David Cameron

Heresy, the Tories should excommunciate him

Guy Opperman is a troy MP but he is wetter than Nikki Kaye is. He certainly looks like he thinks like her.

He has committed heresy by saying at a conference of left-leaning Conservatives that “unions are not terrible” and are instead “the ultimate Big Society”.

What the hell are left-leaning Conservative anyway…does such a thing exist? aren’t they just fifth columnists for the left?

A senior Conservative has talked of his “despair” that the party is negative about Trade Unions, according to the Huffington Post. Guy Opperman, the MP for Hexham in Northumberland, told a conference of left-leaning Conservatives that “unions are not terrible” and are instead “the ultimate Big Society”.

His comments are a reference to David Cameron’s “Big Society” theme launched before the last election, which involves slimming down the state by asking voluntary groups to do more. At the time, he claimed he wanted a small government and a big society.  Read more »

It couldn’t happen here, could it?

Poor immigration policy that allows in people who will not integrate into the host country results in problems down the road.  20, 30 even 50 years later. Utopian, PC, liberal and touchy feely people are undermining what the host country is about.

Can’t  happen here?  Won’t happen here?  There is still time for us not to make the same mistakes.

In the UK, it is now dividing the Tories

A frustrated David Cameron today vowed to ‘sort out’ a Cabinet row between two top Tories over how to tackle Islamic extremism in schools.

The Prime Minister said he would ‘get to the bottom’ of a spat between Education Secretary Michael Gove and Home Secretary Theresa May.

The extraordinary intervention came after Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, siding with Mrs May, dismissed claims from Mr Gove that not enough was being done by the Home Office to root out radicalism in Britain. Mr Grayling said: ‘I don’t buy that argument.’

The row centres on the Department for Education’s response to warnings of a plot by hardline Islamists to seize control of Birmingham schools.

In a letter Mrs May said concerns had been raised about the ‘inability’ of local and central government to tackle the alleged plot in Birmingham schools.

But Mr Gove argued radicalisation must be tackled at its roots by stepping up the Government’s ‘Prevent’ strategy to take on those spreading extreme messages in the community.

It should be noted they are beyond the point of disagreeing a problem with radical Islam exists.  They are beyond debating it already has taken over certain public schools.  All they are now arguing about is how to close the stable door after the horse has bolted.   Read more »

Plain packaging encourages counterfeiters and criminals

The Sun in the UK has exposed foreign crime gangs behind multi-million racket flooding UK with dangerous fake fags — and plan to make more if plain packaging comes as planned in UK next year.

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UKIP surges, Farage sledges and rude prick elected after calling local women “pug ugly”

The UKIP has surged in local body elections in the UK this weekend and Nigel Farage is cock-a-hoop.

Listen as he sledges out David Cameron and predicts that calls will now come for his resignation.

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Not just our trade affected by plain packaging, now Scotch is in the gun

I wrote earlier in eh week about Indonesia threatening retaliation for our $900 million export trade to Indonesia if plain packaging goes ahead. This would likely affect our wine exports and also milk…the two largest and with the milk the most sensitive.

Indonesia has also said to the UK that the lucrative Scotch Whisky trade will likely be retaliated against if plain packaging is implemented in the UK.

The same arguments that Tim Groser was putting forward about sovereign nations retaining rights to protect the health of its citizens can also apply to alcohol and infant formulas. In Indonesia’s case on alcohol they could simply use the fact they are a muslim nation and alcohol is forbidden in the Koran, so plain packaging is needed to reduce consumption…the same claims that plain packaging advocates use for implementation against tobacco.

SCOTCH whisky could be dragged into a tit-for-tat trade war because of plans to ­introduce plain packaging for cigarettes in Scotland and the rest of the UK, MPs fear.

The Indonesian government has proposed forcing Australian wine to be sold in plain packaging in retaliation for Australia introducing plain packs for cigarettes in December 2012.

Indonesia is expected to impose the same restrictions on New Zealand when that country introduces plain packs for tobacco products shortly.

The south-east Asian nation has called on other major tobacco-producing countries to follow its lead. Indonesia is one of the world’s largest producers and has a high rate of domestic cigarette consumption.

Legislation for plain cigarette packaging in Scotland is due to be introduced at Holyrood before the end of the current parliament. Prime Minister David Cameron has strongly hinted that laws for the measure south of the Border will be included in the Queen’s Speech in June.

This has led to speculation from MPs that whisky could join wine from Australia and New Zealand in being sold in plain packaging in tobacco-producing nations. Glasgow Central MP Anas Sarwar, who supports the introduction of plain packaging for tobacco, urged ministers to intervene with Indonesia to ensure Scotch is not dragged into the dispute.

The Labour MP, who is a member of the all party parliamentary group on Indonesia, said: “UK ministers need to protect the interests of Scotch whisky and must ensure that it is not dragged into any international dispute as a result of the government introducing plain packaging for cigarettes.”

Conservative MP Priti Patel, who chairs the all party parliamentary group for small shops, recently wrote to retailers across the UK asking them to lobby the UK and Scottish governments against the plans for plain cigarette packaging.

She said: “Ministers need to be aware of the wider consequences of legislation, including the effects on international trade as well as the problems it causes for small shops across the country.

“Plain packaging is a very blunt and ill-thought-out instrument for dealing with a health issue.”

Iman Pambagyo, the director general of international trade co-operation in Indonesia’s trade ministry, said the use of plain packaging for cigarettes was not backed by scientific evidence.

“If there is no scientific clarity, the policy should not be applied, because it can affect our other commodities,” he said.

He added that the Indonesian government could implement a plain packaging policy for alcoholic beverages from Australia.

This is of course the slippery slope, when the lobbyist win against tobacco they will start on plain packaging for alcohol, sugar, chocolate…almost anything that they deem to be unhealthy. It could even affect meat…eventually.

Branding will be destroyed, companies destroyed all because of state funded busy bodies who have no evidence.

Make no mistake the busy bodies are coming for your industry next, and they will use the same tactics against your company as they do against tobacco. Watch and learn as Chelsea Sugar is attacked as “Big Sugar”, as purveyors of poison…it is already happening, they are softening up the market before they start naming companies…Coca Cola and Frucor will be top of the list.

Labour’s grasp on Maori voters is over

People often wonder why I look to Australia and the UK for political stories. I do so for one very good reason…politics is pretty much the same the world over and especially in those countries that inherited the Westminster system.

So when I see interesting stories like this one about prospering ethnic voters switching to the Tories it starts me thinking about how that applies to New Zealand.

Rising prosperity among ethnic minority voters could help swing the election for David Cameron, a new report revealed yesterday.

Research by the Left-leaning Demos think-tank suggests the emergence of a significant black and Asian middle class could break Labour’s traditional stranglehold on the ethnic minority vote.

The report, co-written by former Labour politician and equalities tsar Trevor Phillips, suggests ‘upwardly mobile’ ethnic minority voters are more likely to vote Tory.

 

It says Labour’s hold over ethnic minority voters fades as they prosper and move to the suburbs.

 

The authors say there is a huge electoral prize for the party that can get to grips with Britain’s shifting demographics.

 

The report states: ‘There is a great deal of evidence to suggest that any emerging volatility among the UK’s five million ethnic electors may turn out to be at least as significant as the three million who tell pollsters they might support Ukip in the forthcoming election.’

 

The study suggests that second- and third-generation immigrants are losing their ‘reflex’ support for Labour, particularly when they move to traditionally white middle-class areas.

 

‘The expectation would be that succeeding generations of minority voters may drift away from their parents’ reflex support for Labour – or at the very least might not inherit the first-generation immigrants’ hostility to the Conservatives,’ it says.

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At least he wasn’t wearing budgie smugglers

David Cameron has been stung by jellyfish, but the most interesting revelation is he felt the need to clarify he wasn’t wearing budgie smugglers.

David Cameron suffered a painful sting from a jellyfish as he enjoyed a dip in the sea during his family holiday.

The Prime Minister’s painful encounter came as he went for a swim off the popular Arrieta beach in Lanzarote.

Other tourists described how he came running from the water rubbing his arm and shouting: “Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!”

One local said Mr Cameron got his children out of the waves after someone shouted a warning, but then he immediately went back in.

A source close to the Prime Minister said: “It was pretty minor sting and did not require treatment.”

Mr Cameron, a keen swimmer and patron of the Chipping Norton lido outdoor pool in his Oxfordshire constituency, has been staying with his wife Samantha and children at a £200-a-night spa resort. They are due back this weekend.

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Rodney Hide on the travesty of MMP

Come September we could be watching the most popular political leader in the Western world, and the most popular party sitting on the sidelines as a coalition of the losers forms a government because of MMP.

Rodney Hide examines this with his column at NBR.

John Key is the most popular prime minister since polling began. It’s an extraordinary achievement. More remarkably, he’s the Western world’s most popular elected leader.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron and President Barack Obama must look on Mr Key’s numbers with envious eyes and considerable wonder.

His popularity drives support for his party. National consistently polls a third higher than Labour. And so Mr Key’s a shoe-in this election, right? No. It’s looking like a very close thing. That’s because we persist with a mongrel electoral system.

It’s not the party with the most votes that wins with MMP but the one that cobbles the support needed to govern. Mr Key and National could easily find themselves out in the cold.

I owe my entire parliamentary career to MMP, so I suppose I should be thankful. But I was never a fan of the system. My first serious political involvement was in opposing it. It was the first of my many political losses. Read more »

Argie ratbags have a sook about Falklands military exercise

The Argentinians may as well give up, they are broke, march backwards and are never, ever going to get the Falklands back.

Argentina has accused Britain of provocative behaviour by planning to carry out military exercises in the Falkland Islands next week.

Deputy foreign minister Eduardo Zuain summoned the British Ambassador in Buenos Aires to protest over the “new show of military force”.

It is the latest diplomatic clash following heightened tensions over the territory since Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner took power in Argentina.

A spokesman for the Embassy of Argentina in London said: “The Government of the United Kingdom will conduct military exercises on occupied Argentine territory between 14 and 27 April, including missile launchings from the Malvinas Islands.   Read more »

Key is “a twenty-first century Holyoake” – Chris Trotter

Chris Trotter has written a very good post about why he thinks John Key may well go on to become NZ longest serving Prime Minister…but for the foibles of MMP.

IN HIS MEMORABLE holiday-home encounter with the host of Campbell Live, the Prime Minister, John Key, did not rule out running for a fourth term. Were he to be successful, the long-standing record of Sir Keith Holyoake (11 years and 2 months) would be surpassed and the title of longest-serving National Party Prime Minister would pass to the incumbent. How tempting it would then be for John Key to set his sights on “King Dick’s” (Prime Minister Richard John Seddon’s) crown of 13 years and 2 months. Just imagine that – a fifth term! By then the youthful Jacinda Ardern would be 41 years old!

Some will dismiss Key’s musings as yet another example of his celebrated political bravado. But there is another message to be drawn from his speculations concerning a fourth (or even a fifth) term. The Prime Minister’s suggestion that he and the National Party are good for another two or three election wins may also be read as his pledge to the electorate that any government he leads will be moderate and restrained in its policies.

Sir Keith Holyoake could not have governed New Zealand from November 1960 until February 1972 as anything other than a consensus-seeking prime minister. By indicating that he is not adverse to such a lengthy term of office, John Key is signalling to us that he, too, is a consensus politician.  Read more »