Cameron’s first stupid mistake | James Delingpole

May 5, 2010

Not content with having destroyed British conservatism, David Cameron has decided he might as well go the whole hog and finish off the British economy as well.

He announced it yesterday as one of his key priorities if and when he forms his Coalition of the Suicidal with Nick Clegg. He said he would make “the creation of a low carbon economy a priority.”

Presumably – demonstrating that same sophistication that secured his party such a spectacular popular mandate in the General Election – Cameron imagined he was being frightfully clever. ‘Here’s a sop I can easily afford to give the Lib Dems, without betraying any of my party’s core principles’ kind of thing.

No Dave. I hate to tell you this but committing Britain to a low-carbon economy is not like committing yourself to keeping all phone boxes painted red or promising Britain will never join a currency it was never going to join in a million years anyway.

A low carbon economy is virtually the same thing as NO economy.

It means:

1. Committing your country – at the enormous expense of at least £18 billion a year – to combatting an entirely imaginary problem called CO2, which is plant food, and which makes no serious contribution to Anthropogenic Global Warming.

2. Losing 2.2 real jobs for every “Green job” you subsidise with taxpayers’ money.

3. Crippling industry with higher fuel costs and greater tax and regulation at the very moment in the economic cycle when what it needs is cheap, reliable energy, a slashing of red tape and lower taxation.

4. Squandering still more money on “alternative energy” sources, all of which are enormously expensive, none of which work.

If Cameron tries to push this sort of legislation through, our only hope is that he will be torn apart by the Furies within his party, many of whom are as AGW-sceptical as they are Euro-sceptical.

I agree entirely with Harry Mount: if I were a proper Conservative who’d squandered five years of my life paying lip service to the Cameroons’ liberal pieties in the belief that this would get me into government I should be perfectly livid right now and itching for revenge. Cameron has failed his party and failed his country. He deserves all the lack of the support we can possibly give him.

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3 Responses to “Cameron’s first stupid mistake”

  1. Quixote says:May 10, 2010 at 4:15 pmCarbon Trading as of this week should not be mentioned in any “positive terms”, specially by a Political Leader looking to impress his citizens who just elected him.Didn’t he read the papers last week showing that the Carbon Emissions Trading monopoly is under criminal investigation and up to 90% of all participants could be considered “acting unlawfully”?

    This “fake” investment industry will basically destroy the World Economy once again just like the hedge fund debacle two years ago, and don’t ya know who the architect of both these debacles is?. One man who founded the CCX, Richard Sandor.

    Read it at:

  2. Karyn McDermott says:May 11, 2010 at 3:28 pmJames, I know you take an interest in US politics and like my good friend the Virginia A-G Ken Cuccinelli. BYW i was up at and saw you on FNC – they wonderred after your segment if the UK used the “Hopey Changey” thing also…..Senator Jim deMint said the following and I thought you might find it of interest…

    “I don’t know that I’m always going to be right, but I do know this: I’m not going to sit on the sidelines again. When we tell people we’re the conservative party … I want to make sure we have people sitting in those seats who really mean it.”

  3. kurt janson says:May 12, 2010 at 1:16 pm“We need to cut our carbon emissions to tackle
    the challenge of climate change. But the
    low carbon economy also provides exciting
    opportunities for British businesses. We will
    encourage private sector investment to put
    Britain at the forefront of the green technology
    revolution, creating jobs and new businesses
    across the country.”This quote comes from the Conservative Manifesto – maybe if you’d read it, the announcement yersterday wouldn’t have been a surprise.

Why the Tories are doing so well in the polls, pt 1: Phillip Blond

A Tweet from Phillip Blond:

Most UK reviews of Red Tory have been by 3rd rate minds making 5th rate points

Gosh. I wonder which reviews he means. Not the one I wrote for the Mail on Sunday a couple of weeks ago I’m sure. Tragically it’s not available online. So, because I value all the work young Phillip has done towards making the Conservative party so spectacularly electable again, I shall reprint it for his benefit here:

Red Tory – Phillip Blond (Faber – £12.99) No stars.

You know how it is, sometimes, when you come across a book so brilliantly written and closely argued that you find yourself underlining each shimmering apercu, and drawing enormous ticks in the margin? Well that’s the exact opposite of what I did with Phillip Blond’s ineffably dreadful Red Tory, one of the most feeble, wrong-headed, confused, and potentially very dangerous sociopolitical tracts it has ever been my agony to read.

Here is one example of the many, many sentences next to which I was violently impelled to scrawl a very rude word: “Given the emergence of such a new ethos, it might well be that at the limit, issues of fair pricing, proper remuneration for work and quality of workmanship could become issues for local rather than central jurisdiction.”

All right, so I’ve taken it out of context. But even in context, let me assure you, his point is every bit as stultifyingly dull and meaningless. What Blond is struggling to say here is much the same as he is struggling to say throughout the whole book: that the ideologies of both the right and the left have failed, and what we badly need is an alternative which avoids both the ruthlessness of the pure market economy and the fascistic bullying of the Nanny State.

No doubt Blond would have called this ingenious new socio-political template “The Third Way”. Unfortunately, that one was bagged by the previous intellectual snake-oil salesman to have helped bankrupt and destroy our country – Tony Blair’s eminence grise Anthony Giddens of the LSE – so instead, Blond has tried to fob us off with the idea that there could possibly be such a thing as Red Toryism.

Like Left Rightism, Blue Marxism, Black Whiteism, Extreme Centrism or any of the other crazee oxymorons Blond no doubt blue-skied in his bubble bath before settling on the silliest of the lot, Red Toryism is a brand that is arresting, exciting and different the first time you hear it, but which collapses under the weight of its own contradictions the second you start trying to define it.

In his heart, I suspect, Phillip Blond knows this. He thought up the groovy concept. It was enough to impress not just a publisher but even David Cameron, leading some gullible fool or other to provide funding for his think tank Res Publica. But then he found himself in the awkward position of having to explain what it at all meant in the course of a 300 page book. And unfortunately, his brain isn’t up to it. (Nor, for that matter, is his prose style, as witness clunkers like: “The spurious nature of this argument is not eliminated by its perpetual repetition.”)

Few would dispute Blond’s analysis of the way that behind the mask of “liberalism” New Labour’s creepy controlling Fabianism has stolen most of our civil liberties. What is utterly dishonest, though, is the way that for the sake of balance he tries to make out that conservatism is equally flawed because of the way it puts selfish individualism before the common good.

In order to do this he has to caricature it as “neo-liberalism”: “The neo-liberal model of the capitalist market is too open to the pursuit of bad practice – buy as cheaply as possible, sell as dearly as possible, produce goods with the least possible expense and labour and the shoddiest possible quality.” Only through a form of benign state invention (which he pretends is something else by calling it “localism”) can this danger supposedly be averted.

But you only have to look at how markets operate in the real world to see what nonsense this is. A café that sold the cheapest coffee at the highest price would soon go out of business. Sensible capitalists are always looking for ways of offering value-added beyond simple monetary considerations. In the case of that café, this might involve boasting about their Fair Trade and eco credentials, say; or offering its customers free magazines, or baby toys or lovely comfy chairs; or sponsoring local community projects. This was happening long before Phillip Blond came along to tell us it’s what we need imposed on us by the State of ever we are to heal our “Broken Society.”

Blond’s unappetising mix of waffle, bad prose, jumbled ideas, and illogicalities – all thrown together with the occasional bout of facts, figures and statistics, so we know he’s done his homework – would be quite harmless were it not for one major problem: David Cameron’s Conservatives have adopted this buffoon as their philosopher king. Blond’s economics are unaffordable; his logic is incomprehensible; his politics are suicidal. We should all be very afraid.

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My excitement over the Conservatives’ manifesto… | James Delingpole

April 14, 2010

… is no doubt as great as yours. I can imagine that few of you will be able to sleep a wink tonight as you excitedly contemplate Dave Cameron’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 and his promise that Britain will NEVER enter the euro.

Here are a few more proposals in a similar vein from the 28,000 word manifesto which really caught my eye and made me want to send out excitable Louise-Bagshawe-type Tweets enthusing about the bright new future Britain will soon be enjoying TOGETHER.

1. White cliffs of Dover guaranteed never to be painted black (not even tasteful Farrow & Ball Clunch or Dimity, whatever the demands from Brussels) under a Conservative administration.

2. Carbon dioxide to be abolished altogether by 2130.

3. Illegal immigrants to be given an extremely stern talking to and repatriated under a tough new “21 strikes and you’re out” rule.

4. 50p upper band tax rate to be reduced to 49.5p no later than the beginning of the Tories’ third term in office.

5. A new NHS holiday day to be introduced into calendar for nationwide celebrations of the NHS.

6. Bankers to be put in stocks once a month and pelted by attractive young black women who have never before voted Conservative but who recognise that this is a necessary corrective if Broken Britain is to be healed.

7. Britain’s £200-billion-plus structural deficit to be eradicated by 2014 using green technologies as yet undeveloped but when they appear they’re going to make us a fortune, just you see.

8. Morecambe and Wise to be regenerated using DNA extracted from their bones and given a new show to be broadcast every weekend so that the entire nation will be united in mirth just like in the good old days.

9. All children between 4 and 17 encouraged to join Young Alinsky Pioneer (TM) units where they will participate every weekend in synchronised swimming, marching, flag waving and singing songs in celebration of the Dear Leader.

10. VAT to be permanently abolished on hessian shopping bags which say: “MY BIG ECO BAG” (or similar) on the side.

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What Dave and His Chum Barack Don’t Want You to Know about Green Jobs and Green Energy

Green jobs are a waste of space, a waste of money, a lie, a chimera. You know that. I know that. We’re familiar with the report by Dr Gabriel Calzada Alvarez of the Rey Juan Carlos University in Spain which shows that for every “green job” that is created another 2.2 jobs are LOST in the real economy.

We also know that alternative energy is a fraud – only viable through enormous government (ie taxpayer subsidy) and utterly incapable of answering anything more than a fraction of our energy needs. As Shannon Love puts it here:

Here’s a fact you won’t see mentioned in the public policy debate over “alternative” energy:

There exists no alternative energy source, no combination of alternative energy sources, and no system of combinations of alternative energy sources that can fully replace a single, coal fired electric plant built with 1930s era technology.


So why are our political leaders setting out quite deliberately to deceive us?

There have many disgustingly revealing stories this week about the dubious practices of the Climate Fear Promotion lobby, but for me the most damning of all was Chris Horner’s scoop at Pajamas Media concerning high level cover-ups by the Obama administration. Like his soul mate Dave Cameron on this side of the pond, Obama finds the narrative about global warming so compelling and moving that he doesn’t want it spoiled with any inconvenient truths regarding green jobs and green energy.

Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, has discovered that when two European reports came out – the Spanish one above; and another one from Denmark on the inefficiency of wind farms – the Obama administration recruited left-wing lobbyists to attack them.

After two studies refuted President Barack Obama’s assertions regarding the success of Spain’s and Denmark’s wind energy programs, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request reveals the Department of Energy turned to George Soros and to wind industry lobbyists to attack the studies.

Via the FOIA request, the Competitive Enterprise Institute has learned that the Department of Energy — specifically the office headed by Al Gore’s company’s former CEO, Cathy Zoi — turned to George Soros’ Center for American Progress and other wind industry lobbyists to help push Obama’s wind energy proposals.

The FOIA request was not entirely complied with, and CEI just filed an appeal over documents still being withheld. In addition to withholding many internal communications, the administration is withholding communications with these lobbyists and other related communications, claiming they constitute “inter-agency memoranda.” This implies that, according to the DoE, wind industry lobbyists and Soros’s Center for American Progress are — for legal purposes — extensions of the government.

We see something similar going on here in Britain. The taxpayer funded Quango The Carbon Trust is continually pumping out propaganda on behalf of the powerful wind energy lobby; as too is the BBC which cheerfully funded a political broadcast (masquerading as a cri de coeur) by Green activist George Moonbat on its The Daily Politics show earlier this week. In December it was discovered that civil servants working for the government had suppressed evidence that wind farms damage health and disrupt sleep.

Do our political leaders think we’re stupid? Or so supine and malleable that we simply won’t mind being lied to if it’s for our “own good”?

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Cameron and his suicidal eco-rats clamber aboard sinking ship | James Delingpole

February 4, 2010

I thought the last straw was when the Conservatives decided at the weekend to kiss goodbye to fiscal responsibility. But no. Their determination to scrap every last vestige of Tory ideology really does know no bounds: (hat tip: the Unbrainwashed)

LONDON -(Dow Jones)- The U.K. opposition Conservative party will set out plans Tuesday to consolidate the government’s various plans to support climate- friendly technologies into a single Green Investment Bank if they emerge victorious in an election due by June 3.

In a speech to be delivered Tuesday morning, the Conservative’s treasury chief, George Osborne, is set to announce a working group to draw up plans for a Green Investment Bank, with Nicholas Stern–a top climate change adviser to the current Labour government in recent years–taking on a role as adviser to the group, according to Osborne’s office. Bob Wigley, chairman of international telephone directories company Yell Group PLC, will be among those serving on the working group.

The aim is for the Green Investment Bank to provide a mix of government and private-sector cash to invest in promising new technologies, Osborne will say.

My colleague Douglas Murray has done a splendid number on the Blairesque vacuousness of Osborne’s speech. I’d like to concentrate on its economic illiteracy.

Is David Cameron’s inner circle really so out of touch that not one of them is aware how quickly the AGW scam is unravelling – with even the Guardian and Geoffrey Lean nuancing their ideological positions?

When Osborne talks about the “green jobs” his brave new economic model is going to generate, is he really not aware of the pitiful example of Spain where for every “green job” created through government spending 2.2 jobs have been LOST in the real economy?

And before approaching Lord Stern to head this new economic suicide unit (he has since turned them down, apparently) could they really not have first tried someone with a bit more commonsense, bottom and scientific credibility? Ronald McDonald, maybe? Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? John Terry?

Well Dave Cameron, George Osborne and their claque of liberal-left eco-loons might not be able to see it. But it seems that pretty much everyone else can.

Here’s Richard North:

“absolutely unbelievable … just as the whole global warming scam is falling apart, the Tories re-affirm their commitment to it. You could not have better evidence that the hierarchy is completely out of touch with events.”

Here’s Andrew Stuttaford at NRO’s The Corner:

Way to lose, Mr Cameron.

Here are some of the reader comments on this morning’s Telegraph report.

Please tell me this is a JOKE !

The day Cameron finally lost the election.

God how I hate these Conservatives.

I have been thinking to vote UKIP. Now I’m thinking to vote for Labour directly. Better that atrocities like this are committed in their name.

Perhaps some of you might care to add some thoughts of your own?

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Climategate: The Conservative backlash begins

Conservative leader David Cameron has issued a statement reiterating his party’s commitment to “tackling carbon emissions” to deal with the “real danger of climate change” and describing the Copenhagen summit as of “historic importance.”

(Hat Tip: my splendid new friend Plato Says)

And the party faithful don’t like Cameron’s Copenhagen Kool-Aid Consumption one tiny bit.

Here’s what Cameron has to say on the Tory party’s Blue Blog:

In nine days time, representatives from 192 countries will meet in Copenhagen for the UN Conference on climate change. This summit is of historic importance. It is an opportunity for the world to take bold action to deal with the real danger of climate change.

So this week, ahead of the summit, members of my Shadow Cabinet have given a series of speeches setting out plans to help protect the global environment. Each one of these speeches sets out specific steps which need to be taken if we are going to reduce our carbon emissions.

And here are some of the 200 plus, almost unanimously negative comments from disgusted (and soon-to-be-former-) Tory voters so far:

Please do not support the global warming quacks in my name. They are a bunch of frauds and thieves.

When are you going to accept that Climate Change is not man made? All the unmassaged facts indicate this.
You and all the other “green brigade” go swaning off to these conferences spreading an enormous carbon footprint for what? You should not rely on my vote in the coming election unless you are honest.

How intelligent men can really believe all this drivel beats me..By the way are we or the EU responsible for capping all the VOLCANOES scattered around the world???? Get a life people.

When will the Conservative Party comment on what is now called ‘ClimateGate’ ? The science behind this whole issue is looking more and more like a massive scam!

How big is the entourage that is going with David and I bet the carbon footprint made on this one trip is more than I make in twenty years.? Why dont they just phone each other or use a network….is it because they enjoy the pomp and ego boost? What a waste of money, david you should be ashamed!

not interested in green stuff more interested in getting rid of all the rules and regs labour brought in licences fines house . sort that and you may get votes otherwise forget it

Dear Mr Blair (sorry, Cameron)
Why don’t you listen to the actual SCIENTISTS? And not the scaremongerors? Anyone who has even a vague knowledge of science will understand that, in medieval times, the world was a lot hotter than it is now: granted, colder winters, but they had much hotter summers. This is part of the earth’s cycle: read a bit more, think, and don’t believe everyone – take a balanced view. Global warming/cooling is part of the earth’s physicality. Let us not forget that man, as we know him, on a 24-hour clock appeared about 2 minutes before midnight! The earth’s warming/cooling has been going on long before we were around.

Britain’s been sold to the Belgiums and we are supposed to be worried about climate change? We want our own elected government to govern our country

I also am a scientist and agree with the views expressed above that climate change linked to man made CO2 is at best “not proven” and at worst is a fable of equal staus to the Emperor’s New Clothes. David could provide real leadership by not supporting the green inquisition and becoming the man that led us out of this nonsense. The climate change lobby is attractive because it appeals to a concept of original sin (man polluting the planet an bringing about his own downfall) and fear of dependence on oil (which will one day, but not soon, run ou)t. The long term answer to go with sensible energy strategy is of course fewer people. We should be aiming to get the UK population back to 50 million in the next 30 years and maybe less after that.
Conservatives should not fall for the man induced climate change confidence trick. Most oif its remedies are against conservative instincts (more taxes, state interference etc.

As a lowly ex meteorologist I have in my retirement looked at global temperatures:-
Easy enough to do. Doesn’t require much effort at all and I notice It’s been gettting colder for the past decade.
The terminology has changed too – from ‘Man made global warming’ to ‘global warming’ and now ‘climate change’ Whereas I thought that I was the only one (not in receipt of a large research grant) who thought that the Emperor was not wearing any clothes I now suspect that he is now putting on his underwear.

That’s the bad news, Dave. But the good news is you have the support of one Ross J Warren who argues:

Perhaps we might consider making climate change denial a criminal matter

Mm. He sounds just the kind of sensible, reasonable fellow you want onside.

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7 Responses to “Climategate: the Conservative backlash begins”

  1. Chris says:November 29, 2009 at 11:42 amI never thought the phrase ‘political science’ would be stood on its head as abruptly as it has here. This recipe is 99 parts politics to one part science. And, to those who love the term, we have ‘consensus’ on that.
  2. Burke Hamblin says:November 29, 2009 at 9:25 pmMr. Delingpole, thank you for your tenaciousness in covering this issue; it’s all but an informational wasteland here in the States, save for those who’re tweeting and e-mailing others about “Climategate.” Our “climate czar” Carole Browner has today rejected any implications of the scandal by repeating the rote consensus line, but I and others I know are forwarding links to your blog, Twitter account and articles to everyone we know, regardless of their political leaning. Carry on!
  3. Hugh Janus says:November 29, 2009 at 11:51 pmJames you are up against one massive machine which really does want to silence you and others who share the same view. Unfortunately this is skynew’s weathergirls take on the subject. Read and weep and consider jumping off Earth because life is going to get a whole lot worse. Link below.

  4. Nick Mabbs says:November 30, 2009 at 4:35 pmJames,

    It looks like Dave, Gordon and all the other lefties are going to ignore the e-mails, and the computer code recently ‘liberated’ from the CRU.
    Lord Monckton seems to be lining up a legal challenge if his interviews on the interweb are anything to go by. He wants Gore downwards to go to jail and for the disbandment of the the IPCC and the UN on ‘crimes against humanity’ grounds.

    Unfortunately he also advocated a new worldwide political party (the Freedom Party).
    Readers may remember the name being associated with the ‘National Front’ before it became
    the BNP – it is particularly disturbing therefore that Nick Griffin is going to bring up Climategate at

    Someone stop him before the whole Climategate business gets kicked into the long grass
    as being the rantings of a loony; rather than the world changing subject it is !

    Right now we need James Bond not Daffy Duck.

  5. Steve says:November 30, 2009 at 4:41 pmI am not a scientist, and I know very little about the science required to understand the debate. Therefore I read articles on what could be the most significant issue of our age so as to be informed by others who know what their talking about.

    One thing for certain is that the overwhelming scientific consensus is that AGW is real. That does not make it so, only that they believe it to be.

    The problem I have with the argument against AGW is that I’m expected to believe that some vast conspiracy exists amongst scientists. In all honesty it sounds as ridiculous as “9/11 was an inside job”. And far more worrying.

    I have read quite a few of your articles on the subject and the only thing I can determine is that you truly despise those who would believe in AGW. the insults you have levelled at those you disagree with are of the Daily Mail variety, or Fox News opinion pieces. I assume that in the majority of your articles you are doing no more than preaching to the quire, filling them with vitriolic terminology to level at those they disagree with. So it is sad to say that another “opinion” on the debate is rendered useless to me.

    And that is the main problem, I am no firm believer in man made climate change although from my own experience it is plausible that our climate is indeed changing. That I cannot find decent sceptical argument without insult is worrying.

  6. Fiona says:December 1, 2009 at 10:27 pmThere is hope. In Australia, we have booted out a “warmist” from the leadership of the Opposition and put a realist in charge. You need to pressure your party from the grassroots like we did. Email them, phone them, tell them you’ll never vote for them again.
  7. PaulM says:December 1, 2009 at 10:48 pmDecember 1st 2009 will go down in the history of the Australian Parliment as the day the conservative side of politics rediscovered its’ spine. On this day a Leadership Spill was called of the Opposition.

    Running were, Malcolm Turnbull, the current Leader of the Opposition, Joe Hockey, the “Unity” candidate (a believer in AGW and the favoured pick of the media & the ALP) and Tony Abbot, Prime Minister Howards head kicker and whilst a believer in Climate Change, a skeptic to the level & importance of mankinds contribution.

    The distress, the outrage, the hand wring, hair pulling & banshee screams that have followed the elevation of the “Mad Monk” Tony Abbot to the Leadership of the Lib/Nat coalition was most edifying to behold.

    Today 2-Dec-2009 will be a great day in Australia as we see the opposition vote down for the second time, Prime Minister Rudds Emissions Trading Scheme (or Extra Tax System/Employment Termination Scheme) in the Australian Senate. All this was achieved by the great work of Andrew Bolt (columnist for the Herald Sun in Melbourne), Piers Ackerman (columnist for The Sydney Daily Telegraph), Alan Jones (Radio commentator for 2UE Sydney), the great folks from WhatsUpWithThat and the thousands of everyday Australians who informed their elected representatives of their concerns & their WILL.

    Democracy does occasionaly work, but it takes the actions of the electorate to make it happen.

    Stand up & say NO. NO to the International Carbon Futures Cabal headed by Al Gore and the likes of HSBC, ABN AMRO & Goldman Sachs. NO to COP15. NO to the unelected & unrepresentative swill of the UN.

Dan Hannan Is Not a Racist

The deadly attack gerbils of the liberal-left have had a go at Dan Hannan.

The Daily Mirror, NuLav’s comically useless online propaganda outlet Labour List, and a sweet-looking boy named James Mcintyre who writes for the New Statesman, have all seized excitedly on some thoughtful, unexceptionable remarks Dan made about Obama’s “exotic” background.

Here’s what Dan said in his blog:

“Barack Obama has an exotic background, and it would be odd if some people weren’t unsettled by it. During the campaign, he made a virtue of his unusual upbringing. He was at once from the middle of the country (Kansas) and from its remotest edge (Hawaii). He was both black and white. He was a Protestant brought up among Muslims. He seemed to have family on every continent. Like St Paul, he made a virtue of being all things to all men.”

“On one level, the strategy worked brilliantly. But it could hardly fail to leave a chunk of people feeling that Obama wasn’t exactly a regular guy.”

And here, roughly, is how Mcintyre and his chums chose to translate it:

“My name is Dan Hannan. I wear a tall, pointy white hat with eyeholes cut into it. Our Enoch was right. Send ‘em all back to where they came from. No, wait, better than that: string ‘em all up. And if you think I’m the only fellow in the Tory party who thinks this way you’ve got another think coming. We’re racists, the lot of us. And this my friends is why you should not vote Conservative at the next election but vote instead for the supremely competent and utterly sane Gordon Brown.”

Now I have at least two main objections to this.

First, though it’s true that Dan Hannan holds culpable, deeply objectionable, utterly wrongheaded views about Obama, they have nothing to do with the man’s race or exoticism. They’re to do with the fact – as he brazenly admits – that he likes and admires the guy and supported his presidential candidacy.

But what I loathe and detest far more is what it tells us about New Labour and what they have done to the level political debate. As pretty much anyone with even half a brain cell now realises, Britain is almost irredeemably b***ered after 12 years under Blair and Brown. In this week’s Spectator, Trevor Kavanagh racks his brain and finally comes up with “peace” in Northern Ireland and the minimum wage as examples of two of New Labour’s achievements. Personally, I wouldn’t even give them those. They have been a total and unmitigated disaster from beginning to end.

How, though, did they get away with it for so long? Largely, I’d argue, by manipulating the media – and by extension – the voters more cleverly than the Tories did. New Labour would lie, distort, tweak, smear, exaggerate, spin, announce, re-announce, re-re-announce or anything else that was necessary to ensure that they came across as the party that could do useful things and which cared, while the Tories were the party of reaction, snobbery, racism and cuts.

This feeble and desperate attempt to smear Hannan and, by association, Cameron’s Tories is merely a continuation of the same old methods they’ve been using for the last twelve years. Two or three years ago, it might just have worked. Today, now that we’ve all wised up to their methods, it just comes across as wearisomely predictable and a bit sad – the death throes of a party which knows it’s a busted flush and knows that in the total absence of things to say in its own favour its last remaining hope is to try to slag the opposition.

I understand this. You understand it. But here’s the part that makes me worried and angry: I’m not sure that Cameron’s Tories yet do.

Even now, far too much of their policy-decision-making appears to be based not so much on doing the right thing as on avoiding trouble. The 50p upper rate tax. The ring-fencing of spending on the NHS. These are positions not of a party of principle, but a party whose inner circle reads silly articles like the ones above, and STILL actually takes them seriously.

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