14 June 2009
16 February 2009
Conservatives' Honest Food Campaign
Guido has called it protectionism, he is wrong, it is about labelling food properly and honestly.
Here is the video:
24 December 2007
Why I'm A Conservative
10 December 2007
Use of Robocop shows the Conservatives don't want Yes men
However, he has admitted he is opposed to the Conservatives' idea of elected police chiefs. I think the fact that Iain Duncan Smith has chosen someone who is willing to oppose aspects of Party thinking is very positive and shows that the senior figures are willing to listen and be challenged - something that sets us apart from the current Government.
That said, judging by the Guardian article, I don't think Ray Mallon has grasped quite what the Conservatives idea of elected police chiefs is about.
29 November 2007
How should the Conservatives deal with it?
I wonder what the reaction should be from the Conservatives? If they go for Brown's jugular they are inviting greater media interference when actually we need to be toning down the over-dominant control that the media has on politics. It must be difficult to balance this with the desire to put one over on the plastic socialists.
I wonder if the best way forward is to stay a bit quiet on this particular issue and let natural momentum build whilst at the same time pushing out a few headline grabbing policies and sell the Conservatives in a more positive light - trying to show something different? Would these sort of positive tactics get any headlines? Unfortunately I suspect not; the way the media works the only way the Conservatives can move forward is to capitalise on Labour's misery. (that said it is a misery they have brought upon themselves).
It would be positive for the Conservatives to react differently and it could actually go a tiny bit towards putting politics on more of a steady platform.
26 November 2007
Breaking News: Lib Dem MEP defects to Conservatives
This will be a blow for the Lib Dems. Their leadership election has been a disaster, so this will hurt them at a time when they are vulnerable. I wonder if it is the first of many?
It is a brave step for Sajjad Karim, who is articulating himself extremely well on Sky News at the moment. I wonder how he is going to deal with the huge gap there is between Conservative policy on Europe and the one he has supported as a Lib Dem?
05 November 2007
Cameron by Conservative Home
I am going to be totally sycophantic and disagree with the final point over the environment. I think the Conservative commitment to the environment is authentic, I just think it is an impossible issue to get the balance right (for any political party) between individual liberties and freedoms and sorting out the environment at the moment (thus speaks someone who flew out ot Dublin to run a marathon!).
I really like the comments about IDS, I have always felt that renewed commitment to Social Justice is one of the most important steps that the Conservative Party have taken in recent times and is evidence that IDS did a lot more for the Party than he is given credit for.
17 September 2007
Message for the Media: Conservative Position on Debt is nothing new
The Conservatives have been harping on about the problem of soaring personal debt for some years now, recognising the impact it could have.
In November last year at a debt seminar George Osbourne said: "An economy built on borrowed money is an economy built on borrowed time."
And David Cameron referred to it in his response to Gordon Brown's budget last year.
So far from seizing opportunity, the Conservative response is a reflection that this is the realisation of a problem the Conservatives had foreseen. It, once again, shows that Conservative thinking is ahead of the Government's.
28 August 2007
Has Cameron forced the media to end Brown's honeymoon?
Following on from that "Anarchy in the UK" seems to have hit home - and quite rightly so. The Government's lacklustre response to Rhys Jones' murder deserves to be ridiculed; yet another amnesty, this time organised in a way that gives Government backing to any thought that the police are not to be trusted; that'll work then. David Cameron is right, the way to tackle the problems faced in some of our inner cities is at the home and at school. In particular by returning to an age where parents take legal responsibility for the actions of their children. If a child is taken to court for a crime that has taken place when they should be at home and in bed, then the parents should receive the same punishment (especially if it is some sort of Community service). But that hard-hiting solution cannot ignore the fact that some parents need intervention because they do not have the knowledge of how to parent properly without support.
Over the weekend the Telegraph linked the current problems faced by our armed forces in Iraq to the relative financial starvation of the MoD by Gordon Brown when he was Chancellor, and quite rightly so. This could be the start of Gordon Brown's financial mismanagement coming home to roost, it is certainly something the media should be doing more of. Hopefully, David Cameron's recent effective work means we will see more and more of this.
It is especially heartening that the Conservatives are now relaunching their campaign for a referendum on the EU Treaty (for "treaty" read "constitution") - this should also put Brown under more pressure.
29 July 2007
Graham Brady wants the best of both worlds
Today he has criticised David Cameron for not appealing to those very voters his grammar school ethos turns off the most.
It disappoints me to see a Conservative MP wanting to have his cake and eat it in this way, we are much, much better than this.
Conservatives set to fund private EU referendum?
Not only is it something that might capture the imagination, it would be a step towards David Cameron reinforcing his credentials as an EU sceptic; it might also help to shore up support from some of the dissafected grass roots.
26 July 2007
Some Conservative idiots
Yes, the by-elections were disappointing, but these reflected the "Brown bounce" that has been evident in the polls. My own view is that the bounce will be short-lived and the Conservatives will be back ahead in the polls soon, and Brown's popularity will plummet.
I cannot see what a change in Leader will achieve for the Party now, apart from to plummet it into a massive crisis and make us totally unelectable. Of course those people doing the stirring are probably putting their own ambitions ahead of the best interests of the Party and its hard-working grass roots. Idiots.
28 May 2007
Graham Brady MP to be sacked?
Having a system where every MP of a particular party is expected to toe the line is not in the best interests of anyone; a party full of clones would lose its appeal and would undermine politics - it is one of the reasons why I find it difficult to respect all the New Labour stooges who vote in support of the Labour leadership when their vote is totally against the principles they stood for as an MP (and in some cases totally contrary to a manifesto they campaigned for).
However, I think it is reasonable to expect that a Shadow Cabinet Minister should toe the line and respect the policies put forward. You would expect him to argue his particular case in the right arena (such as within the cabinet), and if he has a real conscientious objection to policy, to resign and make his case from the backbenches. United leadership is just as important as allowing some rebellion amongst party ranks.
So should Graham Brady be sacked. I am in two minds; it depends on whether this is one of many issues where he has undermined the leadership, and I am not in a position to judge. He should certainly have had his runes read to him.
08 May 2007
There is such a thing as Society
17 April 2007
Vote of No Confidence in Gordon Brown
11 March 2007
Osborne has got it right on Airline taxes
The Conservatives have pledged that their duty will hit frequent fliers, not one-off trips; they have pledged to tax individual flights based on emissions so that cleaner airlines pay less taxes; they have also pledged to reduce other taxes to compensate for this increase.
It is strange that very few of the commentators are choosing to look at it from this perspective. Moreover, none of them are choosing to say that this policy addresses every singe criticism that was levelled at Gordon Brown following the introduction of his flat rate tax.
This is *good* conservative policy, nothing more, nothing less.
09 March 2007
Margaret Hodge on Question Time Every Week Please
The pompous, rude and smug attitude of Margaret Hodge and the dignified and measured responses of Alan Duncan are surely a perfect simile for the difference in stature between New Labour and the Conservatives and the moment?
Patrick Mercer - The right decision, but a shame
I just cannot see how anyone can stand up and suggest that the sort of racist language he described was acceptable.