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Ain’t this a mangling of buzzwords

Liz Truss: I will build modern Bournvilles to house workers of the ‘new industrial revolution’
The Foreign Secretary says she will transform disused brownfield sites into ‘full-fat freeports’ to turbocharge investment in Britain

Not going to work of course. The state simply cannot work at that level of detail.

16 thoughts on “Ain’t this a mangling of buzzwords”

  1. The Other Bloke in Italy

    During the Ukraine business, I meant to ask the Blokes assembled if they feel that the Truss thing is a fool, a knave, or an airhead who should be bringing papers and coffee for a proper foreign secretary.

  2. Isn’t the point of Bournville and Port Sunlight that they were built by the private sector, as the housing for that particular private sector industry? So, if she means that the role of government is limited to saying “yes, just get on with it” rather than putting up barriers then she could be right.

    Back in the real world, I suspect she actually believes that government’s role is to direct the precise specification of each house and ensure that every brickie has published a modern slavery statement.

    Still, got to be a better choice than that cunt Sunak.

  3. Isn’t the point of Bournville and Port Sunlight that they were built by the private sector, as the housing for that particular private sector industry? So, if she means that the role of government is limited to saying “yes, just get on with it” rather than putting up barriers then she could be right.

    The only way that’s going to work is by a bonfire of building and planning regulations so that we’re back to how it was in the 1920’s or thereabouts. Chances of that happening are slightly less than the second coming of Christ.

    Back in the real world, I suspect she actually believes that government’s role is to direct the precise specification of each house and ensure that every brickie has published a modern slavery statement.

    Which is why the problem of building more houses that people actually want will not be fixed this side of the next revolution. “Go Rebels!” “Down with the Building Regs!”.

  4. @BiW,

    I’m not an expert on Indian names (nor Welsh, for that matter) but would that be:

    Rishi That Cunt Sunak, or
    That Cunt Rishi Sunak?

    I know of many people who prefer middle names. Boris, for instance! With That Cunt, I’m not surprised that he prefers to use Rishi.

    Incidentally, I just discovered that he’s a midget. His face comes over looking quite big on TV.

    Am I the only one who thinks that he walks, gestures and smiles a lot like Norman Wisdom?

  5. I thought the preferred title was “Rishi Sunak the backstabbing snake”?

    Never mind. “He who wields the knife, never wears the crown” ‘n all that, but Liz Truss is still a piss poor alternate.

  6. TOBI – I’m not one of the Council of Blokes but I think Mrs Truss is a bit thick. However, her aggressive rhetoric on Russia/Ukraine is no different to Boris or Borrell or any of the rest of them. Foolishness uttered by a fool is no worse than when it eructs from the erudite.

    Her willingness to pitch ‘Global NATO’ as an ingenious means of getting us into more land wars in Asia, this time against a billion pissed-off Chinamen over the all-important question of which particular clan of nepotistic Han crooks runs Formosa, did strike me as the opposite of statesmanlike (statesmen are supposed to be *against* preventable evils).

    Trussy is a silly moo, but her specific silliness on the world stage is caused by the fact that we don’t have an independent foreign policy and can’t imagine having one. Our politicians just say whatever they think will please their bosses in Washington DC, and those people are mental.

    I don’t know what to make of her plan to herd us all into chocolate factories, sounds about as realistic as “levelling up”.

  7. Rishi Sunak took a short break from hypnotising Mowgli to post this message this morning:

    China and the Chinese Communist Party represent the largest threat to Britain and the world’s security and prosperity this century.

    Ok. Maybe this is even true (I doubt it, I think the British Government is a much bigger threat). But why would you say this in public?

    Votes grubbing, obvs. But consider this: Chinese politicians don’t habitually go around threatening *us*, do they? And we do about £90Bn a year in trade with China, a country that’s just too damn big, too damn productive and too damn wealthy to ignore.

    We do know that public criticism and threats enrages the Chinese, who still hold to quaint Asian customs such as self-respect and taking public statements seriously. In comparison with China’s military, industrial and financial might we are Mr Muscle from those adverts where a skinny nerd tries his hand at cleaning the oven (it was never established why Mrs Muscle kept such a dirty house or what prevented her from cleaning her own manky kitchen).

    Are we sure it’s wise for people trying to become our next Prime Minister to tell the world that China is our enemy? We’re not enjoying the Russian sanctions very much, and they’re basically a petrol station with a mafia attached. Are we sure we want to get into a fight of any kind with the Celestial Empire and all its uncountable hordes? They have infinitely more ways to hurt us than we can them.

    I reckon Gordon Brittas of The Brittas Empire would show a bit more savvy.

  8. More Parseltongue, because my body is not now, and never will be, #ready4Rishi:

    Given that there is evidence to suggest China has targeted countries from the United States to India, Rishi is confident that he can create a broad alliance including countries from all over the world

    I doubt India is interested in alienating a country they trade $100 Bn a year with. They mistrust China, so will probably keep their security options open by staying in the Quad, but they’ve shown no interest in joining the new Western sanctions regime and appear to strongly resent what they consider Western colonial attitudes towards India’s neutrality.

    They are saddling developing countries with insurmountable debt and using this to seize their assets or hold a diplomatic gun to their heads

    That’s our job!

    “I will expand MI5’s reach to provide greater support to British businesses and universities to counter Chinese industrial espionage

    Easiest Bond mission ever. “M, it appearsh the factoriesh are shtill closed becaushe nobody in Britain can afford electrishity.” – James Bond, A View To A Utility Bill (2023)

  9. I’ve felt somewhat similarly about Oz’s squabbling with China, Steve.

    As I pointed out to my dear niece when the media was fussing about some of the Pacific Islands sucking up to China, there is simply no way we can out-bribe the Chinese.

  10. Rishi Sunak took a short break from hypnotising Mowgli to post this message this morning:

    China and the Chinese Communist Party represent the largest threat to Britain and the world’s security and prosperity this century.

    Rishi the backstabbing snake is just deflecting becomes some CCP backed newspaper in China published a suitably glowing article about the possibility of hisssss nibsss getting the top job. Probably a recommendation he could have done without given the justified accusation that he’s just an Indian pawn WEF globalist shill sock-puppet.

    China-UK ties ‘might improve’ with arrival of new PM

    Let’s hope the lesser evil of Liz Truss wins the day.

  11. Boganboy – yarp, and look where this has led Australia. Their coal industry is barred from selling to the world’s largest customer of coal, and they’re now on the hook to spend hundreds of billions of Aussie dollars to become a glorified US Navy base.

    I’m not seeing the upside here for Harold Bishop. Seems like Australia is big enough, and China far away enough, to just… not… get into mutually damaging slapfights. There’s enough potential wars brewing in Asia as it is. And if I was of the upside-down, crocodile-bothering, corky hat persuasion, I’d be a lot more upset at Australia’s covid totalitarianism and restrictions on free speech and creeping Net Zero madness than I would be by whatever Uncle Xi does to his fellow epicanthics in distant Peking.

    JG – Amen.

  12. I like the way that politicians’ clichés keep up with technology. No longer “supercharged” now “turbocharged”.

    Does that mean we’ll never again hear “kick-start” or “ticking time-bomb”? Prollynot.

  13. At best she is establishing a bunch of charter cities, at worst she is probably going to make some very nice ports. She’s hardly John James Cowperthwaite but if we are optimistic she might be enabling one.

  14. “Let’s hope the lesser evil of Liz Truss wins the day.”

    Lesser of two weasels? Weevils?

  15. The point of Bournville was to house workers when employment was much more long term than today – frequently people worked in the same job (or, at least, in the same company) for life. That’s completely different today when its very common for people to work only a few years for one company.

    It’s not very useful implementing solutions that only worked 50+ years ago.

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