Sunday, 10 March 2013

Men in grey suits out hunting

Men in grey suits out hunting

When the elders of the Conservative Party panicked thinking about the possibility of losing a General Election because of the so called Poll Tax, they got rid of the then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and replaced her with a very malleable individual called John Major.

After they believed that they had solved all their problems, they found themselves dealing with the unforeseen: a weak Prime Minister was soon under siege because the factions felt free to act now that Margaret Thatcher was out of the way. With regards to Margaret Thatcher there were no middle ground positions: people either loved her or despised her, but you could say that people always knew what she was about and what they could expect from her.

When people want and need clear views and well defined policies, constant talk about middle grounds and about pleasing everybody is seen as evidence of weakness. A series of U-turns only serves to confirm that those in charge don’t have a clue and that they are just improvising and failing while the public deficit keeps going up and up.

Without mentioning names, press reports indicate that there is a group of 25 Conservative Members of Parliament that are already plotting to get rid of David Cameron and a recent meeting of Nigel Farage with Ruppert Murdoch has stirred the political world even more.

Ruppert Murdoch is no friend of Labour, of the Lib Dems and of the present official Conservative Party but Rupert Murdoch’s age is now a factor to take into consideration and there is no heir apparent after the scandal involving the now defunct News of the World.

At one point, I thought that the Russian Olygarch Alexander Lebedev was positioning itself to become the new Ruppert Murdoch but both Alexander Lebedev and his son Evgeny Lebedev  lack Ruppert Murdoch’s political acumen and, despite his role in United Russia Party, Russian sources tell me that both Alexander and Evgeny are very much despised and not trusted at all by Russian operators including the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) (ФСБ, Федеральная служба безопасности Российской Федерации). To put it straightforwardly, they are not trusted in Russia and they are not trusted in the West.

It must be said that at the moment there is no clear winner and that the 2015 General Election could, once again, produce another ruling coalition. This is why the 2014 European Elections are so fundamentally important for the so-called three main contenders.

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