Hazel Blears - our very own Sarah Palin? only a Heartbeat away
Posted Jan 22 2009 6:38pm
No one is fooled by Cameron's claim to be our Obama, except perhaps the fool that makes the claim. Nonetheless Cameron may have been right to draw a transatlantic parallel. With that in mind, it is hardly surprising that Blears' finds the Internet threatening, to the extent that she would like to ban Political blogging!!
Yes Hazel, you are right to suspicious of the Internet. The Internet played its part in Obama's victory, including help from Facebook, it exposed Palin and it brought down McCain
The similarities between Palin and Blears are worth mentioning. Both, a heart beat away from power, both care more for their own agendas than the country's, both were plucked from obscurity by political parties to bring "a woman's touch" to a "boy's own Leader". The Labour party only needs to pay for your make-over and the metamorphosis will be complete.
The similarities between McCain and Gordon Brown are also worth a mention
Both loyal Neocons, both Boy's own Leaders, full of contradictions and both out of touch with the real world. And they like bailing out banks.
As I have long suspected, the Labour party is more conservative than the conservatives and the conservatives lay claim to a social conscience. Nonetheless, if everyone is going to swap sides, I would like to see someone with strong social values in charge of the Tories, not a preppier version of Tony Blair
Snoopy first said "On the Internet, no one knows you are a dog" but even if people do not know your name, they have a sense of who you are. Lies have a limited life span and only stay around if there is truth in them. After a while, a sense of the person emerges and people find their own level.
In a world swayed by rumours and insouciance, the Internet can indeed be a forest fire. When people give reasoned debate more power and weight than gossip, the Internet allows people to express their views and enables each diverse strand to be absorbed.
The challenge of reasoned debate is that you have to teach people to reason. Reasoning is not a skill that comes naturally to most of us. As politicians know, it is easier to provide cake and circuses than books and education, and it is easier to enforce guidelines and protocols than teach facts and principles.