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John B
North West England
Career Commercial Radio/Music Management
Interests: music, radio, politics, cinema and theatre, sport and travel.
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I wonder how much of the media will even carry this story, now if it was someone from the Tory party you could bet on The Guardian, Daily Mirror and even The Independent making an issue of it. Then you would get all the left wing "luvvies" tweeting the story and expressing their disgust!
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This is a real own goal from Clarke, at least David Cameron was able to handle it a little better at PMQ's, but questions must be asked why we are getting it so wrong, weak on crime and attacking genuine invalidity/disabled claimants with extra unnecessary stress, people like Osborne, IDS, Clarke and Hunt need to life their game!
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Money can be saved on prisons, making life not as comfortable for inmates and earn their keep, we spend more daily on prisoners food than our soldiers out in the field. What deterrent is community service?
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Never did I think the Party I support and has always had such high values would become weak on crime and attack the disabled, or is it how Poor we are in communication. I see Conservative Friends spending more time on attacking Obama or Biden then being concerned about the problems in our own party! Wake up David Cameron and stop this rot or we will not last a full term in Power!
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Ross, I feel IDS has come over as cold when talking about benefit claimants and Osborne has been even to seem more critical. It is times like now when the media love to dig out every example of those that cheat the system that genuine claimants get more concerned and in fact stressed, I do not think either IDS or Osborne grasp this and it shocks me with how caring IDS was before we made it into office. TV showed an example of a lady last night in a wheelchair and who is seriously disabled being continually sent for medicals when it is evidently clear she will never improve, she stated clearly how worried she is about her future, why does this happen when so many get away with fraud for some many years. The whole system of medicals (this has even got worse since being put into private hands as they try to reach targets) and also the application forms system simply does not work! I know examples of respected specialists and consultants opinions being totally ignored with their assessments of claimants, this should never happen. I agree we have to tighten the waste of those who are not now due to claim, but we must show as a Party that we are going to support the genuine disabled and invalidity claimants and that they have no concerns while we are in Power. There are many more ways money can be saved than distressing the genuine sick.
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"he loves politics as a game" this is what concerns me, too many currently Osborne, IDS and Hunt are treating it more like a game and seem to open their mouths before connecting with their brain. I was impressed in the first few weeks with Osborne but since he and IDS have started there wrongful attacks on genuine invalidity/DLA claimants they seem like bulls in a china shop. They both need to slow down a little and consider a little more sensitivity.
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While I do not defend Jeremy Hunt, who I have previously admired and supported, I find the reaction from Andy Burnham as sickening as the first serious error by Hunt, I hope that Burnham stands down as a leadership contender when he chooses to stoop so low for political advantage.
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I fully agree BritishWatcher, the people of Turkey are getting very heated and that is dangerous. We must be seen now as being no longer the puppy of America we have got to lead the rest of the world and insist and if necessary lead the enforcement of the blockade being listed. Interesting how on the Mail website it has been suddenly invaded by supporters of The State of Israel, who sadly can't and will never see wrong in anything or everything Israel do. They site the footage released by Israel of the invasion of the ships, but they are not willing to accept that all cameras and mobile phones with video footage were confiscated immediately and then the satellite for international news media on the main vessel was completely destroyed, does this not seem as if they did not wish us to see the Truth, also why were international news media not allowed access to the port in Israel the vessels were brought into and again only footage Israel felt suitable was released? It is not a case of being anti Israeli, i have many Jewish good friends, it is being open minded and what is and has been going on for a long time by The State of Israel is wrong, including the continued developments.
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William Hague was again impressive but some cautious, the time is coming when the Worldwide Community must decide how long they can wait before the blockade id lifted even if this requires Naval Ships of UN Countries enforcing the lifting.
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Disappointed with America, it seemed President Obama would stand more firm with The State of Israel, but the way they demanded the condemnation should be watered down is weakness on their part seemingly afraid to stand up to Israel. The time must be close with all the many episodes of Israel taking the rule of law into their own hands that the International Community must now stand together and be firm with them!
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The blockade has got to stop or be handled by The United Nations. While I have many good Israeli friends who are very genuine, the constant actions of treating international law as a joke by The State of Israel causes me great concern. The problem in the past has not helped by the USA being so weak, they have been afraid to stand firm against acts of terrorism by Israel. Far too often Israel use the weak words of we must defend our people, but they then run riot themselves at the least attack on them. It is time for the Free World now to stand firm with The State of Israel and demand they follow International Law or they should not be allowed to be a member.
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Sad to see some of the comments! David Laws had much to offer in the coalition government, but he has made a serious error of judgement, especially after Nick Clegg stood there and attacked David Cameron with his holier than thou party claim. This should not stoop so low in debate to become about ones sex but a real error of judgement!
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Geoff, if you live in a perpetual dream world! we would have 400 seats! but most of us live in Reality. I liked William Hague as a leader but he did not cut it with the voters. Never have i not supported The Party because I do not like the leader, but that is how many seem to want to go on.
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I supported Bercow at the start but now it is clear he is not up to the job in hand and change is needed, I only Hope that new MP's will consider this matter seriously and elect a more authoritative Speaker of The House.
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Fabian, you want to ask the people who were offered by Labour and Gordon Brown the disgraceful old age pension increase. Then the ones who had tried to save with a pension fund see it robbed by Brown, not to say the selling of Our gold reserves so cheaply by Gordon again as if it was the Sale of The Century. Lets just wait until the independent audit is done and then come back and state we are not in a financial mess, will it reveal more LIES from Liebour. Its fine to list fine names but that means nothing to the man on the street, even Miliband just admitted in his leader launch speech how many people had lost faith in Labour in big numbers. Wake up and smell the coffee!
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Well I disagree with you Snake, perhaps your glasses need cleaning! David Cameron is a Conservative and I like to think I am as well, but not so right that I am not willing to consider others, poverty and what is best for the country first.
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How sad that you like Brown want to cling on with your finger nails as long as you can!
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Sadly Steve that seems to be the current attitude of the "facebook" world we live in, if people don't get there own way they want to protest and get there own way. I was a little like that when I was perhaps aged 2 or 3! I never agreed with Labour since Blair Lied to us to take us to war and with such as the selling of our gold reserves so cheaply, robbing our pension funds, the increase of 70p offered first to pensioners and more so the way petrol has increased in price, but what did I do I worked towards change. I would of course rather have seen a Conservative Government but that was not the end result, hoping and praying for the coalition to collapse in 6 months is just negative thinking, I don't know if it will work but I Hope it will for the sake of the country!
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I often see these figures quoted, though I have been posting here for a while I have never seen or voted in any poll??
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It is no wonder serious questions are being asked by both MP's and members of the Labour Party why Campbell and Mandelson were so in control in the last 24 hours, both men are so pompous. Murdock is no fan of mine and he is coming in from some stick from Labour now, but was this the case when Blair got into bed with him?
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If David Cameron has so lost control, and some minority in the party will always feel and keep saying this, then voters are seeing Clegg has Totally Lost Control! and it shows he is has no power and that it Old Grandees that are running the LibDems, so much for a new party. Rather than allow Labour to keep power we should be ready to move quickly to look at a minority government.
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Campbell is like Mandelson, vile and both nothing but bullies, like Boulton or not he is a journalist and his job is to ask questions.
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Nick Clegg is perhaps showing his real inexperience and he is not leading the party, would he ever be able to with LibDems. Clegg has now lost his integrity. Is it not time we showed a little more authority, yes it may look good to act cool, but should we seriously be considering to form a minority government quickly and then see if Clegg will bring us down. I am also getting tired of people telling us how PR works well in Europe, well we are not Europe and we do a lot of matters different and much better, yes political reform but not PR. Clegg could now end up with egg on his face, it seems now he has gone against his word and PR comes first.
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How sad are the ones in the Party who want to keep their heads in the sand, whatever David Cameron may say or do they will never agree with him. Failure and not being acceptable by the electorate was in three elections starting from 1997, that is fact. At this time as a Party we should unite to rule and show the people of the UK what we can do, let others bring us down and then go to the country again, but if we squabble as some only seem ever able to do that will never do us good.
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