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When we are short of opiate analgesics in this country, why are we not buying up the opium crop and bringing it here for processing. this will get the farmers on our side in the short term, push up the price to the smugllers, and reduce the black market supply. Longer term, has any cost benefit analysis been carried out on drug use and the ways of supplying users to minimise the problems in society and to maximise the economic productivity of users?
Toggle Commented Aug 24, 2009 on The ‘forgotten’ war we must win at CentreRight
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Most of your posts I've agreed with with, Steve, but really, now your bum is right out of the window. I want somneone to represent me in Parliament who has a current understanding of the problems of running a business in the present climate, dealing ith the lunatic regulations that our civil service boilerplate when they come over from Brussels, not someone who has gone from school to university to being a local councillor to some non-job in the party or a quango and then become a ppc. I want someone who can understand the problems. Hence my post above suggesting that any MP who does not do at least 1000 hours work elsewhere in the private sector should not receive their MPs salary.
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Can I refer you to Enoch Powell's book, medicine and politics, in which he makes an excellent case for the minister to have no professional expertise in the department in which he serves.
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Surely then, Anne, there is a need to ensure that any Conservative government insists that elected members of local authorities only receive the expenses in return for original receipts or a statement by an employer that a certain amount has been deducted from the wages or salary for absence, which has led to a drop in net pay of £X, and we pay the amount on receipted expenses and the amount of £X, the net pay lost due to absence from work. ZaNu Lie Baah can't say we're having a go at them, becuase we would lose out disproportionately because so many more of our people are self-employed. And also to insist that all MPs who are not members of the cabinet should undertake at least 1000 hours of paid work outside of the public sector each year before being paid their MP's salary or allowances. If I were to be really nasty, I would ask that all MPs also have to work one week for the pay of the civil servants who do this sort of work, instead of their MPs salary, on the front line of a service like social security or Jobcentre Plus dealing with claimants, so that they can see what a pigs ear of a system the parties have created over the years. Unbfortunately, I can't see CMD agreeing with this one, more's the pity.
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On a this matter, Straw has just allowed a certain Mr. Biggs to leave prison on similar grounds and he was, either directly or indirectly, complicit in the death of a train driver in 1963.
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Ewan, you are absolutely right. Notice too that the references were all to Westminster politicians being friends to Lybia, not to Messrs Salmond and MacAskill in that light. The appeal would have broought to light matters that would have been embarassing for the Government, and as such would have possibly caused more problems, especially a "Not Guilty" or a "Not Proven" verdict which would have set Mr. Al-Megrahi free. this whole thing stinks "Mandlescum" all over it.
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There is a valid argument that we have too many MP's, especially from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. I'm not 100% sure that the best way to cull is to find 650 lamp posts and a roll of rope, but the way the present government is going, who knows what I'll be thinking soon. But the validity of the mayor's argument is still sound. Being a councillor should be a part-time, expenses on receipts only type of a job, not a career choice for an aspiring MP rather than doing a real wealth-creating job. The officers do the actual execution of the work. Councillors should set the agenda and measure the officers against the planned progress of the agenda. It worked before and the only reason that it doesn't work now is that too many people have their snouts in the trough, and will squeal with pain when their nice little earner gets stopped. And while we're at it, when we get a Conservative Government how about cutting the other nice little earner, the Quangos.
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Two points have not been fully addressed on this topic as yet: first, the BNP is a left wing party, as can easily been seen from the similarity of their policies with those of Labour, except on immigration and race; and second, in the last election in which a fascist party candidate had a chance of winning, the Birmingham Stechford bye-election won by Andrew MacKay on Woy Jenkins taking his turn at the Brussels trough as an EU Commissioner, the National Front voters had predominantly voted only for one party before, Labour. But then we should not expect a balanced story to come from the poison pen of someone who served in the government of Phoney B-Liar.
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I have been a Conservative since the 1960's and I still believe that the best place to live is the most marginal ward of a marginal borough in a marginal parliamentary constituency. This is mainly because each party will want to watch the others and squeal like stuck pigs when they see anything wrong in anything the other lot (or any of the other lots) does. Guido Fawkes does this to all politicians, irrespective of label. And to be fair to him, the behaviour of some of the Conservative politicians has made me cringe. There is also the fact that we have not really had an opposition since 1997. Under William Hague, IDS, Michael Howard and Call Me Dave, there has been no effective parliamentary opposition. Indeed, during the Liberal interregnum, Vince Cable was a more effective opposition single-handledly than the entire Conservative Parliamentary Party. Without the likes of Guido Fawkes, Ian Dale and others like them, MacCavity and his evil-spawning sidekicks would be having a free run.
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