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That there are so few comments on such an important subject at the 'home of the Conservative grassroots' should tell people all they need to know about the emasculated state of the party membership. The Conservative party will not deliver its promise to repatriate power from the EU and it will cravenly dodge any attempt to ask voters to give a democratic mandate for continued EU membership or withdrawal. Its members, usually so vocal on important matters, today sit in embarrassed silence as promise after promise is shown to have been broken. The illusion of power in Westminster matters more than doing the right thing by the people of this country. The Conservative party is led by a fraudulent hypocrite and cannot ever be trusted to honour its pledges. We were promised power would be devolved to the people. But EU membership - the critical state of affairs that influences nearly every aspect of this nation's governance - is kept off limits and completely invalidates the pledge Cameron had no intention of keeping to. He is all spin and empty rhetoric. He says what people want to hear but has no intention of delivering on it. If the EU is a subject that matters to you and you want Britain to be sovereign and to run its own affairs, it is time to accept voting Conservative is incompatible with your aims. Cameron and his circle are Europhile and are determined to remain loyal to Brussels, not the British people. The Conservative party is no longer conservative. It is time for a new political force to represent the vacant centre right, one that not only talks the talk on democracy but walks the walk too. One that believes in genuine equality and meritocracy. One that will reject the nannying 'nudge' mentality and actively reduce the scope and power of the state so individuals can realise greater personal freedom. One that restores the representative nature of politics and eradicates the this self serving elective dictatorship that refuses to honour its promises and treats the people of this country with contempt. It is time to put this rapidly declining faux conservative party out of its misery and provide a genuine alternative for conservative minded people to support. It is time for genuine conservatives to say 'no more', stop feeding the voracious cuckoo chick and establish a new nest that retains its integrity.
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Many thanks. It is a compliment to be likened to Richard's excellent blogging. I'm also very grateful for the link.
Toggle Commented Jan 19, 2011 on Lost in space! at DUFF & NONSENSE!
'Today Parliament has a chance to back amendments to the European Union Bill, and give the British people and Parliament the power to stand up to the EU.' With the greatest of respect, it does no such thing. If you believe it does you have either been badly misinformed or fallen for the fraud being perpetrated by David Cameron and William Hague. The European Union Bill will not empower Parliament beyond anything it can do today and it will not stop the transfer of any power from the UK to Brussels. The amendments will not have any effect on this export of sovereign power to the EU. The fact of the matter is the Referendum Lock is nothing but the worst kind of spin. I strongly recommend TFA members read this assessment of what is happening in order to understand the sheer scale of the scam that is being pulled off by Cameron and Hague. http://autonomousmind.wordpress.com/2011/01/11/cameron-is-a-liar-and-his-eu-bill-a-fraud/ It details just a few of the powers that have been handed to Brussels since the General Election and a raft of additional EU regulations being accepted by different departments that further reduce the scope of our own governance.
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Are you being deliberately disingenuous. This isn't about rich people spending their own money. Good luck to them. It's about rich people saying 'We're all in this together' when they are immune to the financial pain and the worry felt by people who are not fortunate enough to be wealthy. The attack is on the patronising statements of those who are doing very nicely thank you, claiming to be in the same boat as those who are going to suffer as a result of tax rises and price rises.
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Sorry Chris, you're quite right. Perhaps I should take more time when reading... I shall return to Mind Towers and reflect on my lack of speed reading prowess.
Allow me to juxtapose myself as St Vince of Cable and explain the position: 'I don't believe in what I am doing and I don't support the policy. But I do want to keep this rather attractive job and the trappings of power that come with it. Therefore I'm going to impose this policy on you but continue acting in my own interests at the same time. Power is more important than principle and besides, it doesn't affect me.' Seriously Chris, if you think this is a positive development in British politics you must have hit your head on something hard. De-personalising politics is one thing, eradicating what remains of principle inside this insipid political class is another. This cements the worst elements of managerialism in the political sphere just as we should be breaking free of it.
For what it's worth, in my comments I have often been scathing about the leadership, policies and the views of certain contributors to the site. However I have not had any comments removed or moderated out. Talk of censorship is a bit OTT. We all notice comments in threads that make you stop and think 'what on earth?' and screening those out will make the debate more focused.
Toggle Commented Nov 19, 2010 on All comments are now moderated at thetorydiary
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Imagine our shock. Perhaps you should describe yourself as a candid doppleganger for Mr Cameron.
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Off topic, but 21 SAS and 23 SAS are far from weekend warriors. Though part of the Territorial Army in name, in practice the reservists frequently step up in support of actions carried out by the regular 22 SAS and were ever present in Iraq and continue to operate in Afghanistan. Their time commitment in practice (rather than specified minimum) dramatically exceeds that of other TA units. The nature of their training is also significantly more advanced. I'm sure your opening comment was mere jest, but it's important that people recognise just how special 21 and 23 are. If only the government would recognise it...
Toggle Commented Nov 6, 2010 on The future of David Davis at thetorydiary
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'...we are no longer a great imperial power but a weak pathetic little country totally dependent on the goodwill of the leaders of mighty Germany, France, Belgium etc'. It's a state of mind. With a strong leader who puts this country first we would cease to be pathetic or weak. We need someone with a 'can do' attitude who has principles and convictions and stays the course by sticking to their stated agenda. We need someone who would have the strength of character to say 'no' to EU demands for more money; and who would be perfectly happy to refuse to be bound by the ECHR when its judgements are detrimental to the UK's interests. Cameron is a 'pragmatic' snake oil salesman whose position changes with the breeze and will never be strong or principled. Small wonder he keeps a genuine person like Davis at a distance.
Toggle Commented Nov 6, 2010 on The future of David Davis at thetorydiary
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What pragmatism? It's all a sham. Cut Cameron open and he is like a blue stick of rock with gold stars and the words 'What suits me' written through it.
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How long? Until the next election, I would say. There is no difference between the three main parties. Three colours, one stripe. The fact is they are all part of one political class with an identical mindset and the disagreements are rarely about anything substantive.
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Giving more to the EU and getting ever deeper entangled within it in no way equates to anything being undone, in a short time or otherwise. Your argument is only valid if we are somewhow slowly chipping away at the EU ediface. We are not. The EU is hammering away at ours and we are giving away more with each passing year. So how is that disingenuous?
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A 2.9% increase in the EU budget is not getting away with anything. It is a victory for the EU and a defeat for the hard pressed British taxpayer. The EU's budget will increase at a time our own public expenditure is being swollen, despite the moronic rhetoric of cuts. We will pay more than £435m extra to that overseas entity per annum and the UK government will spend £43bn more of our money by 2015. So much for a low tax economy that allows business to grow and flourish. The fatted calf is watching as the slaughterman's van pulls into the farmyard.
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Exactly Richard. But we are far more ill served by Cameron than he is by Hague.
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Come off it Mike. Slowly slowly catchy monkey is the modus operandii of the EU. It is how it chips away at us, reducing our sovereignty and taking more of our resources for its own use. It is how the EU blunts the anger people feel. Its patient incrementalism cons people like you into thinking an order to fork over £435m extra per year of our tax pounds is some kind of victory. Slowing the transfer of power and resources does not halt it. We are still giving away more and more. Denialists who agree with your argument are nothing more than the EU's useful idiots.
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It isn't a summit. Perhaps you might learn about these things before jumping in and displaying the sort of ignorance that underscores Cameron, Hague and the rest of the quisling inner circle.
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2010 on They'll call us Quislings at CentreRight
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Define a 'Eurorealist' Steve. Is it someone who runs up the white flag and accepts EU primacy over this country?
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2010 on They'll call us Quislings at CentreRight
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No. He is far far worse than Heath.
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2010 on They'll call us Quislings at CentreRight
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The Conservative party voted for a referendum knowing they were comfortably outgunned in the House. For Cameron it was nothing more than theatre. What steps has Cameron taken since entering Number 10 to reverse even a single EU law or regulation? None. That is the real measure of his supposed determination to put country before supranational ambitions. In fact, having voted for a referendum as a gesture, Cameron is now signing up to every idea emanating from Brussels as quickly as he can. By their actions...
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2010 on They'll call us Quislings at CentreRight
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It gives me no pleasure to be able to say 'I and many others told you so'. With each passing day Cameron's deceit becomes more evident and further vindicates my decision to resign as a councillor and leave the Conservative Party. Cameron is an unprincipled and self serving politician of the worst kind. Those Conservatives who hoped when in office he would reveal himself to be a Eurosceptic have had their delusions shattered. The simple truth is if you want the UK to be a sovereign nation that determines its own laws and regulations and is governed by elected representatives we can remove from office, then do not vote Conservative.
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2010 on They'll call us Quislings at CentreRight
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You're right not to have any confidence in this government's ability to protect this country from the boa constrictor that is the EU let alone restore our sovereignty. This government under David Cameron has no intention of doing either. The point made by Philip Davies should be a dagger to the heart of the deceitful behaviour of this Cameron led administration. But it won't be. The words will be ignored with the high handed arrogance that typifies Cameron and his cabal. They want to be play with the EU and what the public wants is irrelevant.
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So the argument here is that there must not be any compromise on 'fundamental Conservative principles' to hold the Coalition together if such a move threatens Britain's prosperity. Yet there is nothing but compromise and betrayal of 'fundamental conservative principles', whether to maintain the coalition or satisfy Cameron's real Europhile agenda, even when such moves threaten Britain's sovereignty. A sense of perspective might be helpful.
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Hear hear! Why David Cameron's unlikely to push hard next week to freeze or cut the EU budget... ...because despite letting people paint him as 'Eurosceptic' during his leadership election he is fervently Europhile and will always go along with what the EU wants. Next?
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