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Philip Lardner
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Thank you Steve, your ideas re: the future in Scotland may be correct, but I for one will be sad. It's the members' Party as much as any clique in control, and I am still - despite everything - a member. Best wishes, Philip p.s. I am rather hogging this thread so will now cease posting (applause all round...)
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Sorry if it sounds that way Jack, but perhaps it's because I was suspended from my job as a teacher for 3 months in direct response to the 'deselection' and have had my career and reputation severely damaged as a result. What worries me most is the effect such opportunistic and malicious action on the part of our Prime Minister will have on the perception of teachers and other workers that they cannot express their opinions without risk of being sacked: "If this can happen to a candidate in a democratic election, what about the rest of us?" might well be the feeling. Still, Dave's poor judgement is now legendary - just ask our WWII Battle of Britain war heroes, the Israelis, the Pakistanis, etc., etc.... Perhaps it's not just me?
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Sally, I'm sorry if that's how you took it to read, but my argument is that the low polling, falling membership and increasing irrelevance to those who only one or two generations ago would not have considered voting for anyone other than the Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party, is due to years of ignoring the grassroots. If they are no longer conservative why would conservatives support them? My 'deselection' did have an influence (albeit a small one) both before and after the election in Scottish as well as UK terms, and if there was anyone honest or brave enough in the Tory Party they would admit to the hundreds of emails and letters they received on the subject. Daveward Heath's knee-jerk cowardice has had a significant effect on social conservatives, I can assure you.
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Difference was, regardless of what some in the audience thought, we WON every 1980s election by a country mile. cf May 2010: abject failure to capitalise on Labour's destruction of the UK in almost every sense, and a hung parliament. Oh, well done Daveward Heath, aren't you great!
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Great article Martin - you very accurately describe the disenchanted and disappointed mood amongst Christians which is shared by very many non-Christian 'common-sense' socially conservative voters and Tory party members/activists. Just to clarify though, although the Scottish Tory Chairman meekly acquiesced to the orders to 'deselect' me as the candidate in North Ayrshire and Arran, the decision was made personally by 'Call Me Dave' and his London team (actually the Party acted ultra vires in their opportunistic rush...watch this space). Press release came from London too, not Edinburgh. Scots Tory members are great people, but the grassroots are continually ignored by fourth-raters in the hierarchy who are completely out of touch - Scots in general are 'small c' conservatives. Now you know why the latest poll puts the Scots Tories on 10-13% and likely to fall further...
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A woman in North East England failed to tell the authorities her errant husband had returned to the family home, resulting in c.£40,000 over-claim for housing benefit, result: fraud conviction and 18 months in jail. What's the difference for an MP? These people have no shame. While the country suffers from the wasteful splurge of spending by the last bunch of incompetent and corrupt fools, we now have to suffer their disgusting hypocrisy. Cameron rapidly turning into Edward Heath. If history is a guide, friends of LibDems had better buy their labradors a bullet-proof vest...
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I completely agree with you on the point of low earners Richard. Without being chippy, I grew up in a council house and attended state schools (admittedly I couldn't have asked for a better upbringing in many ways, though!) so I can relate to the seemingly natural (if often misplaced) antipathy to the Party amongst lower earners, and especially in Scotland!
Toggle Commented Jul 25, 2010 on US conservatives warm to Cameron at international
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There are still many great, honourable, sincere and hard working people in the Conservative Party - arguably the single greatest force for good this country has seen. I was referring to Cameron's clique - I'm still a member and a supporter and it is still the Party of the members, despite 'Dave' and his cronies thinking it is their personal vehicle for self-advancement. The vast majority of Tory members do not share Dave and Nick's (nightmare) vision.
Toggle Commented Jul 23, 2010 on US conservatives warm to Cameron at international
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Yes Lindsay, that's why the policy of brainwashing us into accepting we are incapable of going it alone (either personally or as a Nation) requires that our history be re-written, our National heroes sidelined, and our Christian heritage destroyed - to be replaced by... the 'Big Society'?
Toggle Commented Jul 23, 2010 on US conservatives warm to Cameron at international
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In actual fact the LEFT did win - politics has been dragged so far to the left in Britain that Cameron's clique running the once conservative Tory Party are very far to the left - especially in social policy - in real terms (i.e. compared with 20 years ago) and so what THEY claim to be the centre ground is actually what constitutes a virtual revolution in terms of this country with that period. By continuing with those policies rather than reversing them, Cameron is showing what he truly is - a trendy leftie deceiving conservatives with double-speak, and the very heir to Blair he wanted to be. Goodness me, he's even trying to re-write history to convince us we didn't even fight the war ourselves - some patriot, Churchill must be spinning in his grave!!
Toggle Commented Jul 23, 2010 on US conservatives warm to Cameron at international
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US Republicans should surely take note that Cameron LOST an election which was there for the taking; gaining only 3% on an historically low previous result for the Tories. When will people stop pretending Cameron won? He LOST, and more importantly conservatism (with a small 'c') has been completely abandoned by Cameron who is more left wing than Labour have been in the past 13 years on social policy, tax, and many other areas including the marginalisation and harassment of Christians - hardly a model for US Republicans. Sorry, but on 6th May the Left won the UK election, NOT the right.
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Very well put, Steve Foley-Old Style Tory. I'm afraid I'm for tenets and principles too! In the long run they always win out over shallow opportunism.
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No worries John, no need to 'yawn' at anyone who disagrees with you - we couldn't care less. Your views, like mine and everyone else here, are simply views; they needn't be derided as 'cop outs' or yawned at. I'm off to help a neighbour with my ladders - THAT'S BIG SOCIETY!! We can't pay for a gardener to come in and trim our Wisteria and claim it on expenses like 'Call me Dave', we just get on with it like the average British male and Daily Mail reader! 'Dave', take note...
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John, you ask, "Ok, if Cameron isn't a Conservative, what is he?" Like most people, I find it very difficult to answer that question, but (as I said very deliberately with a small 'c') he is clearly not a conservative.
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John, you ask, "Ok, if Cameron isn't a Conservative, what is he?" Like most people, I find it very difficult to answer that question, but (as I said with a small 'c') he is clearly not a conservative.
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The point here is not Huhne's morals but the fact that he deliberately and knowingly portrayed a false image of himself during the campaign for brazen self-advantage and opportunism, and used his wife as a vehicle for his own vanity then dropped her like a stone a month after he no longer needed her for his career. Is that the kind of person we want making decisions for our country and our children's futures? The crimes here is HYPOCRISY and DECEIT. 'Dave' promised us a new kind of politics, but the Con-LibDem project is drowning in bucketfuls of sleaze already. For 'Dave' to describe expenses-fiddler David Laws as a good and honorable man is beyond the pale. How can our Prime Minister target benefit fraud by the poorest in our society when he defends and seeks to justify expenses fraud by a reputed multi-millionaire MP? More hypocrisy? Cameron plainly prefers hypocrites, liars and thieves in his Government to Christians, so we will no doubt reap the dreadful consequences in due course. May God help us!
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How about a sixth reason - our Party hierarchy are NOT conservative in any recognisable way and the Daily Mail's "attacks" are simply reflecting the frustrations and feelings of betrayal of their readers and the country in general. We LOST the election because we abandoned our grassroots and British common-sense. Events since the election have proved the Daily Mail right to doubt project Dave and Nick. It was, sadly entirely forseeable. New best pal Nick just gives Dave another excuse to keep hiding from us Tories the simple fact that he is not a conservative at all.
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'Support for Mr Huhne came from blogger Iain Dale. His affair, Iain blogged, does not change the fact that he is "one of the most talented LibDems in the Commons." ' Oh, what a surprise... Ian Dale is hardly the defender of the family, and is also a lickspittle of the Con-LibDem axis. This is would appear to suit Mr Dale's entire anti-conservative (small 'c') agenda. The crucial point here is not Mr Huhne's morals, but his deceit - knowingly and cynically portraying an image to the electorate (and his wife) which he knew to be entirely false and opportunistic. It is the HYPOCRISY which makes his position untenable in David Cameron's government - 'Dave' promised us a new kind of honorable politics and what do we get? Slease by the bucketful! David Cameron said of expenses fiddler David Laws, "I know you are a good and honorable man" - may God truly help us!
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Lord Tebbit is indeed more of a man than 'Call me Dave' will ever be. He is witheringly weak and devoid of any principles. One enquiry exonerated the soldiers, another condemns them - surely the truth lies somewhere in between. How can we simply dismiss the findings of the first enquiry held when memories were fresh, but accept without question the second one - 30 years after the event and after 'conditioning' of witnesses by IRA/Sinn Feinn to get their stories right? Unless, of course, the whole point of the new enquiry was to come up with this answer from the beginning? The re-writing of history - the Cameroons are just like the Blairites. Britishness gets dragged through the mud and unfairly demonised again - look at how much influence Dave's telephone call had on Obama and his treatment of BP - 'squat', as the Yanks might say.
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Kipling summed up the sell-out of Ulster far better in his poem Ulster, 1912: http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/ulster-1912/ "Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of inquity and the act of violence is in their hands." -- Isaiah lix. 6. How prophetic of Kipling to preface his poem with a quote from the Bible which sums up how the 'brave' IRA 'men' shooting over the heads of 'civil rights' protesters were the cause of the deaths, not any recklessness on the part of young Paratroopers. James Noughtie on Radio 4's Today programme set the BBC's biased tone this morning. Will 'Call me Dave' stand up and be counted and dismiss calls for prosecutions? How about an inquiry into Warrenpoint - maybe Sinn Feinn would be worried how many 'respectable' politicians might be implicated? The Paras deserve our support. Red on, Green on, Go - Utrinque Paratus!
Toggle Commented Jun 15, 2010 on Tommy at CentreRight
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Tim, what on earth are you thinking about? If you are intending to continue this train of thought through a series of articles on other goood and deserving Tories, all you will do is arm our opponents with some wonderful new metaphorical sticks to beat us with. Is this your Theresa May moment? Remmeber, it was Dave's favourite who coined and popularised the phrase, 'the Nasty Party'. When she made that speech you could almost hear the journos thinking, "Oh, that's a good one, 'The Tories are the Nasty Party', thanks Theresa..." Theresa May personally destroyed the brand of 'Conservativism' through her cack-handed attempt to reposition the Party. We have still not escaped the trap she dropped us in. Tim, please do not make this a series of new names for the Labour Party to call our top people. (I still say 'our' as I will always remain a Conservative even if Dave and Co. have given up, sold their souls and become Totalitarian Lefties) Philip Lardner, former Candidate for North Ayrshire and Arran.
Toggle Commented May 27, 2010 on (1) William Hague is Basil Fawlty at thetorydiary
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I am a Tory Parliamentary Candidate myself, and there is an important principle here which goes to the heart of the matter regarding the type of people we want in our Parliament to defend our Country and people. I don't know about the full facts of this case and wouldn't comment directly upon them anyway, but the principle is quite clear - if someone can lie to their wife/husband/children while having an affair behind their spouse's back, they are simply unfit to be an MP. Why? Because if they can repeatedly lie day after day to the father/mother of their children (and often the children themselves) over something so fundamental as this, then they can and will lie, cheat, and betray anything and everything when it suits them. Everyone and anyone can make a one-off mistake and seek forgiveness and repent once they admit and apologise for it - no one is perfect - but an ongoing affair is entirely different. Similarly, Police Officers and lawyers should be subject to the same principle, as they have to have their word of honour relied upon in Court to make the whole legal system dependable. If they can lie to wife/husband, then what's a little lie about someone they may well consider to be guilty or otherwise unworthy of justice anyway? We want and need honesty in Parliament and public life. If you don't want to live up to that principle, then don't come forward. I wouldn't want someone representing me who could lie to and cheat upon their family, whom they promised before God to love, cherish and respect. Remember the Party's new mantra? Broken Britain? How do we think it got broken in the first place - surely by tolerating and excusing such behaviour?
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2009 on SW Norfolk's referral is a disgrace at CentreRight
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Well said Roger, too many people have too much face (and money, vested interests, etc.) to admit Stern and the Warming Nutters have ALREADY been proved statistically wrong, let alone in a hundred years. No sea level rises have occurred at all in the last 50 years, although sea levels have of course always fluctuated on earth, and quite severely too, long before Land Rovers roamed the earth! Back to the economic and infrastructural dark ages with Brown, Stern and the current loonies running our country!
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Aug 16, 2009
Once again Dan Hannan speaks nothing but common sense and unarguable truth. He's right - we're stuck with the NHS now we have it, and the USA will simply be swapping one set of problems with another if it goes down the same route. Neither system is perfect. We should of course keep the system we have, but Dan also hit the nail on the head - we have too many administrators, quangos and "advisers/outside management consultants" and not enough Doctors trained in the UK. Dan, please keep up your work as one of our few thinking and honest politicians!
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