UKIP's 'earthquake' election results

JD: "I'm torn on this one because on one hand it doesn't matter a toss who's representing us in the Mickey Mouse European Parliament - MPs in it have no control over legislation, that's all decided by this committee of 27 unelected 'commissars'. At the same time, it clearly shows that the British voting public are sick to the teeth of LibLabCon. They've had enough of these remote, apparently unaccountable politicians in the Westminster bubble, and they want change."

AN: "I think some of the ballot boxes might have been destroyed in certain areas where the volunteers are too active, and I think the electoral commission should look into it. UKIP didn't perform very well: it should have damaged the Tories and Labour. The message didn't get through, Farage didn't do a good job. I think the future of UKIP is very bleak - they offer nothing."

 

Gains by far-right parties in European elections

JD: "If you don't like Hollande's socialists in France, where do you go if you want to protest against the system? Well, you end up falling into the bosom of (Front National leader) Marine Le Pen."

AN: "I'm amazed that you're not saying that it's the far-left who are the dangerous people. It's the far-left who are guilty of murdering hundreds of millions of people in the 20th century, yet all the time we are saying 'Ooh, the far right are coming, the far right are coming.' The far right are pussycats."

JD: "Right for me means small government, it means liberty, not a quasi-fascistic party like Front National."

AN: "That's where UKIP made a blunder, by saying they would nationalise everything. They're not right-wing, they're liberal!"

 

Implosion of the LibDems

AN: "Cameron wants them to stay on, he likes Nick Clegg, he prefers to have LibDems in the government - that's why they'll come back."

JD: "You can speculate about who else could be leader but they're all so fantastically awful. They've got nobody."

 

Ukrainian elections

AN: "They needed somebody to replace that interim regime, because nobody wanted to talk to them. The Candy King was the one who funded that so-called revolution in November and the coup in February; he ordered the troops immediately to start their offensive in the east, but there is hope that he might find some common ground with the Russians."

JD: "How can we judge what's going on in Ukraine when we've got such crap to choose from here?"

 

US troops to remain in Afghanistan

AN: "Obama isn't in a position to call himself a dove - he's sending drones every day that often miss the target and kill innocent people. The problem with Obama is that he has no foreign policy. I honestly believe that he missed the target again by giving this philosophical speech."

JD: "I like the fact that America has a big military and is the leader of the free world. I do worry about the way it uses it. I think the Afghan adventure was a complete bloody waste, Iraq was ill thought-out. In a way I'm grateful for Obama's confused foreign policy, because can you imagine what would have happened if we'd had a more forceful president who decided America had to go in on the ground, in Syria for example?"

AN: "They wouldn't have done - because of chemical weapons. That was the one thing that prevented everybody from going in. Britain was terrified like all other countries - there were thousands of tonnes of chemical weapons. Cnce released, British, American and French troops would never have come home."

 

Inclusive capitalism conference in London

JD: "Apparently what Clinton and Lagarde had come over to discuss was how to make capitalism work after the 2008 crash. It's like staging a conference in which the foxes discuss how best to protect the chicken coop. Clinton's speaking fee is how much? £200,000? Who are they speaking to? Who is paying to hear this absolute dross? It's awful that these people have any pwoer in this world."

AN: "The IMF has committed horrendous things when it comes to helping out other countries. When people like this gather and talk about the free market, I worry. Their concept of what the free market is what suits them, and they're all for government interference."

 

Gove 'banning' classic US literature in UK schools

JD: "All he did was specify that certain kind of books should be a required part of the syllabus. When I was a kid in the late '70s, the thicker kids were given Of Mice and Men because it was recognised that they were incapable of dealing with a longer book. I imagine that around the country there are teachers who have been teaching nothing but Of Mice and Men, and these are the ones who are objecting to Gove."

AN: "Hemingway has been greatly over-rated. Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby is boring. Then there's Catcher in the Rye - it's a pathetic book, it has nothing new to say to kids. So I support Michael Gove."

JD: "I rang him up and said, 'Do you realise you're trending on Twitter? You're trying to ban these classic works.' He said no, and referred me to the revised syllabus. He's only trying to restore rigour to the curriculum."

 

One Direction allegedly smoking something, saying the 'N-word'

JD: "He was talking in a white patois, he was doing what a lot of white kids who are into rap do, they adopt the slang of black people. There's a world of difference between using the term with malice to discomfort someone, showing racial predjudcie, and an overpaid, allegedly possibly stone rock star talking in a kind of street patois. I'm astonished that we are so culturally unsophisticated that we can't make that distinction."

(VoR)