Monday, February 27, 2006

Fed up with the Government this week because...(1)

I think this will be a weekly feature, a round-up of what is causing me to go *headdesk* each week.

This week I am pissed off about...
Even M15 are after a 7/7 Public Enquiry, FFS. What are you hiding. Tony?
Tessa Jowell's husband's ALLEGEDLY taking bribes and money laundering - how much did she know? Is this why she's been so off the ball with victims of terrorism's care? What with the police raiding her house and all?
The Legislative Reform Bill- yeah, yeah, let's just ignore Parliament completely, crack on
Glorifying Terrorism - Just watch it all right? We know what you are thinking.
ID cards. And we know who you are and where you live.
My PM telling me he is a protector of liberty - there's only a certain amount to go round, you know.
Guantanamo being an ''anomaly'' but let's just not talk about it, hmmmm? Or torture. Or rendition. Quick, mention 9/11, terror victims, dead people, there you go, aren't you ashamed of yourself?

It is about time really serious concerted efforts were made to kick this government up the bum. They are stealing my liberties and taking the piss and we've all had enough now. Really.

To be continued...


Blogger Stephanie A. said...

The government can be just downright disgusting sometimes, can't it? I'm American and I've become so disappointed in how things are going. I like your posts, though, because it puts it out there and makes us think.

February 27, 2006 6:53 pm  
Anonymous seth said...

hi rachel,

i just found out that your National Power Grid has decided to buy my local utility in the u.s (keyspan) isnt NPC a govt company or is it private?

seth ( thinking of that ay caramba fajita pizza :)

February 27, 2006 6:59 pm  
Blogger Bob Piper said...

"Tessa Jowell's husband's taking bribes and money laundering"

On the question of taking liberties away, what ever happened to the principle of innocent until proven guilty? I think I would also be inclined to use the word 'allegedly' unless I wanted a letter from Peter Carter Ruck et al.

February 27, 2006 7:41 pm  
Blogger Rachel said...

Good point: 'allegedly' put in.

Though the Sunday Times was pretty damning...

...I shall wait, and watch with great interest, until all becomes clearer.

February 27, 2006 9:13 pm  
Blogger The Great Blandini said...

You'd think that after 10 years of scrutiny regarding his financial affairs David Mills might be a bit more circumspect about accepting inappropriate money.

Oh hang on.....

Could this not just be another media witch-hunt?

February 27, 2006 11:04 pm  
Anonymous seth said...

hi rachel,

i think i may reread 1984 one of these days...scary...:(

February 27, 2006 11:30 pm  
Blogger Davide Simonetti said...

Thats a pretty good summary of the week so far. I couldn't put it any better. Rarely has a government sucked so much.

February 28, 2006 3:07 am  
Blogger steve said...

I especially like the "To be continued..." bit, this govt' at the moment is bound to continue to be pants unless some drastic changes are made.

I've been thinking about the lack of an enquiry, and my dissatisfaction with the current govt'

I've been brought up to vote for anyone BUT Labour. I know you should form your own political opinions regardless of your families influences, but it has rubbed off on me.

It might be due to the fact my MP is Shaun Woodward, an ex-tory millionaire from Oxfordshire, famously "the only Labour MP with a butler." How very socialist! St Helens South is one of the safest Labour constituencies, which means they don't have to really do a lot, just turn up and win.

Anyway, despite my utter dislike of all things Labour, I actually thought they were doing ok till around early-mid 2004. If Tony was to allow an enquiry, admit he had acted on false intelligence in going to war with Iraq, but he honestly thought he was doing the right thing, admitted this largely caused 7/7 and that intelligence had failed and we must learn from it, I would hold my hands up and say... "fair enough, you made a mistake." I would respect him a lot more, I'm sure many people would.

Maybe I'm being incredibly naive, thats what MPs do... lie, it's in their job description.

February 28, 2006 5:36 pm  
Anonymous Charlie said...

Sadly the government has been very successful do far in just ignoring issues until people get bored of asking anymore. ID cards are a prime example. No one wants them, even MI5 said they'd be useless - they are going to cost a huuuge amount of money. And what does the government do? Ignore everyone and carry on regardless. I've never got off my arse and actually taken to the streets about something, but when the protest marches in London happen about ID cards - I'm going to be there. Blairs government has long stopped representing the people and doesnt give a damn.

Rachel - I love your blog!!!

February 28, 2006 5:42 pm  
Blogger cheesemeister said...

This will sound overly simplistic but in both your country and mine (and probably most others) I feel like the government only exists to tax the living crap out of the working class, then kick them in the ass and call them losers if they become too old or otherwise disabled and can't work anymore.
I made less than $25,000 this year and my state government came after me and a number of other people for an error made on a particular line in the tax papers during 2002. Obviously they had worded things confusingly, as usual, and people got caught in their trap and end up adding money to the coffers four years later.
This year, my elderly, retired parents (my mother was a nurse, my father a professor) have to pay $15,000 in taxes! My father is disabled to boot, having had a stroke in 2004. But the feds will suck the last bit of money from him. Freakin' vampires!
I know that most of the things you mentioned are of a worse caliber than tax problems. It just inspired a rant!
As The Histomatist said on his blog: (
Bush and Blair: Consistently Wrong.

March 01, 2006 7:00 am  
Anonymous Tim Neale said...

From the other 'Long War'

"For the pain inside my head,
I keep a bottle by the bed,
They say it's easier if you don’t give a damn,
Now I am, stuck in no-mans land"

Jack-E McAuley

March 01, 2006 7:21 am  
Blogger Ceridwen Devi said...

Tessa was just trying to get into the Guiness Book of Records. 19 days is sure the fastest repayment of a mortgage I've ever heard of. Any advances on 19 days. Maybe Peter Mandelson? This sort of Daily Mail deadwood acreage comes once in a lifetime only to the priviledged few. Let's not deny Tessa her moment of paparazzi glory.

March 01, 2006 4:50 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read James Burnham...

Blair & Co. are a *managerial* class. Accountablity is an annoying distraction.

It's not that they want your freedom. They just want to manage. Everything. Civil liberties etc just get in the way of things they want to do. Therefore they must be pushed aside. They actually mean well.

The Anon

March 02, 2006 3:19 pm  
Anonymous Joon Flowers said...

Tessa Jowell has made a statement saying she did not know about her husband's financial affairs and about the £400,000 alleged gift from Berlusconi and maybe she should have known.

That reminds me of the time Tony Blair "did not know" about his wife buying two flats in Bristol for half a million pounds.

Amazing that such educated powerful people "don't know" what's going on in their own homes.

March 02, 2006 7:06 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, as a labour ( ?) supporter as were my family ( ex Coal miners etc etc) Never quite liked this idea of NEW Labour run by a person who smiles whatever, I once read somewhere... never trust the man who laughs at everything and laughs at nothing, and here we are, Blunkett, Mandy ... etc, and now Tessa Jowell, a law unto themselves, when it comes to power and personal finance... and if you do 33 mph in a 30 mph zone you are a villain !!
Tessa.. my wife and I know within £ 50 , the position of our bank account, bills etc come on.. who are you kidding !!.. just be honest .. take the money and run !! and come back as a consultant on bigger money in a few months.. it's easy.. ref Mandy etc.

March 03, 2006 1:04 am  

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