Apr. 22nd, 2015 08:26 am
therealpm: (Confused)
"Milifandom soars with Twitter backing for Labour leader Ed Miliband"

Alastair knows about this twitter thing, though I'm not convinced his smugness, if asked, would be anything other than intolerable. Maybe Fiona?
therealpm: (Default)
I see certain recent embarrassments have spurred commentators, insightful or otherwise, to call for a slight change in either tactics or tactician.

I'm sure they'll sort themelves out.


May. 1st, 2013 07:43 pm
therealpm: (Haters to the left)
My attempts to ascertain the original cause of my erstwhile lycanthropy not withstanding, this week has been reasonably productive.  Though the legislation surrounding lycanthropes will never be brought to a full vote in either House (how could it), there are various committees that decide on such matters and intensive lobbying is at last beginning to bear fruit.  Not, I will admit, intensive lobbying conducted directly by myself.  I suspect any overt moves made in such a direction would be immediately regarded with suspicion, but Fowler has taken up the cause with what might be considered alarming alacrity.  Though he (and indeed every other member of such a committee) will never be convinced of a werewolf's right to roam, he has at least instated an inherent right to life provided the lycanthrope is willing to take the daily potion, and removed the restriction barring partners from becoming a lycanthrope's legal guardian.  Small steps, perhaps, but welcome.

I therefore intend to spend some time improving the daily potion.  At present it is challenging, though not impossible, to brew correctly, and it has a rather repulsive taste.  I suspect DEFRA consider the sedative and weakening effects to be a feature, rather than a problem, but I suspect that taken over a long period it causes a gradual degardation of health.  This too must be addressed.

The exact combination of ingredients required is yet to be discovered, but given the healthy links I have maintained with various research institutions, acquiring any particular root or grub should not present too much of a problem.  The main difficulty will be finding a test subject.  I can of course use mice for the development stage, but they give so little feedback, and in any case, once the formula is past development and into trials, I will need humanoid test subjects anyway. 

I wonder how that scottish island community is getting on?
therealpm: (Plotting)
I did hope that my comments at last week's dinner might have encouraged our frontbench to be slightly better at dissecting Osborne's populist shambles of a budget (endured in the midst of some very dubious company). It is therefore somewhat disappointing to note that the Tories were savaged more effectively by their own leadership than by ours, a situation likely to become only more frequent with Mr Miliband's lamentable departure.


Jun. 27th, 2012 03:16 pm
therealpm: (Confused)
"Tony Blair says he would be prepared to become Prime Minister again"

Oh Tony.

Well I suppose it'll make Alastair happy.

...Baroness Warsi cleared of a serious breach of the ministerial code? What nonsense is this?
therealpm: (annoyed)
My Hero
It is time that I finally leave frontline politics completely and instead devote my time to a far more worthy cause:
turning this journal into a tribute page for the greatest Lord ever to grace the upper chamber.
I am also jealous of his hair and will spend the next year trying to emulate it perfectly.

Don't turn my MPs into animals again, Peter, or this will be just the start. - John
You realise, John, that this means war?
therealpm: (I'm surrounded by idiots)
Moving on from the mayoral elections, it is clear that we will not have a sensible policy with regard to Europe until there is some sort of national consensus rather than the current climate of general apathy and fringe group europhobia.
therealpm: (Confused)
I am not certain that Adonis is entirely right in the head. Moving an elected House of Lords away from Britain's legal, financial and cultural capital will simply serve to nullify any influence it may gain by being democratically elected and will only serve to contribute to the elected dictatorship of the commons.
therealpm: (Thinking)
Whilst I am fully appraised of the need for transparency regarding a minister's finances whilst they are in office, I fail to see how the earnings of somebody who has been out of office for some considerable time can be anybody's business but their own.

Mr Heller will simply have to curb his enthusiasm.

Philip has died.
therealpm: (Confused)
Europhobia, xenophobia and implicit condonation of the EDL is no way to reinvent the Labour Party. Fighting for the centre ground does not mean adopting the vilest policies of the Tory backbenchers. Blue Labour is nonsense, pandering to the lowest common denominator.

I find it appalling, that when we have the Conservatives on the run over phone hacking and the economy, that Ed Miliband should resort to this political dredging. There is absolutely no reason, when the majority of people are worried about the dog's breakfast that Osborne has made of the economy, to pander to petty prejudice and the Daily Mail mob.
therealpm: (Default)
I find it somewhat ironic that Cameron should announce the forcible opening up of public service provision to private sector companies on the day that Southern Cross has folded. The man's timing is impeccable. Were he not being crucified in absentia by the commons and the popular press over his failure to disassociate himself from Murdoch with sufficient alacrity and zeal, I have no doubt that this would be considered a major faux pas.  As it is, he's made so many in the past 14 months that this one barely registers.
therealpm: (smug)
Once again, I believe I have been proven correct.

It is a pity that Cameron's most able spokesman is currently unable to help him. From what I've seen thus far, he rather needs the assistance.
therealpm: (Thinking)
The coalition government's "enterprise zones" seem to be as nebulous and ineffective a concept as their "big society". It is disappointing that the Tories should run back to one of the great failures of the Thatcher years, but with an economic policy so lacking in strategy, it is possible that they see no option for the future but to repeat the mistakes of the past. Perhaps a "natural pause" to "reflect" and "reconsider" is in order?
therealpm: (Default)
A failure to curb banker's excessive pay and bonuses, and now what looks like a rather cowardly retreat from breaking up the banks.  One might almost think that this Tory-led government is in the pocket of the banking industry.

Same old Tories you know, they haven't changed.


Apr. 5th, 2011 01:04 pm
therealpm: (Default)
I can't say the man and I ever enjoyed much by way of conversation, but it was a pleasure today to unveil a statue of one of the Labour party's all-time greats.

In other news, it appears that yet another yougov poll has been doing the rounds,this time about who is the nation's most irritating politician. In no particular order the results are:

 IrritatingNot IrritatingDon't Know
Ed Balls513118
John Bercow361846
Lembit Opik631819
Baroness Warsi391744
George Osborne523018
David Cameron48457
Vince Cable393824
Nick Clegg52418
Ed Miliband523711
Gordon Brown58338
Peter Mandelson651816
Harriet Harman542817
William Hague504010
therealpm: (Cup)
"You can be as rude as you like about Peter Mandelson, but he is a very clever man. And if Ed Miliband really wants to win, it would be a good idea to have every available piece of talent at his disposal, which means finding someone more convincing than Ken Livingstone to go on Question Time, for a start." ~ Tom Bradby. 25 March, 2011

It is rare, but always amusing, when confirmation of one's reservations regarding certain aspects of the party's conduct arrives so swiftly and is expressed with such such succinct clarity. The rest of the article is worth a read too.
therealpm: (Default)
The boy is doing well, certainly better than is helpful given the current situation. Our long term strategy is reasonably secure, but a short term boost to keep us in the public's good books would not be unwelcome.

...and of course, a scattershot approach to divert media attention elsewhere can be very effective.
therealpm: (Default)
Time to clear up a few misconceptions about my views on Mr Miliband.

In other, unrelated, news. I can confirm that contrary to media speculation, Coulson will not be joining 'Global Counsel'. We do have standards to maintain, after all.
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