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Tony to become Tory?

Brit Prime Minister, Tony Blair, could end up heading up a Conservative-dominated government. That's the shock prediction of The Edge's Iain Murray. He believes that the war against Iraq will lead to a Labour split. He said: "Blair's party will probably split three ways. Leadership challenges in the Labour party are very difficult to arrange, and in the meantime he will survive with the support of the Conservatives."
posted by Patrick Crozier 8/17/2002 10:08:00 AM

Want a degree? First change your politics

In the future university places could be for party members only. That's the implication of the experiences of Conservative Commentary supremo and recent A Level candidate, Peter Cuthbertson. In addition to his 3 proper A Levels, Cuthbertson decided to take namby-pamby "General Studies" but when he got his marks he was shocked to discover that he had been marked down for supporting private schools and opposing multi-culturalism. He said: "Now I do not care about my General Studies marks. I got offers from five colleges in the last year, all of them excluding it from the list of subjects the grades in which they were interested. But it does seem awfully strange that I can get such different grades for filling in similar papers in the same way. If these tests are really vetting for political views, it is a disgrace, and I have to wonder what the markers of the second and third papers were thinking."

In the Soviet Union all university students had to take a compulsory course in Marxism-Leninism.
posted by Patrick Crozier 8/17/2002 10:08:00 AM

Other news

Anglosphere not all good - The Edge
Transnational progressivism slammed - The Edge
Sustainable Development "palliative" - The Edge
What would you do with nine dead hijackers? - The Captain
Cuthbertson in two minds - shock - Conservative Commentary
Rate your politics - pretty graphics - Conservative Commentary
Say goodbye to mowing the lawn - Samizdata
Big Brother won't work - Mr Happy?
posted by Patrick Crozier 8/17/2002 10:08:00 AM


Carr slams opportunists

Bolshie David Carr of Samizdata has criticised advocates of an FBI-style force for the UK for opportunism. He said: "Will the establishment of yet another state agency lead to the discovery of the whereabouts of these two children? Will it deliver them unharmed back to their respective homes? Will it stop this kind of thing happening again? The answer in all cases is 'no' but that doesn't matter."

It is believed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was set up in the US in the late 1920s. In recent years it has failed to prevent either September 11th, Oklahoma or Clinton.
posted by Patrick Crozier 8/16/2002 03:01:00 PM

Other news

Byers loses mojo - Public Interest
Now, it's Ayatollah Prodi - Samizdata
Mandrake takes parachute jump. Rearranges internal organs - Sgt Stryker
Why the Tories are losing - Freedom and Whisky
Women getting even more mysterious - Dodgeblog
Churchill overrated - Airstrip One
posted by Patrick Crozier 8/16/2002 03:01:00 PM

Left plot backfires

The torrent of comment on a (not actually) possible breakaway Conservative Party has subsided but continues to threaten the integrity of some of the blogosphere's most treasured monuments.

Reacting to an anti-Rand rant in the Spectator, Tom Burroughes of Samizdata challenged the author to: "Give us some reasons why you think Miss Rand's brand of ethical egoism is wrong. After all, an egoist could justly claim that benevolence towards others is in fact often very 'selfish' since it still means doing something of value to the actor as well as the beneficiary."

Meanwhile and stifling a yawn, Paul Marks, also of Samizdata said: "I should be interested in this idea."

The story began when it was reported in the Daily Telegraph that lots of libertarian conservatives were thinking of setting up their own party. The rumour is that there aren't lots of them and they aren't libertarian.
posted by Patrick Crozier 8/16/2002 03:01:00 PM


A Levels too easy

Stephen Pollard has hit out at too easy A Levels. In an article for Stephen Pollard he said: "Bristol University had 1800 applicants this year for 65 places in English. 900 were predicted to get three As at A-level. What use is an exam which produces that result?"

A Levels are Britain's main university entrance exam. After many years of continuous improvement they reached their zenith in, ooh, about 1983/4. It's been downhill ever since. Opinion formers are divided on whether this is a good thing or a bad thing. One set believe that it represents watering down. Another set enjoy being able to say: "It's so much easier than it was in my day."
posted by Patrick Crozier 8/15/2002 06:09:00 PM

Gagging Gwyneth - give her one for England

Tom Burroughes of Samizdata is calling on the cream of English manhood to go out and date US screen goddess, Gwyneth Paltrow. He said: " I've had enough of American women whining about why English chaps are such terrible dates. It is surely up to us, or at least those of us who are single guys, to step up to the plate, so to speak, and bury the issue once and for all."

But Dodgeblog funster, Andrew Dodge hit back saying:"What is so special about her, anyway? Yet another snotty uptight head-case American blonde who thinks men should worship at her feet."

This has led to speculation about where exactly we should worship Miss Paltrow.
posted by Patrick Crozier 8/15/2002 06:08:00 PM

Other News

RUSI funds CND supporter - The Edge
Broadband to get a lot cheaper - The Captain
"Politics is the bastard child of morality and idealism" - Public Interest
Deregulation works - Samizdata
I think America is the best country in the world - Hawkgirl
There was no Falklands Factor - Airstrip One
All countries have entrepreneurs - it's just what they get them to entre - Liberty Log
posted by Patrick Crozier 8/15/2002 06:07:00 PM


Labour has philosophy - shock

That's the theory of Mr Happy? pundit, Iain J Coleman. He's been closely comparing the actions of Britain's Prime Minister, Tony Blair with the theories of 16th century Florentine thinker, Nicolo Macchiavelli. Apparently they're almost identical.

If the story proves to be accurate, Tony Blair will not be the first world leader to take to heart the words of Old Nick. It is believed that Adolf Hitler kept a copy of The Prince by his bed.
posted by Patrick Crozier 8/14/2002 09:21:00 PM

Go East!

East is the new West. That's the conclusion of sultry Samizdata siren, Natalija Radic. It seems that by reducing taxation and relaxation, plucky Baltic republic, Estonia is becoming the land of opportunity just like America once was to generations of entrepreneurs.

Sadly, it's not all plain sailing for the former Soviet slave state. Success has attracted its enemies. According to Miss Radic: "The political classes in places like Finland (and France and Germany) do not want the owners of capital to have access to less kleptocratic taxation within the EU as that would endanger the system of pork barrel and kick backs they depend on for their perks."
posted by Patrick Crozier 8/14/2002 09:21:00 PM

Redistribution debate back on

After many years of thinking that the redistribution debate was over, it appears that it is back in full swing with a full-blooded debate between capitalist Brink Lindsey and wishy-washy Rawlsian Chris Bertram of Junius.
posted by Patrick Crozier 8/14/2002 09:21:00 PM


Strength through soy

US farmers are beefing up their export markets by selling edible crayons made out of soya (Samizdata)
posted by Patrick Crozier 8/13/2002 08:45:00 PM

Other news

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister was turfed off his flight after the captain claimed he was a security risk. Stephen Pollard.

The BBC has become the latest EU front organisation. Samizdata.
posted by Patrick Crozier 8/13/2002 08:33:00 PM

Army to stay

Although he believes that they should get rid of everything else, Alex Singleton of the Liberty Log has called on British and American governments to hold on to their armies. Responding to calls for the complete abolition of all states and their armies Singleton said:"...leaving defence up to individuals is not really a sensible option."

The question of who guards the guardians is the one of the oldest in politics.
posted by Patrick Crozier 8/13/2002 08:22:00 PM

Vote for nobody!

Voters should be able to vote for nobody. That is the conclusion of whacky bureaucrats at the Electoral Commission. In a desperate effort to get people out to vote they want every ballot paper to include a "None of the above" category.

Commenting on the news The Edge's Iain Murray said: "This appears to be a case of ballot papering over the cracks."
posted by Patrick Crozier 8/13/2002 08:13:00 PM back on the market

Much missed internet domain name is back on the market. According to Lionel Mandrake of A letter... it is one of a host of classics including and which are now on sale after their original owners went dot bomb.

CrozierVision implores readers not to think too deeply on the origins of some of these names.
posted by Patrick Crozier 8/13/2002 08:03:00 PM

Storm over Tory splits

News that a few members of the Conservative Party are considering thinking about possibly setting up a new political party has sent shockwaves through the blogosphere. According to Peter Cuthbertson of Conservative Commentary, a "libertarian" party would be: "...a gift to Labour that would last a decade, retaining a failing, useless government in power unnecessarily." Peter Briffa of Public Interest said: "These goons are only 'libertarian' in the same sense that the Guardian is. i.e. Not at all." While Andrew Dodge of Dodgeblog felt that the whole thing was a hoax. He said:"The Portillo supporters seem to be trying to sucker the true libertarians by giving them a few carrots."

However, the not-yet-new party is not entirely without support. Arch libertarian, Paul Staines said in a post to the LAF (registration required): "Contemporary politics is boring, the mainstream spectrum is narrow. The fact that libertarian Tories are described as centre-left is a breakthrough - it means that we are no longer arguing about liberal economics, but civil liberties and the liberty of the individual."

He continured:"This is fertile territory to win over people who consider themselves left-of-centre. I can envisage a libertarian electoral coalition emerging over the next decade or so along those lines."

Ian Duncan Smith is the leader. Alan Duncan is the one who's gay.
posted by Patrick Crozier 8/13/2002 07:56:00 PM


Rats to have rights

People and cats could be jailed for killing vermin if the anti-people lobby get their way. That's the shock conclusion of Conservative Commentary's Peter Cuthbertson. Commenting on animal rights theory he said: "One thing members of the animal rights brigade will never do is admit to the logic of their position: that killing a rat should earn the same prison sentence as murdering a child..."

Rats played a key role in suppressing free thought in Airstrip One.
posted by Patrick Crozier 8/12/2002 08:16:00 PM

Splits rock New Labour

In a move that has split New Labour from top to bottom, Health Secretary, Alan Milburn has suggested in the Times, that if the government doesn't get its act together the Tories could actually win the next election. Commenting on the story, senior analyst, Stephen Pollard said: "The piece was astonishing not simply for its policy implications, which are in themselves enormous. It was also a not-even-thinly-veiled attack on Gordon Brown, and pinpointed the real battle lines within the government -- that between the "transformers" (of whom Mr. Milburn is a leading example) and the "consolidators" (who are led by Mr. Brown)."

The news that the Cabinet is split down the middle in the war over public services follows hard on the heels of another split over environment policy - this time with Michael Meacher against everyone else.
posted by Patrick Crozier 8/12/2002 08:01:00 PM

Swap HMG for Heston

Britain should swap Her Majesty's Government and replace it with Alzheimer-sufferer Charlton Heston. That's the call from private citizen Patrick Crozier in an article for Samizdata. Comparing the two, he said:"It's cognitive functions are not what they were. How else could one explain its obsession with prosecuting a War on Drugs which it can't possibly win or continued membership of the European Union - the answer to a question no one asked?"

Charlton Heston, President of America's National Rifle Association, was recently diagnosed as suffering from Alzheimer's Disease.
posted by Patrick Crozier 8/12/2002 07:37:00 PM

The great Euro price hike

Seven months after the introduction of the Euro, Italian diners have been stung for a whopping 70% increase in the cost of eating out. And it appears that creeping Euroland socialism to blame. According to David Farrar of Freedom and Whisky:"The EU is not a capitalist project. The euro is not a capitalist currency. Under a true capitalist monetary regime - based on gold and silver - Italian dinners would not suddenly increase from £30 to £50 but would actually decline gradually in price year after year."

The Euro, the EU's monopoly currency, was imposed on most Europeans at the start of 2002. Britain, Sweden and Denmark continue to defy demands to abolish their own currency.
posted by Patrick Crozier 8/12/2002 07:28:00 PM

Editorial - Miss Wells and Miss Chapman

We at CrozierVision like to think of ourselves as fairly hard-hearted but even we have been moved by the disappearance of the 10-year old Cambridgeshire schoolchildren Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman. It must be a dreadful time for the parents. Grieving for a lost child is (as we understand it) awful but not knowing whether to grieve or not must be far worse. To be in a situation of total ignorance where hopes can be raised or dashed on the merest wisp of news and where the imagination runs riot deserves our greatest sympathy. We can only hope that these two girls are found alive.

In the meantime, CrozierVision will be doing its best to make things as easy as possible for the police and the parents. To this end we will not be sending reporters to Cambridgeshire, we will not be questioning police competence (at least not while the investigation is in full swing), we will not be asking senior policemen or the parents "How do you feel?", we will not be wasting police time by demanding information and press conferences, we will not doorstep the parents or point TV cameras at their houses, we will not have pointless "live" link ups with our man on the ground and will not be demanding that the parents appear in front of the cameras to make "emotional" appeals for their children's return.
posted by Patrick Crozier 8/12/2002 08:34:00 AM


And finally...

Buttafly, a website has launched a nifty labour-saving device for Lefties. The Hysterical Liberal Magic Eight Ball automatically generates pre-prepared lines-to-take for those all-too-frequent occasions when Lefties find themselves stumped for an answer. A Buttafly spokesman said: "The far left is busy these days. Between whining about the country's war efforts and attending celebrity benefits for fashionable diseases, they simply don't have the time for trifles like political debate and thoughtful analysis of issues."
posted by Patrick Crozier 8/11/2002 09:43:00 PM

Book backs call for gun reform

A new book backs up calls for the relegalisation of guns. Guns and Violence: The English Experience by Joyce Malcolm points out that when Brits were armed there was less crime.

Reviewing the book, legal bigwig Glen Reynolds said: "...the English experience provides a concrete example of American gun owners' worst fear: A patient political establishment steadily whittling firearms rights away over a period of decades through means both open and covert as circumstances permitted, in order to bring the citizenry under more complete political control."
posted by Patrick Crozier 8/11/2002 05:09:00 PM

Hacks hacked

Reports are coming in that the government hacked into the BBC's computer.

Stop Press

Peter Cuthbertson of Conservative Commentary has called for the perpetrators to be jailed.

Adriana Cronin of Samizdata questions BBC competence: "My first reaction would be: "how the hell did you know what I just wrote on the newsroom computer?!" It seems a measure of how unquestioning of the government the BBC must be, if no one has challenged their big brother tactics. Or is it just 'cos its family."
posted by Patrick Crozier 8/11/2002 04:42:00 PM

Riots in Iran

Up to 1,000 people have been arrested during riots in Iran according to Oxblog.
posted by Patrick Crozier 8/11/2002 10:05:00 AM

No representation without taxation

Plans to reduce the voting age in the UK have been condemned as "political self-interest" by David Farrer of Freedom and Whisky. Warming to his theme he added: "There is no reason why government employees - our servants - should be allowed to decide how much of the people's money they can grab."

The British government is currently decided by a system known as "democracy" in which in "elections" people are allowed to decide how much of other people's money they get to steal and how much of their liberty they get to swipe. Many have condemned the system as responsible for the UK's decline over the last 100 years prompting calls for the restoration of a traditional monarchy.
posted by Patrick Crozier 8/11/2002 09:53:00 AM

More calls for Arafat to go

Yet more calls have been made for the end of Yasser Arafat, this time from Conservative Commentary's Peter Cuthbertson. He said: "Negotiations can achieve such solutions in the case of reasonable leaders like Hussein. But they cannot work in the case of butchers like Arafat, who instead of working to end the murders, names public squares after the murderers."
posted by Patrick Crozier 8/11/2002 09:35:00 AM

Pervert scare laws slammed

Plans by the government to swipe liberties under the cover of the latest pervert scare have been slammed by NHS survivor, Perry de Havilland of Samizdata. He said:" The sort of things being talked about to contain the perceived threat from on-line 'paedophiles' (by which people really mean pederasts) is fairly mild stuff but that is always how it starts out. I just hope that this is not used as yet another excuse for the Panopticon state to stick its proboscis ever deeper into our private on-line lives."

The latest scare began after the disappearance of two 10-year old girls in Cambridgeshire.
posted by Patrick Crozier 8/11/2002 09:19:00 AM

Steyn: Invade now!

Mark Steyn, the Canadian political commentator, has called on Western governments to ignore calls to promote "stability" in the Middle East. He said:
Suppose we buy in to Moussa's pitch and place stability above all other considerations. We get another 25 years of the Ayatollahs, another 35 years of the PLO and Hamas, another 40 years of the Baathists in Syria and Iraq, another 80 years of Saudi Wahabbism. What kind of Middle East are we likely to have at the end of all that?
His sentiments have received support from private citizen, Tim Blair, who said: "Let's roll."
posted by Patrick Crozier 8/11/2002 08:27:00 AM



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