Thursday, October 27, 2005

What's wrong with these people?


It's now reported that the government is planning to privatise the UK's border control services.

Not content with having thrown away long ago Labour's commitment to public ownership, conveniently forgetting the disasters that occurred when private security firms were put in charge of guarding convicted prisoners, blindly believing that a border check service can be run with profit as the guiding factor, ignoring the potential for corruption and lapses in security arising from cutbacks, disregarding notions of accountability, the Home Office merely bleats something vague about "flexibility" and "extra resources" (oh, so the new private operators are going to pay the government for the privilege of running the service, are they?).

Is there anything safe from the collective madness that has overtaken Blair and his craven, spineless cabinet - who are quite happy to argue in public about a smoking ban that most people want (not including Yours Truly, even though I'm a non-smoker), but who put up only the weakest protest about reforms which will re-introduce selection into state schools (for an excellent article about ZaNuLabour's education reforms, see Simon Jenkins in the Guardian).

Listen to me, Prime Minister - you will never be Thatcher, and no one wants you to be. How do you shave? Because I can't imagine that you can bear to look at yourself in the mirror in the morning.


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