Saturday, March 23, 2013

Separating the Thatcherite sheep from the 'wet' goats


Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Archbishop. Look old man, the Inspector appreciates your posts just as much as the man in the street. But what is today’s about ?

23 March 2013 at 22:48  
Blogger bluedog said...

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23 March 2013 at 22:59  
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23 March 2013 at 23:02  
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23 March 2013 at 23:02  
Blogger bluedog said...

Only three years in to her premiership and already outnumbered, eh?

But the date is highly significant.

The Argentines had surrendered in Port Stanley on 14th June 1982, just three days before the date of the note.

It is therefore quite remarkable that more than half the Cabinet could be considered opposed to the Prime Minster at that juncture. Despite her complete vindication and the popular triumph of the successful campaign in the South Atlantic, it seems that the Cabinet goats bitterly resented Margaret Thatcher's success.

Shame on them.

And now we read that Kenneth Clarke was among those who opposed the attempt to restore British sovereignty in the Falklands. At least Mr Clarke is consistent; he continues to press for the increasing surrender of British sovereignty to the EU.

Shame on him.

The true cheese-eating surrender monkeys are in the British political elite.

Get it, Inspector?

23 March 2013 at 23:09  
Blogger Peter Thomas said...

Quite so, Bluedog. At the time, I could have written an identical list.

23 March 2013 at 23:09  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Bluedog. The Inspector is obliged to you. Though he still has context issues...

23 March 2013 at 23:20  
Blogger Peter Damian said...

If memory serves, this was the date the body of 'God's Banker', Roberto Calvi, wass found hanging beneath Blackfriars Bridge in London.

This might have related to South Thule Island where the Argentinians had yet to surrrender and where they'd been since November 1976. The Argentinians had surrended in the Falklands on the 14th June but not on South Thule. This was the day before British Warships landed Marines and recaptured South Thule.

24 March 2013 at 00:12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a wise blogger who can discern which are 'the sheep' and which are the' goats?'
What might appear to be a 'sheep' could actually be 'a goat'in disguise and vice versa.Sheep and goats tend to behave differently though.. Goats are naturally curious and independent, while sheep tend to be more timid and dilike being seperated from the flock.. It is easier to keep sheep inside a fence than goats.

(the same rule applies to 'hawks' and 'doves')

24 March 2013 at 09:12  
Blogger G. Tingey said...

It was themadwoman;s insistence on defence cuts that got us the Falklands' war!
Thatcher reduced our defences, as have all the other traitors who have succeeded her as PM since then ....

24 March 2013 at 09:22  
Blogger bluedog said...

Tingley @ 09.22, from wikipedia, 'Britain was initially taken by surprise by the Argentine attack on the South Atlantic islands, despite repeated warnings by Royal Navy captain Nicholas Barker and others. Barker believed that the intention expressed in Defence Secretary John Nott's 1981 review planning future withdrawal of HMS Endurance, Britain's only naval presence in the South Atlantic, sent a signal to the Argentines that Britain was unwilling, and would soon be unable, to defend its territories and subjects in the Falklands.'

In short, no disarmament had actually taken place and in any event, Endurance was unarmed. The Argies should have waited a year, or at least until HMS Hermes was sent to the breakers. But they did not because they needed a distraction. If a task-force had not been sent to the South Atlantic (in itself an exercise in sea-control) it was still within the power of the RN to blockade Argentine occupied Falklands and/or all Argentine ports using its SSN fleet (an exercise in sea-denial).

In 1982 the power of the UK Armed Forces was still overwhelming compared to the resources of the Argentines. The sea-denial strategy remains feasible, but one senses that holding the Falklands is far more dependent upon reinforcing the garrison than it was in 1982. Until the new carriers are commissioned, the UK's capacity to exercise sea-control over the sea-lane to the South Atlantic is negligible.

Good one, Dave.

24 March 2013 at 09:58  
Blogger Corrigan said...

Whatever about the Falklands, the Thatcherite "sheep" are what destroyed Britain. As a good Irishman I find this hard to say, but I didn't realize what a great country Britain was until it was gone, and the ones trying to save it were the One Nation "goats". If the Scots don't pull out this time, they surely will next, and Cranmer's goddess and her kind are ultimately the ones to take the credit.

24 March 2013 at 10:07  
Blogger G. Tingey said...

But the disarmament was promised...
And afterwards it took place & has gone on since.
My point of principle stands.

24 March 2013 at 19:37  
Blogger Peter Damian said...

You can trace the cause of the Falkland's war to Callaghan's failure to act in 1976 to retake South Thule.

24 March 2013 at 23:44  
Blogger Jon said...

Corrigan - what was it about Britain that made it great that you think went with Thatcher?

I'm far from her biggest fan, but I'd like to hear from you the things she did which undermined Britain in your eyes?

25 March 2013 at 13:44  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Not Corrigan, Jon, but the Inspector. She shoved one nation Conservatism down a bloody big hole. She declared war on the mining community, and was the asset strippers friend. This man was there.

To paraphrase Elizabeth I, she was a woman with a woman’s weak logic. God help us then and God help us with her legacy now...

Having said that, if she was to meet Cameron at number 10 tomorrow, she’d probably give him her hat and coat to put away, such is that fools gravity...

25 March 2013 at 19:28  
Blogger Jon said...

Inspector, you talk a good game about capitalism, but you're really a socialist, are you not?

Capitalism is creative destruction - allowing the festering remains of business and industries to totter on, absorbing capital and resources that could better be used for other faster growing propositions is antithetical to capitalism - look at all the zombie companies holding our growth back now!

There were profitable mines, and there's no doubt that she declared war on the unions for political purposes rather than economic ones (and for these things ought properly to be held to account), but your one nation tories were united under the banner of "managing decline", and statist economic policies designed to bureaucratise the economy!

28 March 2013 at 10:20  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Jon. The Inspector a socialist ? Hardly !

The UK now IMPORTS coal.

The best Prime minister this country never had was Keith Joseph. The misnamed Thatcherism was Josephism. She only stood for the party leadership when he declined to. HE was a one nation conservative. SHE was a damn pale shadow. We know this because she was rubbed out like the pale shadow she was by the party when it all fell to pieces, after she went clinically insane over her poll tax. The only area she really did shine was in telling the EU to get stuffed in their various languages.

Anyway, as a result, the slogan ‘one nation conservatism’ cannot be used again. An absolute shame, don’t you think ?

28 March 2013 at 19:25  

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