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But what and when was the Conservative Home moment of 2010? Something palpably changed not in a single post or thread but in a sense of disillusion in the core mission of the Party. You can sense it in the unequivocal language that Tim chooses to use: ‘the most stupid political decision for a very, very long time’ Then there is the soul searching as to the meaning and purpose of the Party as the Patrician do-gooding wing dominates from the left of centre, the essence of Cameron, driven not just by necessary compromise but by permanent realignment with a Liberal dose of contempt. I sensed the shift during the conference season. Who said what, where and when? Conservative Home is playing to a more than receptive audience so when was the moment in 2011 that the cheering stopped?
Toggle Commented Dec 27, 2010 on Moment of 2010 at thetorydiary
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It intrigues me that we have a political system expressed as nuance and subtlety where shades of grey differentiate voter choice. Where coalition by necessary compromise is lauded as an expression of national consensus and yet, when the above issue rears its many heads, we are asked to deal in absolutes. Why use the word ‘hate’? It tends to close down any useful discussion if any alternative approach is rendered morally unacceptable by the choice of language imposed. Paul’s curative mechanisms and criteria for selection presuppose ‘hatred’ from the get go and, necessarily, reduce any ambition to closed down discussion solutions rather than understanding the wider problem. The problem. Instead of hate, can we just say that some of us are a bit uncomfortable, a smidge suspicious, a little bit worried about Islam? Not absolutely hating Islam in all its forms? There is previous for this. Violence and veneers of religion. Not exactly novel in human experience? The expression of that religious violence has, through history, been driven by absolutes and all that I am asking is why define our current experience and appeal for solutions in terms of absolutes?
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In my very local paper for local people, amidst the letters bemoaning dog poop and woeful Christmas lights there was an expansive letter from a reader about the country being rather pathetically rubbish. Oh, and how did this PoundStretcher go ever on about prisoners with votes, compensated terrorists and burning poppies? His ignorance was palpable and not once did he mention empowerment, localism or deign to display the merest morsel of political sophistication. I, myself, I, me, have a degree in politics and can wax most poetically about political reality, globalisation and such whilst pushing my trolley ‘round Waitrose. Hurrah for us! And those like us.
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I hope that I can see where Cameron is going with this given that the present and future context for hard measurement, economic well being, is not overly good. Soft measurements, indications of relative happiness, provide opportunity to quantify differently. When economic prosperity is a Dodo proclaim the government’s added value by changing the values especially where meaningful quantification is illusory. The worry is that Cameron may actually believe that this Division of Joy is applicable.
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Having taken a few days off subsequent to the trots (not the well heeled students called Tarquin scrawling f##k p#g on police vans tendency but the virus variety) I return to see little change here. Not for the worse anyway. Other than Henry M slipping off into Gillian McKeith territory. And for the first time in my life I want Man. United to win. Happy days.
Toggle Commented Nov 24, 2010 on Five days of moderation at thetorydiary
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Whilst drawing parallels. ConHome has much lamented the demise of mass participation in the party system and specifically the extraordinary decline in membership during Cameron’s watch. This lament has wallowed in the centralisation, Excel databased incompetence, lack of added value from membership and indifference from all directions grass roots up and treetops down. Conclusions include a step change in the nature of political participation with pointers at t’web, social transformation and participatory models. Would it not, therefore, be peculiar for ConHome, a new media participatory model, to dump on its participants? Agreed, there is a considerable amount of piffle, repetition and brawling antagonism here but also some truffles if you know how to look. We are adults. Is moderation necessary? We scan and sift routinely in our working lives learning what to ignore and where to focus.
Toggle Commented Nov 19, 2010 on All comments are now moderated at thetorydiary
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'Enough! Enough of this! What good is it my complaining about these things when no-one cares? You all consider it quaint and amusing that anyone would think these things important. So you listen with interest, you enjoy my prose and feel clever if you follow my logic, but you do not act.' Enough, enough, already. Grown ups scan, they don’t read word for word and even more so in the age of information. Three extensive posts without a coherent narrative other than that achievable in three paragraphs is pure self-indulgence and is a waste both of your effort and our time. The argument in as much as it can be deduced, begins from an assumption of necessity, state religion, then reduces to the absurd whilst way marking with a series of provocative asides. And, you know? It all seems a bit needy and look at me. If you want to go off on one and do a King Lear in a hurricane then keep it to yourself. Or do what we do. Shout at the telly, down a 75cl of Grouse and mumble, buy a punchbag, dance naked in the garden with a firework up your arse. Anything but this.
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You don’t need a camera. Look in the mirror, John, and there you have it. Not just you personally although I am sure that you are quite splendid: But the fact of us. The human race is generally a bit rubbish but nevertheless the progression from bubbling sludge spewing into the infinite void to, even, Polly Toynbee is pretty damn impressive.
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There is a piece in the Theocratic Deconstructionalist Echo & Gazette today about this very subject. ‘Structures & Monophallic Symbolism’. Christianity and Islam as expressed through architecture. The former celebrates patriarchal oppression by glorifying the phallus, Salisbury cathedral spire, for example, being bigger, better and higher. The latter evidenced as the mosque and in stark contrast domed, rounded and matriarchal as in the fecund mother. Pregnant and breast-like even with a little pointy bit on the top. Any views?
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It would seem not. But I can still be abusive, patronising and dismissive of Christianity because it is but the Conservative party at prayer repressing the masses with opiates etc. Which was probably sort of the point that Melanchthon was eventually getting around to (I stuck with the reasoning but it’s a bit like being taken to the cinema on the high street via every side road, one way street, dead end and back alley before remembering that the film had started). That is. Christianity has become so vilified by the correct thinking intellectual elite that we may as well buy into the only god-bothering variant that is beyond reproach: Islam (see the PDF chap for more such bollockery).
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1801. Umm. Still feeling the love but can I say rude things about the prophet yet and do some Danish pictures yet?
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That's it. 1800 GMT.
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One minute to go and counting.
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Aside from the Apprentice style ‘Germinator’ branding issues of Big Society/Big Brother/Big Issue, a bigger issue is the inherent contradiction of the concept. It is top down. The direction is from the state instructing behavioural change (usual caveat, however well intentioned). The intended end product is good old empowerment at a local level but the contradiction is that the state drives the vision, means and direction. Big Society? Ask us what we want it to look like, how we would achieve it and what resources we would need to secure in order to achieve our goal. Don’t bloody well tell us.
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Resident Leftie you are losing your touch. You used to tread softly then do an IDS in the gonads only when it mattered. Sin. Seven deadlies. The Toynbees and Bells and the inexorably superior have the perfect niche: Pride. Superbia. Hubris. A desire to be more important or attractive than others, failing to acknowledge the good work of others, and excessive love of self (especially holding self out of proper position toward God). The deadliest of all. Although I have harboured the desire for sexual congress with my neighbour’s wife but not his cow.
Toggle Commented Nov 12, 2010 on The Guardian versus the poor at thetorydiary
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To be fair, and it’s all about relative fairness now in the Age of Cuts, why should the childless pay for universal free education for our children? Because it serves the common good to have educated citizens adding value to the general economy plus all sorts of other hard won values (you mentioned 11.11). Do graduates add to the common good? Apparently they generate more income for themselves but they also add, consequently, more value, greater taxation, more employment, competitive national advantage? Should graduates feel guilty/grateful? To be fair. Why should England subsidise Scotland with free tertiary education? Is it fair that English students in a freely moving European economy should be excluded on the basis of nationality?
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The BBC has already led the way. Have I Got News and Never Mind already recognise that the anchor is unnecessary and both progs have proven that any gibbering eedjit can front the show. Today’s the day: Why bung leatherface Humpties half a million and massage his self-import by exporting him on jollies to China? Nockerty has seen better days and really needs to retire to the his socialist McTopia and Evan ‘Dobbie the House Elf’ would be much happier sticking to Dragon’s Den and looking confused. Any hospital radio jock could time the pips and it is not as if Justin Webb has to judge how long he has available to talk over the intro to Yes Sir I Can Boogie by Baccara is it? Guest presenters, please. Paid at an hourly rate and subject to the public vote. Apart from Sarah because she is fragrant and has a pleasing laugh.
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That's my sort of thinking! Do you want to join The Bovril Party?
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Silly Henry, everybody knows that wars are won on the playing fields of Eton, it’s just that David had a sick note. Or was playing bowls with Boris on the Plymouth Hoe (not in an African-American sense, well David at least). Anyways. Lots of references both cryptic and explicit on ConHome about the need for English Tea. Those of us that are up for it need to improve on the name as Tea is really about us lot getting a kicking in the colonies. Has anything significant ever happened in Boston, Lincolnshire? Big on potatoes and tulips, I think, but no beverages that come to mind. Can we go with The Bovril Party? Almost Marmite But A Bit Different! Like our former party, one either loves or hates the Marmite Tories but Bovril delivers meaty extract not just beer byproduct! Actually, this needs further work.
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Hello Mark, ‘Self evidently, and empirically, prevention is better than cure.’ Me tinks that we are growing tired of being told the self-evident and empirical bit. We know that Afghanistan is about Western forces in situ ready for developments around the Pakistan/Iran neighbourhood. Not much, self-evidently, to do with terror and even less with democracy. The former activity had shifted to the Yemen and thereabouts yonks ago and the latter, empirically, depends upon nation building over centuries from the feudal to the vaguely enlightened. If we are in the business of selling democracy with a gloss of altruism qualified with self-interest then we are selling to the wrong market. And more or less what everyone else said. Wake up and smell the Tea.
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To be fair to University of East Anglia, the countryside thereabouts is depressingly depressed. No hills or bumpy bits on the horizon to inspire the soul and reach for higher things so the learned profs could be forgiven for making stuff up. Tom Sharpe based his Wilt series upon the halfwits of the flat earth Polys in the Fens suggesting that the local academics have a history of comedy value. In the spirit of Sharpe, not to annoy the moderators, I tend to read Climatic Research as Climactic Research. The UEA in the eternal search for the elusive G spot and they’ll prove it exists regardless of the truth and the deployment of hockey sticks or otherwise.
Toggle Commented Oct 31, 2010 on Who are the deniers now? at CentreRight
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Having been a consultant and having experienced the wonders of external input intervention I am pleased to confirm, that in the private sector at least, consultancy is often used to meet external standards but that the primary function is hiding. External measures include tickboxing your diversity educmacation compliance and assorted Stealth and Wastey legislation. Once a consultantcy intervention has signed off the fact that your people know that it is naughty to call people, and especially one another, ginger rodents or Kosovan domestic cleansers then all is fine and dandy. Hiding. Dealing with change, or in other wordspeak, binning people and/or introducing new working patterns that inconvenience those that like fifteen hour night shifts, second jobs and commuting to London fire stations from the Faroe Islands. When the BMWs arrive in the car park and dark suited mid term career failures start poking around in your stuff and/or attempt to be your bezzie mate you can safely conclude that your management is abdicating and something really sh#t is about to happen.
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And Sarah Palin. I need more recruits a wire loose of a full circuit diagram.
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I have formed my own beverage related party which I may call the Earl Grey Party or maybe Darjeeling Second Flush Margaret's Hope* but I haven’t quite decided yet. Any road up. Tea. Now, in line with the Big Society thingy I would like to receive funding in order to do the lower cost social provision thing like that local mosque received from the Labour people. Apparently 'We need a few more high profile groups to form successful social cooperatives' and it being 'Mosque, Church, WI or British Legion or a plethora of charity matters not.' Does the Darjeeling Second Flush Margaret's Hope Tea Party qualify? Our agenda includes local platoons forming into regional battalions and national battle groups in order to overthrow the state? Or maybe not. *This is a genuine tea BTW.
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A concerned reader writes: Dear Laughing Labour Boy, Please do not drive your motor car today and remain in bed listening to the wireless. Saturday nights can be fun but never underestimate the long term effects of hallucinogens.
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