Blog powered by Typepad

« 'Art-farty' news! | Main | "The neglected war" »

Tuesday, 27 January 2009


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

The last time I voted Labour was in 1970 and, frankly, I was old enough to know better. I can understand not voting for Major in 1997 - the government was tired and 18 years of one party in power is quite enough. In that election I held my nose and actually voted Conservative in the (almost) certain knowledge that Labour would win both nationally and locally (which it did). Call me an unreconstructed rightie, but voting for that con-man Blair and, in effect, for his appalling wife was never on my agenda.

I was mystified then at how many people were taken in by Blair and the whole "New" Labour shtick. OTOH if you've ever read Gitta Sereny's magnificent biography of Albert Speer ("Albert Speer - His Battle with Truth") - another one for your reading list, DD, if you haven't already read it - there is an interesting apercu regarding Speer's father. Speer had been "anointed" by Hitler as his favourite architect and subsequently, at some do or other, Speer introduced his father (also an architect) to Hitler: they chatted for a while about this and that and went their separate ways. Some time afterwards Speer senior (who was no saint in terms of his political beliefs) told his son, in effect, that Hitler was the most evil man he'd ever met and that he never wanted to be put in the position of having to be polite to him again. Presumably, from the underside of political charisma - especially in someone as powerful and as charismatic as Hitler or Blair (this is not to compare one with t'other - whatever he is, Blair is no Hitler) - comes an overwhelming stench of sulphur.

My only excuse vis-a-vis Blair was my feeling that the Tories were well past their 'sell by date' and if Labour was to rule the roost then Blair looked likely to be better than some of the Left-wing neanderthals around him. My delusion did not last very long!

Yes, I think Speer is a fascinating man - he would have made an excellent Shakespearean tragic hero, that is, a man with a wealth of qualities but whose character was riven top to bottom by ambition and weakness. Thanks for the tip, 'Bongers', but I'm not sure I want to invest the time in reading about him in detail. If my pile of 'waiting-to-be-read' books actually topples over I could end up in hosptital!

The comments to this entry are closed.