Reshuffle 15/09

Nadine Dorries Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport eh?
Do Boris and Nadine have history perhaps? Mm, let me see, she ticks all of Boris’s boxes (female and pulse) and she must have been a cracker in her younger days. Another notch on his bedpost so to speak?

I would have .

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Peter Hitchens is a raving, spittle flecked luna.....oh.....

I have mixed feelings about the guy. I wholeheartedly agree with his assertion that the Conservative party has completely lost its way and is now fundamentally a party of the left and indistinguishable from New Labour.

On the other hand, he's gone all Eric Clapton when it comes to Covid. Like Eric, he's gone all anti-vax after having received the jab. (Can't be too careful, can you?) His assertion that he was more or less forced to have the vaccination is bollocks on stilts.
 
@RCT(V) - a dislike for my post? Lighten up - it was tongue in cheek (oo er)!
 
I have mixed feelings about the guy. I wholeheartedly agree with his assertion that the Conservative party has completely lost its way and is now fundamentally a party of the left and indistinguishable from New Labour.
He's Galloway in blue - never had much time for either of them, grabbing hold of whatever trope/tripe is passing to talk bollocks. The Conservative party is as far right as I've known it during my voting life, disregard the apparent socialist stuff, buying votes is an old and honourable British tradition not confined to one party.
On the other hand, he's gone all Eric Clapton when it comes to Covid. Like Eric, he's gone all anti-vax after having received the jab. (Can't be too careful, can you?) His assertion that he was more or less forced to have the vaccination is bollocks on stilts.
That's part of why I dislike him, he's playing to his audience.
 
Ah. The days when nurses still looked like nurses and were ripe for fantasy.

Nowadays you can wander through any hospital and be completely unable to tell the difference between a cleaner, a healthcare assistant, a nurse and a consultant surgeon. They're all wearing pyjamas and clogs.
Alas, very very true. Just no fun in going into hospital these days.
 
I have mixed feelings about the guy. I wholeheartedly agree with his assertion that the Conservative party has completely lost its way and is now fundamentally a party of the left and indistinguishable from New Labour.

On the other hand, he's gone all Eric Clapton when it comes to Covid. Like Eric, he's gone all anti-vax after having received the jab. (Can't be too careful, can you?) His assertion that he was more or less forced to have the vaccination is bollocks on stilts.
I agree, Hitchens has a lot to say that makes sense on a general level but he pitches it too far. He would have us believe that the Blair government was a Trotskyite abandonment of traditional British values and imposition of draconian abuses of liberty, well yes and no. It certainly was the wokiest government of our time but it just so happens it was also extremely popular at the time.

I also remember the Blair years, they were actually quite a happy and prosperous period and I must have failed to notice the Stasi kicking down the doors of the homes of traditional conservatives at 4am to drag them off to the Lubyanka. I seem to recall sales of the Daily Mail and Sun newspapers peaked then too, hardly a sign of great state repression.

It's like when Polly Toynbee paints the Thatcher years as a dystopian era of skin-heads roaming the streets beating up gays and Pakistanis at will and MI5-backed robo-cops pummeling workers desperately striking to save their jobs, or when she paints Britain today as some sort of Dikensian hellhole filled with starving urchins living off food banks, it's just over the top nonsense for the most part.

Hitchens is a decent counterweight to all the modernist rubbish that we are fed but he just needs to dial it back a bit at times.
 
Hitchens is a decent counterweight to all the modernist rubbish that we are fed but he just needs to dial it back a bit at times.

I don't really think so. There are several areas where I disagree with him, but I can do just that; disagree with him. There are several areas now, however, where the liberal democratic agenda is being projected as unarguable accepted orthodoxy. It seeps in by a process of osmosis because there is often not much in the way of effective contradiction. It is not helped when the 'orthodoxy' is protected by law.

It needs Hitchens and people like him, to go in hard and unapologetically. He has the intellectual resources to carry it off, as well, unlike so many spokespersons of the Right.
 
Ah. The days when nurses still looked like nurses and were ripe for fantasy.

Nowadays you can wander through any hospital and be completely unable to tell the difference between a cleaner, a healthcare assistant, a nurse and a consultant surgeon. They're all wearing pyjamas and clogs.
I was in a central London hospital today and one or two of the nurses I saw were fit as butchers dogs. You're obviously going to the wrong place!
 
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Oh! Please . . . not really botherd what portfolio either ;) .
Published by: Gareth Roberts, SPiKED, on16 September 2021.

Why they hate Nadine Dorries.

Our cultural elites can’t handle any challenge to their tepid ideology.

The appointment of Nadine Dorries as culture secretary in the recent UK government reshuffle came as a surprise to everybody. For some it came as a terrible shock. And people in shock often forget their filters, particularly on Twitter. ‘The darkest of days.’ ‘Speaks volumes on a Borgessian scale.’ ‘A slap in the face for anyone believing in meritocracy.’ QCs, administrators and a whole host of public-sector panjandrums were all gasping and grasping for the sal volatile . . .

. . . Matthew Anderson – European culture editor for the New York Times, no less – tweeted that, ‘Germany’s culture minister is a trained art historian; France’s wrote a book on Verdi. The new UK culture secretary… ate ostrich anus on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.’

This unhinged reaction was a delightful display of the middle-class arts establishment being caught off-guard, as if a housemaid in the 1920s had accidentally left a copy of Peg’s Paper above stairs in the conservatory.

For those art types who think of themselves as so ‘inclusive’ and ‘open to all’, their reaction to Dorries shows that they think they own culture, and that they have an inalienable right to own it.
It also shows the limits of their much-vaunted identity politics. Dorries is a working-class northerner, educated at a comprehensive, a survivor of child sexual abuse, a woman, and a bestselling writer who has succeeded with all the odds stacked against her. But all these normally celebrated identity factors evaporated in an instant – as they always do when one of the subjects of the middle-class faux-left has the wrong opinions. When you’re not saying the right thing, identity counts for nothing. You’re just another uncouth, déclassé pleb.

I hate to break it to Mr Anderson of the NYT, but eating an ostrich anus on TV is as much a part of culture as Verdi or art history, even trained art history. There is nothing wrong or suspicious about having fun, and you would think the arts sector might consider its audiences could be due a bit after the past couple of years.

These people live in a world where the arts are permanently about to be destroyed by massive Tory cuts. But somehow this never quite happens – and on they merrily roll, getting more elitist along the way.
Immediately after the reshuffle there were horrified cries of what might happen to television under the Dorries heel. The BBC has supposedly been on the verge of being transformed into a privatised trash factory since at least 1979. In fact, the bungling and media illiteracy of the Tories in the 1980s led to the creation of the rampantly posturing Channel 4, a hugely more antagonistic independent TV production sector, and the elimination of the last lingering traces of pure entertainment from the British film industry. This all led directly to the increasing disconnection and embourgeoisement of the arts ever since. With enemies like these, who needs friends?

This reaction shows that the arts world doesn’t want anything but clunking reproductions of its own tepid ideology. Culture is only for them. Everything has to have an ‘improving’ purpose, a busybody element of self-flagellation. We mustn’t forget that we now live in a world in which Hollyoaks – HOLLYOAKS – is on a mission to make us ‘better’ people. These dogs need to get out of the manger.

Dorries may not win plaudits from the arts world. But as her book sales show, she has a quality her detractors – and let’s face it, her peers and predecessors – will never have: an understanding of what people actually enjoy. Good luck to her – she’ll need it. I hope she has fun, and I hope we will have some, too.

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Gareth Roberts is a screenwriter and novelist, best known for his work on Doctor Who.

 
Liz Truss confirmed as new Foreign Secretary.

Patel remains as Home Secretary.
Customs back in the early Blair years had an utterly moronic plan of sending female officers overseas as DLOs-drug liason officers.
In fairness, not a problem in civilised Western places, and some great work was done.
Now lets consider source countries for drugs-South America, Pakistan and other toilets R us...

Just my personal experience, but these sort s of places aren't exactly femme fresh friendly.
 

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