Time for an update on the continuing saga of Caroline Flint’s body parts.
Regular readers will recall that I have a double interest in Caroline Flint (see the posts here). One was deliberate – as a libertarian smoker, I have a deep hatred of politicians and others who think they know better than I do what is right for me. She also gave me a model piece for testing theories about Google searching.
I quite see the argument for giving non-smokers the choice to avoid my smoke, but do not see why I do not have a parallel choice to frequent venues where smokers can opt to go and which the rest can avoid. It is particularly offensive coming from a government which claims to offer choice as a political objective. Ms Flint attracted my ire also because her only talents are her visible ones. She reinforces the popular prejudice that all you need to succeed in life as a woman are a fine frontage and shapely legs.
The second reason for what may appear an obsessive interest in this talentless totty is that she accidentally became a test-bed, as it were, for making blogs work in Google. A side-reference to “teeth” in my first post about her uncovered the fact that there are people out there who make searches for her name plus various parts of her anatomy. I have a professional interest in making web sites and blogs work in searching terms, and wrote a piece designed to trap as many permutations as possible. I get a couple of hits a week for < caroline flint breasts > or something similar.
Patrick Taylor picked up on this in a post on his attractive web site. He shares my views on creeping state control – “a succession of authoritarian laws enacted for our own good are making life in this country increasingly oppressive”, he says – and on “over-zealous middle managers and public servants, spurred on by Health and Safety laws…..squeezing the fun out of our traditional pleasures”.
What puzzles me is this: who disagrees with Taylor and me on this? What kind of person thinks it right that ghastly women like Caroline Flint can affect lives in this way? Or that the legions of Health & Safety fiddlers or all those dim drones in quangos and council offices have power so disproportionate to their intelligence or abilities?
I can see why a Labour government is so keen – centrist interventionism is their mission in life and, besides, it keeps all these otherwise unemployable people out of the dole queues. Caroline Flint’s former occupation as a barmaid has become a bit more competitive as pubs close down and industrious Poles take the remaining jobs. Never mind – you can always get a job in the public services: if you are just a bit dim but look good on camera you can be Minister for the North; if you are just a bit dim and lack the looks you can work in equalities or health and safety; if you are just thick, Oxfordshire County Council is always looking for highways officers to soak up the council tax revenue.
Perhaps that is why Labour keeps winning elections. Although everyone I know loathes the culture of creeping interference, my social circle doesn’t include the pen-pushers whose jobs only exist to provide employment for unemployables and who express their gratitude by voting Labour back in.