Two stories have emerged in the last 24 hours that have caused me to fire up the Pentium. The first is Gordon Brown's surprise visit to Afghanistan and the second is the revelation that the idea of imposing VAT on food is being "talked about".
The Brown story is coupled with the announcement that money is to be invested in 200 new army vehicles; better armoured than the heavily criticised "Snatch" Land Rover. Of this story, coming hard upon the heels of Gordon's appearance at Chilcot, contrdicted by Army Chiefs, in which he asserted "disingenuously" that no request from the Army for funding was refused, I can only say that this is most cynical political ploy I have seen in a long time, and though welcome, is timed to do nothing more than take the heat off the lying bastard.
The second story, that after the election, a plan to impose VAT on food is being seriously discussed in Whitehall is frankly, beyond my ability to comprehend right now. If ever this happened, it would be a tax on living and would hurt the poorest. I cannot see it being in any way politically possible. A government that imposed VAT on food would be sending us back to the 19th Century and the Corn Laws, except that, instead of protecting the landed gentry, this would protect the bloated public sector and its bottomless pit of expenditure that Socialism today squeezes from every person who works for a living.
The people rioted then. If they introduce VAT on basic foodstuffs in this country, I will do everything I can to oppose it, including violence and mayhem if necessary. The time will have come. The Time will have come.