Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Don't it just make your English blood boil?

Gordon Brown seems to be under the misguided impression that proposing to pay university tuition fees for students who volunteer for community work is somehow good for his Prime Ministerial prospects. This, believes Brown, will encourage "strong modern patriotism".

Now let's see...Scottish students don't pay fees. English students pay fees. So Mr Brown, you are proposing to make English kids work for what the Scots get for free? And this most divisive of propositions is somehow intended to further "an agreed British national purpose"?

Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't Community Service something the courts hand out in lieu of prison sentences? The only good thing about this is that English students are unlikely to vote Brown.

The Higher Education (‘top-up fees’) bill affects only England, but was passed through the votes of MPs in Scotland’s constituencies. There is a strong case for suggesting that the imposition of top-up fees is democratically, constitutionally and morally invalid, and consequently whether their imposition is ultra vires [acting beyond the scope of government power]: in other words a form of dictatorship.

Incidentally, it was the BBC’s Jeremy Paxman who first introduced the term “Scottish Raj” to describe England’s current plight. Despite being instructed by Scottish MPs to apologise for his utterance, Paxman’s term, “Scottish Raj” has become increasingly widespread.

Via Gareth.

Category: England_


Anonymous Andy said...

The picture is a masterpiece! Made my day

Tue Jan 17, 08:20:00 PM GMT  
Blogger Span Ows said...

Gavin, as you say this is just prelims for Brown's PM push as was the 'aren't we all cuddly and British' hooha last week....

Tue Jan 17, 10:08:00 PM GMT  
Blogger kats said...

Go for em Gav!

Tue Jan 17, 11:09:00 PM GMT  
Blogger Lightning said...

The arrow on the Union Flag is pointing the wrong way too, I noticed..

Wed Jan 18, 05:11:00 PM GMT  
Blogger Augustus said...

Hi Gav. Brown is getting nervous. History is littered with political nearly men. Gordie's sudden outpouring of good ideas would be less suspicious if he had had any others since 1997.

He's starting to overstep his Treasury boundaries in an attempt to keep himself in the headlines during the Cameron honeymoon period. My tip for a compromise Labour leader? Safe pair of hands? New contact lenses? Experience at the top? Jack Straw. Don't laugh he's the 21st century John Major...

Thu Jan 19, 01:16:00 AM GMT  
Blogger Lionel Hutz said...

I'll be surprised if Gordon ever gets the top job and he only has himself to blame. He should have done us all a favour and got Blair booted out ages ago.

There you go, one comment, my usual style of midly aggressive know it all opinion - no charge.

Thu Jan 19, 10:30:00 AM GMT  
Blogger Gavin Corder said...

Hello Lionel, are your trying to tell me you WANT GB to be PM?

Fri Jan 20, 02:06:00 PM GMT  
Blogger Gavin Corder said...

And as for you Gus! Jack Straw!!!!!!!! We'd be a laughing stock! (Well more of a laughing stock)

Fri Jan 20, 02:07:00 PM GMT  
Blogger Gavin Corder said...

Well Lightning, count your blessings at least he's not at half mast...

Fri Jan 20, 02:08:00 PM GMT  

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