bit as attuned to the mood of the nation as those of Tony Blair. He observes that people are deprived of opportunities to shape the world around them, and at the mercy of powerful elites that preside over them. Yet he knows that rhetoric and spin no longer fool any of the people any of the time. He knows that the traditions of Parliament are perfectly workable because they have stood the test of time. The problem, he knows profoundly, is that of perfidious politicians conspiring with a jesuitical judiciary to diminish democracy and paralyse the people. The solution he has articulated is important for the Conservative Party because it is crucial for the nation. And it has come from his heart.

Optimism, hope, compassion – they are eternal values, timeless expressions, that will forever inspire those listening, especially the needy, the under-privileged, the poor, the abused. When you cease speaking to people hearts, you cease communicating at all. Cameron has shown that he understands the postmodern world in exactly the same way as Boris incarnates modernity. Both have grasped that political debate should move on because context moves on. There is no point reading the old texts through the lens of modernity when they long since ceased to resonate, not because the essential truths changed, but because the context did.

Avoiding the political challenges posed by postmodernity for fear of philosophical relativism, or accusation of inconsistency or (God forbid) spin, is simply to build a wall around Conservative Campaign Headquarters. This may create a monument to a great tradition, but it ceases to be a dynamic movement capable of articulating the nation’s natural conservatism.

The new era demands engagement with the world at all levels and with the British people at theirs. The balance is difficult, but the Cameron-Osborne-Johnson Trinity could ably and eloquently articulate Conservatism for the new era. It might sometimes appear fractured, deregulated, devolved and diverse, but that is the zeitgeist, the essence of the age. These ‘Three in One’ would be forever divided yet unified, perpetually in tension yet in harmony.

The faithful would be exhilarated and the polls would soar.

Tread softly, because you tread on His Grace’s dreams.


Blogger Gnostic said...

I like Boris as a person. He is charming, affable and charismatic. Although intelligent he has proven himself to be opportunistic, embracing Cameroon issues that the country as a whole has grown weary of. As much as I like him I wouldn't trust him with a hole in a paper bag, let alone the country.

That someone considers Osborne a brilliant strategist is laughing in the face of common sense. What the heck is brilliant and strategic about "green" economical policies based on discredited junk science that will plummet our economy into a darker, more Stygian abyss?

10 March 2010 at 08:42  
Anonymous philip walling said...

Clever and inspiring YG. (But immanent and immanence (not sure it's right in that context)in one article?)
If Your Grace's dreams are not made flesh then we are truly done for. This trinity realises, I am sure, what is at stake; in their hands is the future of our nation at one of the most critical times in its history.
Thank God for Boris. But then when the chips are down and our backs against the wall and so on, we have to dig into the aristocracy to find someone to save us.
As they say, you can't breed rats out of mice.

10 March 2010 at 08:44  
Blogger Jared Gaites said...

It is one thing to have dreams but you seem to be wallowing in a sickly fantasy world.

10 March 2010 at 09:18  
Anonymous Graham Davis said...

Some very interesting observations Cranmer

I always feel uncomfortable with the phrase “the British people”. The political parties use their best brains to try and scoop up a handful of this most valuable commodity in order to examine it and find out how it ticks only to find it slipping through their fingers. I am not sure that anybody knows the reason why people vote the way they do.

Personalities of course are important but whatever their talents the “trinity” may be accused of Toffism. Random events like the Ashcroft affair can unexpectedly affect public opinion. Economic competence will of course be a major factor and the leader’s debate may have huge impact, particularly if Clegg does well.

I suspect conservatism along with the other ism’s will not motivate, except the ever aging party faithful. The broad mass of voters is fed up with all politicians and wants a change. But what sort of change? I bet if there was a celebrity party it would win hands down.

My long shot is for a Tory/LibDem hung parliament with Vince Cable replacing Osborne as chancellor. PR will follow and British politics will be changed forever, or will it? The consensus politics that many say they want may last for a few parliaments but the “the British people” may yearn for the old days of tribal politics and the cut and thrust of PM’s Questions and with the old certainties restored it will be business as usual..

10 March 2010 at 09:40  
Anonymous graham Wood said...

Jared. Absolutely right. You have it in one. Put another way - the dreams of the Tory party and YG may be pleasing, but for millions of others they are a nightmare.

I don't have "dreams" of seeing a feckless political opportunist such as DC gaining power, and one who is a proven liar also.

If those are the dreams - give me the reality

10 March 2010 at 09:44  
Anonymous Mikec said...

I am a conservative, I believe in minimal government and individual responsibility.

I cannot bring myself to vote Conservative because the Conservative party is a party of the centre left.

The EU is a super-natonal socialist (supernazi) body which resonates as an implementation of the German 1942 plan for Europe. As a Jew this gives me a headache.

Climategate was a small demonstration of the pseudo-scientific elitism which dominates education and and the media.

Politics has stagnated because we all have to kow-tow to a leftist agenda which has renamed national socialism as 'national conservatism', and confuses 'racism' with cultural preference. I quite like being English (and partially Scots), and I do not really want to have to be culturally 'tolerant' in my own country.

My forefathers were immigrants several hundred years ago, they came here because the 'Church of England' was secure, and therefore not threatened by minority beliefs, and, more importantly perhaps, it was a good place to live.

The socialist centred poligion which has taken the place of the C of E, is wrong and knows it, they thus flirt with a relativistic ethic of 'multiculturalism' which is highly destructive because it is an ethic of 'no culture'.

But I do not hear the right noises coming from the big C trinity, once more they are letting the socialists set the agenda, they are too scared of being branded 'far right'.

Its time that the left was made to face the fact that 1930's socialism included 'racism' and 'eugenics' as part of its philosophy and that the Nazis (and thus the BNP) were branded 'right' was a propaganda spin-off to rehabilitate Stalin when he changed sides...

After the war the 'left' quite unjustifiably, claimed the moral high ground, and the Conservatives are never going to get anywhere until they counter that. Becoming another party of the left is not the answer. For a conservative, the end does not justify the means, and any 'Conservative' party that compromises its conservatism just to win power is just playing the game according to the socialist rules.

10 March 2010 at 10:00  
Anonymous bluedog said...

Mr Phillip Walling, pray tell, what is an aristocrat and how do I become one?

10 March 2010 at 10:01  
Blogger English Pensioner said...

With the likelihood of a hung parliament, I think that Boris will be the next real Tory prime minister.

10 March 2010 at 10:03  
Anonymous philip walling said...

Messrs Gaites, Davis and Wood,

You are not by any chance socialists?
If so, is it not you who are living in an imaginary world of endless material betterment always paid for by somebody else?

The country has been all but destroyed financially, morally, spiritually and politically by this Marxist government and you seem not to recognise it; or that we urgently need good governance.
Who do you think is going to supply it?

Incidentally, Mr Cable is not the answer. You are so easily taken in by his grave statesmanlike persona, which is no less affected than any other politician's public personality, but look at the swivel-eyed lunatics behind him, who would ruin the country no less comprehensively than Labour, just by a different method.

10 March 2010 at 10:10  
Anonymous philip walling said...

Mr bluedog,

It's a bit like a bishop being dragged to his throne, it's a fair bet that anyone who wants to be one doesn't have the necessary character for it.

Aristocrats are descended from men (and women) who at some time in the past were elevated by their people to lead them because of some special qualities of leadership.
The modern socialist heresy that people at the top seized power from the people and subjugated them is wrong, as you will see if ever you find yourself in a serious situation which requires leadership to get you out of it. People turn to, and begin to depend on, the person present who has the gift of leadership.

It is only under our great leader Commissar Brown (whom no one would follow to the lavatory) that we find someone at the top who has acted exactly as his Marxist ideology tells him to act: seize power by usurpation and subjugate people so that you can retain it.

Why do you think the Duke of Wellington or Viscount Nelson, or Duke William of Normandy found themselves leading men into battle?

10 March 2010 at 10:26  
Anonymous Broadwood said...

Wasn't Boris responsible for presenting a horribly sycophantic documentary last year about the beauties of Islamic culture, which pedalled the usual whitewash about the crusades, and how wonderful Spain was under the Moors, etc?

I wouldn't look to him for strong principles, Cranmer - he's clearly got too much interest in massaging the feelings of his voting base.

10 March 2010 at 10:34  
Anonymous graham Wood said...

Phillip Walling said:
Messrs Gaites, Davis and Wood,

You are not by any chance socialists?

I cannot speak for them. I am a conservative, (small case) but not a supporter of this MKII pseudo New Labour Party under Little Boy Blue.

You are quite right, the governing party is basically Marxist, and is deliberately destroying every vestige of our great spiritual, cultural, and political heritage.

Canmeron shares more or less the same ideology, only in slightly lesser degree.
I maintain that a hung parliament is likely, and even desirable. It is not this election therefore which is so important, as the NEXT one, after DC has been ejected as leader, and hopefully a new, and real, Conservative leader arises from the ashes. Possibly a Carswell, or Hannan?

10 March 2010 at 10:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace

I would agree that adding Boris to Cameron and Osborne would be attractive to the electorate.

And yet Vaizey’s comment that Cameron is ‘much more conservative by nature than he acts, or than he is forced to be by political exigency’ somehow seems disturbing.

The people are unsure about the Conservatives because they think that they are the ‘New Blair-lites’, in an age when they want conservatives after 13 years of socialism. Cameron is changing his party to: ‘New Blair-lites’, presumably to give us, in total, 26 years of, well, socialism.

This is ridiculous.

The country is in a terrible mess, whichever way you look at it. Shabby socialist values have penetrated and influence every aspect of life: from people living in fear of failed Anti-Social Behaviour Orders; to parents being afraid to smack their feral youth; to teachers calling in security personnel to control the maths class; from Elf ‘n’ Safety; to being excluded merely because one is a Christian; to political discourse being carried out within the parameters set by EU law; to microchips in our dustbins; to smokers out on pavements; to pubs being closed – life in Britain is suffocated by socialism.

The man that is needed right now is another Blair in the sense that he was counter-cultural to 18 years’ of Conservative rule.

But that counter-cultural conservative leader dare not show his face!



Recently, I posted on a DT website a post which was about ‘We conservatives believe… they the socialists…’; it was about core conservative values contrasted with socialist actions – just to test reactions. The socialists could not muster a coherent attack; the best they could do was describe the post as ‘amateur’. But it did resonate with conservative posters.

They, the socialists, could not muster a coherent attack because the list of values in the post appealed to the conservative values that all men hold and which suggest the longing for a just social peace.

Cameron has opened the Conservatives to a strategic risk which is just not worth taking: he has confused the voters by replicating Blair; he has confused the voters by projecting the conservatives as the New Blair-lites; he has suppressed the flexibility of conservative manoeuvring, the ability to adapt one’s tactics as the battle-field situation demands, by rejecting conservative doctrines and thereby making it more likely that whichever way he turns and twists he is likely to be seen as part of the ‘lib-lab-con’.
It is conservative doctrines that provide the reference-point, coherency, meaning and identity to political manoeuvrings. Thus, wherever one’s forces are on the battlefield they are recognised by friend and foe alike.

I can understand why Conservative strategists were successful in their case for changing the image of the Conservative Party to something that is ‘pink and fluffy’: they were unelectable. They were unelectable because the people wanted after 18 years’ of Conservative rule: social peace.

Now that the Socialists have managed to engineer social discord based upon the doctrines of socialism; the people want the conservative social peace. Now is not the time to be ‘pink and fluffy’.

Now is the time for a conservative leader to mount Liberty’s wall; now is the time for traditional conservative rhetoric; now is the time for conservative doctrine and to put the case to the people on a multitude of issues (just like the posters do here).

Now is the time to teach the people about conservative equality of opportunity: chance and opportunity happen to each man!

10 March 2010 at 11:10  
Anonymous It's faith, stupid said...

Mr Mikec

Your post resonates strongly. However, you say that the Conservatives are too scared of being branded 'far right'. I suggest that the source of this fear is the more important fear of losing the next general election. That is a good and helpful fear! Are you saying that this country is ready to vote for right-wing politics? You may be right, but I imagine that the Conservative party has done quite a lot of research in this area.

If you really think that the Conservatives are as socialist as Labour then you may as well vote Labour and get a bit of continuity in your socialism. Voting for other parties will probably have the same effect. Who knows what happens in a hung parliament.

There is a storm coming. I would rather pressure was applied to a Conservative government to move it right then to a Labour government moving it left.

If you really are a conservative then your pragmatism should trump your idealogy.

10 March 2010 at 11:10  
Blogger English Viking said...

Boris Johnson is a proven liar, adulterer and all round clown. When he hasn't got his foot in his mouth, he's arranging punishment beating for his opponents or offending Liverpudlians. Maybe he's good for a laugh in the pub (wine-bar?) but do we need a comedian running the show?

David Cameron is a superficial, vacuous and spineless opportunist, who changes his mind as often as the wind changes direction. A liar to boot.

George (Gideon, actually) Osbourne appears to have been an avid consumer of the Columbian marching powder, with a penchant for fat, old whores.

Truly, the new face of the Conservative party.

10 March 2010 at 11:35  
Blogger Jared Gaites said...

Am I a socialist?

I really don't know what to say about my political beliefs. I don't subscribe to anything really - not in any religious or fanatical sense. I would probably say that I have more in common with conservative thought than anything, but I most certainly do not have dreams about DC, BJ and GO. I am under no illusions that my life will change relatively little when they get to govern.

I can say that I hate this present government because of everything they have done to undermine any Christian progress. I am not happy about being overrun by queers and Muslims who are making huge changes for the worse. And on these three things alone I wish the very worse for Labour, but like I said, I do not entertain sickly dreams about a Tory government because they will be as much a pain in my arse in their own ways.

Too much has changed, too much ink has drained through the filters and who ever gets to govern will have to keep many of the old channels flowing. All it will be is the odd tweak here and there. There is hardly anything worth dreaming about when I consider all the options. There is no harm in dreaming I suppose, so long as you can keep it up in the face of certain and guaranteed disappointment.

10 March 2010 at 11:43  
Anonymous judith said...

English Viking - it wasn't Boris who wrote the Liverpudlian-offending article, it was the Hefferlump. Boris took the blame on himself, as editor - quite the decent thing to do in my opinion.

As for your infantile use of Osborne's first name, may I point out that the Prime Minister is in fact JAMES Gordon Brown?

Cameron has a First in PPE from Oxford - don't think they dish out those to vacuous liars.

Have all three men made mistakes, both personal and political? Yup. Compare and contrast with Messrs Blair and Brown's record - it my view (and not mine alone) that they have succeeded in wrecking this country to an unprecedented degree.

I thought things were terrible under Callaghan in the late '70's; since they are so much worse now, I will give the Tories my vote to see what they can do to ameliorate matters.

10 March 2010 at 12:28  
Anonymous Mikec said...

If as a conservative I vote for a pink Conservative party, I perpetuate a problem, Do I trust the Conservative party to pull back from the left once in power, NO!

The 'left' have very carefully created the modern Conservative party image, 'hard nosed Toffs' would sum it up.

One of the reasons for this is that the left sets the agendas, and they set them for their own benefit. This is a win win situation for them, because as Mr Faith says above, I may as well vote Labour and get the real thing.

All the time the Conservative party plays monkey to the socialist organ grinder there is going to be a credibility gap.

A pink Conservative party might delay the crunch, but what is the good of that, we then just make the pain worse, and for longer.

People thought Blair was a 'good' leader and voted for him even though, at the time, he had no real policy. They were eventually to learn the hard truth the hard way. I suspect that what people really want is something like Geert Wilder's 'Freedom Party' which seems set to be the majority party in Holland this year. But we don't know, because no one here is prepared to take the personal abuse dished out by the left, and the death threats from the East.

10 March 2010 at 12:37  
Anonymous William Wallace said...

Only Old Etonians have a full grasp of the aspirations of the Scottish people and a rounded appreciation of the way they live.

Not really going to cut it,is it?

10 March 2010 at 12:51  
Anonymous It's faith, stupid said...

William Wallace

Perhaps we should have a Scottish prime minister instead?

10 March 2010 at 12:59  
Blogger srizals said...

Trinity is a out of this world concept. They would cancel each other out to proof which one is the most dominant of them all.

10 March 2010 at 13:16  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

Cameron has political antennae every bit as attuned to the mood of the nation as those of Tony Blair.

Gay refugees from Africa should be granted asylum in the UK, David Cameron has said.

‘I’m a big supporter of the BBC. I actually support the licence fee.’—David Cameron

‘I don’t want us to leave the EU because I don’t think it’s sensible and I don’t think it’s the right thing for Britain.’—David Cameron

‘I’m in favour of immigration, we've benefited from immigration.’—David Cameron

‘Today, I will give this cast-iron guarantee: If I become PM a Conservative government will hold a referendum on any EU treaty that emerges from these negotiations.’—David Cameron

‘We will press to keep the doors of the European Union open to new member states, especially to entrench stability in the Western Balkans where so much European blood has flowed, and also to Turkey.’—David Cameron

‘Not for the first time, I found myself thinking that it is mainstream Britain which needs to integrate more with the British Asian way of life, not the other way around.’—David Cameron

Just like you said, Your Grace: Cameron’s antennæ, attuned as ever to the national mood.

10 March 2010 at 13:52  
Blogger English Viking said...


'English Viking - it wasn't Boris who wrote the Liverpudlian-offending article, it was the Hefferlump. Boris took the blame on himself, as editor - quite the decent thing to do in my opinion.'

I didn't say he did write it, I said he spends his time offending the people of Liverpool, which he did repeatedly on his misguided attempts at justifying the comments made under his editorial control instead of apologising properly, when he visited the city in an attempt to 'smooth things over'.

'As for your infantile use of Osborne's first name, may I point out that the Prime Minister is in fact JAMES Gordon Brown?'

Why is it infantile to speak the truth? Why do you appear to think it necessary to point out that other liars don't use their first names either? Is it because you mistook me for a Labour supporter and thought you could 'even the score'? That's infantile.
It is possible that Gideon dislikes the 'toff' connotations that accompany his name, or maybe the Jewish ones. I note that you do not deny the coke and whore thing. I wouldn't let him babysit, let alone run an economy (especially as he appears to be absolutely clueless about economics.)

'Cameron has a First in PPE from Oxford - don't think they dish out those to vacuous liars.'

Tony Blair has a 2nd Honours from Oxford, and he's not a vacuous liar, is he? Oh, hang on a minute...You see how your 'arguments' are based on your blinkered, two party assumptions and apparent belief that anyone who thinks Cameron a liar (I don't think it, I can prove it) must be a Red?

You hope the Tories will 'ameliorate' the situation.

One cannot polish a turd. The 'big 3' are merely the three cheeks of the same backside, if such a thing were possible. Doubtless there will be some Tory interest group for persons with three buttocks. And a Labour Lord with an unhealthy interest in such things. And a Lib-Dem leadership candidate willing to pay to ... well, if you know politics, you know the rest.

10 March 2010 at 14:35  
Anonymous William Wallace said...

Its faith stupid

Is it your view then that England is ready for self government?

10 March 2010 at 15:17  
Anonymous Oswin said...

English much as I generally enjoy your posts, I part company with you on this one. Boris is no more of a liar than most other politician and, as far as that 'Liverpool' scat is concerned, most of the county agreed with him! (or whomever it was?). Old Boris has real 'bottom' and will one day surprise us all; even moreso than he does already!

10 March 2010 at 16:45  
Anonymous GTGTWG said...

Yes, zeitgeist indeed! The documentary 'Zeitgeist' talks sense. YG, I can't believe you are so sucked in by these people? Or is it a cover for despondency?

10 March 2010 at 16:50  
Anonymous not a machine said...

Your grace has some usefull analysis , this election has all the hallmarks of being the most important in a generation. David Camerons team have a very difficult task facing them so it will be interesting to see how he can bring conservative values back to the UK conciousness.
It is almost unbelieveable that the country has been left in such a state of poor finance and moral dereliction, but the damage that Labour have done will no doubt be poured over by history, for behind all the glitz and gloss , wealth has been leaving this country and debt/poverty taking its place , and not just money either .

On your graces Blogg many perhaps hope for somthing that can discerne the various failings and useless spin of the era , the fractured society that Labour hoped to rule with socialism ,is the broken society of wondering sophists and idealised consumerists , that is beyond a quick fix .

We do need a change of direction , I have doubts about some of them but by enlarge the conservatives have developed a common sense approach ,with the some real solutions and conservative values .

In the end in 5 years time we will have a much better picture of if the clean up has been a success , Labour cannot be allowed another term , it has been little more than a contemptous mass fraud ,upon the UKs people.

The fractured politics so devisive and loved by Labour has cost us all a small fortune in propogandic waste .

Where god and christianity ends up after this titanic struggle is perhaps what some of nay sayers who post on here , are hoping for .

10 March 2010 at 17:57  
Blogger English Viking said...


You are correct on two points; Boris is indeed no more of a liar than all the other liars; he most definitely will surprise you one day, but probably not in the way that you imagine.

My point was that these three men have, what appears to me at least, severe character flaws and a virtually psychopathic inability to tell the truth, whilst appearing to genuinely believe that they are speaking the truth. I grant you that they are no worse than the current shower, but they are not one bit better either. That anyone could be excited at the prospect of them achieving power is a total mystery to me.

10 March 2010 at 18:11  
Anonymous It's faith, stupid said...

William Wallace

I make no comment on the ability of the English to govern themselves. I just object to the assumption that because Dave went to a posh public school he is, therefore, unable to appreciate the aspirations of the Scots or develop a rounded appreciation of the way they live.

What is so peculiar about Scottish aspirations that they cannot be comprehended by an English, ex public school, politician?

By all means object to his policies.

10 March 2010 at 18:19  
Anonymous It's faith, stupid said...

William Wallace

... and we're going to kick some bottom at Murrayfield on Saturday!

10 March 2010 at 18:42  
Anonymous bluedog said...

Mr Walling @ 10.26. thank you for your considered reply. The reason for my question is that I used to be mistaken for Lord Lucan. Frankly this was an insult because he is/was an Old Harrovian. Anyway, my standard reply was 'No, actually I'm the Risen Elvis', which I still think is quite a good joke if not now slightly anachronistic.

10 March 2010 at 20:05  
Anonymous William Wallace said...

It's faith, stupid

"...and we're going to kick some bottom at Murrayfield on Saturday"

Yes,well we've heard that before.

The cockier they are, the better it is.

10 March 2010 at 20:39  
Blogger tory boys never grow up said...

Osborne the brains, Johnson the soul and Cameron the face - of the Bullingdon Club perhaps, but of one of the country's leading political parties please save us.

Re brains Osborne - i thing you will find that there are more than a few Tories with some knowledge of economics who are of the view that he is distinctly lightweight.

Johnson may be the soul of the party - but you will usally find the parties concerned are of the sort that you wouldn't want your daughters to attend.

As for the face - well he certainly uses cosmetics and airbrushing doesn't he.

PS Did you know that David Dimbleby was in the Bullingdon Club as well. Perhaps he can be the elderstatesman?

10 March 2010 at 22:52  
Blogger English Viking said...

As an aside, I notice that Your Grace changed the photograph of Gideon Osbourne after a few hours (you need to get up very early in the morning to catch me) and I wondered if this was because you thought the latter more photogenic or the previous more likely to confirm suspicions?

I know His Grace to be a man above suspicion, so I am more than willing to accept his first answer.

11 March 2010 at 00:04  
Anonymous Voyager said...

'Cameron has a First in PPE from Oxford - don't think they dish out those to vacuous liars.'

So do I but of a better vintage. If you drop Economics after Prelims you get to waffle in Philosophy and Politics.....and yes, the standard is lower.

It esed to be 8% getting Firsts in PPE and 15% in English, but I bet inflation has eroded any distinction. Incidentally, you do not have to be a Foool to be a Knave, but you can be both

11 March 2010 at 07:30  
Blogger ENGLISHMAN said...

A big dream,yg,not unpleasant if it were true,but being classified as "ghastly filth"it seems that i and a million plus English people are to be excluded from it.The only thing conservative about the boy and his gang,is the conservation of thier own interests,which are the perennial interests of the pilgrim/RIIA/Astor/CFR/bilderburg,conglomerate who wish us peasants to be peasants once again in thier new-age fuedalism,villeins whos only right,is the right to be exploited,conditioned and ruthlessly controlled,whos greatest hope is a short life to end the tyranny imposed upon them.This is all that the communist trinity offers,whatever colour thier pretended ideology,the reality is that you will be kicked,but you can choose wether it is soft hard or twice.

11 March 2010 at 10:25  
Anonymous no nonny said...

Interesting pics. They all look dead-eyed; and Boris is cross-eyed as well.

11 March 2010 at 22:43  
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12 March 2010 at 13:12  

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