Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Know Your Enemy

"Why else would he have put Gove there? Are we to imagine that his priority in choosing someone to draft tricky legislation was that they have a face that’s easy to carve into a pumpkin? Gove is a distraction for a robbery, who has been hired to be a kind of human bin fire. When the real business of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership ratification is under way, he’ll be wheeled out on Newsnight looking like a treefrog trying to escape from a scrotum and the whole culture will stop to take aim."

Frankie Boyle's at it again: doing his best to convince me that I had him all wrong, this time by arguing that David Cameron is some kind of evil genius. Certainly, it's enough to make me think that I should have watched his Election Autopsy.

Boyle's piece follows hot on the heels of another Comment Is Free article condemning Cameron and the Tories, Aditya Chakrabortty drawing attention to the consensus of opinion among experts that austerity measures are hitting children hardest. Chakrabortty stresses that not only must this be a deliberate policy decision, taken as a means of lining the already well-lined pockets of their chums, it's also rank hypocrisy given Cameron's previous blatherings about the importance of the early years and the fact that poverty is a "moral disgrace".

(Thanks to Lyndsey and Julian for the links.)

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