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Cautious and accurate assessment Tim. You are right to be unsure. On education, I found myself nodding violently in agreement. Yet on everything else it just brought home to me all the reasons why thousands have left the party and why as many more are agonising about whether to stay. However, you are 100% correct about the lack of growth content. Ironic really considering that the conference began with Andrew Tyrie's CPS pamphlet. Our economic system requires radical and urgent reform, yet this speech makes me even more unsure that we have the "bus fare" for rocky economic journey ahead of us.
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If we wanted leadership, it sure as hell wasn't forthcoming by sound of Cameron's statement. Very disappointing and yet ANOTHER reason why coalition governments don't work. Like everything else that has happened since June 2010, the Conservative Party can't react in the way it should. Political paralysis, pure and simple.
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"Only when women in Burkhas wearing blue rosettes are knocking on doors in Leicester will we be certain of victory here." Let me tweak your argument... "Only when women in Burkhas answer the door to men wearing blue rosettes without a husband/son/father/male cousin watching over them will we be certain of victory here." I'll spell it out. I am a democrat, I believe in one person, one vote and I am interested in your life NOT the interpretation of it provided by some local elder who wields a block vote. I am a conservative and I am ideologically wedded to the power of the individual. As Malcolm Dunn recognises above there is more than a smidgeon of defeatism in the capitulation-fest that is Nicholas' article.
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If Roger congratulates the winner then I know the right man won.
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I am sorry but the "nation of the second chance" will never be a reality as long as uncontrolled and illegal immigration continues. A country that badly educates its own and then imports millions from outside its borders as a labour market quick fix is not the sort that gives second chances to those that have fallen off the rails.
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The unclear outcome of the 2010 General Election and the subsequent failure of this "blancmange in the national interest" has given birth to a scenario that only Ayn Rand could have come up with. Depressing.
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How ironic that it should be these two issues that are going to be our undoing, especially as we were forbidden to talk about them on the doorstep last Spring. As each day passes it is clear that my party is in government in name only. As Bill states, we are being led to edge of the cliff by the "sixth placers". This coalition is a betrayal of every person that voted Conservative last May and of those foot slogging activists who worked themselves into the ground to restore Conservative governance back to this dying country. A sorry state of affairs indeed.
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How utterly spineless and pathetic. Well done to Birmingham City Council I say. Birmingham and the West Midlands has the WORST unemployment in the UK and it needs the economic benefits HS2 will bring. The TPA, for so long a sensible group lobbying for responsible public spending now just opposes stuff to keep itself in the public eye. A change of leadership might help it refocus its objectives.
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Tim, thanks for this. I and scores of others would agree with what you have said. Ruth Lea has been a strong conservative voice in the economic sphere for years. Like you I hope she can be persuaded back. Last autumn I decided to take a few months out of activism, I was so utterly depressed by how Cameron was leading the party. He blew the biggest electoral open goal that was ever presented to a politician in this country and in government he's often showing the same poor judgement that prompted him to agree to a debate with the Lib Dems. At one stage I was on the verge of joining UKIP, but it was this website and your work in particular that stopped me from doing so. I am sure that I am not alone in thinking this way. However, the membership numbers are certainly a cause for concern. But with the recent appointments to No.10 and the continuing disdain Chairman Warsi has for the members I can only see this getting worse. The damage to the voluntary party will be on full display come the next Euros as many of us will sit on our hands. Only Roger Helmer and Dan Hannan are worth campaigning for. Depressing.
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I feel for our candidate, he was let down big time. He deserved better, especially as he performed so creditably in May. As far as Warsi is concerned, there remains a wide and permanent schism between her and the hard-working rank and file member. I have as much respect for her and her abilities as she does for me. NONE.
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Priti should be promoted to government. I have been extremely impressed by her in recent months. David Cameron take note.
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Sayeeda Warsi has been an absolute disaster and not just because of her Islam/Dinner Party gaffe. Now Priti Patel...there IS a talent for the future. Cameron...take note.
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Yet in Birmingham, a city with a Conservative Cabinet Member for Education, those wanting to open Free Schools are being deliberately thwarted by its LEA, said Cabinet Member and his NASUWT wife. After Harry Phibbs shone a spotlight on this last week in his Local Government column, this Birmingham Conservative is still waiting to see what Birmingham's Conservative Group is going to do about this state of affairs. As Adonis himself said last week when visiting the City, Birmingham's school system is a shambles. http://www.birminghammail.net/news/birmingham-news/2011/02/04/mayor-needed-to-boost-birmingham-says-lord-adonis-97319-28111249/ If any city in England needs Free Schools it is Birmingham.
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As a republican...nothing I hope. If people want a knees-up they should organise it themselves. After all that is what the Big Society is all about.
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Thanks for restating the case Tim. Sooner or later this issue will be the noose around a government's neck or if they are sensible they will view it as a perfect opportunity to agree a new democratic contract with the British people. Well done to the Express for its brilliant campaign.
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"Councillor Lawrence is the education lead because his fellow Conservatives on the council have chosen him" Rupert, that is not how the Leader of Birmingham City Council runs his vessel. Regrettably.
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I have absolutely no affection for her. She's done nothing to bring the party closer and more accountable to the membership and worst of all she's used her position in a mainstream political party to advance the cause of one particular segment of society...the one which she originates from. Calling people racists because of what they may (or may not) say over meat and two veg is unforgivable. I'll never trust her again.
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Too right we don't have the numbers. In fact here in Birmingham there are so few of us the party doesn't know who it is that voted for it. In fact, so small is the number of committed activists in the city the party can't even get around to us all to tell us that there is an event in the city. Activists are treated with less respect than a Premiership club's respect for its supporters and that is low. Those of us who do the hard graft are simply treated like serfs.
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Vomit inducing. No other response accurately describes this story.
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Time I think, for the constituency of West Belfast to send someone to Westminster who will actually represent them. Shame that they won't bother to grasp this opportunity and continue instead to play the game of the Sinn Fein/IRA bogeyman.
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Another excellent Graeme Archer article on CH.
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As ever, the BBC fails (deliberately) to report sensibly about politics. There are serious debates ongoing within the Conservative Party and as usual they choose to trivialise the subject they are reporting on. But there again if your objective is to extract the urine out the Tories for the benefit of your Left-wing chums then I suppose what they've done comes fairly naturally.
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This issue is really upsetting, even more so when I see Lefties wringing their hands about a problem they created. Several times on the BBC yesterday lone. To deny a deprived child a home with loving parents, brothers and sisters because of the colour of the applicant's or child's skin is pure evil. Evil that Labour has spread throughout Town Halls for decades.
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You encapsulate the mood amongst the mass numbers of doers and scrapers out in the country. The "we're all in it together" message has screwed the coalition good and proper.
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May I remind you that David Cameron failed to win the General Election for our party.
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