I try not to listen anymore. I don’t read newspapers, watch TV or listen to network radio. Sometimes however, when I am looking for a CD to put on in the car, the default news station is on, and I get some random exposure. And I am way too busy to blog, but here we are. Today I got two bursts. First was from the odious convicted criminal, Hattie Harman. She’s not quite Ed Balls in the vomit-inducing stakes, but she’s on the same page. She was on about house building and how developers are hoarding land.
News flash, they aren’t. As part of my job, I did forty FOI request to my local councils asking them to identify un-built planning consents. The vast majority of these are single units some has in their garden. There is hardly a single developer on the list. She came out with the usual failed crap about public spending and stimulus, this time building 200,000 houses apparently. When asked where the money would come from she bamboozled the radio 5 announcer (I decline to call them journalists) by saying it should come from the forward commitment for 2018. Miss Radio 5 seemed to imagine there is this big stash of cash at number 10 to be dipped into. It did not occur to her to say, so you will just bring forward more borrowing then. This is the reality of course because you know, we really don’t have enough fucking debt.
Later I heard Ed giving the end of his speech (again fiddling for a CD). It sounded horribly forced, fake and hollow (and he has presumably has speech coaching, how crap was he before?). The radio Beeboids were in raptures because he apparently spoke without notes. Er….so? Robin Williams does this quite often in films, let’s make him PM, his jokes are better*
Then there was the utter bollocks about energy price controls. Here’s the problem. Say Russia and Lithuania or two other armed scrabble contestants (Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan etc) kick-off over something and energy prices spike 40%. What then? Do they let the energy companies go bust? Do they abandon the bold pledge, do they tolerate power cuts? (The inevitable result of prices being set below market equilibrium ~ shortages) has anyone gamed this?
No. Like Clegg’s 5p on plastic bags and free, crap school meals for all, it’s the need to say something, however dumb, rather than admit they are irrelevant, and part of a failed system.
(* things you never thought you would say, Robin Williams is indeed funnier than another human on the planet).