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General Election Endorsement 2010: Conservatives
General Election Endorsement 2014: Conservatives
For Britain's Sake Elect Cambel
The Conservative leadership election comes to a close very soon and while we would have liked to endorse Mr Calhoun he has sadly withdrawn. That means we must turn to the woman he endorsed. Mary Cambel has attempted, very admirably to provide a unifying platform for the Conservative Party to rally around, that is despite the noise caused by the controversies that have emerged during the whole leadership campaign. #BlueOnBlue didn't light up twitter for no reason after all.
Her two remaining competitors are certainly well intentioned and capable people, particularly Sir Jonathon Horncastle who hit upon some key issues with the EU as well as domestically. He has also provided an interesting series of policy ideas to MPs within the party that should he reach the final stage of the contest will endear him the many across the party. Despite this he lacks the willingness to really challenge the EU, beyond wanting to reach out to other governments, a strategy that will likely yield almost no substantial results.
Ms Carpenter is far too willing to pursue the worst excesses of Mr Cameron. While these views may have their place in the Conservative Party and in our political discourse overall, it is time for the Conservatives to go in a different direction. One which acknowledges the reality for many British people, that they want to have a say on their future and they want it soon. The prospect of having that say fades with Ms Carpenter and Sir Jonathon, who despite having their own critiques do not seem enthusiastic about taking on the Eurocrats that hold dominion over us.
Ms Cambel on the other hand has earned the endorsement of the only true eurosceptic in the contest and has committed to the best parts of the Coalition agreement. We wish she hadn't been cowed by the establishment on Grammar Schools, but as she grows into the role we remain assured she will face down the supine Liberal Democrats, who will fear annihilation more than coalition. She has committed to the reduction of non-EU migration, a decision that will protect our communities from the kind of rapid change and alienation that has been felt in many parts of the country.
With all this in mind, it simply must be Mary Cambel, otherwise Britain as we know and love it may forever be under the rule of Brussels and remain in limbo.
“Stalin: Stop sending people to kill me! We’ve already captured five of them, one with a bomb and another with a rifle… If you don’t stop sending killers, I’ll send one to Moscow, and I won’t have to send another” - Tito
What was the point?
After just hours of strikes, the Government has folded and offered the FBU everything that they wanted in their pensions dispute with the government.
We won't be the only people in the country thinking - what was the point? If these concessions were so simple to make and the government was so willing to make them, why have we wasted so much taxpayers money resisting them and why have we allowed a vital public service to go on strike?
More importantly, where has the Tory Party's backbone gone?
We all know how this ends. It starts with what seem like reasonable demands that the government concedes to; but the next thing you know the dead are going unburied and the rubbish uncollected. The Conservatives were the party that brought militant trade unions to heel and now they're conceding to them left right and center. And to a union that is so radically socialist that it isn't even affiliated to Ari Suchet's Labour Party.
For now the firefighters are back at work and feeling very proud of themselves, but the government will surely have to show more mettle when their weak will leads to the council workers, the nurses, or even the police walking out. When that happens, let's hoe the unions' new best bud Croft is busy talking to the press rather than in the negotiating room.
Revealed: Now Cardigan says he'll vote LIB DEM!
Alex Cardigan, the resident Welsh TINO ("Tory in Name Only") who was recently suspended for refusing to endorse the Conservatives in local elections appears prepared to go a step further - and vote for the LIB DEMS in the upcoming European elections in Wales.
The Mail spoke to several sources who said that they had it confirmed by senior Liberal Democrat officials who had tried to persuade the MP to go public unsuccessfully. It is unclear whether, now he is suspended, he might put that support on the record.
If he does, Mr. Cardigan would confirm our worst fears about him and fully justify Dylan Macmillan's swift action to suspend him. His constituents voted for him on a manifesto promising a referendum and reform of the broken EU behemoth. If he then turns around and turns his back on his party in the European election fight for their lives, and votes for a party that wants a federal Europe, he should hang up that blue rosette for good - or have it hung up for him.
Richard Littlejohn: Don’t let Budget disaster distract you from Coalition’s open door to immigration
The Budget has exposed the crude incompetence with which Ari Suchet and her pet Liberal Democrats will pursue their ideological fanaticism. But that isn’t even the biggest thing the Government is doing that should worry you. The next disaster is just around the corner – and it’s an amnesty for illegal immigrants.
The Home Secretary seems to prefer the term “undocumented”, but that is just fancy liberal talk for illegal. These are people that have subverted the laws of our country and even of the government’s beloved European Union to enter and work in this country illegally. Most of the time respectable employers don’t give them a second glance – leaving them unemployed, or in cash in hand jobs. The inevitable and regrettable result is that they more often than not become the criminals that terrorise our cities.
Juliet Manning seems to think the answer is to “document” these people – an amnesty. Nothing could be more dangerous for them or for our country. We don’t even know how many of these illegals there are – some estimates say there could be more than a million. That will be a million people who shouldn’t be here, who probably aren’t paying any tax, on the dole queue right away.
But the long-term consequences will be worse. Manning may as well be shoving a big projection on the white cliffs of Dover telling every Tom, Dick and Harry the world over that Britain’s borders are open. All you need to do is slip in, not leave then you’re meant to, wait a few years, and hey, presto! You’re a British citizen! Try the taxpayer funded healthcare and social security on your way in.
This isn’t hyperbole. Spain, Italy, other countries have all done this experiment. It has failed, just encouraging more and more illegal entries.
Manning of course is trying to pull at our heartstrings by appealing to some kind of Commonwealth fraternity. I am and will always be a Commonwealth man and proud of what Britain built from its Empire. But just because we colonised a third of the world doesn’t mean we should invite them to colonise Britain.
For once the Conservative Party has discovered some backbone and is opposing it. Backbench Labour MPs who have any spine or care for their working class constituents should do the same. If they don’t, this Budget will just be the tip of the iceberg for how wrong things could go for Britain.
Government bending to a vote on reform - why won’t they give us one on Europe?
If Dylan Macmillan has one thing going for him, it is that he’s shown real backbone and determination to hammer home his party’s vision of a more “active democracy.”
It was a vision articulated once by the Labour Party, which promised in its manifesto a referendum lock on major constitutional change. The pledge was included to satiate the eurosceptic minority on the backbenches and to reassure rebels like Bertie Wilson that voting reform could not be enacted on a whim.
The government abandoned that pledge almost immediately, and the anger their decision to try and force through the most radical reform of British politics for over a century without meaningful public consultation created has forced Ariadne Suchet against the wall.
Now, it seems likely that the government will accept calls for a referendum on at least some of the provisions of the Reform Bill.
It was always a bizarre and shortsighted tactic to attempt to ram the multifaceted reforms through in a single piece of legislation: a testament perhaps to the declining mental condition of the “slash and burn” method’s fiercest proponent, one Juliet Manning. But her more rational former colleagues are now beginning to see the light, and that light is shining a beacon on the fact that you cannot enact overwhelming constitutional change without the consent of the British people.
As this admission falls on exasperated ears amongst the political class, the Tories will do well to keep up the pressure and ask why such a referendum cannot be granted on leaving the EU.
Since the last referendum in 1975, huge swathes of authority and power have been ceded to the European Union without the approval of the people of the United Kingdom. When it became apparent that the European Constitution was to fail the test of public opinion, it was sneakily reincarnated as the Lisbon Treaty and hammered through without the people being awarded their chance to have a say.
The government claims that it is waiting for the opposition to put forward a plan for what EU exit might look like, but this is disingenuous at best. The Conservatives do not have at their behest the power of Whitehall to identify the way forwards: that is the responsibility of the coalition.
So the Express says: keep up the pressure, Dylan Macmillan, and force the government into a corner from which it cannot escape. If referendums are a valid means of approving constitutional change after all, then Labour and the Lib Dems must accept a referendum for the most prominent constitutional issue of all: the European Union.
Rt Hon. Juliet Manning MP, MSc (UCL)
MP for Luton South
Secretary of State for the Home Department
Minister for Defence
Lord High Chancellor