“pawns in a Government-organised blame-game”

Considering taking the government’s advice on stock-piling fuel? Consider this:

“This is our Thatcher moment. In order to defeat the coming miners’ strike, she stockpiled coal. When the strike came, she weathered it, and the Labour Party, tarred by the strike, was humiliated. In order to defeat the coming fuel drivers’ strike, we want supplies of petrol stockpiled. Then, if the strike comes, we will weather it, and Labour, in hock to the Unite union, will be blamed.”

Tory Charles Moore, to his credit, has shared a memo that reveals nothing less than:

a)     The Conservative’s Party hierarchy’s naked contempt for the general public

b)     A PR strategy designed to ferment chaos

If Charles Moore is getting angry with the current government’s cynicism, incompetence and breathtaking irresponsibility then the coalition should be very worried indeed at how the broader public will react.

Isn’t the most point of basic point of government to prevent chaos and disorder?


  • Turgon

    The similarities with the strategy for the miners strike had occurred to me. The difference being that this time the government managed to create the fuel crisis. I would not be at all surprised if the government’s behaviour strengthens the union’s hand in negotiations and there is now a settlement more favourable to the union. The Tories as champions (all be it accidental / incompetent) of union power. More shades of Ted Heath and the 1973 miners strike?

  • wild turkey

    “Isn’t the most point of basic point of government to prevent chaos and disorder?”

    au contraire.

    in view of the ongoing revelations, in both the UK and US, about the use of deep undercover agents used to penetrate activist groups; defined of course by the powers that be as subversive.

    Not to make a pun on penetration, for the behaviour of the state and its agents is so disgusting in at last one case, Mark Kennedy, the agent had long-term sexual relations



    on the current petrol “crisis”, a subsequent news story i anticipate regards the Yorkshire woman who sustained serious burns resulting from an accident with her ministerially recommended petrol can. when she applies for disability benefit, she will assessed as capable for work.

    not being fully offay with current british laws regarding libel, slander, incitement, etc etc it is best if i button it. but…..

    “when you ain’t got nuthin, ya got nuthin to lose”

    well someone wrote that a long time ago

    it is worth noting that in Tunisia and Egypt and Libya and Syria the people, feeling so shat upon by a cynical and self-aggrandising ruling elite, rose up. They had a shared and massive Whiskey Tango Foxtrot moment.

    in the west, for the most part we are to comfortable, sedate, politite to meaningfully challenge the ruling oligarchy…. and they know it.