While casually looking through the BBC website, as I am wont to do, I noticed this absolutely breathtaking story about how stupid Tories are and how policy-poor they are.
Eric Pickles, the Conservative spokesman (nominally for Communities but mostly for bollocks) today accused the Prime Minister of trying to do what William the Conquerer, Julius Caeser and Hitler failed when he said “Gordon Brown literally wants to wipe England off the map”.
This comes from EU proposals to allocate funding on a regional basis. The west of England, for example, would join Wales, the West of Scotland and Ireland in the ‘Atlantic region’. Eastern England wouold join Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and Sweden in a ‘North Sea Region’. And for some reason, the south-east of England joins northern France in a ‘TransManche region’.
While this might seem like boring administrative procedure to focus support, funding and reserach for environmental or tourism work (because it is), Eric Pickles, god bless him, says that this is proof that ‘the Labour government has been caught red-handed conspiring with European bureaucrats to create a European superstate via the back door’.
My mom always says that she hates politics because of a) politicians calling their opponents evil for negative campaigning while doing it themselves, often first and nastiest and b) the ‘fake shock’ that politicians find to protest innocent statements and mundane things to make their opponents look bad. Eric Pickles is absolutely the best example of the latter that I’ve seen since William Hague and ‘Keep the Pound’.
This really shows how the absolute lack of policy or ideas about the UK’s role in Europe and the world from the Conservative party comes to the front when they see a superstate in a concept of regions. Like drawing attention to the fact that some states share a geography (some quite obvious and historic – Scandanavia for example, or the Mediterranian) means the Fourth Reich.
This isn’t Eric Pickles. This is Captain Mainwarring from Dad’s Army. But they remind me of each other for sheer levels of daft, and I’ve not used a photo before and I thought I’d try it.