Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Farewell to the Devil...

...So the Devil has joined Mr Eugenides in throwing in the Towel.



There's still all manner of socialist lunacy to oppose at all levels of Government. Even if I am broadly in agreement with this Government's approach, there are councils, there are celebrities, there are unions, there are people who've lived high on the fat of a profligate government now bleating about "cuts". They are parading the bleeding stumps of the poor, in many cases kept poor by those policies they're bleating about cutting. These are the people who need opposing - the needlessly entitled client state that Labour built - help the Coalition smash it.

Of course if your demands are "dismantle the entire edifice of the state by next tuesday" you're always going to be dissapointed. If you cannot see any benefit from the EU, and think it THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE, and see plots and betrayal where I see a pragmatically skeptical Government which has more important things to do than tilt at the EU windmill, you're always going to be angry. The election, as far as I am concerned produced a result which may, in time, result in a good government. So I too am losing the rage and throwing rocks at opposition politicians (metaphorically speaking I don't want to end up prosecuted for "threatening communication") is less fun than it was when they ran things.

The oppositional mindset of the Blogger prior to May was about the savage assualt on civil liberties. Now, its about whining that you have to stand on your own two feet once more as the state removes the comfort blanket. The blogosphere is going to be a much diminished thing if Liberal Conspiracy is in the vanguard and all it is bleating about is 'cuts'.

Of course, I will miss the Devil's cathartic ranting ond forensic foul-mouthed fisking. He's a good mate in meatspace too. However as someone somewere said "Blogging is like the Hotel california: you can check out, but you can never leave". The devil will return, of that you can be sure.

Some of you may have noticed a drop off in the volume of posting here. Of course when I am inspried, I write, when I am not, I don't. At the moment I am busy and Travelgall is away for a couple of weeks. Rest assured, we will stay in harness at least until the Labour corpse stops twitching. I may not be directly opposed to the Government, I am, after all, a card-carrying Conservative. I am, and always will be opposed to "the state" insofar as it affects me and my life, whether by enabling corporate fuckwittery, or by rapacious taxation, or by poor, illiberal law-making.

The Government is not libertarian. The state is still consuming over 50% of GDP. Tax is over 40% of GDP. The civil liberties outlook is, like the country's finances merely getting shittier at a slightly reduced rate. There is still much for the Libertarian blogosphere to do.



5 comments:

Devil's Kitchen said...

Ultimately, I am just tired of saying the same old thing in the same old way—and slightly tired of the baggage that goes with The Devil. I need a change.

I do have a small project that I am working on but, for the moment, I am enjoying trawling other blogs, commenting again, and generally not feeling that I have to trot out the same shite.

Apart from anything else, the stuff that I used to write would probably get me imprisoned now.

Anyway, you will, I am sure, see me again—but it is unlikely to be under the monicker of The Devil...

DK

startledcod said...

Dude, you are largely correct when you say "If you cannot see any benefit from the EU, and think it THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE, and see plots and betrayal where I see a pragmatically skeptical Government which has more important things to do than tilt at the EU windmill, you're always going to be angry". The Government has much more important things to do than deal with our EU entanglement.

However it MUST be on the radar as I really struggle to see how we benefit from EU membership. Could you help with a few lines please, bullet points even, a brief summary. I just don't see any real good that flows our way (and I don't consider myself stupid).

Secondly, whilst it is not the most important thing at the moment why the phuq miss great opportunities to start positioning our troops. For example, enfranchising prisoners. The PM has said that it makes him 'sick to the stomach' but there is nothing he can do, earlier he had said that the UK should withdraw from the ECHR and have its own Bill of Rights (or some such). Why didn't he just announce that the prisomer issue was a step to far (it is for most of the country as well), that we would be ceding from the ECHR and work would commence on a British Bill of Rights immediately. Result: general acclaim that prisoners don't get voter registration cards with which to make their roachs, MPs relief that they don't need to canvas in Cell Block H and voters connecting with the fact that something, however small, has been brought back from EUrope. I know that the ECHR is not the same as the EU but they don't.

BUT

Possibly the biggest benefit is that it would put the fear of God into our EU partners that here was an Englishman prepared to talk softly and carry a big stick. This dude didn't just talk the talk but is prepared to walk the walk. They'd be shitting themselves.

Andrew Zalotocky said...

"more important things to do than tilt at the EU windmill"

Events dear boy, events. Ireland may soon be looking for a bail-out from the EU, and quite possibly Spain and Portugal will follow. The UK will certainly face demands for a significant contribution to this process, which will not be at all popular.

It's entirely possible that one or more countries will be forced to leave the Euro and the European Commission will certainly use any crisis as a pretext to demand more powers over national budgets.

If the Eurozone is in as much trouble as some people think then our relationship with the EU will become a major political issue regardless of what Cameron may want.

claude said...

Even though I disagree with most of what both you and Devil's Kitchen write, it's a shame if Devil's kitchen or any other libertarian blog "throw in the towel".

It's always good to have different voices, Jackart's own blog being one of them.

I'm sure it's more a goodbye than a farewell...!

Mr Ecks said...

O/T but I enclose the following from Tim Worstall's site--I hope he doesn't mind. It seems that your plastic-faced hero and his crew--SO much better than the previous scum-are trying on the same game ZaNu tried on in 2006--ie fixing it so that Ministers can dictate the law without any need for Parliament.They are using the pathetic "bonfire of Quangos" as the excuse.
Three parties:one tyrannical elite.



"Way back in 2006 the then government decided it was going to introduce something called the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act. This was all about giving Ministers more Henry VIII powers.

In effect, a Minister could amend, reform, abolish, any Act they so desired without the consent or leave of Parliament.

I dubbed it the Abolition of Parliament Bill.

I heard about it from Owen Barder, wrote about it and as a result of my piece there was a column in The Times by Danny Finkelstein and from there, well, we can’t be sure, but it certainly seems that the firestorm of condemnation led to those provisions being dropped.

A timeline is here.

Now it would seem that the same provisions are back, under the guise of the Public Bodies Bill.

It’s quite possible to accuse me of rhetorical hyperbolity here but this is, in essence, an attempt to overturn the settlement of the English Civil War.

That it is the Crown in Parliament which is sovereign, not the executive.

The powers they wish to take mean that an order under the Act can amend or repeal any other Act of Parliament without any further action: the law effectively becomes whatever is pronounced by Ministers.

At which point it’s really rather bugger Vodafone, forget the cuts, the immorality and misery of reducing housing benefits, forcing students to pay for their own education, and time to gird the loins to defend that hard fought for right of all Englishmen.

That the law is what is passed through Parliament, voted upon by those we elect to take care of society’s scut work for us: not whatever happens to pass, lonely as a cloud, through some Minister’s synapses on an off day.

Fuck ‘em and the Coalition they rode in on quite simply."

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