This isn't a joke, is it? No, it would appear not. The Tories really have given another chance to that lying liar of a mendacious lying lie-bag Jonathan Aitken. Goodness me.
Let me try and get my head round the story, anyway. I'm sure the Beeb won't be as fucking dreadful with their journalism as they were earlier. Right, so what's the story...
He will head a taskforce for Iain Duncan Smith's Centre for Social Justice, which gives advice to Tory leader David Cameron issues.
What? Can we have that in English please? So it gives advice to Tory leader David Cameron issues does it? Has he just got a double-barreled name or could no-one be bothered to proof the story before it went up on the web? I don't mind the odd spelling mistake in blogs and stuff; we aren't strictly speaking professionals who've got vast resources backing us up. We can't always afford that. But come off it, the BBC?
What's really amazing though, and I don't know if it struck you, was the fact that the Conservatives have a Centre for Social Justice. I know, I know. What do they do, then? Ensure that social justice never happens? Do their best to fight it off? Or is it just, I wonder, just another attempt at pretending they're not really a bunch of cruel bastards whose sole intention is to protect the interests of wealth and property at the expense of everyone else? Honestly, if Labour had a Centre for Social Justice (surely it doesn't, does it?) can you imagine the flak that would be incoming from the usual suspects on the right? Something about political correctness gone mad, woolly liberals, bring back the birch; you know the drill by now.
Christ, they've got a fucking website as well. Look at it! Just look at it! 'We care about poor people, we really do. Obviously we'll make the rich richer by changing inheritance tax so it benefits the already wealthy, but we'll make some token hang-wringing gestures about isn't it awful that people are disadvantaged and poor.' Yes, isn't it? Want to know why they're disadvantaged and poor? Because no government in the last 25 years has given a shit about them, and has concentrated on tax cuts for the rich so that society has become even more divided and unpleasant than it's ever been. I doubt that Iain Duncan Smith trying to be like a cuddly uncle listening to the problems of the poor is going to make the slightest bit of fucking difference to that. Honestly, the Tories must have cannonballs down their trousers to even attempt to carry off such utter bullshit. You have to have a sneaky admiration for them, even if that admiration is fleeting and is instantly replaced by utter hatred.
Just one side issue, by the way.
Peter Preston, who edited the Guardian at the time of the court case, told BBC 5 Live that Mr Aitken's appointment could send out the wrong signals.
"Basically, had we lost on all that false testimony, we would have been out as an organisation well over £1m in damages and legal costs."
That's a fair point, I suppose; it just saddens me a bit that the newspaper that kicked the lying twat Aitken out on his arse is heading for what could be a catastrophic merger with the Observer, some 24-hour digital newsroom shite that's essentially a smokescreen to chuck a few journos down the Job Club and an ever-diminishing role in British political life. It makes me sad, anyway, if no-one else.