Sunday, May 19, 2013

The real swivel-eyed loons

This Lord Feldman thing is an irritating and distracting side-show. Of course there are some very, very senior 'professional' politicians who believe the wider Conservative Party membership are 'mad, swivel-eyed loons': that is surely nothing new. It is certainly nothing new to many senior party volunteers who are not infrequently taken into the confidences of senior politicians in a back-slapping, pally kind of way, over a pint or five in the Stranger's Bar, and with a wink and a glint in the eye told precisely what 'senior MPs' and CCHQ really think about party members. We've had a constant but consistent refrain over recent years: from ‘dinosaurs’ to ‘backwoodsmen’ to ‘Turnip Taliban’ to 'swivel-eyed loons'..

But the real swivel-eyed loons are those who assassinate the party leader and persist with their deranged euromania. Take poor Geoffrey Howe. Not content with knifing one prime minister over her increasing euroscepticism, he has now turned on David Cameron for having the audacity to offer Parliament an EU Referendum Bill. And Howe's article in The Guardian (where else?) has all the grubby hallmarks of his notorious assassination of Margaret Thatcher in the House of Commons. Perhaps he was irked by Lord Lawson's reasoned EU intervention. Perhaps he felt he couldn't let so many swivel-eyed ex-chancellors infect the political discourse with their malignant europhobia. Whatever the impetus, this is how he now speaks of David Cameron and the Conservative Parliamentary Party:

..almost farcical.. saga.. looks more like the politics of the French Fourth Republic than the serious practice of government.. the prime minister has opened a Pandora's box politically.. seems to be losing control of his party.. running scared of its own backbenchers.. allowed deep anti-Europeanism to infect the very soul of the party.. the UK needs the (European) union as the platform and vehicle by which to influence events and policy in many spheres.. leaving the union would, by contrast, in my view, be a tragic expression of our shrinking influence and role in the world.. Much of our inward investment also depends on easy access to the £11tn EU economy.. the Conservative party's long, nervous breakdown over Europe continues.. Serious mistakes have been made.. What is needed is a mixture of clear thinking, strong leadership and an overriding concern for the national interest, not party management or advantage.. the Conservative party is losing its head.. a heavy responsibility now rests with Labour and the Liberal Democrats to hold their nerve.. In the complex and interdependent world we inhabit today, to walk away from the European Union into the unknown would be a very dangerous choice indeed.

Who, pray, are the real swivel-eyed loons?


Blogger Albert said...

Is Howe a lune? I think he's wrong on Europe, but he's not wrong on Cameron. Cameron is surely, from a political point of view, a total disaster for the Tory Party and the country. He is totally discredited, even in the eyes of his party faithful. If Conservative MPs don't get rid of him soon, it will not just be the next election they will lose.

19 May 2013 at 10:09  
Blogger Flossie said...

I agree with Albert. Howe is yesterday's man. More to the point is the letter from Conservative Grassroots.

Cameron has shown himself to be untrustworthy. His moral compass is pointing in the wrong direction. I for one will never trust him again, no matter what promises he makes.

19 May 2013 at 10:18  
Blogger Naomi King said...

There is a beautiful piece on Radio 4 PM from last night at 5 pm (courtesy of bbciplayer) where Grants Shapps, Lord Feldman's co-Party Chairman is taken to task most eloquently by Tory County Councillor Mary Douglas both on the mad swivel eyed-loons attitude and also on the perversion of marriage otherwise known as the "Same Sex Marriage Bill". She runs rings around him it is beautiful to listen too. Only available until 4.59 pm today on bbciplayer. Well worth listening to and also the first item after the headlines. Mary Douglas has been a Tory Wiltshire County Councillor for many years.

When she said that the leadership have "dishonoured" conservative core values particularly on homosexual "marriage" Grant Shapps said homosexual "marriage is not an important issue. Yet again I don't think the membership agree with you Mr Shapps.

19 May 2013 at 10:24  
Blogger Albert said...

Thank you Naomi. Poor Grant Shapps - gay marriage is not a big issue! How can marriage - the most ancient and most fundamental institution in our society not be a big issue? Even if one is silly enough to support changing marriage, surely a Tory party chairman should see that, electorally it is a huge issue - as polls have shown.

More amusingly though, I wonder why all these grass roots Tories don't just say to Dave 'n' Grant, "Thanks, but you've insulted us long enough. We are resigning from the party and taking whatever machinery we can of the local party over to UKIP." After all, UKIP needs grass roots work, and it would be very funny to see Dave having to deliver his own leaflets. It might even be good practice for when he loses his job.

19 May 2013 at 10:52  
Blogger john in cheshire said...

"Walking away from the EU.." who has said anything about walking away from the EU? Does he think Norway and Switzerland have walked away from the EU? Has the USA, has China or Russia or all those other strange countries that don't think they have to form EU-like Unions? Mr Howe has always been a wet and a treacherous one to boot. God knows how Margaret put up with him for so long.

19 May 2013 at 12:08  
Blogger Nick said...

BBC News website just now ...

"The Conservative Party is "united" and David Cameron is showing leadership on Britain's relationship with Europe, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said."


2 + 2 = 17,
black = white
up = down
yes = no

good example of failed brainwashing

19 May 2013 at 12:15  
Blogger Julia Gasper said...

May I respectfully suggest that you place Geoffrey Howe's comments in inverted commas,as well as indenting them? Otherwise a casual observer might think that you yourself had written, "In the complex and interdependent world we inhabit today, to walk away from the European Union into the unknown would be a very dangerous choice indeed."
Yes Howe is a moron. Let this be said loudly and circulated widely:- EU trade barriers and protectionism are the main impediment to our doing business with the rest of the world. Small countries such as Norway, Switzerland and even North Korea for heaven's sake can trade freely with the EU and outside it too - because they are not members. If we want to remain in the European Economic Area, we can but even that is a coward's choice. The EU is in deep crisis and has little buying power. France, Spain, Italy, Ireland and Portugal are in recession and austerity for many years to come. Greece is pitifully poor and broken. Eastern Europe is a subsidized turnip farm. We hage a large trade DEFICIT with Europe. The idea that Germany would refuse to sell us its cars or France put a tax on Camembert, when they are dependent on our custom, is mad. They would be cutting their own throats. On his recent visits to China and India, the PM was told that there would be no barriers to our trade there if we left the EU. We would save a lot more than just £53 million per day - and we would regain our right of self-government.

19 May 2013 at 12:18  
Blogger Naomi King said...

Listening to the World at 1 on the way back from church you have one of those homosexual MP's saying that we all back perverted marriage. I pray to God they may learn differently on the next month or so.

God bless all bold MP's who stand up for truth and righteousness tomorrow and Tuesday.

19 May 2013 at 14:02  
Blogger Naomi King said...

Apparently the bbciplayer interview mentioned above at 10.24 is available for a week so you don't have to miss it if you are reading this after 4.59 pm this afternoon.

19 May 2013 at 14:04  
Blogger Manfarang said...

"Small countries such as Norway, Switzerland and even North Korea for heaven's sake can trade freely with the EU and outside it too - because they are not members."
In Asia the only Norwegian products I have ever seen are fish and paint(Jotun)Well I am sure there are a few Swiss watches about.I have seen Toblerone but that is owned by an American company now.
In other words scant few products from these small countries.
Britain still has a greater presence but as the countries are forming economic unions (Asean Economic Union) and free trade agreements (Trans Pacific free trade area)it is hard to see how Britain will expand its trade by being outside the EU.

19 May 2013 at 15:02  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

The Inspector has always had a soft spot for Geoffrey Howe. Dates from the time that Maggie’s ‘best by’ date expired and he helped her on her way.

The EU is after all, a damn good idea. Not for England, which in comparison to most of the members, is an economic power house, but for the less successful states whose standards of living are now approaching ours, paid in part by us, the Germans and even the French to some extent. (By the way Jocks, this man places Scotland firmly in the ‘also rans’, so leave England at your expense if you dare). Of course, a wag might say that our standard of living is fast reducing to the European standard.

Perhaps we will continue to pay a lot of money to still trade with the EU. Maybe not the 55 million a day, perhaps 20 million a day. But we will have our own independence from them. And you can’t put a price on that.

So Geoffrey, if you are around, your thoughts on that, old chap...

19 May 2013 at 15:50  
Blogger Naomi King said...

David Cameron described UKIP as “fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists” now he is describing his own [former?] supporters as "mad, swivel-eyed, loons" albeit by his tennis partner chum Lord Feldman. He's got a good line in these insults hasn't he ?

19 May 2013 at 15:50  
Blogger Naomi King said...

A ComRes poll commissioned by the Coalition for Marriage reveals 14 per cent of those questioned would consider voting Conservative at the next election but NOT if the 'Perversion of Marriage' Bill is passed. This means by forcing queer marriage on to the Statute Books Dave Cameron will cost the Tory party 1.7 million votes.

Furthermore the PM has just TWENTY Tory backbenchers who have remained loyal to him this Parliament, a study found. Every other Conservative MP who has not been a minister or aide has defied the party whip at least once since 2010.

“Cameron hasn’t even got enough supporters for a football team. He’s a weakened PM at the head of an out-of-touch rabble.”

DAVID Cameron was engulfed in open warfare with “loony” Tory activists over gay marriage last night.
At least 35 angry party chairmen signed a letter warning he is out of touch and will cost them the next election. They torpedoed the PM hours after one of his close allies was said to have branded them “mad, swivel-eyed loons”. The chairmen accused Mr Cameron of refusing to listen and showing “utter contempt for ordinary people”.
The letter — seen by The Sun — shows the PM’s relationship with his grassroots has sunk to an all-time low.

Read more:

19 May 2013 at 16:06  
Blogger Naomi King said...

He has brought it all upon himself.

Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

19 May 2013 at 16:13  
Blogger Nick said...


I think Mrs T also had a soft spot for Geoffrey Howe. It's called the Goodwin Sands. It's also my soft spot for Mr Tatchell and several like him

19 May 2013 at 17:43  
Blogger Albert said...


It was pretty obvious from day 1 that Dave was likely to be all presentation and no content. You have to wonder what's wrong with the Conservative Party that it (a) appointed him and (b) has not the sense to get rid of him. It seems the party as a whole is just lacking in general quality.

19 May 2013 at 19:39  
Blogger LEN said...

It would take a real 'swivel eyed loon' to carry out an agenda which would alienate the better part of his Party and by carrying out this agenda(which he has no mandate for) lead his Party into the wilderness forever?.

Dave Cameron is the biggest asset UKIP has and I bet Nigel hopes Dave never realises this.

19 May 2013 at 23:28  
Blogger steve mann said...

I have a visual imparment that includes a nystagmus. I often get abuse from people about my disability, including people waving copies of the Daily Mail in my face when they print stories of 'fake' disabled people and they say things like 'hitler was right to put people like you in the gas chamber'.

Today when some bugger had a go at me he called me a 'swivel eyed loon'. Thanks Tory party for giving these people a new insult to use against disabled people. With the way disabled people are treated by them it looks that, on this issue at least, the Tories are twinned with the Nazi party.

20 May 2013 at 17:08  
Blogger Manfarang said...

During the early 1930s The Daily Mail did support Hitler.

21 May 2013 at 02:15  
Blogger Manfarang said...

I forgot to mention the herbal tea that North Korea exports.

21 May 2013 at 02:17  
Blogger Manfarang said...

The FCO today completed ratification of Croatia’s EU Accession Treaty in advance of a visit to UK of Croatia’s President Dr Ivo Josipovic.

21 May 2013 at 02:48  

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