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Ah, what did we expect! Lord Mendelson, only back in the Tory government for less than a month, has already – tangentally – been involved in a scandal.

Mendelson: The chap does truly have a talent for sniffing out trouble. This time, he has been invited to stay on a yacht by a Russian multi-billionaire Oleg Deripaska. What business does he have to mingle with a super-rich oligarch – someone with proven connections to Russian mobsters? I am sure the subject matter of his meetings were all totally above board… yeah right…

Bravo, Mendelson. I guess it is a new twist to his CV to befriend old mates of Russian mafia – or shall we just call it networking with a wider group of contacts?

More details on Mr Deripaska here.

George Osborne: And yes, if we call this “impaired judgement”, then the world of UK politics is currently full of clowns with impaired judgement. George Osborne, the shadow chancellor, was reported recently trying to solicit a donation of £50,000 from the same Mr Deripaska whilst staying on the same yacht in Corfu. Which he strongly denies, which must mean it is true.

It is illegal in the UK to obtain donations from members of non-UK electorate. However as “soliciting a donation” is not an offence, he is not going to be investigated for this further. Wow – now that was close, wasn’t it?

So much for David Cameron’s assertion that “character and judgement” is more important than experience if Tories come to power. Mr Osborne’s judgement was, shall we say, examined and found wanting in this matter.

Read the full story on this here.

I do despair. The current Labour government has caused a total financial fiasco and seem to have forgotten they were responsible for it. Perhaps bringing Mandy back is a smoke screen to distract the voter from their economic incompetencies – anticipating the inevitable scandals – which as we can see were not long in coming?

Tories, as their major opposition have no consistent political platform, seem to only be capable of finger-pointing and petty bickering with Labour, and are showing an embarassing lack of experience and judgement. Which only poses questions about whether they are fit to be in the hot seat.

Aaahhhhhhgrh!

 

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In this morning’s speech, David Cameron laid blame for the current state of the UK economy at Gordon Brown’s feet.

Labour a failure: Cameron stated that the Labour government was responsible for the “complete and utter failure” of economic policy and that it has been an “irresponsible government” presiding over a period of “irresponsible capitalism”.

The implication is that the nation is now reaping the results of this policy as we slide into a recession, our financial sectors in tatters – and that this could have been prevented.

Cease support: In the recent days, Conservatives have been seemingly supporting Labour especially in the latter’s bid to work out a bailout package. So much so that one was wondering if the Conversatives have had any of their own thoughts about the economic policy. And, whilst Cameron is now effectlively making a statement that he is ending Conversatives’ support of the current government’s economic measures, one still wonders what exactly is he going to propose that amounts to a solid economic platform that is actually different from the current course.

General noises are being made about tougher regulations, “new measures to rebalance the economy”, and changes to laws. Whilst this is all good and fine, none of these appear novel measures that have not been mentioned before by someone else.

Are Conservatives still struggling to pull it together? On the evidence I see (or shall I say, do not see) today – yes. But so is Labour, really, although at least they have some sort of action plan for now.

Silly Political games: What seems to be happening on both sides is a lot of posturing. Whilst Gordon Brown is savouring the role of the saviour of the world’s financial system, his opponent David Cameron is the homegrown oracle who had seen it all coming and can see right through the incompetencies of the present government – yeah, right. How easy is it to throw stones about, say “I told you so” and then duck for cover – as really you have nothing new to say, Mr Cameron. Come up with some really smart proposal that will tell you apart from other government policymakers, then maybe we’ll put more trust in the Conservatives.

Until then – the usual charade of ceremonial policital repartee continues. Yawn…  

 

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