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Gordon Brown without the style! He is just another apparatchik with little interest in the traditions or culture of the country. Like Blair he wants to remake the country in his own vacuous image. The meaningless nonsense of The Big Society" sums him up. Like Blair and Brown he thinks he can run everything from the centre. The chaos currently surrounding him took them 13 years to achieve. He will continue to concentrate on trivia until the Party wakes and stops him.
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Afghanistan mustn't be left to the generals"? Afghanistan and Libya mustn't be left to Cameron With him the army marches on broken promises!
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What a mess. He has already lowered the threshold on higher rate income tax and increased the number paying it. He now wants to take child benefit away. Aspiration and family values both abandoned in the name of fairness. Its looks like the national interest has turned into re-distribrution. That used to be called socialism! Same old Same old - Looks like newcon has replaced nulab!
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The cuts have been presented as a means of balancing the books rather than a process of reforming the state and thus society.At present it just looks like Labour minus a few percentage points on the total spend. There is still no attempt to explain how a Coalition Britain will look in five years time.Instead there is futile attemps to parse "fairness" and make it look like what has gone before. If there was still money available I am sure Cameron et al would find ways to spend it. eg the NHS and Overseas development. The coalition has let Labour off the hook since May by prolonging the process of identifying savings from 2011 onwards through to this October. The BBC and the rest of the public service have filled the vacuum. After all doesn't everyone acts in their own economic interest and there should be no surprise about what's happening. Was education really the legislative priority and if so why is Ofsted still muddying the waters? When is the cull of the quangos going to happen. The government does not speak with one voice. Cable is semi-detached and no doubt waiting for an opportunity along with Kennedy and Hughes to dump the coalition and string along with Labour.The mood music from Labour suggests that negotiations have already started. Is cutting defence while keeping the war going in Afghanistan sensible given MI5's advice today.Health, and welfare are where the big money is and everybody knows it. Time to get on with it!
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Work and Pensions send me WFA in November - HMRC demands the second payment on account two months later in January The tax and benefit system urgently needs reform and there is no sense in paying universal benefits to those that don't need them. Change is essential in order to provide hope of lower taxes in the future. Its time to review all the commitments made before May 2010,including the NHS and International Development. Otherwise politicians will continue to do what they do best - spending money we don't have on things we don't need!
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Tim are you surprised given your article below "The Conservatives need a long march through Britain's institutions 29 September 2009" which included "The Tories need a strategy for dealing with this problem or they'll find many of their endeavours blocked by ideological appointees." Difficult to deal with in coalition but unless changes are made at the centre of power the apparatchiks will continue to control the institutions and thus the agenda. As Norman Lamont said its about "being in office and not in power"
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The Cameron project is finished. He and his friends are essentially liberals and will always go along with the latest fads of the metropolitan elite. He said he was confortable with nulab Britain, hardly a recipe for change. Cameron has nothing to say on the disasters in Iraq and Afganistan (military victory sold out by political failure...nulab to the core). He will use the referendum as cover and go along with the treaty and the red lines. Brown has the security of the smaller parties willing to support a coalition at any price. Perhaps there is still time to bring in a new leader and put forward some of the ideas set out by John O'Sullivan. There doesn't seem much point in continuing to back a loser!
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At last some reality. Cameron is too much like Blair. He says he believe in everything worthy, caring and good. Unfortunately, he has left the impression he doesn't really believe in anything other than his right to office. He doesn't seem able to articulate a vision of a conservative Britain that is substantially different from what we have at the moment. Massive spending on public services hasn't delivered the improvements promised. However it will take at least five years to begin to sort out the mess. Perhaps he should copy nulab and agree to continue existing spending plans for at least two years after the GE. This would give him time to carry out a full review of health, education and welfare. Brown will try to frighten the electorate with scare stories about Tory cuts. He'll probably succeed if DC continues on the present course. He hasn't made the case for change. Its the vision thing!!!
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