05Apr04 — 6 Slowly Going Sane If the Tories start talking sense like this and this about the big issues I may be hauled up before the Labour Party for voting for them. Share this:FacebookTwitterEmailReddit Related Over Here Soul Man
In recent months the same creeping sense of turning Tory has been happening to me as well. I’m still resisting but my defences are weakening, and Howard’s speech was a heavy blow to them.
The Yeo plan sounds an awful lot like the education reform outlined in one of the last episodes of ‘Yes Prime Minister’ (‘The National Education Service’ if you have the book or video). It remains to be seen what the Sir Humphreys would do to it.
Maybe they should start a support group for us and other sufferers over at Harry’s Place, though I supect Oliver Kamm‘s regulars would be more likely to join.
Are you a signed up member of the Labour party Damian?
BTW, you can see photos of my recent trip to New York on my web site now 🙂
Not only am I a signed up member, I’m now the official Labour candidate for the ward of Cambridge Market—not that I’m betting on keeping my deposit.
Howard’s remarks singling out the US are rather suprising, considering the EU’s CAP. The steel tarriff was a blunder comprised of a mixture of pandering to battleground midwest manufacturing states, and I think a true desire to protect an industry for it’s strategic importance. If the world suddenly goes to hell-in-a-handbasket (I know, many think it already is), a lack of domestic steel production would be unaffordable. All-in-all, agri-subsidies are by far the more damaging to third-world developement, and the true champions of protectionism on that front reside quite a bit closer to London than DC is. IMO, WTO talks would have reduced such policies already if not for EU intransigence, french influence in particular.