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  1. Charlie says:

    I await with dread being given the job of implementing the Tories micro-specified proposals. I know exactly what would happen too, the scheme would be announced in a blaze of publicity, with lavish funding for the first year or two, following which, it would gradually atrophy….finally to be cancelled just as we were getting in to the swing of it…..such was arc of the ‘Movin’ Up’ project – this was David Blunkett’s pet project.
    Ironically, many of the alienated young men who would be targetted under this scheme currently do sign up for the military, all gung ho for the money and the camaraderie. Shame about the mental trauma and the missing body parts….
    Youth projects involving discipline, hierarchy, submission to authority are known as ‘character-building’ approaches in the social educational repertoire…..
    What the Tories are talking about sounds like it is lifted from what the PRince’s Trust scheme currently does anyway.

  2. Graham says:

    I’ve enjoyed a similar drift to the right over the years too. It’s just that I started out at 17 with the view that Norman Tebbit was a bit of a dangerously wet leftie. So you can just imagine what a bitter political disappointment life’s become.

  3. Montana says:

    I like that they questioned for “Public Defenders” (and they thought they could bring down our government), undercover FBI agent, sweet. Since their inception the Teaparty crowd (not a movement since they do have the numbers or clout) because they are haters not debaters or as others have dubbed them screamers not dreamers. The simpleton Tea baggers are the same whiners that were crying when the McCain/Bailin ticket lost. Now that their yelling and screaming disastrous to stop the shape care debate and the bill from passing they are crying again. Lets face it the Republicans had eight years to deal with shape care, immigration, climate change and fiscal oversight and governance and they disastrous. The Republicans are excellent at starting wars (two in eight years, with stout contracts to friends of Cheney/Bush) but not at winning wars as seen by the long-lasting line of body bags that keep coming home. Instead of participating in the shape care debate of thoughts the Republicans party turned inward to your ancient fashion obstructionist party. In my opinion the Republican Waterloo loss was caused by the party allowing a small parts (but very loud) of the republican party of “birthers, baggers and blowhards” to take over their party. I will admit that this fringe is very excellent at playing “Follow the Leader” by listening to their dullard leaders, Beck, Hedgecock, Hannity, O’Reilly, Rush, Savage, Sarah Bailin, Orly Taitz, Victoria Jackson, Michele Bachmann and the rest of the Blowhards and acting as ill plotted robots (they have already acted against doctors that perform abortions). The Teaparty crowd reckon they can scare, intimidate and break down others to go along with them by observations like “This time we came unarmed”, let me tell you a touch not all ex-military join the fringe militia crazies who don’t pay taxes and run around with face paint in the parks playing commando, the majority are mature and know that the world is more complicated and grey than the black and white that these simpleton make it out to be and that my friend is the point. The world is complicated and presidents like Hamiliton, Lincoln, and Roosevelt judge that we should use government a small to increase social mobility, now its about dancing around the aver of government is the problem. The sainted Reagan passed the largest tax increase in American history and as a result federal employment increased, but facts are lost when mired in mysticism and superstition. Although some Republicans are trying to distant themselves from this fringe most of them, having no game plot/ vision for our country, are just going along and fanning the flames. For a party that gave us Abraham Lincoln, it is tragic that the ranks are filled with too many unfilled suits. But they now aver they have changed, come on, what sucker is going to judge that? All I can say to you is dredge up Waterloo.

  4. A few million barely-trained (because anything approaching half-decent training for so many would be astronomical in price, not to mention unworkable anyway) folk, who have apparently been disarmed anyway, wouldn’t be much a threat for any invading force. The reason it’s worked for Switzerland is that no one ever had much to gain by invading Switzerland. It certainly wouldn’t, in itself, obviate the need for nuclear deterrents. Indeed, if nuclear threat itself is not enough to be rid of nuclear deterrents, nothing will be.

    If I were in some militia, and I looked up to take some inspiration from my commander, my strategist, my general, and what I saw was a balding author with a well-earned beer-gut and a cheery smile, I wouldn’t be charging off to battle with much relish…

  5. Ian Marchant says:

    Hey! It worked for Captain Mainwering. Though I guess he didn’t have the cheery smile…

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