D-Day for the Dems….

Hillary Clintons chances of getting the Democratic nomination get thinner by the day, however today may give her a much needed boost heading in to the home stretch of this farce of an ‘electoral’ process as the DNC meets to rectify the issue of Florida and Michigan. I personally believe it is unthinkable that the results of the Florida and Michigan ballots should not stand and am amazed that it requires this much rigmarole. In other words, by sanctioning the ignorant view that rules come before votes, the DNC would be ignoring the will of around 5 million people. Obama was on the ballot in Florida and he chose not to stand in Michigan, either way he lost decisively in both. Clinton deserves her delegates even if it doesn’t change the overall outcome. This whole situation is even more ridiculous when one takes in to account the fact that the Florida ballot date was moved forward by a republican legislature! So why should the Democrats be punished?

I now want to make a few comments about the nominating process itself. I believe there is rumour that the Clinton campaign is rightly drawing up a legal case to challenge the legitimacy of the entire Nomination Process. At the core of this is a furious attack on the caucus system. So far 34 states have held primaries and fifteen have held caucuses. Obama owes all his delegate lead to his victories in the caucuses (excluding them the Obama/Clinton split is just 1,373/1,353 or 1,447/1,466 including Florida – a spread of less than 0.1%).

As I have mentioned on countless occasions the system is deeply flawed and Obama’s ‘lead’ is hugely misleading. The caucuses are over-represented and undemocratic. Caucuses are not elections, they are small gatherings of activists, which reach a consensus on which candidate to support. It is not always known how many people take part in caucuses but more often that not the number is minute. Based on official figures and estimates around 1 million people voted in caucuses, 32.9 million have voted so far in Primaries. Clinton has consistently performed better in primaries and Obama in caucuses. Caucus voters make up 2.9% of the total yet account for 14% of pledged delegates….this for me is an interesting version of democracy.

I believe the whole nomination process has been an absolute farce and whilst it looks like Hillary Clinton will be the victim of this flawed system I certainly hope she is the last. It is interesting though that even with this farce of a system Barack Obama still only leads Clinton by around 3%. Hardly decisive. If the Democrats had an accurate and fair nomination process I’m sure the result would be decisive and tipped hugely in Clintons favour.The final point I shall make (for the final time) is that if Democracy, not maths, really counts for anything HILLARY CLINTON WILL BE THE NOMINEE!!!!!! I am saying this as someone who is more inclined to support the Republicans but who can easily see Hillary Clinton is the more appealing candidate even including McCain!

This election should be a straight run for the Democrats but an Obama candidacy would make it much more difficult. Hillary Clinton is the best candidate to beat John McCain. Her Primary victories in key big swing states including New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, California, Ohio and Massachussetts are indicators of this fact. The warped system the Democrats call the nomination process has produced flawed results, and the media campaign has been disgraceful. I was particularly amused to see that Rupert Murdoch has endorsed Obama, and if anyone really believes that this is a man ‘who desires change’ then think again! He has made a tactical decision, his papers including the New York Post have come out in support of him not because he is the stronger candidate but because he is the weaker candidate. 

Clinton leads in the big states, she leads in the primary results, she can win over Republicans and ultimately when ALL votes are counted she leads in the popular vote. She should be the nominee… but she wont be and the Democrats will rue the day and I’m sure it will be a feeling of deja-vu (the stolen election of 2000).  

The Most Powerful People in the UK…

Blair, Thatcher and the Queen all made the list

Despite handing over the position of Prime Minister to Gordon Brown almost a year ago, Tony Blair is still considered the most influential man in the UK, according to a new poll. In a survey of 1,000 business leaders, Mr Blair received 20% of the vote to find the nation’s most powerful people, closely followed by Mr Brown on 19%.

David Cameron came further down the list of the most influential men at fifth place, ranked after businessman Sir Richard Branson and News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch. The Queen was named the most influential woman in the UK with over 33% of the votes, followed by former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on 18% and Harry Potter author JK Rowling in third place with 11%.

What was surprising was that it was almost all of the political figures who featured highly, like Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher, are now retired from the roles they were known for. People do seem to get rose-tinted glasses after a while and perhaps Tony Blair is benefiting from that.

Freedom Week…

Do you want to learn about freedom?

Free student seminar at Sidney Sussex College from 7 to 11 July 2008

Freedom Week is an annual one week seminar for 30 UK students which takes place at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Renowned lecturers and professors teach the philosophical principles of a free society based on the free market and individual liberty (classical liberalism or libertarianism).

The one week format will give you the opportunity to build a network with fellow students, the lecturers and free market think tanks. The seminar is entirely free, paid for by private donations.

Are you interested in public affairs, the economy or philosophy? Then this seminar may be for you.

Apply now: http://www.freedomweek.org.uk

See you in Cambridge!

Guest blog from: The Freedom Week Team.

A Socialist view of New Labour

Admittedly this post is not my handywork due to the pressure of exams, however I think that it is a very interesting point of debate. Just what do Labour members or former Labour members really feel about their party? How do the socialists, the bedrock of old Labour support, feel about their former party. I was alerted to this post by a friend of mine who is incidently a socialist and it does make interesting reading. I look forward to any comments BULS or other readers wish to express regarding the views articulated in this blog.

“The knives are out for Gordon Brown. New Labour ministers are writhing around trying to explain their party’s deep unpopularity.Some blame Brown’s personality. Others suggest a cabinet reshuffle. Some even suggest that all was well until the day Tony Blair quit Downing Street. But the problem is not one of Gordon Brown or his personality. The problem is New Labour. Since the day New Labour was elected, it has pushed free market policies that have hit the very people the Labour Party has traditionally represented.

New Labour was elected in 1997 on a wave of revulsion against the Tories. Yet instead of acting on that anger, Blair and Brown took up where the Tories left off. The policies implemented by New Labour can be summed up in four words – private good, public bad. It has massively expanded privatisation in health, education, housing, the post and every other public service. Now Brown is demanding that public sector workers accept below-inflation wage deals – at the very time that the cost of living is soaring.

Then, to cap it all, Brown increased taxes on some of the poorest people in Britain. That one act symbolised what New Labour has become – a party geared towards making the rich richer and the poor poorer. Brown and Blair will go down in history as the Labour leaders who took Britain into the most unpopular war in its history. Millions see the connection between New Labour’s arrogance over Iraq and its blind pursuit of unbridled free market policies.Brown and his policies have paved the way for the return of the right. And neither Brown nor any of his possible replacements in New Labour offer a way to halt that advance.

Instead, we must look to all those who oppose war and privatisation, who are active in the unions or in resisting racism. We need to build from the bottom up to fight for an agenda which offers hope to those who have been deserted by Brown and whom the Tories can never represent. That means fighting now for a living wage, for council homes, against war and privatisation. And it means dumping not just Brown, but all the right wing policies at the heart of New Labour.”

The article can be found here

The United Knifedom

British society is on a knife edge, quite literally. Our streets are more often than not becoming the scenes of great violence and unimaginable tradgedy.  Sadly it is the blood of the young that stream in our streets and this weeks events only reinforce this opinion. Rob Knox, 18, was stabbed to death in a fight outside a bar in Sidcup and he now adds his name to an evergrowing list of young men and women who have met a gruesome and unneccessary end on the streets of London.

This knife culture must end. The desire for ‘Cool Britainnia’ has led us down the path of social chaos and the goverment adopted ‘nicey nicey’ approach has failed and continues to cost the lives of countless individuals. I believe a Conservative government should make our position on this matter clear: carry a knife… go to jail. For me there is no middle road on this issue and it is the deisre to look for the middle way that has led us to this situation.

There is absolutely no reason why a British citizen has the need to carry a knife. We do not live in a guerilla state and we are a society that is protected by and enforces the rule of law. We as a government in waiting need to explictly state our desire to stamp out the knife carrying culture immediately before it becomes an integral and irreversal part of the British social fabric.

Those who carry knives are common criminals, end of, and they should be dealt with as such. I believe that this policy could be tested in the Conservative controlled London Authority, which arguably is the capital and greatest victim of the knife culture. The success of the policy, and I am confident it will be a success, would serve as a benchmark for the rest of the country to follow.

No ordinary British citizen would believe that this is a bad idea. However I do understand that the practicalities of removing the knife culture from the city and the country is troublesome but not totally insurmountable. There can be no half hearted approach to this, like a cancer it needs to be excised with a potentially painful course of treatment for a greater good. Make it abundently clear that Londons streets are a knife free zone, should anyone be caught carrying a knife they should be dealt with by the appropriate authorities and the punishment should be in proportion to the crime. For persistant offenders (and by persistant I mean two or three not ten!) there is only one solution: jail time and rehabilitation regardless of age.

The nicey nicey approach has failed, knife crime is at an all time high, no matter how much Labour spin their figures, and I sincerely hope that the Conservative led administration of London can serve as a benchmark for the rest of the country. Tough justice is the only option for this type of crime. Come on Boris… lets see some Conservative conviction!

You’re not singing anymore . . .

There seems to be an eerie silence coming from our counterparts at BULS. At a time of new consensus, I am daring to break cover on a particular issue.

What is their reaction to the by election results, and to the continuing calls about Gordon Brown’s leadership? They were delighted about this time last year (I count at least 4 posts on the Ealing Southall by election).

At the time, I posted a staunch defence of David Cameron. As I believed he was still the best man for the job.

Last June, BULS graciously voted to back Gordon Brown for their leader (!)It is not pleasant when you lose a by election. However, their silence on his leadership and by election perhaps speaks volumes (interesting to note it has taken Cabinet colleagues three days to come out and support him, and then hardly in droves, say what you will about Blairites, they always defended their man).

Tom Marley outgoing chair of BULS posted on Thursday: the result of the Crewe by-election and what will be a critical juncture in the history of this Labour government . . . The actual result doesn’t matter.

A rather odd contradiction in itself, what do the new committee think? Or are they great ditherers also?

BUCF Reaction to By-Election

Admittedly I did not stay up to see the results from the By-election released live, however at roughly 9.30 this morning I recieved a jubilant phone call from the Vice Chair informing me of two things: one that he had just returned home from a rather enjoyable night (bravo that man!), and two the Tories had just thrashed, and no other word will do, THRASHED New Labour in Crewe. As the headline of the paper in the picture above shows, Labour had its majority wiped out… although I must say at least Camerons policies are better than his somewhat questionable choice in newspapers!

Back to the by-election…even in my wildest predictions I could not have imagined a Tory swing of 17% combined with a majority of near enough 8000, a result equal or just above that held by the late Gwyneth Dunwoody. The result as Cameron rightly states is ‘remarkable’ and is down to far more than a failing Labour party but more a representation of a renewed and resurgent Conservative party. Granted the Labour campaign in Crewe was abhorrent and a clear reminder of old party politics and the result was that the electorate dealt Labour a body blow which I’m sure they won’t forget for a while.

Edward Timpson showed typical courtesy in his acceptance speech praising the achievements and the service of Gwyneth Dunwoody whilst encouraging the residents of Crewe to look forward to the future with renewed optimism. As with the Local Election results the electorate have sent a clear message for Labour; you can’t rely on old scare tactics such as ‘A vote for the Tories is a vote for Thatcher’ you can’t use our ‘nasty past’ as a get out clause for your incompetence and you can’t expect that you can do what you like and people won’t vote Tory, which arguably was once the case.

The people can, will and are voting Tory as the result in Crewe showed with many thousands voting for us for the first time. The result of Labours incompetance is the first Conservative gain in a by-election since 1983 and the first from Labour since 1978. As Cameron and Praguetory have rightly said Labour’s campaign in Crewe was “backward and divisive”. Cameron went on to say that the result “in many ways was the end of New Labour”. I don’t believe currently that the latter remark is accurate, however if Labour don’t get their house in order quick sharp then it certainly will be. To conclude it is clear for all to see that the Tories have romped home in the Local Elections, Mayoral elections and now a by-election…for now theres only one missing and all our eyes should be on that final victory when ever Gordon gives us the chance to claim it.

Prague Tory: Crewe & Nantwich Post Mortem…

Sounds like good news is coming through from Crewe as expected. I’ll be do my celebrating in private – tomorrow evening for a start – so all I can offer here is some off-the-cuff analysis – hat-tip to my old friend Newmania.

What Does This Mean For The Tories?

First, let’s not over-react. The results were pretty much in line with the local election results in this seat. I couldn’t have scripted a more incompetent Labour campaign or picked a more graceless Labour candidate and yet we didn’t walk it. I know this may sound churlish, but we have yet to prove that we’re much cop at by-elections.

Labour Leadership

Gordon Brown has delivered ten years of growth, high employment, and low inflation. He has taken many many children out of poverty and encouraged a working population with the introduction of tax credits. Taxation has only increased marginally and he has been prepared to stand up for Britain and its values. That any government , buffeted by unforeseeable international problems created by Americans, and in its third term, should be unpopular is not his fault.

He has been implacable in his determination to lead this country through these choppy waters and has a personal moral authority unsullied by any involvement in the Blarite murk surrounding Party funding. He is good man and the British will come to see that in the secluded confessional of the voting booth.

As a Conservative I dread campaigning against this popular politician at the General Election. At a time when we should be pulling together behind our government let us all hope the labour party don’t do anything disruptive like removing him.

- That was Guest Post 2/2 from Prague Tory – BUCF Reaction Tomorrow

Prague Tory: Crewe & Nantwich Pre Mortem…

A Cynical Labour Campaign

We all know that the Labour campaign has been nasty and bigoted. Interestingly, amongst my Tory friends it’s noticeable that whilst posher friends are bemused/non-plussed with Labour tactics, Tories with working class roots are livid. But the campaign is more than nasty – it has been deeply cynical. Moving the writ before a funeral is bad enough, but when the hastily annointed successor is family of the deceased it feels like emotional blackmail. On the day of the funeral, the Conservative agents in Crewe agreed to Labour requests to a campaigning ceasefire – only to see Labour canvassers on the trail. That TKD felt comfortable attacking our candidate for being too posh and insufficiently local beggars belief. Wholly unrepentant about her murky campaign, she seems a deeply unpleasant and unattractive person.

The Others

The Lib Dems have been the electorate’s way of delivering bloody noses to the government at by-elections for as long as I can remember, but the proximity of today to the local elections (where they came a poor third) suggests that even they believe they can’t make it – and just like Clegg they’ve failed to make an impact. The Conservative candidate has remained calm under pressure and has done well to remain above the fray, but I hope he has some choice words if he wins. Some of his early literature was very good, but in the final week I’d have liked to see some local messages (e.g. 10 ways that Edward Timpson will stand up for Crewe) which would help secure more floating voters.

Predictions

An old stat that sticks in my mind is that 9 out of 10 motorists think they are better than average drivers. I think you’d find similar levels of self-delusion amongst political activists when it comes to making election procedures. Another feature of self-delusion is predicting the future too narrowly. Experience teaches us that the colleague who says that he’ll have everything ready for the meeting is often mistaken. And so it is with political punditry. Take a look at some of the predictions for the Crewe & Nantwich by-election on UK Polling report where a groupthink consensus has gathered around a Tory majority of 2,000 to 5,000. Therefore, I am going to predict that the result will be outside these ranges. What do you think?

This was Guest Post 1/2 from Praguetory and will be followed by an election ‘Post Mortem’

Senedd Suprise…

A giant tinplate portrait of Baroness Thatcher has divided politicians after it was unveiled at the home of the Welsh assembly in Cardiff. Her portrait hangs alongside Aneurin Bevan, founder of the NHS and hero of Wales. I am sure that there are many in Wales who have waited a long time to see the day that Thatcher hangs in the Senedd, but I’m sure this isn’t what they had in mind! I believe that this temporary work of art, because after all it is only there for three months, is an interesting representation of the history of Wales.

For good or bad, I shall let the readers decide, both Bevan and Thatcher helped redefine the life of the people of Wales and each one has played a massive part in their history therefore both rightly deserve their place in the Senedd. Having said this for diplomatic purposes I do not think it should be a perminant display. It is the National Assembly of the people of Wales and their sensitive views on this issue should be respected. To keep Thatcher in the Senedd would be like unveiling a statue of Aurthur Scargill in the Commons Lobby opposite Thatcher. It just wont wash and neither should it.

BUCF meets David Cameron

The new committee held its first event today by attending a policy launch with David Cameron in central Birmingham. Much to the delight of our more Thatcherite entourage, Cameron set out his plans for the economy and focused specifically on the government’s waste, public spending and tax policy. BUCF even had the pleasure of being able to ‘walk and talk’ with the Tory leader who gaves us some indication of what we can expect from a Tory government. He also gave us his thoughts on the party’s prospects in the Crewe by-election this coming Thursday which he claimed could be a great boost to the party’s fortunes. This event marked a new phase in the life of BUCF, the attendance was vast and politically diverse in keeping with the new committee’s ‘bridge the political divide’ stance. One of our esteemed BULS colleagues, who shall remain nameless, said of Cameron ‘Im a bit annoyed… he came across as a genuinely good guy’ All in all the event was a great success and the new committee is pleased to welcome a further 5 members in to the BUCF fold.

Pictures and Redbrick Article to follow…

A Message from the New Chairman…

First of all may I say a word of thanks to the outgoing Chairman. Theo, whether you admit it or not, you have done a good job as chairman of BUCF. You have actively involved yourself and our more committed members in the local and national arena with determination and vigour. This blog in particular has gone from strength to strength under your watch and the Conservative Home award for ‘Best Young Conservative Blog’ is a testament to the achievements of the out-going committee.

 

What I want to do as chairman of CF however is to build upon our success as a society whilst attempting to correct our mistakes. I want to reconnect with the members we seem to have scared off, as well as guaranteeing CF’s support for our local parliamentary candidates at this crucial time. This is the time when conservatives across the country are finding their voices after years in the ‘political wilderness’ and it is our job to ensure they succeed in ensuring a conservative occupies number 10 at the next election. As a party we have never been stronger, apart from under Thatcher naturally J and this is the time when Conservative future needs to take a front line role.

 

I know that the committee we have put together is of a common mind. Our main goal is to reinvigorate our membership and make them feel that a political society can be about more than just politics. We want to make BUCF a social as well as a political society and we believe that a membership that is comfortable with its committee and indeed with one another is of far more service to our party locally and nationally. This is a daunting task, and given the stresses of my impending dissertation, perhaps an unrealistic one. But I can, in the ever eloquent words of Gordon Brown, only promise to ‘do my utmost’ to serve the interests of our party and our members…the only difference is I actually mean it! So thank you for your support and I hope myself and the new committee will do it justice.

 

David Cameron

David Cameron will be in Birmingham this coming Monday and the majority of the new BUCF committee will be attending. We encourage all members to come along and get to know the new committee and have the oppourtunity to meet David Cameron and George Osbourne. Anyone interested is to RSVP to the Chair at:

bucfchair@hotmail.com

The final names will be sent to the organisers no later than mid-day tomorrow so don’t hesitate to get in touch!

The Chairman’s last-word…

From yesterday evening, Birmingham University Conservative Future elected in a new committee, this committee is chaired by Daniel O’Doherty who I am sure all of you who have read this blog more than once will be fully aware of.

I started my Chairmanship with a list of things I wanted to achieve; all of which were managed to an extent. My primary aim had been to increase membership, which we did achieve. On top of this we managed to put on a wide variety of successful events, run an award winning blog as well as sending delegates to conference and putting hundreds of hours into the local elections. It has been a good year for the Conservative party, that has been represented down at the CF level!

None of this would have been possible without the hard work of my committee, who I’d like thank for all their hard-work. It is important that I single out two members though, who were always there when I needed them. Ryan and Jimmy helped make this society what it is today, their help has been invaluable and has given me much needed support throughout the year, they have been great friends and a great asset to Conservative Future. The local Conservatives have also been a real help, particularly David Fazakerley who always went that extra mile to help our society and try and get us involved in local politics.
Lastly, a special thanks needs to go to Daniel Cowdrill, he has put his blood sweat and tears into BUCF, and has always been willing to get stuck in, no matter with what or when, I truly do appreciate all the help he has given CF and I wish him all the best in his graduation this year.

Jimmy and I will now be working at the Birmingham Solihull & Coventry area level of CF, but will still be very much around in Birmingham. I wish Daniel and BUCF the very best of luck and look forward to his exciting new ideas.

Goodbye!

This is my final post on the BUCF website as Editor. Last night we had the BUCF AGM, and a new committee has been elected, one of which I shall take no part in. I will let them write their own blog post introducing themselves later.

First an apology I have shamefully not kept the blog up to date over the last six weeks as much as I would have liked to, I was in London working on the Mayoral campaign, and this to say the least took quite a lot out of me, and since returning to Uni I have been behind on revision also.

I have though thoroughly enjoyed my time as Editor and being responsible for communications, I have learnt a great deal as well. I am delighted that the blog continues to do so well from winning awards to receiving at one point regularly over 600 readers a day, and although it is a cliche, I would like to thank you the readers and particularly commentators who inspire the debate that takes place on this website, since it began around 18 months ago, we have had over 1400 comments. I think this demonstrates that it has become one of the key forums for debate for all goings on at the University of Birmingham.

I would encourage all CFs around the country to start blogging, it is a great way to inform new members and the wider audiences about what you are doing, in my new role as Area Chairman for the West Midlands, I will be encouraging all branches to take it up  (I will use this blog in the future to outline my plans for Area Chair, once the exams are over!). We have been contacted in a huge variety of ways from radio companies, newspapers, television broadcasters and politicians, all this has led to a great experience of the media.

I like to think the blog is in a healthy state to continue forward into what for the party and this branch of CF should be an exciting couple of years in the build up to the closest fought election in two decades.

Best of luck to the new committee, I look forward to your injection of fresh ideas into the blog and reading your musings.

 

 

1000

This blog post, marks number 1000 since the website was set up 18 months ago, a very emotional day for all involved I can assure you!!

 

Down but not out…

On Thursday night at Zizi restaurant in the Mailbox we got on to the political question on everyones mind… when is Hillary going to concede or more importantly should she concede? The basic consensus was that Clinton had lost the nomination but should not concede the race just yet. I went a little further and at the risk of rattling Cowdrills cage I say now what I said then, Clinton should remain in the race until the bitter end. I shall briefly discuss my reasoning for this.

Firstly Obama’s lead is not so decisive that he was able to surpass the 2025 delegates needed to win the nomination outright. Thus in my opinion the superdelegates should ask themselves why? It is at this juncture that they should exercise a degree of autonomy, after all that is their intended purpose, to break a deadlock not to slavishhly endorse polls results. Forgive me for saying but the superdelegates know more about politics and the requirements of elections than your ‘average joe’ voter and should keep that in mind. 

I believe the superdelegates reluctance to flock to Obama is in part down to a fear of charges of elitism from those who voted for him which would inevitably emmerge if they backed Clinton. This allied with the fear of a fall-out from within the traditionally loyal black community makes them cautious. Further they have a realisation that Obama isn’t winning in the ‘right places’ such as the decisive swing states. They also have an acceptance that Clinton leads Obama in most national polls and maintain a desire to wait until the end of the race to see if Clinton can regain any momentum in terms of the popular vote.

Delegate math is tricky, electoral math isn’t, Clinton is taking the big states and the swing states that matter in a Presidential election. The latest poll in West Virginia, a decisive swing states, shows a massive lead for Clinton. She has a 43-point advantage over Obama, 66 percent to 23 percent, according to a new survey from the American Research Group. This poll was conducted after Obama’s victory in North Carolina.

To add to this Kentucky polls don’t make much better reading for Obama with the most recent survey suggesting Clinton is ahead 62-28, a 34 point margin. This I believe would tip the popular vote firmly in Clintons favour giving weight to her claim she is the voters choice. I believe commanding victories in states such as Kentucky should ensure Clinton carries on right until the end. However I believe that the issue of Michigan and Florida has to be resolved. Contrary to popular opinion NEITHER candidate campaigned in Florida of Michigan, however after the Clinton victory she did travel to thank Floridians.

For me it is inconceiveable that the votes of over 5,163,271 people should be discounted for a stupid technicality this issue is bureaucracy gone bonkers if you ask me. When all the points raised about and more are considered, coupled with the fact that even Conservative commentators such as Rush Limbaugh concede Clinton would be the stronger candidate to face McCain and thus have endorsed Obama, Clinton should be the Democratic nominee.

Final Farewell to Dunwoody

 

The funeral of Veteran Labour MP Gwyneth Dunwoody took place yesterday at St Margarets Church in Westminster. Dunwoody was renowned for her decency and the courtesy she extended to everyone, regardless of their political affiliations. She was a great parliamentarian and the world of politics turned out to bid her a fond farewell. David Cameron, Nick Clegg and an array of top figures from all the political parties attended, apart from one… Gordon Brown.

Trouble with the Telegraph…

After reading the Telegraph this morning, horror of horrors, I found an article that deeply disturbed and greatly irritated me. At first I believed it was some kind of prank, but realising April fools day had passed it dawned on me that the author of this ridiculous piece actually believed in what he was writing. The opinion section contained the article “Austria is defined by its nasty secrets”. This initially intrigued me but as I read on I found it way off course and in parts blatantly racist and abhorrent.

The article basically went on to claim that Austria was a land of misery and death and that Austrians are a suicidal, Nazi loving and ‘distorted’ people. Having been to Austria myself I can express my view that few countries are as beautiful and few people as friendly and hospitable. Sadly each nation is characterised by a certain few cancerous individuals and wrongly it is often the case that this minority of people come to stereotype a nation. People such as Fritzl and Hitler are being viewed by some as ‘Mr Austria’ and the embodiment of all that Austrians stand for. This is tosh.

However the award for one of the worst lines ever written has to go to the author of this piece, Nigel Jones, when he claimed… ‘Fritzl’s latest plea that he actually saved his children/grandchildren from the wicked world’s contamination by locking them in a dark dungeon for decades may even be the truth – as he sees it. He could actually believe this grotesque distortion. He is, after all, an Austrian.’ No Nigel… he is INSANE.

EU Immigration Policy

People wanting to enter the EU

After a good swim and a lot of wine with my housemate Fabio we got on to discussing immigration. we concluded that we thing the national level strategies currently in place by the European governments are now not suitable to securing our boarders and managing populations.

As we all know within the EU all citizens are at liberty to move freely and work freely. In essence with specific regard to boarders we have no internal ones. Therefore in regard to asylum seekers and refugees we should be treating the EU boarders as an entry point, not the national ones.

This would result in a system where all applications for entry to the EU would be considered at immigration centres on the boarders of the political union. Then all peoples seeking entry to any European country would be processed via these centres. Any persons who had by their ingenuity managed to get say to Britain, without being processed, would be immediately sent to the nearest centre.

The ideology here perhaps deviates a little from the conservatives party’s and even my own as my previous blogs on Europe are euro sceptic but we have immigration laws in Europe which make it more logical to treat the EU as on state, with one immigration and boarder policy. These centres would be funded by the EU nation states, and would be held to account by them. For this to work properly perhaps we need to open up the EU to proper democratic accountability. The centres would also reduce massively the cost of immigration to the national state, as it would be far more efficient to do all the processing and legal wrangling in one place. It would also end the ridiculous made dash for Britain at Calais and the armada of boats Italy has to deal with from Africa.

The national level approach has not worked, and now is the time that we properly defended and regulated EU boarders and we can do this properly together. A co-ordinated and united EU approach to immigration would be a better option than the idiosyncratic one we have now. I fear however that any sane and efficient policy would be impossible to get through EU paperwork.

Tories Triumph

The Conservative party have trounced New Labour with a series of spectacular results across the country. No matter how Labour try to spin it, and try they will, this victory was not just the result of a vote of no confidence in New Labour, it was a vote of confidence in us. These results are much deserved, no-one in their right minds could claim that we are the same party we were 20,10 or even 5 years ago. We as a party have developed in leaps and bounds whilst the lies, false promises and mismanagement of New Labour has become increasingly apparent. It has taken us a long time to stand as we do now and I’m sure the days of ‘wilderness’ will not be easily forgotten in Tory circles, nor should they. Indeed for a while we feared for the very surival of our party because we were faced for the first time with an opposition that in all intense and purposes was ‘diluted Tory’ and we didn’t know how to fight a party that offered similar policies! However those days are gone, we now have the weapon with which we can go forth and triumph at another more crucial election, we have the confidence of the British people.

For the first time in a long time people are thinking we really are a changed party and are willing to listen to what we have to say. This is not all down to the Cameron factor, previous leaders need to be commended for their efforts in the Tory revival. It is to their credit that our polling in the local election’s have consistently increased election on election to propell us to the plateau on which we now stand. Whilst the local elections are a huge boost for us, undoubtedly our crowning glory was achieved when Boris Johnson succeeded on unseating the incumbent Ken Livingstone and taking the Mayoralty of London. So where do we as a party go from here? Firstly we should not feel ashamed of our past but neither should we live in it. I and I confidently suspect a majority of our members will always be hugely respectful of the legacies of leaders such as Thatcher, but this is Camerons age and he offers the policies to rectify the social ills which plague us today as much as she rectified the economic ills of the 80’s. Our standing is now reminicent of the height of the Thatcher years with one small difference, we aren’t in government yet.

Now we are on an even keel with Labour. They can’t continually throw our past at us as a ‘get out clause’ it is becoming a distant, less emotive memory and besides they’ve got enough baggage of their own! We have much to tackle Labour on and it is clear that this government is sinking fast. I am a passionate believer that politics generally works in cycles and it is plain to see that this one is coming to its end. So I urge all Conservatives not to lose sight of the task in hand, not to wallow in our triumph and not to get cocky and complacent. Having said this for tonight at least I think it is acceptable to sit a little smugly and wait and see how Labour attempt to recover the ground that is falling beneath them. Congratulations to all our candidates in Birmingham who have done spectacularly well, particularly in Quinton, and lets hope that we can justify the faith that people all over the country have placed in us.