This is terribly fun, isn’t it?

Even when an investigation does take place, the prime minister can suppress its conclusions, as Johnson has done with the report on Russian interference in the British political system, which remains unpublished. Does it contain details of unlawful donations to the Conservative party? Or of Conservative Friends of Russia, whose launch party was attended by Cummings? A key figure in this group was a man who has subsequently come under suspicion of being a Russian spy. He has been photographed with Johnson, whom he described as a “good friend”. What was going on? Without parliament’s intelligence and security committee’s report, we can only guess.
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These formal rings of power are supported by further defences beyond government, such as the print media, most of which is owned by billionaires or multimillionaires living offshore, and the network of opaquely funded thinktanks, that formulate and test the policies later adopted by government. Their personnel circulate in and out of the prime minister’s office.

Oh, for those halcyon days when it was the right sort of Russians sending the Moscow Gold to the Morning Star and the like…..

17 thoughts on “This is terribly fun, isn’t it?”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    As Instapundit would say, the Left turned into the John Birch Society so slowly that I hardly noticed.

    There was a time when sensible people mocked those who thought Eisenhower was a Communist agent.

  2. As the government blunders from one disaster to the next, there seem to be no effective ways of holding it to account.

    If only we had some sort of system of public representatives, chosen by plebiscite, who could ask questions and review proposed legislation and policies. Maybe they could meet in a special building dedicated to this purpose.

    The great majority of money for the Conservative party comes from a small number of very rich people. Just five hedge fund managers have given it £18m over the past 10 years.

    Tbf, rich people should only be allowed to spend their money on woke issues, such as telling people who don’t own private yachts that we need to reduce our consumption. But £18m in a decade is basically fuck all.

    This grossly unfair system is supplemented by outright cheating, such as breaching spending limits and secretly funding mendacious online ads.

    True. I was going to vote Remain until I stumbled upon a Facebook advert that said “HELLO FELLOW RACISTS LET’S VOTE LEAVE LOL”.

    Despite such assistance, the Conservatives still failed to win a majority of votes at the last election. But, thanks to our preposterous, outdated first-past-the-post electoral system, the 43.6% of the vote they won granted them a crushing majority. With proportional representation, we would have a hung parliament.

    And if your auntie had balls she’d be Carrie Marshall. Those salty tears tho… delicious.

    Even its official emblem tells us we are shut out. It’s a portcullis: the means by which people are excluded from the fortress of power. The portcullis is topped by a crown, reminding us that power is still vested symbolically in an unelected head of state.

    I agree it should be changed to a tyre fire with the motto “THOU GETTETH WHAT THOU FUCKING DESERVETH”

  3. Second-hand Trump-and-the-Russians paranoia. Can’t the fucker devise genuine British paranoia for God’s sake?

  4. “With proportional representation, we would have a hung parliament.”

    Ah, those halcyon days of 2019, when decisions couldn’t be made, negotiations weren’t taken seriously by the EU, what power there was resided in the speaker, courts, and ex-models, and we could just bimble along being told what to do by other sovereign powers.

  5. “Despite such assistance, the Conservatives still failed to win a majority of votes at the last election. But, thanks to our preposterous, outdated first-past-the-post electoral system, the 43.6% of the vote they won granted them a crushing majority. With proportional representation, we would have a hung parliament. ”

    I have some sympathy with this, but only if he was also making similar comments about Blair’s lack of democratic legitimacy – he never even got as high as Boris (43.2% 1997, but 50 more seats than Boris; 40.7% 2001; 35.2% in 2005). And we won’t even mention Brown’s democratic mandate!

  6. ” Despite such assistance, the Conservatives still failed to win a majority of votes at the last election.”

    This is quite normal in a multi-party system. What Georgie-Porgy desires – PR – would lead to massively unpopular parties like the Greens having a veto over everything; which is,of course, the point.

  7. RichardT: But that’s the way it works, and fuck the idea of a hung parliament. As Sam says, we saw the malign effects of that last year. Someone recently posted a link to an article by Karl Popper discussing the concept of democracy, and what it really should be for – most thought-provoking. He basically says PR is bad & a 2-party system with FPTP is better.

  8. You would have thought that the events of last year in the UK would have destroyed all enthusiasm for PR. Recent elections in Germany, Belgium and Netherlands don’t seem to show the advantages claimed either

  9. Bloke in North Dorset

    ”Despite such assistance, the Conservatives still failed to win a majority of votes at the last election.”

    The fallacy of this argument is that political parties would campaign in the same way and voters would not vote differently.

    Voters in safe seats who don’t support the incumbent, for example, have more of an incentive to vote, which means parties are more likely to campaign seriously in those areas.

  10. Never, in all their history, has the People’s Party got 50% of the vote in a General Election.

  11. Without the Scottish vote, has there ever been a Labour government? No wonder Broon campaigned against Devo

  12. Richard West From

    Putin stole the USA election for Trump.
    He also stole the EU referendum for Leavers side.
    Putin wants to break up the European Union. Because the European Union acts as a geo-political stability tool for European nations. Look at weak divided regions like South America, South East Asia, Africa and the Middle East to see what happens to weak divided geo-political regions. They become proxy battle grounds for the superpowers, and tin pot dictators.

    Look at history to see what happens when Europe is divided, wars and strife. The only difference is that this time it would be the states of China and India taking over parts of Europe.
    A divide and conquer attitude exists with Putin.

  13. @ Richard West from blank
    Putin did not steal the referendum. The manager of “Project Fear” threw it away when he/she/they went so OTT that lots of people gave up believing in it. Unlike Obama, Putin had too much sense to get involved.
    What would suit Putin would be a break-up of NATO which provides geopolitical stability to Europe, but unlike you he knows that the EU and NATO are two different things.

  14. The Meissen Bison

    @John77

    Perhaps you didn’t get your special delivery in 2016? I woke up one morning to find a small jar of finest beluga on the doorstep with a message “Hello Meissen, please enjoy small gift and remember not to make mistake with vote or next parcel my polonium special. Kisses, Vladi”

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