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Tony Sharp
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This is terribly sad news, but tempered with a very fitting tribute from Simon underlining the outstanding contribution John Gouriet made to The Freedom Association and his tireless campaign for TFA's principles of a free society. My sincere sympathies to John's family and friends who will be missing such a wonderful man.
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A 'denier' sets the record straight I admit it. I've tried to brush it off but I can't any longer. I'm fed up of being called a 'climate change denier'. There. It's a bit thin skinned of me but I've... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2009 at THE FREEDOM ASSOCIATION
You are absolutely right Roger and this morning on the Today programme it was more of the same. I doubt I was the only person to see the irony of the climate change narrative being presented as an inviolable truth, then moments later listening as two men with opposing views on the wisdom of quantative easing had a vigorous debate on the issue. As you rightly point out, there are thousands of internationally recognised scientists who question the AGW/CO2 hypothesis. How hard could it be for the BBC to invite one to give the opposing view in response to the comments emerging from Aquila? The fact that BBC editors consciously exclude the views of those outside the 'consensus'. This is conclusive proof that the BBC refuses to let people hear the other viewpoint and that it has a set and partial editorial line concerning its coverage of the climate change topic. Or to put it another way, it is exactly what you describe - propaganda.
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And that makes the bar chart above accurate in what way?
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Instead of dragging Mrinal Patel into court and trying to criminalise her, Harrow Council should have been asking itself why it has presided over an educational system that has allowed attainment in so many of its schools to fall so far behind those at Pinner Park First School - and how it the standards and attainment in all its schools can be improved. The current orthodoxy in education is failing our children and will harm the competitiveness of this country. It has resulted in a lack of choice, a rationing of places and an unacceptable levelling downwards of educational standards. Only by freeing schools from government control and letting parents choose where they send their children, will standards be driven upwards for ALL children. Parental choice is right. It should be encouraged and supported and upheld in law, not be a crime. Only a liberated system will start to repair the wreckage of our education system. Choice will force schools to improve if they want to continue operating.
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Your argument is quite laughable when the faux outrage from LibDem Voice was followed by the same old Liberal deception exercise in Norwich North. Let's be clear about this, the Lib Dems do this deliberately and have done for years. Your attempts to play the man instead of the ball will not wash. As John Moss says above, whatever happened to: "This is what I believe, so vote for me"?
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Until people come forward to become a Councillor as an end in itself, rather than as a stepping stone to Parliamentary selection, these kind of things will happen. Being a Councillor should be a rewarding and challenging opportunity to serve the community. People who want to be MPs should steer clear if their only aim is treating the role as an apprenticeship. We need people in local government who are willing to shake things up. There is a mentality shared by too many councillors that sees them constantly defer to the judgement of Officers. I have seen some appalling decisions passed because the Officers are treated as superior to the decision makers and are seen as beyond scrutiny. Officers are there to execute policy and Councillors are there to make policy. Some elected members are so out of touch with the role of a Councillor that I was even castigated by one fellow Member for 'trying to make the council a political place' - all because a recommendation before us flew in the face of a basic conservative principle and I challenged it. Yes, Councillors should listen to advice. But they should remember the interests of the people they serve and the platform they stood on to win election. We need people with confidence and vision who will evaluate and question recommendations and make governance decisions not on the basis of what is convenient for Officers, but on the basis of what voters want. There are a number of excellent Councillors out there who fight tooth and nail to carry out the wishes of the people who elected them. But they all eventually encounter the central government stitch up that prevents political decision making straying from the wishes of Whitehall. That is why I walked away. I wanted to make a difference, not play charades.
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I am sure the apology will be accepted with good grace. However the distribution of that email raises a number of questions which have not been answered: * Who instructed the intern to carry out the piece of work in question? * What was the brief? * What approvals process was in place to review and sign off copy drafted by the intern? * What policy was in place to control the external distribution of content? Quite how the original email can be considered a mistake, when its content, tone and objective was so unequivocal, is a mystery. I understand the desire of Campaign for Better Transport to sweep this under the carpet and draw a line under the matter. But sadly I feel the responses from Ms Taylor and Mr Joseph still leave the impression that what we saw was the careless exposure of a viewpoint that possibly permeates the organisation. Should an organisation with such viewpoints, or such lax procedures, continue to receive taxpayers' money? Somehow I think not.
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Ah, David Amess. I was at school with his nephew.
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I disagree. Nazi was the abbreviation for the National Socialists. The BNP by their very policies and constitution are national socialists. The label is appropriate.
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What part of ducking the issue is "I want us to limit the number of people coming to Britain"? Tell us Iain, what was wrong with the manifesto pledge on immigration in 2005? Where have the Conservatives failed to engage on immigration, even when Labour supporters howled "racists" at us for advocating migration controls. Perhaps you are forgetting that the Conservatives have not been in government since 1997. Apart from the pledges made to clamp down on immigration, just what else is the party supposed to have done? What Cameron has said about the BNP is spot on. Note, he was not talking about people who may have voted for them in protest against Labour, but the BNP leadership and membership.
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Absolutely right. Far too much of what local councils are doing these days is as a result of central government policy. Pressure is then applied by officers who are only interested in carrying out the wishes of the department that can give them a bigger slice of the taxpayers' pie. When we experience real localism and central government is put back in its box, local communities will have power over schools being opened or closed.
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That is a lie. Labour's policies that you are referring to concern economic migrants, not settled British citizens who would be targeted for 'voluntary repatriation' in a BNP controlled government. Are you being deliberately disingenuous, or just ignorant of the BNP's agenda?
Toggle Commented May 25, 2009 on An honest BNP leaflet at CentreRight
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Forget the election broadcast. Like their election literature, it is interesting for the information they choose to omit. Now go and read their constitution concerning their views on British people of black and Asian ethnicity and plans for 'voluntary repatriation'.
Toggle Commented May 25, 2009 on An honest BNP leaflet at CentreRight
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And you base that assertion on what, precisely? I look forward to your supporting evidence.
Toggle Commented May 25, 2009 on An honest BNP leaflet at CentreRight
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No Rod, the sickening part is BNP language such as 'reclaiming the nation for the indigenous population'. What that means in practice is repatriation for non whites. Controlling immigration is absolutely right and proper. Telling people, who have made this country their home perfectly legally and contributed to this country, that they are not welcome and should leave, is appalling.
Toggle Commented May 25, 2009 on An honest BNP leaflet at CentreRight
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I think what we will see is the anger subsiding and giving way to straight forward scorn. Only today in the supermarket the man in front of me at the till, upon seeing the size of his shopping bill, said "Tch, if I was an MP I could have got this on expenses". That said it all. The anger may decline, but there is clearly no respect for MPs. They have no one to blame but themselves.
Toggle Commented May 23, 2009 on Are we close to a turning point? at thetorydiary
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I recommend that you read "The Plan" which Hannan co-authored, then you will understand why he made the case he did.
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The only thing that will get us out of the EU is a majority of British voters making clear in a referendum that this country wants to run its own affairs. The question is which of the mainstream parties will eventually break out of the consensus and promise a referendum on continued EU membership. It seems to me the political class is determined not to offer it because they know the result will show an independent and sovereign Britain that trades with its neighbours but makes all of its own laws and regulations is the preferred relationship.
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Not so sure of that Sally, you will be a tiny band in the wider Conservative world too. But at least you will remain on side with the leadership of the party if not the overwhelming majority of the grassroots.
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You certainly may, Simon! Tim will be a wonderful addition to the growing list of people who recognise the negatives of EU membership outweigh the positives. Seeing as you brought it up, the beauty of "The Plan" is that it proposes the radical reforms necessary to make our national Parliament fit to govern again, when we are finally able to take back powers from Brussels/Strasbourg.
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Tim, I am delighted to see a principled person such as you signing up to the campaign. The people of this country must be given the opportunity to decide the direction this country takes. The sooner a full debate and a referendum on EU membership takes place, the better.
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I think decency dictates that the party should remove the whip to demonstrate it will not accept such behaviour among its representatives.
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I am sure many people will be pleased David Cameron has shown leadership by insisting Sir Peter Viggers stands down at the next election or loses the whip. But I think the whip should be withdrawn now regardless. A 'duck island' is completely inexcusable. In the spirit of EJ Thribb I have written a poem to mark the forthcoming end of his Parliamentary career... http://tonysharp.blogspot.com/2009/05/career-obituary-poem-sir-peter-viggers.html
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The allowances are certainly made public in my neck of the woods, as they should be. But clearly in some councils the allowance is more like a salary, with the sums involved far exceeding the cost of serving residents. For my part, I drew my allowance and that paid for the cost of letters, phone calls, travel to and from meetings and surgeries etc. The only other item I claimed for was the IT allowance so I had a computer for emails and access to the council's system. Sadly some of my colleagues chose to submit expenses for mileage and other spending that I feel should have been covered by the allowance. Now that I have stepped down after two years I am paying back 50% of the IT allowance so I do not benefit at the expense of the taxpayer. What Harry has hit upon is the amount spent on training and "development" of councillors. Too many of these sessions add little value in terms of ensuring councillors serve their wards effectively. I would imagine FOI requests to ask how much each council has spent on such sessions - and what the sessions were for - will throw up some interesting results.
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