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#G0600* – The Economy Politically Past, Present & Future

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 20/08/2011

#G0600* – The Economy Politically Past, Present & Future


in a discussion regarding the current political and economic situation in Britain it is worth remembering as we approach the last 1/3rd. of August that since the start of this month, due in part to the fact that the British Government has lacked the competence or courage to announce it is no longer prepared to make any efforts to bail out the Countries that sequentially fall into the black hole created by the near total failure of The EUro.

It is worthy of note that the economy has collapsed by around 15% in that time being a sum of around £200 Billion.

How long can we sustain such catastrophic outcomes of the mess left to this Government without taking radical and remedial action – without which it can not be very long hence before the burnt out core of our society as a member of the ravening hoard will be the ONLY chance of feeding – think Mogadishu, Famine & Somalia.

Also we must announce the fact that for survival purposes Britain is closing its borders to the ingress of aliens via The EU and will be steadily reducing its population by repatriating those aliens that were forced upon us as a result of our misguided membership of The EUropean Union.

Our Government should also announce we shall be repatriating all aliens to the EU who are existing on benefits and subsidies and will be billing Countries of origin for all aliens in British prisons and repatriating their families for the care of their native Country until their prison relative has completed their sentence and is likewise repatriated.

Naturally those who are home owners, speak English and are in gainfull employment will after 5 years of such status be entitled to make application to remain.

The British Government should also announce it will be negotiating to repatriate ALL aspects of its Sovereign Independent Democracy, regulation and control of its own borders, agriculture, economy and fisheries.

Similarly it should be announced that Regional Local Government be  it regions such as East Anglia, The South West, Wales, London, The West Midlands or Scotland shal have equal rights over local issues and as much of central Government function will be decentralised with each region bidding on a tender basis to take on the functions of central Government to thus decentralise the residual jobs and duties.

The Government should make it very clear that it will no longer contribute to or be party to any political or regulatory functions of The EU nor continue to pay £48 Million a day for membership of this malign, self serving and damaging centralisation of power and incompetence.

We should announce we are willing to trade with any and all Nations on the planet on an even footing entering into such trade agreements as we see fit, proper and of benefit to these United Kingdoms on terms subject to individual negotiation through our Embassies and will willingly offer preferential terms to those states which wish to make application as members of The Anglosphere to include The Commonwealth of Nations.

Together with a 50% reduction in the size of The British Government and closure of ALL QUANGOs it will of course expose the fact that the Tories inherited an unemployment figure of somewhere between 5 and 8 Million though many were well hidden in the Kleptocratic QUANGOcracy that has been cleverly contrived to seek to hide the fact that many had no meaningful job and also thereby hopefully secure a salary vote in gratitude.

Unsurprisingly the people in the main saw through the scam and resoundingly rejected Labour’s economic illiteracy and fundamental treachery. Save a small army dependent on such charity handouts and unable to face the harsh reality that their persuit of comfort and security without meaningfull responsibility commensurate has rendered them or will shortly render them unemployed.

The deportation of aliens may well suffice to provide real jobs for the work shy who were hidden in Government, nationalised industries and QUANGOs.

Interestingly one contributor to a Forum on which I post said:

Stop passing the buck and blaming other people for the incompitence of tory governments. Perhaps you’d like to open a discussion about the *CUT* storm that Labour inherited in 1974 and 1997?

I felt it reasonable to respond as follows:

Would that be the fact that Labour stated when they had sight of the books having been elected in 1997 that the economic base they had inherited was so sound that they had absolutely no intention of altering anything for at least a couple of years.

Would that be the fact that the economic illiterate Gordon Brown sold 400 metric tonnes of gold for about $250 an ounce when it is currently selling for ober £1,800 an ounce.

Would this be the fact that when The labour Party sold its old Headquarters by use of a loophole in the law they were responsible for they ripped off the public purse by many 10s of £1,000s by not paying the stamp duty you and I would have had to pay.

Would this be the fact that around £270 Million just went walk about unaccountably from the funding of the Dome which seemed to have vanished to family and friends.

Would this be the fact that largely due to deals with their chums the Mittal family and Tatta Britain no longer has a steel industry?

Would this be the fact that having taken over balanced books praised by Labour in 1997 due to their utter economic illiteracy they handed on, when resoundingly voted out of office debts of £4.8 Trillion.

Would this be the fact that when the present Government took over authority they found Labour had left them with a daily interest payment of £120 Million.

Would this be the fact that during the period of the general election when Labour was chucked out they had already agreed to a VAT hike to 20% and the undertaking that by July Britain would announce when it was to be introduced!

Would this be the fact that during the period between being chucked out and the new government taking over Labour utterly dishonestly agreed a deal with their communist friends in The EU that Britain would participate in the bail out of the failed EUro currency which Labour had already spent £Billions propping up.

Would this be the fact that during the labour Government almost 800,000 extra parasites were recruited into Government either as Snivil Cervants or QUANGOs in an attempt to buy a salary vote to keep Labour’s snout in the trough enriching their leadership.

Would this be the fact that from 1997 during those 13 unlucky years of Labour economic illiteracy more public assets were transfered to the private sector than at any time other than during WWII.

Would this be the fact that more Hospitals were sold off to the private sector during those 13 unlucky years than between 1946 when Lord Beverridge’s plan for an NHS was clumsily put in place by a Labour champagne socialist with a card carrying Communist wife and 1997.

I wonder which of this brief list of the facts you would wish to discount to try to pretend that in some way the Tory Party – idiots that they may well be – are in some way responsible for the steadily collapsing value of our currency, the loss of our Manufacturing industry, the demise of the value of The City, the collapse of banking and house prices under Labour, the crass support for the banks etc. etc. – It is beyond doubt that the economic illiteracy of buffoons like Gordon Brown, Ed Balls, Alistair Darling and their ilk.

Damage that was only matched by the staggering incompetence of first MAFF then DEFRA in their handling of the foot and mouth virus for the EU, the handling of lamb exports to france, the handling of BSE, the handling of the government subsidies to help transfer Heckler & Koch to Turket, Rover etc. to Germany, French subsidies to its own aircraft industry, airlines, car industry and transport. The idiocy of the likes of Harriet Dromey (Harman) and her divisive stupidity, the criminality of Peter Haine never seriously brought to book, the lies and treachery of Ron davis, the crimes against humanity and war crimes of Blair and his cabinet.

Just which bit would you wish to claim was in some way caused by The Tories?

Lets not even look at the utter stupidity and corruption of the mikey mouse regional de4volution that has led to Scotland and Wales being no more than one of the 12 regions of Britain that are directly ruled by The EU – Devolution under Labour was an obscene and unscrupulous con.

Perhaps you could explain what it was you tried to present as a ‘Perhaps you’d like to open a discussion about the *CUT* storm that Labour inherited in 1974 and 1997?’

It matters not how many threads you present your threadbare arguments on this particular issue in you clearly have little comprehension of the realities of economics on planet earth!


“In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.” 
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

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British Politicians with pens and treachery, in pursuit of their own agenda and greed, have done more damage to the liberty, freedoms, rights and democracy of the British peoples than any army in over 1,000 years.

The disastrous effects of British politicians selling Britain into the thrall of foreign rule by the EU for their own personal rewards has damaged the well-being of Britain more than the armies of Hitler and the Franco – German – Italian axis of 1939 – 1945.

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Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 02/01/2011




as the Government bangs on about ‘The Big Society‘ – surely it is ‘Big Government‘ with over taxation, social engineering, political correctness, QUANGOs, Kleptocracy, interferrence and utter incompetence as shown by the inability to accept responsibility for anything they get wrong, the lack of integrity that means when they are monumentally wrong yet hang onto their cronie based non jobs – these are the facts that preclude society of any damned size.

Society large or small is a matter of aim, desire, value and result NOT Legislate, Empire Build, Self Enrich and Over Regulate.

Government is merely the servant of the natural society and as soon as they exceed that role the end and collapse of society approaches with the speed escalating as taxes rise, interference increases and State employment burgeons.

The perfect example of a collapsing society is Britain after 13 unlucky years of utter incompetence from the morally bankrupt, economically illiterate Labour Party and now we have a weak and venal coalition of those who failed to be elected clinging onto a pretence of Governing ONLY because those tossed out by election were even worse.

We now have a National Debt of £4.8 Trillion and inevitably rising as the interest rates and destruction wrought by Labour incurred interest and future commitments that preclude any chance of even denting the debt.

You will find the articles on BBC Dispatches informative including CLICK HERE 

These are glib figures as we listen to politicians talk of ‘we will spend £XXX Million to improve YYY’ the next intends to ‘Invest £X Billion over 5 years in improving YYY’
X insert appropriate figure
Y insert appropriate department.

The sonambulent audience applause not understanding for a moment that these clowns don’t have ANY money – what they have announced is how much more of yours and my money they intend to steal to justify their useless existence.

They talk glibly of a £Billion – OK so what is a Billion?
ONE Billion seconds ago it was 1963
ONE Billion minutes ago predates the Christian era
ONE Billion hours ago predates mammalian bipedal movement on this planet!

Now we have £Trillions so what is a Trillion?
Well if you took a £50 note new from the mint and put a stack of them on top of each other how high would a stack of ONE Trillion £ be?
Well astonishingly that stack of notes would be 1,281 miles high!

So Britain’s National Debt is in fact a pile of notes 6,150 Miles High!

So at a mere 5% interest rate compound the stack grows inexorably by 307 Miles a year!

The Government spent MORE money than every single British Citizen and every single British business put together – Considerably more than they actually earned in taxes stolen from us!

The Public Sector is now BIGGER than the Private Sector – If we sold EVERY single House, Flat or home in Britain it would NOT raise enough money to pay Britain’s debts!

The present shower in power are little better and in fact National Annual Government Spending will rise from £697 Billions to £757 Billions – based upon current commitment alone and the cuts and increases of tax as on Fuel will not even effect the interest let alone the debt!

On this basis who do YOU think is working for whom?

Is your Government the servant of OUR Society is it even a part of it or like some great maggot just feeding on the corpse their diseased policies have created until there is NO Society left Big or Little!

When the Society is gone and we are fighting eachother for food; because the CAP & CFP have so catastrophically failed, as we KNOW they have; what will the parasites in Government and the 53% of the people who have betrayed the Big Society by working for The Big Government then feed on as they make and produce NOTHING.


& ANYONE with an idea how we cut Government back to the bare minimum to give The Big Society a chance do let me know.

Do not forget when the servants are more powerfull, more numerous and more wealthy than those they serve it is just ONE STEP from La Guillotine and a very small step at that. One step from ripping up the wooden floor in your own home to heat what little food you may have, with every coat and jumper on the bed to keep warm and a collapsed Health Service with children found dead in their beds with hypothermia and malnutrition.

Northern Ireland after years and years of being betrayed by their leaders both secular and clerical whilst they squabbled, bombed and terrorised to gain power in a power struggle to gain control over control of building scams, taxi rackets and Government contracts whilst masquerading criminally in a pretence of faith and souls aided in the criminality by the Papacy and the Protestant criminal class – now they have found out a hidden cost of the irresponsibility with the complete collapse of their water supply infrastructure and even that was mild because for so many years the British Tax Payers have been paying for their self indulgent idiocy!

The model for Northern Ireland and now it seems the only hope for Britain would be to follow the economic principles of John Cowperthwait (April 25, 1915 – January 21, 2006) who was Financial Secretary of Hong Kong from 1961 to 1971and who in those 10 years by implementation of the economic principles of Adam Smith took Hong Kong from a transit post fishing community to being a power house economy driven and still upwardly mobile to this day.

John Cowperthwait removed ALL taxation from the poor, removed purchase taxes, set taxes around 15% with a top band of around 20% and almost immediately within months saw tax revenues rise as the output of the people increased with the added incentives and liberation as the tax burden was lifted – The wealth of the small banking and Colonial center very soon led to a burgeoning area of luxury with ever more ever higher towers of glass and ambitious design.

The growth was such that it spilled off of the island first to develope The New Territories on the mainland and then to enrich the ajoining Chinese provinces with the entrepenurial spirit spilling out to turn the region into one of the most vibrant economic growth areas in the world.

As a result of slashing taxes and creating wealth even Communist China has learned the lesson and despite the centralising control spirit ethos of Communism China controls only 28% of economic activity across its hugely diverse peoples and land, which you will note continues to grow year on year, as does the wealth of the State where currently they are seeking to further underpin their economy and growth for the future by increasing their gold holdings by an additional 10,000 physical tons which is driving the price of gold up on world markets whilst all but the BRICs are struggling.

China may well be Communist with 28% State control of the economy yet we see Britain as a capitalist Country, ostensibly, collapsing under the burden of 53% central Government control and a fraction of the growth of the BRICs dwarfed by China and India.

How long would YOU last if the food shops never opened again because The EU had so catastrophically mismanaged the CAP & CFP that there is no food to buy?
IT HAS – we are now net food importers right across EUrope, no longer able to feed ourselves!

I do not believe we have an economic leader with the wisdom or clout of John Cowperthwait and clearly we have only the dregs playing out their egos and greed in Politics with nothing but their failures and their egos to offer the people – I can see no sign of the kind of intelligence or vision in the body politic that it can or would turn The Ship of State around with the hazards of the channel with collapsing output on the one side, burgeoning unemployment on the other and a howling gale of over regulation from our malign Government in Brussels endorsed by its Gaulleiters rubber stamping its crassly incompetent and catastrophic squalls of bureaucratic paperwork and petty fogging, self serving over regulation with yet again more foolish vat rises to further hamper the economy emanating from The EU.

Just as the storm broke Britain found ourselves with the most squalid, most corrupt and most self serving and incompetent Governments for 200 years at the very time when also our enemies and the enemies of mankind were amassing their greatest hold on centralised power and malevollent control in EUropean history with the malice of Nazi Germany and the greed for self enrichment of The Peakock Throne of Persia.

We are little better off now with the also rans who were voted in not on their merit but as the apathetic public realised the heinous hubristic arrogance of the incumbent Government of economic illiterates and self enriching War Criminals of Blair & Brown’s Cabinets dancing to the tune of Julia Middleton’s Common Purpose hand in glove with the leader of the Government John Presscot and his old school Communist ambitions so in tune with the EU which now costs us £48 Million a day being squandered on ever larger palatial shrines and burgeoning levels of bribery and unaccountability sheltering behind a €2.1/2 Billion propaganda budget to tell us how wonderfull they are with OUR money!

It is just a matter of WHEN total collapse occurs not IF. Bringing with it The Wars of Disassociation and the propensity for 200,000,000 deaths as famine and anarchic violence stalk the planes of EUrope. Do not fool yourself these catastrophies won’t happen – in the realisation of their imminence the leadership of these New World Order Governments have tried to detract the people from what is really happening by inventing and imposing the nonsense of AGW (Anthropogenic Global Warming) minded to trick people, without ANY sound science into fear of an event NOT happening to use it to tax people to stave off the day of the economic collapse that IS happening!

Mankind is nearly ungovernable without an ever greater fear to salve his willingness to pay taxes so the State can grow and the political elite cover their mistakes and stuff their pockets – Yet have you EVER heard a politician of stature and integrity factor into the equation the simple fact that when the last World War of 1945 ended the Global population was a tad short of 2 Billion and we now have a population of just coming up to 7,000,000,000 or more simply in 65 years the planets population has grown by 3.1/2 times.

How can YOU possibly believe collapse can be avoided with the calliber of crud we have for politicians when numerous MPs were asked what Britain’s National debt was not one knew one to be fair said it was Trillions but went on to qualify that he had no idea what a Trillion was and of the others most believed it to be NOT £4.8 Trillion but a mere £150 > 175 Billion.

Not one of the random members of the public who tried could even read £4,800,000,000,000 (£4.8T) off of the side of an artic trailer!
“In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.” Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821),

Greg L-W.

for all my contact details & Blogs: CLICK HERE  

British Politicians with pens and treachery, in pursuit of their own agenda and greed, have done more damage to the liberty, freedoms, rights and democracy of the British peoples than any army in over 1,000 years.

The disastrous effects of British politicians selling Britain into the thrall of foreign rule by the EU for their own personal rewards has damaged the well-being of Britain more than the armies of Hitler and the Franco – German – Italian axis of 1939 – 1945.

Make your vote count vote:
INDEPENDENT Leave-the-EU Alliance
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#G352a* – KIPLING, Rudyard – The English Way

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 30/09/2010

The English Way

After the fight at Otterburn,
Before the ravens came,
The Witch-wife rode across the fern
And spoke Earl Percy‘s name. 


“Stand up-stand up, Northumberland!
I bid you answer true,
If England’s King has under his hand
A Captain as good as you?”


Then up and spake the dead Percy-
Oh, but his wound was sore!
“Five hundred Captains as good,” said he,
“And I trow five hundred more.

“But I pray you by the lifting skies,
And the young wind over the grass,
That you take your eyes from off my eyes,
And let my spirit pass.”

“Stand up-stand up, Northumberland!
I charge you answer true,
If ever you dealt in steel and brand,
How went the fray with you?” 


“Hither and yon,” the Percy said;
“As every fight must go;
For some they fought and some they fled,
And some struck ne’er a blow.


“But I pray you by the breaking skies,
And the first call from the nest,
That you turn your eyes away from my eyes,
And let me to my rest.”


“Stand up-stand up, Northumberland!
I will that you answer true,
If you and your men were quick again,
How would it be with you?”


“Oh, we would speak of hawk and hound,
And the red deer where they rove,
And the merry foxes the country round,
And the maidens that we love.


“We would not speak of steel or steed,
Except to grudge the cost;
And he that had done the doughtiest deed
Would mock himself the most.


“But I pray you by my keep and tower,
And the tables in my hall,
And I pray you by my lady’s bower
(Ah, bitterest of all!)


“That you lift your eyes from outen my eyes,
Your hand from off my breast,
And cover my face from the red sun-rise,
And loose me to my rest!”


She has taken her eyes from out of his eyes-
Her palm from off his breast,
And covered his face from the red sun-rise,
And loosed him to his rest.


“Sleep you, or wake, Northumberland-
You shall not speak again,
And the word you have said ‘twixt quick and dead
I lay on Englishmen.


“So long as Severn runs to West
Or Humber to the East,
That they who bore themselves the best
Shall count themselves the least. 


“While there is fighting at the ford,
Or flood along the Tweed,
That they shall choose the lesser word
To cloke the greater deed.

“After the quarry and the kill-
The fair fight and the fame-
With an ill face and an ill grace
Shall they rehearse the same. 


“Greater the deed, greater the need
Lightly to laugh it away,
Shall be the mark of the English breed
Until the Judgment Day!”
“In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.” Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821),
Greg L-W.
for all my contact details & Blogs: CLICK HERE  

British Politicians with pens and treachery, in pursuit of their own agenda and greed, have done more damage to the liberty, freedoms, rights and democracy of the British peoples than any army in over 1,000 years.

The disastrous effects of British politicians selling Britain into the thrall of foreign rule by the EU for their own personal rewards has damaged the well-being of Britain more than the armies of Hitler and the Franco – German – Italian axis of 1939 – 1945.

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#G352e* – KIPLING, Rudyard – The Reeds of Runnymede

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 30/09/2010

#G352e* – KIPLING, Rudyard – The Reeds of Runnymede

The Reeds of Runnymede

Magna Charta, June 15, 1215

    AT Runnymede, at Runnymede,
    What say the reeds at Runnymede?
    The lissom reeds that give and take,
    That bend so far, but never break. 
    They keep the sleepy Thames awake
    With tales of John at Runnymede.
    At Runnymede, at Runnymede,
    Oh, hear the reeds at Runnymede:– 

    “You musn’t sell, delay, deny,
    A freeman’s right or liberty.
    It wakes the stubborn Englishry,
    We saw ’em roused at Runnymede! 
    “When through our ranks the Barons came,
    With little thought of praise or blame,
    But resolute to play the game,
    They lumbered up to Runnymede; ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~And there they launched in solid line
    The first attack on Right Divine–
    The curt, uncompromising ‘Sign!’
    That settled John at Runnymede. 

    “At Runnymede, at Runnymede,
    Your rights were won at Runnymede!
    No freeman shall be fined or bound,
    Or dispossessed of freehold ground,

    Except by lawful judgment found
    And passed upon him by his peers.
    Forget not, after all these years, 
    The Charter signed at Runnymede.”


    And still when Mob or Monarch lays
    To rude a hand on English ways,
    The whisper wakes, the shudder plays,
    Across the reeds at Runnymede.

    And Thames, that knows the moods of kings,
    And crowds and priests and suchlike things,
    Rolls deep and dreadful as he brings
    Their warning down from Runnymede!

“In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.” Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821),

Greg L-W.
for all my contact details & Blogs: CLICK HERE
British Politicians with pens and treachery, in pursuit of their own agenda and greed, have done more damage to the liberty, freedoms, rights and democracy of the British peoples than any army in over 1,000 years.

The disastrous effects of British politicians selling Britain into the thrall of foreign rule by the EU for their own personal rewards has damaged the well-being of Britain more than the armies of Hitler and the Franco – German – Italian axis of 1939 – 1945.

Make your vote count vote:
INDEPENDENT Leave-the-EU Alliance
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#G350* – The LEFT WING’S TOP 100 2010 – courtesy of The TELEGRAPH

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 29/09/2010

#G350* – The LEFT WING’S TOP 100 2010 – courtesy of The TELEGRAPH

 To View The Telegraph Web Site CLICK HERE

The LEFT WING’S TOP 100 2010

100. (NEW) Tristram Hunt
Labour MP for Stoke on Trent Central
Smart and very good on TV, Tristram Hunt survived a backlash against his selection process to win the seat at the general election. He seems to be keeping his head down as he builds a base in his Stoke constituency but he is a key member of the new intake and will feature heavily in the future.

99. (NEW) Sally Bercow
The wife of the speaker has such a high profile that she can command headlines for not sending her kids to a crèche her husband campaigned for the creation of. She is strong willed and highly opinionated and will continue to be rolled out for her views and for her position as speaker’s wife.
98. (NEW) David Aaronovitch
Columnist, The Times
Aaronovitch is back and all over party conference. Columnists seem to have periods like painters in which they suddenly become relevant again. When Aaronovitch moved to the Times he seemed to lose his edge for a while and became rather predictable. A combination of the expenses scandal, the election and changes in world politics have seen a welcome return to form.
97. (NEW) Kate Green
Labour MP for Stretford & Urmston
Coming from the campaigning world of the Child Poverty Action group, Kate Green brings a seriousness and experience to the job of MP. She has already proved effective as an opposition voice and will rise through the ranks. She has supported Ed Balls in the leadership campaign, thereby avoiding a choice between the two possible leaders and will be a key figure in the run up to the next election.
96. (-1) ALEX SMITH
Editor, LabourList
Labour List has continued to improve under Alex Smith but it has not had as much drive and energy as Will Straw’s Left Foot Forward. However, in opposition the blog might become even more important as a focus for debate. Smith backed Ed Miliband in the leadership election but the blog remained neutral.
MP Nottingham South
A former minister in the Cabinet Office and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Leslie became director of the New Local Government Network (a policy think-tank) in 2005. Having lost his seat in Parliament at the general election that year, he returned to Parliament in 2010 and backed Ed Balls for the leadership.
94. (NEW) Suzanne Moore
Columnist, Mail on Sunday
Moore is a marmite columnist, even if you’re on the Left. You either love her or hate her. She stood as an independent against Diane Abbott at the 2010 election but failed to trouble the counting agents too much. She is a prolific tweeter. Her column may sit uncomfortably in a newspaper which is far to the right of her own opinions, but she would say, so what?
93. (NEW) John McTernan
A former special adviser to most members of the Cabinet at one time or another, McTernan ended up as a special adviser to Jim Murphy. Now a newspaper columnist, he knows the Labour Party in Scotland and England inside out, his column is essential reading.
92. (-12) KEITH VAZ
Chairman, Home Affairs Select Committee
The most influential backbencher on law and order, he is an essential feature of smooth legislating in the areas he cares about and remains a key fixer. Despite the change of government he clung onto his place of chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee.
91. (NEW) Tony Benn
National Treasure
With the tragic death of the great Michael Foot in 2010, Tony Benn has been elevated to grandfather of the Left. His diaries are a publishing institution, his public appearances sell out and though he did more damage to the Labour Party during his active political career than virtually any other individual, he has now become a national treasure and much loved in the home counties.
90. (NEW) Stella Creasey
Labour MP for Walthamstow
The second of the 2010 intake to make the list, Creasey is young, energetic and is a star of the future in the PLP.
89. (NEW) Carwyn Jones
First Minister of Wales
Jones is the most senior Labour politician in terms of elected office in the UK. He manages the coalition administration with skill and has adopted an open-minded attitude to negotiations with the other coalition in London.
Leader, Plaid Cymru
For now content to sit in coalition, Wyn Jones remains an ambitious politician. 2011 is an election year so we can expect to see a more radical and critical line from Wyn Jones towards both his Labour partners and the coalition.
Former Political Director, UNITE
Unite now largely own the Labour Party and Whelan has been a key figure. In the year that was there was not much he or UNITE could do to save the government. He has fallen along with his old master, Gordon Brown. He resigned his position with UNITE a few weeks ago and is now said to be writing his memoirs.
86. (-51) NEAL LAWSON
Lawson played a role in the demise of the Labour government with his stream of attacks on the government and he looks much more comfortable as an opposition politician than he ever did when Labour were in power. His personal wealth allows him the time to devote to political activism and he positioned Compass behind Ed Miliband in the leadership election.
85. (NEW) Martin Bright
Bright is the political editor of the Jewish Chronicle after being forced out of the New Statesman. He is never frightened of speaking truth to power and is one of the most outstanding political journalists of his generation. This combined with pressure group, a New Deal for the Mind, of which he is CEO, which is a cross party group that seeks to boost employment in the creative industries, has brought him into our list.
84. (-14) BEN BRADSHAW
Former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
The MP for Exeter since 1997, Bradshaw has made the transition to the backbenches with relative ease and is being an energetic figure in the leadership election supporting David Miliband. Some have questioned his long term commitment to politics but for now he will be a leading figure if Miliband senior wins.
Labour peer
A barrister born and raised in Glasgow, Kennedy is a staunch campaigner for women, human rights, social justice and civil liberties. Often described as ‘The nation’s favourite Portia’, Kennedy is also a well-known writer and broadcaster, and has been chair of both the London International Festival of Theatre and the British Council.
Associate Editor, The Mirror
The Mirror remains the only mass market newspaper that supports Labour. Its political line is determined by Maguire and the paper backed David Miliband for the leadership. Maguire’s closeness to Brown might have suggested that one of the Ed’s would be the papers pick but what the Mirror likes best is a Labour government and they judged Miliband senior as most able to deliver that.
81. (NEW) Fiona Millar
Education is at the centre of the coalitions reform programme and remains a key political issue. The champion of the State sector, a darling of the teaching unions and a highly effective operator, Millar’s status will go up and up as this debate becomes more intense.
80. (-3) HILARY BENN
Former Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Hilary Benn’s descent down this list began when he dismally failed to win the party’s deputy leadership in 2007. At one point he had even been considered a successor to Tony Blair (see Chris Mullin’s diaries) but his lack of killer instinct and all round nice guy image led people to think that he wasn’t decisive enough. He was widely thought to have been a successful minister both at DEFRA and DFID.
79. (NEW) Gillian Duffy
Mrs Duffy’s name will live on in the political and electoral history of this country like few others. Her face became the symbol of the 2010 election. She almost singlehandedly derailed Labour’s campaign without quite realising it.
78. (NEW) Oona King
Former Labour MP for Bethnal Green
King ran a surprisingly good campaign in her bid to win the London Labour mayoral nomination. It was unlikely she would ever have beaten Ken Livingstone, but just by taking part she has thrust herself back into the limelight. She is expected to take on a key advisory position in the new Labour regime and there will be many pushing her to stand for Parliament again.
77. (NEW) Tony Lloyd
Chair, Parliamentary Labour Party
Former minister Tony Lloyd has managed to steer the Parliamentary Labour Party through some choppy waters over the past twelve months, and for that alone he deserves his place in this list.
76. (-12) BILLY HAYES
General Secretary, Communication Workers Union
Though he has slipped down the rankings, Hayes could be the key player in the confrontation between the coalition and the unions. His union represents the Post Office workers and privatisation will be a defining issue for this government, as failure to privatise was for the last.
75. (NEW) Nick Pearce
Director, IPPR, former head of policy unit, 10 Downing Street
Pearce has returned to the IPPR after his stint in the lion’s den. One of the great mysteries of the Brown years was how someone as decent and nice as Nick stayed alive in Brown’s number ten. He did and he returns to his natural habitat with the challenge of reinventing the IPPR for the Coalition age. New ideas will define the speed of Labour’s return to power and the best are likely to come from Pearce.
74. (-17) Iain Gray
Leader, Scottish Labour Party
Despite an unflamboyant approach, Iain Gray has impressed in his two years as leader of the Scottish Labour Party. His unassuming but reassuring appearance has helped his party in Scotland outperform its English counterpart. It is by no means certain that he will be able to oust Alex Salmond next year, but if he does he can be guaranteed a top 20 place in next year’s list.
73. (NEW) Rachel Reeves
Labour MP for Leeds West
Seen as one of the brightest of the new intake of Labour MPs, Reeves is expected to gain preferment very quickly. Having worked as a Bank of England economist and for the think tank Demos, she is widely respected for her economic expertise. She can be formidable in debate and her Pat Butcher-esque voice is somewhat of a contrast to her sweet and innocent looks.
72. (+25) Peter Hain
Former Secretary of State for Wales
Hain has returned from exile after resigning his office in 2008, when it emerged that he had not declared some £100,000 of donations made while he was campaigning to win the Labour Party’s deputy leadership the previous year. A proud man, his return to the Cabinet in 2009 saw him back in the front line and he is expected to remain a key player in the future as Labour recasts itself in opposition.
71. (+17) Ray Collins
General Secretary, Labour Party
The former TGWU man was a key element in the formation of the mega union UNITE and is a managerial trade unionist. The role of Labour Party General Secretary takes on a new significance in opposition, hence his rise this year. His main challenge will be to keep the party’s finances afloat, as donations from the private sector have all but dried up.
70. (+5) Nicola Sturgeon
Scottish Deputy First Minister
Has the highest public profile of any SNP politician apart from Alex Salmond. Feisty in debate, she is tenacious in interviews and doesn’t suffer fools gladly. First elected to the Scottish Parliament in 1999, she remains the only realistic successor to Alex Salmond.
69. (-9) Richard Wallace
Editor, Daily Mirror
Wallace continues to preside over a declining newspaper, both in influence and readers. His journalists’ political reporting is seen by Westminster as far too shrill and unquestioningly pro-Brownite to have any influence outside Labour circles at all. But as editor of the only pro-Labour national newspaper, Wallace must remain in the list.
68. (-23) Jackie Ashley
Guardian Columnist
The left wing columnists again plummet down the rankings this year because they have had an unedifying twelve months. Few have flip-flopped more than Jackie Ashley. One week Brown was the Labour Party’s saviour, the next he had to go. She was far from alone in failing to understand which way the electoral wind was blowing, but she is still struggling to regain her previously untarnished credibility.
67. (-43) Nick Brown
Chief Whip
Nick Brown’s tenure as chief whip will surely come to an end within the next week or two and with that his influence will almost disappear. Second only to Ed Balls as a leading Gordon Brown acolyte his tough-guy reputation masks a genuinely kind man. His memoirs would certainly be worth reading as he is one of the key players of the Blair/Brown era who really does know where the bodies are buried.
66. (NEW) D J Collins
European Communications Director, Google
The cherubic D J Collins has been a key, behind the scenes, adviser to the Labour Party for more than a decade. He started out in the trade union movement before becoming Head of UK Communications for Google. Various Labour politicians tried to tempt him back into full time politics but he has so far resisted, although he took on an advisory role during the last election campaign. He was a vocal supporter of David Miliband.
65. (NEW) Lisa Tremble
Making the switch from James Purnell’s SPAD to head of media for the David Miliband campaign, Tremble has made an impact. If Miliband senior had won, she would have played a key role in the future of the party, but she is too good to lose and the party would do well to find a role for her. Though not in the photography department as she was at the heart of the photoshopping incident during Purnell’s ministerial career.
64. (NEW) Polly Billington
Chief of Staff to Ed Miliband
The former Radio 1 political correspondent and Today programme reporter shocked everyone when she left broadcast media to be special adviser to Ed Miliband when he joined the Cabinet in 2007. She tried for a seat in the North East at the last election but failed to get selected. Fiercely loyal to Miliband, she is expected to play a key role in his team for some time to come.
63. (NEW) John Hannett
General Secretary, USDAW
USDAW is the main union in the retail sector and is modern and campaigning in outlook. Hannett is a modern leader and has tried to push USDAW in new directions. Unlike other Unions he backed David Miliband for the leadership which suggests a more centre focused approach.
62. (NEW) Caroline Flint
Labour MP for Don Valley
Caroline Flint disappeared from last year’s list after her flouncing resignation from Gordon Brown’s Cabinet. But since then she has worked hard at her media profile, abandoned her rather robotic pro-Blairite image, and could be a leading player in Labour’s revival in opposition.
61. (NEW) Neil Kinnock
Former Leader of the Labour Party
Kinnock has become much more personally involved in Labour politics in the leadership campaign than he was for many years. He endorsed and campaigned for Ed Miliband and his influence has helped to connect with large sections of the party who were never completely reconciled to the new Labour “project”.
60. (+7) Peter Tatchell
Human Rights Campaigner
Peter Tatchell, a civil rights activist, has worked for decades at raising awareness of gay rights issues in the UK through direct action and a good eye for publicity. His influence rests in his ability to get often ignored issues talked about by the media, for example human rights in Zimbabwe. Tatchell is a Green Party candidate in Oxford at the next election. He has had a typically tireless year of campaigning, especially against the visit of the Pope and in favour of gay marriage.
59. (-5) Paul Kenny
General Secretary, GMB
The brutal politics and financial weakness of the Labour Party were made plain when Kenny endorsed Ed Miliband. He implied that if Ed did not win then GMB would withdraw its money from Labour. It was a bluff but it was also the moment at which Ed’s campaign became deadly serious. Kenny has also warned the government that cuts will mean strikes. He will be in a key player in the winter of discontent to come.
58. (+5) John Rentoul
Chief Political Commentator, Independent on Sunday
Rentoul gives lectures on contemporary history, is a former Independent leader writer, and has also written well-received biographies of Tony Blair. His blog has become a must read for political aficionados of every hue. If you want to know what Blair is thinking, chances are Rentoul is the man to tell you.
57. (-13) Alan Rusbridger
Editor, The Guardian
The Guardian has had a difficult year in some ways, often appearing schizophrenic in its attitude to the Brown government and with its columnists regularly performing U turns on a weekly basis. It smacked of a lack of firm editorial leadership, which was also apparent when the paper decided to come out for the Lib Dems in opposition to the views of many of its leading political journalistic lights.
56. (+24) Chuka Ummuna
Labour MP for Streatham
Ummuna has already been touted as a future Labour Party leader at the tender age of 30, while tentative comparisons with Barack Obama have also been drawn. Purportedly a very impressive lawyer, he is expected to be fast-tracked into a junior shadow ministerial post by the new Labour leader. Has spent the months since the election trying to live down his ‘star of the future’ billing.
55. (+18) Ken Livingstone
Former Mayor of London
Ken Livingstone’s rehabilitation in Labour circles was completed on Friday when he was selected as Labour’s candidate to fight Boris Johnson for the London mayoralty in 2012. Many Labour insiders question whether he has learned the lessons of 2008 when he and his campaign team completely misjudged the strength of the Johnson persona.
54. (-4) Phil Collins
Columnist, The Times
Blair’s former speech writer has successfully transformed himself into a leading new Labour opinion-forming columnist via a stint as a leading light in the think tank, DEMOS. Having been vocal critic of Gordon Brown he is establishing himself as a man of ideas which leading Labour politicians would do well to take up.
53. (+2) Matthew Taylor
Director, Royal Society of Arts
Taylor left a hole in the centre of the politics of the left which is yet to be filled. A deeply serious thinker he has energised the RSA and his analysis of contemporary society and politics remains acute and influential. If the Labour Party is to revive then it’s people like Taylor who need to be brought back on board.
52. (-42) Derek Simpson
Joint General Secretary, Unite
The Union barons are back and their potential to rock the government has been clear over the last year as public expenditure cuts loom large. The reason for Simpson’s dramatic decline in the list this year is that his term of office is about to come to a close.
51. (+12) Bob Crow
General Secretary, RMT
Crow calls strikes where others consider talks. He has challenged the government over and over again. He will continue to do so. The most effective left wing union leader in the land. And the one with the biggest mouth. Some are wondering, though, if he has met his match in Boris Johnson.
50 (NEW) Jason Cowley
Editor, New Statesman
Jason Cowley had a hard act to follow when he was appointed to replace John Kampfner as editor of the New Statesman. Better known for his cultural writings, Cowley was viewed with deep suspicion by many NS readers and contributors, but he has overseen a successful redesign and recruited a new political team in Mehdi Hasan and James Macintyre, whose respective columns and interviews have become required reading across the political spectrum.
49. (-3) Steve Richards
Chief Political Commentator, The Independent
Steve Richards has bucked the trend of his colleagues this year and managed to keep writing interesting, well-sourced and considered pieces. He is not slavishly anti-government which gives him an edge on many of his colleagues and he has never gone in for the hysteria of others about a Conservative government. A fine journalist, at the top of his game.
48. (NEW) Christine Blower
General Secretary, National Union of Teachers
In the battle ground of education the NUT has already scored a major hit at the Lib Dem conference through the boycotting of “Free Schools”. Blower will take the fight on to the heart of one of the Coalition’s flagship policies.
47. (+12) Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
Columnist, The Independent and Evening Standard
Regarded by some as the best radical voice in word and broadcast, she has had a relatively quiet year but remains essential reading. Guaranteed to raise the blood pressure of anyone vaguely on the right, Alibhai-Brown is a popular guest on most current affairs programmes, largely because she will invariably provoke a row.
46. (-20) Frank Field
Labour MP for Birkenhead
Field matters less now that many of his ideas are enshrined in Coalition politics but he still matters. His John the Baptist personae apart, he could still help shape policy in the areas he cares about.
45. (-44) Lord Mandelson
Former First Secretary of State
Few could question Lord Mandelson’s premier position in last year’s list but as the Brown government cranked towards inevitable defeat, the good Lord was unable to work his magic. In the end he appeared to recognise that there was little that could be done. Without his bestselling memoirs Mandelson may have fallen further in this year’s list, but no one can deny that whenever he speaks, he can be guaranteed that his words will be reported. His interventions in the Labour leadership campaign were telling, but did they have real influence? Some think he will become Labour’s Norman Tebbit. A more likely option is that he will take a high profile private sector job and earn real money.
44. (-23) Tony Woodley
Joint General Secretary, Unite
Woodley’s prominent role in the Unite dispute with British Airways has given him a high media profile this year, and he has begun to move out of the shadow of his colleague Derek Simpson, with whom he is said to have a fractious relationship. But like Simpson, he is on his way out, and as such his influence on the wider labour movement will continue to diminish.
43. (-27) Jack Straw
Former Secretary of State for Justice
Jack Straw suffers the ignimony of being beaten by his blogging son in this year’s list. One of the mainstays of New Labour he managed to switch his allegiance from Blair to Brown with no one really thinking it was odd, which demonstrates why he was one of the great survivors of British politics. As he moves away from the political limelight it will be interesting to see what niche he can now carve out for himself.
42. (+41) Pat McFadden
Former Minister of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
A leading member of New Labour’s Scottish mafia, Pat McFadden moved seamlessly from being an apparatchik in Number Ten under Tony Blair to being an MP and middle-ranking Minister under Gordon Brown. He was given the poisoned chalice of the Post Office to deal with and handled it with skill. His rather dour image is unfair, but if he is to progress he needs to develop a more powerful media persona.
41. (-1) Dave Prentis
General Secretary of Unison
The troubles with Unison’s own pension scheme have plagued Prentis for some time but his influence among his fellow trade unionists and within the Labour Party remains undiminished. He didn’t overplay his hand with the Brown government but his union is ready to start flexing its muscles now that the Coalition’s cuts agenda is about to be implemented.
40. (+9) Jim Murphy
Former Secretary of State for Scotland
One of the better performers in Gordon Brown’s final cabinet it is inconceivable that Murphy won’t be elected to the new Labour Shadow Cabinet. The question is whether the new leader will want to move him from the backwater of Scottish politics into a more mainstream portfolio.
39. (-16) Polly Toynbee
Once seen as the doyen of leftish commentators, Polly Toynbee’s halo has slipped this year a little. Like her colleague Jackie Ashley, she indulged in a bout of flip-flopping on Gordon Brown before settling on the position that he was quite useless. She was, however, unhappy with the decision of her paper to back the Liberal Democrats.
38. (+5) Amartya Sen
Sen remains the key thinker in Labour’s development policies and is an important influence on David Miliband. His books, speeches, articles and personal advice have shaped policy on both sides of the Atlantic and his ideas will continue to be heavily influential on the left globally.
37. (-19) Lord Adonis
Head of the Institute of Government
One of the most competent ministers in the Brown government Andrew Adonis played a key role in the abortive Coalition talks. He had intended to write a book on the experience but was then appointed chief executive of the Institute of Government and abandoned the project.
36. (NEW) Diane Abbott
Labour MP for Hackney
The idea of Diane Abbott influencing anything would have provoked hollow laughter in Labour Party circles six months ago. But not now. She knew she wouldn’t win the Labour leadership but she has skillfully used her campaign to promote her own agenda and increase her political profile throughout the media. It was rumoured she might be dropped from BBC2’s This Week after a fallout with Andrew Neil, but happily for her the rumours have turned out to be false.
35. (+13) Brendan Barber
TUC General Secretary
Barber has positioned the TUC well for the future and has tried to avoid the more confrontational attitude of some of his member unions. He comes across as a professional conciliator and his mellow personality means that he can easily be misjudged as a soft touch. He is far from that.
34. (+8) Mark Serwotka
General Secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union
With many civil servants already having lost their jobs, no sector is more frightened of the impact of public expenditure cuts than the public sector. Serwotka is the cheerleader for his members who fights through the media and on the detail of every attempt to reduce his potential membership. He comes across as eminently reasonable in broadcast debates and is a doughty defender of his members’ interests.
Director of Young Foundation and Chair of INVOLVE
For the real ideas of progressive renewal, though without the over ideological or party posturing of Neal Lawson, there is Geoff Mulgan. His fertile mind remains the best source of new ideas that the Labour Party has and whether Labour is in or out of government, Mulgan remains the policy wonk’s policy wonk. He may fancy a full time return to help the new leader craft some philosophically-sound policy.
32. (-) Sunder Katwala
General Secretary of the Fabian Society
The Fabians continue to play a role in the battle of ideas within the Labour Party and Katwala is everywhere. The combination of hard research and political analysis has pushed the Fabians up to the top of the Labour think tanks table. Katwala’s Next Left blog manages to be non-tribal but deeply partisan at the same time – a feat in itself. He denies any political ambition of his own, but the new Labour leader would do well to get him onside. He’d make an ideal Head of Policy.
31 (-) Deborah Mattison
Managing Director, Britain Thinks
Mattinson stays at number 31 for the third year in a row. Had she not written her book TALKING TO A BRICK WALL, she would have undoubtedly fallen in this year’s list due to her being frozen out of the Brown inner circle way in advance of the election. But her proposals on how to reconnect Labour with the electorate have been a focal point of discussion in Labour circles for some time now, and as a consequence her media profile has risen.
30. (NEW) Will Straw
Editor, Left Foot Forward
The undoubted rising star of the left of centre blogosphere, Will Straw’s site, Left Foot Forward, has, within two years become the number three political blog in the UK according to Total Politics Magazine. Unassuming and transparently pleasant, Straw has become THE Left of centre go-to blogger for the media. Sounding uncannily like his father Jack, he is an articulate exponent of left of centre views and it will be interesting to see where his career takes him next.
29. (+64) TOM HARRIS
Labour MP for Glasgow South
Probably the best known and best regarded blogging MP, Tom Harris is an unavowed Blairite who ‘gets’ why Labour lost the election and what it must do to regain popularity. He skillfully uses his blog to bolster his own political profile. Inexplicably sacked as a junior transport minister by Gordon Brown, the new Labour leader would do well to make use of his media and communications talents.
Former Government Director of Communications
Alastair Campbell falls in this year’s list but not by much. He played a key strategic role in the election campaign and the Coalition discussions, but that would appear to signal the end of his involvement in frontline politics. However, his ongoing diaries mean that he will remain in the political limelight for some time to come. His blog continues to generate comment and his personality means he is unlikely to stay silent for long.
27. (NEW) Margaret Hodge
Chairman, Public Accounts Committee
Margaret Hodge has made more comebacks than Lazarus. She owes her high ranking in this year’s list in part to her emphatic defeat of the BNP is her Barking constituency, but also to her surprise election as chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, which guarantees her a voice on news bulletins in the years to come.
26. (NEW) Mehdi Hasan
Senior Editor (Politics)
Regarded by many as the brightest new light in political journalism, Hasan has made a name for himself in a very short space of time. In addition to his New Statesman job he has become an important voice in the left wing ‘punderati’. Keen to be seen as a journalist who happens to be a muslin rather than the other way around, he is set to go on to bigger and better things.
25. (NEW) Baroness Ashton
EU High Representative

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24. (NEW) Stephen Twigg
Labour MP for Liverpool West Derby
The grin that did for Portillo in 1997 is back. He used his period out of the commons to become an expert on foreign policy and nurse his seat. He was a key figure in David Miliband’s leadership campaign and will feature heavily in the front bench team in opposition under the new leader because of his talent.
23. (-17) Jon Cruddas
Labour MP for Dagenham
The leader of the left has time and again ruled himself out of challenging for the top job and this year he fell in behind David Miliband. He might rally but even some of his strongest supporters have lost patience with him. A prince across the water too long, the political world has moved on and under Ed he will feel left out in the cold.
22. (+6) Caroline Lucas
Leader of the Green Party
The Greens have arrived on the national political scene with a smart and articulate MP who is spreading her message to a much broader audience since the election. She might have greater influence still if the Coalition falls apart but for now she is doing well to keep the Greens alive in the public mind.
21. (+71) Tom Watson
Labour MP for West Bromwich East
Watson has made the transition to Opposition with ease and has lead the charge on a number of key issues, each letter and press release reproduced on his web site. He is a model of the energy needed to sustain the critic of a government and his stock will continue to rise so long as he keeps hitting the targets.
20. (+16) Andrew Rawnsley
Chief Political Commentator, The Observer
Rawnsley has had an amazing run over the last two years and his book on the Coalition will be essential reading. At the heart of Labour politics, this will be his swansong unless Labour make a shock return next year. Though his political analysis remains personality centred, the quality of writing and the seniority of his sources have made him the top political journalist of the new Labour age.
19. (-10) Alan Johnson
Former Home Secretary
Many still believe that Johnson could have been crowned leader of the Labour Party this week if he had held his nerve. But he is from the wrong generation to take on the Coalition and made it plain so often that he did not want the job it became impossible to even give it to him. He will fade fast into the background because Labour usually has only one working class hero at any one time and John Prescott has the job, and because he was so blunt in his dismissal of his new party leader.
18. (+4) John Denham
Former Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government
Denham looks increasingly like the safe pair of hands that the shadow cabinet will need in the trials to come. He is stubbornly popular in the party and well regarded at Westminster.
17. (+2) Tessa Jowell
Former Minister for the Olympics and Minister for London
Jowell remains one of the more thoughtful members of Labour’s team and does not need changes to the gender balance of shadow cabinet to be a key player. She navigated with skill between the Blairs and the Browns and will have a key role as the party rebuilds.
16. (+82) Sadiq Khan
MP for Tooting
Sadiq Khan had an excellent leadership campaign, and has continued to raise his profile. He will emerge as a force in opposition: a key figure to watch. He is close to Ed Miliband and will be a key figure in the new regime.
15. (-10) Alistair Darling
Former Chancellor of the Exchequer
No other politician on the Labour side has retained their dignity quite as well as Darling. He defended himself as Chancellor and emerged from the wreckage as a substantial politician. He will slide quickly from this list but as he does so he will become an elder statesmen in the party, his reputation largely intact.
14. (+3) Lord Prescott
Former Deputy Prime Minister
Prescott had a good campaign in his usual style, remains active online and has tenaciously tried to win the party’s treasurership. For the time being he will be loyal to the leadership but his potential to mobilise the membership and rock the boat remain immense. There could well be clashesbetween him and Ed as the process of modernisation begins.
13. (+2) James Purnell
Chair, DEMOS
A comeback based on ideas is rare in British politics but Purnell is doing it. Having resigned from office in principle he has now set about redefining the left and its ideology. It is an exciting project and may well come to shape the future of the left.
12. (-11) Gordon Brown
Former Prime Minister
So what now for Gordon? The book will be big and important, the equivalent of Nigel Lawson’s “View from Number 10”. And then, who knows? This must have been the worst year of his political life personally. His frustration was evident, as was the grace with which he finally let go of power and we finally saw the human being within. Never write him off, he will be back on the world stage in a big job before very long.
11. (+19) Liam Byrne
Former Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Having recovered from the memo he left his successor saying that all the money had gone, Byrne has emerged a major player in opposition. He is one the few Labour politicians capable of independent and original thought. He will be key to shaping the policy of the future.
10. Simon Hughes
Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats
The leader of the internal opposition to the Coalition, Hughes is now a key figure on the left. Labour watch him carefully and wait. At some point the internal contradictions of the Coalition will explode, as they do in all Coalitions. How Hughes then behaves will be key.
9. (+24) Douglas Alexander
Former Secretary of State for International Development
By backing David Miliband, Alexander has brought unity to the churches of Blair and Brown. His position will reflect this in the new regime and he will flourish under Ed. Never destined for the top spot, he is young and experienced enough to have a bright ministerial future ahead of him if Labour get back in.
8. (+17) Andy Burnham
Leadership candidate
Burnham has done himself a lot of good during the leadership campaign. Many on the left voted with their hearts for him, knowing that he could not and should not win. The qualities have been as obvious as the limitations, but this is a work in progress, and there is much more to come from Burnham.
7. (+6) Ed Balls
Former Schools Secretary
Towards the end of the leadership campaign, Ed Balls suddenly began speaking like a human being. His intellect and passion seemed to meet for the first time before coming out of his mouth and those watching finally saw what has propelled him to the top of new Labour. He has worked hard to get himself so central to the outcome of the leadership election. But he lost. His fate now lies in Ed Miliband’s hands.
6. (+6) Alex Salmond
First Minister for Scotland
As he prepares for the 2011 poll, Salmond is the most senior left of centre politician in the UK. Having had a good start with Coalition, everything will now depend on the outcome of the spend review and the impact of the cuts on Scotland. The Labour revival is a worry but he will still have a few cards up his sleeve between now and the election.
5 (+24) Yvette Cooper
Former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
By not running, Cooper has had a better leadership election than her husband. With Ed’s victory expect to see Cooper rise. She will do well in shadow cabinet and having weathered the expenses storm, will become a front bench fixture. Some tip her to beat her husband to the shadow chancellorship, but that would leave Balls on the outside looking in – it is one of the first tough decisions Ed will have to make.
4. (+10) Tony Blair
Former Prime Minister
Just when you thought it was safe to go into a bookshop: he is back. Hogging the headlines, intervening in the leadership election, failing to make peace in the Middle East, raking in the money across the globe, Blair is the first ex-PM franchise. For now he is back and in the frontline. It cannot last. But then that is what his critics said in 1997.
3. (-) Harriet Harman
Deputy Leader of Labour Party
Harman will be a key to the transition to the new generation of Labour leaders. She is key to the future of the party and moves to the position of elder statesperson with ease. She will slip down this list over the next year but she has earned the gratitude of the party and is now regarded with much more affection than she once was.
2. (+6) David Miliband
Leadership candidate
There was no coronation, no acceptance that all that is needed is more new Labour and no victory for the big donors. Miliband snr lost the argument during the campaign and lost the vote in the union section. He had created the expectation that this would be a coronation and when it was not he had only himself to blame. He will need to rebuild a relationship with his brother and with the constituency his brother represents. Or we may see him make an early exit from front line politics altogether.
1. (+3) Ed Miliband
Leader of the Labour Party
Ed Miliband won the leadership vote and the campaign. He has transformed his personal position in the party and redefined the politics of Labour in opposition. It is a huge mistake to suggest he represents a swing to the left, rather his campaign and the power he now wields within the party represents the view that what worked in 1997 will not work again. He will determine if Labour moves in a new direction or is defeated as a lukewarm version of new Labour mark 2. The challenge he faces is immense but the Conservsatives should not underestimate him. He is not in the pocket of the Unions, nor is he throw back to the militant tendency. He has the potential, like Blair before him, to be the great political communicator ofthis generation. He has already proved he is a great tactician.

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Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 27/05/2009

#G109* – Just What IS Politics?

Whether LibLabCon or on the fringes with EUkip, UKFirstParty or English Dummycrats OR on the lunatic fringe with The BNP, Plaid or The Greens:

I think you’ll understand the accuracy and simplicity of this reminder from the distant past!!

A little boy goes to his dad and asks, ‘What is Politics?’

Dad says, ‘Well son, let me try to explain it this way:

I am the head of the family, so call me The Prime Minister.

Your mother is the administrator of the money, so we call her the Government.

We are here to take care of your needs, so we will call you the People.

The housekeeper, we will consider her the WorkingClass.

And your baby brother, we will call him the Future.

Now think about that and see if it makes sense.’

So the little boy goes off to bed thinking about what Dad has said.

Later that night,! he hears his baby brother crying, so he gets up to check on him.

He finds that the baby has severely soiled his nappy.

So the little boy goes to his parent’s room and finds his mother asleep.

Not wanting to wake her, he goes to the nanny’s room. Finding the door locked, he peeks in the keyhole and sees his father in bed with the housekeeper.
He gives up and goes back to bed.

The next morning:

The little boy say’s to his father, ‘Dad, I think I understand the concept of politics now. ‘

The father says, ‘Good, son, tell me in your own words what you think politics is all about.’

The little boy replies, ‘The prime Minister is screwing the Working Class while the Government is sound asleep. The People are being ignored and the Future is in deep sh*t.’

It Has Long Been Said Of Politicians:

Politicians are like Nappies and like nappies should be changed frequently for much the same reason!

By way of provenance it is astonishing just howmany of todays Politicians would seem to consider themselves insufficiently honet, if not downright dishonest, and have therefore handed back huge tranches of our money they have stolen and promised to stand down at the next election!

Why do they have a choice? Surely they should have their details handed over to The Metropolitan Police for thorough investigation of exactly howmuch of OUR money they have actually stolen and charge them accordingly before the Courts.

I note a certain Mrs. Jaqui Smith Home Secretary is before Westminster Magistrates Court in Horseferry Road on allegations of Fraud and Money Laundering on 26-Jun-09.

Is the contention that The Met. are too busy shooting and killing people in the streets to perform so menial a task as investigate 642 MPs and 78MPs for Fraudulently conspiring to defraud the tax payers and HMRC – whilst they seem all too willing to harass Motor Cyclists by introducing fees in London as a new tax and taxing motorists in many an imaginitive way.

There is only ONE solution to this problem and that is for the public to take the law into their own hands incrementally – first on 4th-Jun-09 do NOT waste your vote on a politician in either the EU Electoral Scam nor the local elections.

Act with integrity, morality and honour and write on both ballot papers what is in the best interests of our Country, our Future OUR Family & OUR Friends:
80% of the British peoples want to leave the EU at best or at very least remove the Political Ties, whereby 75% of all our laws are now forced upon us in the interest of France & Germany under the terms of The Treaty of Elysee, to which ONLY they are signators.
More of the laws from which we now suffer, (more laws since 1970 than from 1066 until 1970!) are forced through without debate or consideration by Westminster as either ‘Orders in Council’ or ‘Statutory Instrument’ under the terms of The EUropean Communities Act Section II Part ii.

Withdraw the mandate from Politicians to continue betraying you and OUR Country – let us remind them they work for US. We have seen taxes and costs escalate on both National Terms and Local Government terms and no one in their right mind could claim that goods and services provided have anything but deteriorated.

OUR Costs have escalated no in line with our National Security and border controls, nor in line with our health service with a raft of QUANGOs sheltering our Government from the harsh reality hospitals are dirtier, waiting lists are longer, cancer drugs are witheld to kill patients, our schools have dumbed down standards to cram ever more politicially imposed aspects of Political Correctness into the carriculum, for Communist organisations like The Fabians, Searchlifght, Common Purpose, The Rowntree Trust and their ilk.

Our drains are not kept clear and due to bad planning homes flood in the now undrained flood plains, Garbage mounts ever higher and is dealt with less frequently in sorted heaps at huge cost and no gain ………..

The list is endless – we pay more whilst Politicians deliver less at ever greater cost from ever greater parasitic armies of Political flunkeys in QUANGOs on excessive salaries with over generous pensions – do they make anything, achieve anything or in any way benefit mankind? I can only assume they are merely empowered as a tied salaried vote – terrified of change and honesty squeeling like pigs as they fight to keep their snouts in the troughs!


Don’t vote for a politician it is a wasted vote and only encourages them in their arrogant hubris.

Write on YOUR Ballot Paper:
You know it makes sense and is the ONLY honest vote YOU can make.

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Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 27/04/2009


POLITICS & THE CLOVEN HOOF is a variation on an old theme using cows and attitudes to bovine agriculture to understand the many different styles of Governance.


You have 2 cows.

You give one to your neighbour.


You have 2 cows.

The State takes both and gives you some milk.


You have 2 cows.

The State takes both and sells you some milk.


You have 2 cows.

The State takes both and shoots you.


You have 2 cows.

The State takes both, shoots one, milks the other, and then throws the

milk away…

THE EUropean Union

For every 2 cows there are 10 bureaucrats drawing up 2 contradictory regulations each to manage the cows.
The budget office decides printing the regulations will violate green regulations on climate change using too much wood for paper so all cows will be killed and burnt on wood pyres.
Milk will now be imported from Poland and meat from the Argentine.
The regulatory staff will be given early retirement for stress with a huge gratuity before rehiring them to do the same for sheep.


You have two cows.

You sell one and buy a bull.

Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows.

You sell them and retire on the income.


You have two giraffes.

The government requires you to take harmonica lessons.


You have two cows.

You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows.

Later, you hire a consultant to analyze why the cow has dropped dead.


You have two cows.

You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using letters of

credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a

debt/equity swap with an associated general offer so that you get all

four cows back, with a tax exemption for five cows.

The milk rights of the six cows are transferred via an intermediary to a

Cayman Island Company secretly owned by the majority shareholder who

sells the rights to all seven cows back to your listed company. The

annual report says the company owns eight cows, with an option on one


You sell one cow to buy a new president of the United States,leaving you

with nine cows.

No balance sheet provided with the release. The public then buys your



You have two cows.

You go on strike, organize a riot, and block the roads, because you want

three cows.


You have two cows.

You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and

produce twenty times the milk.

You then create a clever cow cartoon image called ‘Cowkimon’ and market

it worldwide.


You have two cows, but you don’t know where they are. You decide to have



You have two cows. You count them and learn you have five cows.

You count them again and learn you have 42 cows.

You count them again and learn you have 2 cows.

You stop counting cows and open another bottle of vodka.


You have two cows. You have 300 people milking them.

You claim that you have full employment, and high bovine productivity.

You arrest the newsman who reported the real situation.


You have two cows. You worship them.


You have two cows. Both are mad.


Everyone thinks you have lots of cows. You tell them that you have none.

No-one believes you, so they bomb the shit out of you and invade your


You still have no cows, but at least now you are part of a Democracy.


You have two cows.

The one on the left looks very attractive.


You sell both cows while market prices are the lowest ever then later borrow money to buy a new cow. You have this cow milked and give the milk away. You pay the interest on the loan with which you bought the cow by taxing people who didn’t get any milk from it.

When the cow dies you borrow more money and give it to your home secretary who buys a bull and wonders why she can’t get any milk from it.

Answering questions about this in parliament you claim that it’s been the longest period of sustained economic milking since cows had scales and anything that has gone wrong is because the tories wouldn’t even know where the starting handle goes in a cow to great amusement that he doesn’t understand at all.

“In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.”
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821),

Greg L-W.
Greg Lance – Watkins,
c/o Glance Back Books,
Cynulliad i Gymru – The Welsh Assembly [trans.],
17 Upper Church Street,
NP16 5EX

Tel: 01291 – 62 65 62

For More Information & Facts visit:
Greg’s WordPress Blog

‘The arrogance and hubris of corrupt politicians
will be responsible for every drop of blood spilt
in the Wars of Disassociation, if Britain does not
leave the EU.

The ugly, centralised, undemocratic supra national policies being imposed by the centralised and largely unelected decisionmakers of The EU for alien aims, ailien values and to suit alien needs stand every possibility of creating 200,000,000 deaths across EUrope as a result of the blind arogance and hubris of the idiologues in the central dictatorship and their economic illiteracy marching hand in glove with the idiocy of The CAP & The CFP – both policies which deliver bills, destroy lives and denude food stocks.

British Politicians with pens and treachery, in pursuit
of their own agenda and greed, have done more
damage to the liberty, freedoms, rights and democracy
of the British peoples than any army in over 1,000 years.

The disastrous effects of British politicians selling Britain
into the thrall of foreign rule by the EU for their own
personal rewards has damaged the well-being of Britain
more than the armies of Hitler
and the Franco – German – Italian axis of 1939 – 1945.

~ for more Quotes & Facts:

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Until we gain our liberty, restore our sovereignty, repatriate our democracy and reinstate our Justice system and our borders – defended by our Police and Military armed with sustainable and obtainable weaponry:
Treat every election as a referendum.

Don’t waste your vote on a self serving Politician
Make your vote count
Write on YOUR ballot Paper


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Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 25/04/2009


“In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.”
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821),

Greg L-W.
Greg Lance – Watkins,
c/o Glance Back Books,
Cynulliad i Gymru – The Welsh Assembly [trans.],
17 Upper Church Street,
NP16 5EX

Tel: 01291 – 62 65 62

For More Information & Facts visit:
Greg’s WordPress Blog

‘The arrogance and hubris of corrupt politicians
will be responsible for every drop of blood spilt
in the Wars of Disassociation, if Britain does not
leave the EU.

The ugly, centralised, undemocratic supra national policies being imposed by the centralised and largely unelected decisionmakers of The EU for alien aims, ailien values and to suit alien needs stand every possibility of creating 200,000,000 deaths across EUrope as a result of the blind arogance and hubris of the idiologues in the central dictatorship and their economic illiteracy marching hand in glove with the idiocy of The CAP & The CFP – both policies which deliver bills, destroy lives and denude food stocks.

British Politicians with pens and treachery, in pursuit
of their own agenda and greed, have done more
damage to the liberty, freedoms, rights and democracy
of the British peoples than any army in over 1,000 years.

The disastrous effects of British politicians selling Britain
into the thrall of foreign rule by the EU for their own
personal rewards has damaged the well-being of Britain
more than the armies of Hitler
and the Franco – German – Italian axis of 1939 – 1945.

~ for more Quotes & Facts:

############-\\\///-########### #
############= ~ = ############
###########(`~0~0~’) ###########
##########M r C H A D###########

Until we gain our liberty, restore our sovereignty, repatriate our democracy and reinstate our Justice system and our borders – defended by our Police and Military armed with sustainable and obtainable weaponry:
Treat every election as a referendum.

Don’t waste your vote on a self serving Politician
Make your vote count
Write on YOUR ballot Paper


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