Monthly Archives: January 2009

Tony Benn Takes on the BBC

Well done Tony Benn for taking on the BBC. I think it’s an absolute disgrace that the BBC are not showing the DEC appeal.

We are talking about a humanitarian crisis, politics should not even come into this!!!

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Change is Coming

Like many I was glued to the television watching the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of America. This was a turning point in American politics with the election of their first black president. Beyond this however, and the reason I believe he struck such a cord with the electorate, is that he represents change. A change from the tired Bush administration,

Over here, Gordon Brown has lost it, the electorate are no longer listening to him knowing he has no idea of what to do with the economy. He built his reputation as chancellor but even that has been proved to have been totally wrong. The economy was built on debt and the greed of a nation, including the greed of a chancellor who was desperate to be PM. David Cameron represents change as well, this time a change from a very tired Labour administration.

Kevin Bonavia seemed delighted on his blog that Obama “refused to surrender essential human rights in fighting the danger from terrorism”. He goes on to say:

“For those around the world (including a few deluded individuals in this country) who wish to attack our open and free society, the answer is not to take away some of all our basic rights – that only concedes a power to the terrorist that he does not deserve. Instead our defence of human rights should be the example and hope for the many millions who are denied them around the world.”

One wonders who the deluded individuals Kevin is referring to? Perhaps the Prime Minister or Home Secretary Jacqui Smith. It is after all, his own Government who are trying to introduce ID cards. It was also the Labour Government who attempted to bring in legislation to detain individuals for 42 days without trial. It is the Labour Government attacking our open and free society, but hopefully not for much longer, because the winds of change are sweeping in from America.

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Burdett on ‘Cameron on Cameron’

I have just finished reading ‘Cameron on Cameron’ by Dylan Jones editor of the mens GQ Magazine. Dylan Jones is not we are told a ‘Cameron apologist’, or ‘even a real Tory’. Jones spends a year with Cameron and speaks with him every two weeks. I enjoyed the read – I felt like I got to know David Cameron, in a way that I didn’t before. Because Dylan asks specific questions about issues such as ‘Europe’ our prisons, his thoughts on the education system you get to read Cameron’s opinions and hear about what Conservatism means to him.

I particularly like Cameron’s emphasis upon the ‘family’ and the community. I feel that Cameron is striking the right cord. I have been brought up in a secure family unit which has given me the opportunity to achieve and not forgetting the vital support the family unit provides.

It is quite evident that Cameron sees the Conservatives as being social reformers in the same way Thatcher advocated economic reform. This is summed up by Cameron in the following quote.

‘The big picture is explaining to people that real change is not delivered by government on its own, it’s delivered by everyone playing their part in a responsible society. So individuals, families, businesses, everyone playing their part in dealing with the problems we have. Just as Margaret Thatcher mended the broken economy in the 1980s, so we want to mend Britain’s broken society’.

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Jacqui Smith Was Right!

As hard as it is to believe this, but I, as a Conservative wish to say how right Jacqui Smith can be. Back at the end of August, the Home Secretary suggested that the recession would lead to an increase in crime. Well today, Jacqui Smith has been proved right after the Labour Government launched their new employment policy, stolen just months after it was unveiled by Shadow Chancellor, George Osborne.

As Guido Fawkes reports though, not all of the Government will be happy. Job’s(worth) Minister Tony McNulty slammed the plan,  to give businesses £2,500 for taking on those unemployed for six months or more, when it was launched by the Conservatives, describing it as “desperate stuff” and “complete fantasy”. Chris Grayling, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary had this to say in response to the policy launch;

“We have been arguing for the Government to pay subsidies to employers who take on people who are out of work. We therefore welcome today’s announcement”.

I also welcome the policy as anything that will encourage businesses to employ more people is a good thing, especially when day after day we hear of more redundancies.

By May 2010 the Conservative Party will be able to implement their own policies, rather than simply being the Government by proxy as is the case at present.

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Labour’s Debt Crisis

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Dad’s Nose. Mum’s Eyes. Gordon Brown’s Debt

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Prince Charming

I have just heard the news about Prince Harry’s remarks whilst at an airport waiting to fly out to Afghanistan. Although this was an offensive remark, does it really warrant the level of press coverage it has received? Even David Cameron thought it worth commenting upon. I think we are forgetting that this remark was made three years ago! It was also the first news item on ITV news even before the Israel/Palestine conflict.

People forget that he is a young bloke and young people make mistakes. Why is it that we get so upset when Royals don’t act as we think they should? They are looked upon as being set apart, but the fact remains he is no different to the rest of us.

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More is Less

Police maps in Southend have revealed that ‘Robberies are on the rise’ , with 40 per cent more robberies being committed in the area. Police are now targeting the town centre areas in peak times.  But, what I would like to see is simply more bobbies on the beat!

Ask any resident and I am sure they would agree that there need to be more police patrolling our neighbourhoods.  Instead we rely on cheep policing in the form of Special constables.  Statistics show that Southend is a relatively safe town, but it’s not statistics we’re interested in and neither are the people who have been burgled .

The Government are prepared to spend money on ID cards, which arguably won’t bring any more security to our streets.  I would like to see them put this money into our police force, take away the bureaucracy and make their job easier to do.

With our country in a recession we’re likely to see a rise in crime figures including  burglary and bringing more police officers to our neighbourhoods could go some way to stopping crime.

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The Real Victims

Whatever your views or stand point on the Israeli/Palestinian war one should be mindful of whom the victims really are.   There will be no winners in this situation, it will not lead to a better life for either the Palestinian or Israeli people only more bitterness.  These bombings and rockets will only exacerbate the situation and lead to the radicalisation of a new generation of Muslim youths.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu goes as far as to say “It is a blight not only on the Middle East, but on the entire world – and particularly world leaders who have consistently failed the people of Palestine and Israel over the past 60 years.

We have a situation where injured people are trapped in their homes unable to get to a hospital.  Doctors cannot get to a hospital to work.  There is also no electricity or water.  The Palestinian people are told to leave their homes as they will be attacked, but where do these Palestinian people go to?

I sincerely hope that a peace deal can be agreed soon for the sake of both Israel and Palestine.

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