Half sunk, a shattered visage lies…

November 29, 2007 at 11:32 pm (Gordon Brown, insanity, Jim D, labour party, plutocrats, politics, Tony Blair)

“I met a traveller from an antique land

Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone

Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand ,

Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown

And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command

Tell that its sculptor well those passions read

Which yet survive, stamped on those lifeless things,

The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.

And on the pedestal these words appear:

‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:

Look on my works ye mighty and despair!’

Nothing beside remains. Round the decay

Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,

The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

-Ozymandias, Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1818

We Shirazers are no friends of Gordon Brown, but even so, the slow-motion multiple pile-up that is presently destroying the government and the Labour Party, has a certain tragic quality to it – especially when you remember how only a few months ago, proud Gordon seemed master of all he surveyed, while Cameron and the Tories floundered and quailed before him.

Well, that’s all changed, hasn’t it? Not all of it has been Brown’s fault, either: I don’t see how he, or Alistair Darling can be blamed for Nothern Rock, for instance (though once it happened it should, of course, have been nationalised); nor how Brown or any other government minister can fairly be blamed for the loss of the Child Benefit CDs – scandalous and embarrassing though it was;  the election-that-never-was business was a bad political miscalculation brought about (so we are told) by Brown’s over-enthusiastic young advisors – but it needn’t have been fatal: what is simply unbelievable, and unforgivable is that as skilled and experienced an operator as Brown should have allowed yet another ‘Labour Sleaze’ scandal to erupt.

Again, Brown himself does not seem to be directly implicated, but that won’t help him. It happened on his watch and if he was unaware of what was going on, then the charge is one of gross negligence – which is very nearly as bad as active participation in what were, by his own admission, unlawful financial arrangements.

Harriet Harman’s position is even more dire: after initial prevarication, she has now been forced to admit that her team took the initative in approaching Janet Kidd (David Abrahams’  secretary and conduit for his donations to the Labour Party) for a £5,000 donation. The fact that her husband, Jack Dromey, is Party Treasurer, makes Ms Harman’s position all the more extraordinary. Brown has not exactly gone out of his way to defend Harman, and she is now claiming that it was Chris Leslie, co-ordinator of Gordon Brown’s leadership campaign, who recommended she contact Janet Kidd for a donation…it now seems highly unlikely that Brown and Harman can continue to work together as Leader and Deputy Leader, respectively, of the Labour Party.

The great irony of all this is that despite Brown’s bungling and Harman’s dissembling, this would appear to be a much less disreputable matter than “cash for honours”: there is (so far at least) no suggestion that the eccentric and secretive Mr Abrahams was attempting to buy any form of influence or personal advantage. “Cash for honours” was a blatant story of out-and-out corruption by Blair and his entourage, in which the investigation of the honerst cop John Yates that should have resulted in prosecutions, was thwarted by political pressure brought to bear (by Blair’s friend David Parry QC) on the Crown Prosecution Service. The entire business was a far more shameful and corrupt episode than this present business with Mr Abrahams. But whereas Teflon Tony got away with it, Gormless Gordon looks like he’ll be taking the rap.

Genuine labour movement people need to make sure that the correct lessons are drawn from this latest fiasco: that this is yet another example of the trouble Labour gets itself into by sucking up to rich businessmen, instead of looking to the voluntary donations of millions of trade unionists. The great danger is that this will give a renewed boost to those who advocate state funding of political parties – long the favoured option of those who want to take class out of mainsteam British politics.  


  1. Paulie said,

    Can’t agree with that last line.

    There is a model of state-funding that could get the class out of politics alright – the permanent amateur ruling class – that is.

    I’ve outlined it here (follow the links):

    You can have state funding that doesn’t pay for campaigning and party-organisation but that *does* pay for policy-formation. I’d like a Labour government to be able to actually run the country once it’s won an election – for a change.

  2. resistor said,

    Well done. You’ve managed to avoid the fact that the whole corrupt process has been run by the Labour Friends of Israel.

  3. voltaires_priest said,

    Of course, “resistor”; the Joows and the illuminati are behind it all…how brave of you to point that out. No-one could possibly accuse you of being an anti-semite; you’re merely a fearless seeker after truth, in the face of the world-wide Zionist conspiracy, eh?

  4. Jim Denham said,

    That last comment, in response to “resistor” was me – Jim Denham – by the way…although I’m sure on this matter Volty would agree with me.

  5. capacitor said,

    The chicken farmer ‘reshitter’ is beyond parody.

    What a disgusting little toad.

  6. resistor said,

    You mean it is a coincidence that Levy, Mendelsohn and Abrahams are all members of the LFI? You have to be kidding. There is no conspiracy involved. It is a public stated intention of the LFI to push Labour back into the Zionist camp., why else would it exist?

  7. Jim Denham said,

    No, “resistor”; I mean it’s no co-incidence that you have seized upon the fact that they’re all Jewish. You have, once and for all exposed yourself for the mad, sad, anti-semite you are.

  8. resistor said,

    I don’t care if they’re Jewish or not. Most Zionists aren’t Jewish and many Jews are either anti-Zionist or just don’t care. Neither Tony Blair or Gordon Brown is the slightest bit Jewish but they both became patrons of the racist Jewish National Fund which refuses to sell or lease land to Palestinians in Israel.



  9. resistor said,

    I actually care now i took every thing i said

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