Margaret Thatcher

The delusions of the left

Tim Stanley writes at The Telegraph about left wing politics and in particular the Labour party.

There are so many parallels with New Zealand it is uncanny.

The Labour Party that Jeremy Corbyn threw himself in to was in a similar state to today’s. In 1979, it was kicked out of government by Margaret Thatcher. The party’s Right said the only way to win again was to moderate. The Left argued that Labour lost because its government had rejected a radical programme drafted by the party. The biggest political problem, as they saw it, was a parliamentary Labour Party dominated by traitors and cowards. If only the party could exert discipline over MPs – compel them to stick to the policies endorsed at conference – then a revived Labour was bound to beat Thatcher in 1983. So the Left began an extraordinary effort to rewrite their party’s rules that included an electoral college with which to select the leader.

You’ll immediately spot two conceits that still define the Labour Left today.

1) Socialism could win an election if only the Labour leadership bothered to campaign on it.

2) The only real obstacle to a socialist victory is therefore the Right-wing of the Labour Party.   

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Film review, Lifestyle and Fitness blogger Pinko Farrar would be into this

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A napkin marked with a perfect red lipstick outline from Margaret Thatcher is being sold for £2,000.

The unusual piece of Iron Lady memorabilia has gone on sale with www.justcollecting.com and offers the chance to own a kiss from the iconic Tory Prime Minister.

Britain’s only female democratically elected leader is understood to have used the napkin to remove excess lipstick while on a speaking tour of the US in 2000. Read more »

The BBC “assisted the enemy”

The BBC has been dreadfully left-wing since like forever.

Margaret Thatcher even thought that they “assisted the enemy” at the time of the Falklands war.

Margaret Thatcher thought the BBC “assisted the enemy” during the Falklands War by broadcasting “the next likely steps” in the campaign before they took place, documents published for the first time on Friday will disclose.

The former prime minister wrote that she was “very angry” at some of the corporation’s coverage, which she thought placed more value on reporting the latest developments than on “the safety of our forces”.

In her autobiography, Baroness Thatcher criticised the “chilling use of the third person” in bulletins that referred to “the British” rather than “our soldiers”. But she had already written a far stronger attack on the corporation in a private memoir of the conflict, which will be released on Friday after her family donated it and other papers to a public archive in lieu of inheritance tax.

The 17,000-word account, which Lady Thatcher wrote by hand in 1983, a year after the conflict, highlights for the first time the extent of her frustration at specific aspects of the corporation’s coverage.

“Many of the public (including me) did not like the attitude particularly of the BBC and I was very worried about it,” she wrote in the note, which she kept secret even from her private secretaries.   Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photo: PA Archive/Press Association Images

Photo: PA Archive/Press Association Images

Savile greets Diana, the Princess of Wales, and the Queen Mother in 1984. Savile was a regular at the royal Palaces after impressing Prince Charles and getting involved in his life – often as an advisor.

Jimmy Savile: Who was protecting him for decades, and why?

Why did Royalty and Prime Ministers want to spend their time with this man?

A sleazy old DJ and TV presenter, he had Christmas dinner with Mrs. Thatcher and her husband eleven years in a row, then all the pictures and stories involving Savile and members of the Royal Family, as well as various prime ministers, and even the top Catholic clergyman in Britain.

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Bludging Greek Ratbags Tell Creditors to “Get their Act Together”

Apparently it is all the creditors’ fault that the Greeks have a tax system that doesn’t work, have been on the bludge for years and cannot afford to pay it back.

Yanis Varoufakis, the Greek finance minister, said on Tuesday that the country’s creditors must “get their act together” as loan deadlines approach for the embattled country.

The government has until Friday to pay public sector salaries, a week before the first of a string of repayments to the International Monetary Fund, totalling around €1.6bn (£1.1bn) in June alone, must be paid.

Nikos Voutsis, the Greek minister of the interior, said on Sunday that “this money will not be given and is not there to be given”. But on Tuesday Mr Varoufakis insisted that “we will make the payment because I have no doubt that we will have an agreement”.

The euro slipped by more than 0.7pc against the dollar, as traders digested these conflicting messages from the country’s left-wing Syriza officials.

Kit Juckes, of Societe Generale, said: “The Greek government will need some form of deal in order to release further funds if it is to avoid missing payments to the IMF in June.”

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The real reason behind the UN’s continued scare campaign over global warming

Here is a clue for you…the UN isn’t interested in saving the planet from a non-existent threat, it is actually interested in controlling the planet, and one of their top officials has proved it.

The alarmists keep telling us their concern about global warming is all about man’s stewardship of the environment. But we know that’s not true. A United Nations official has now confirmed this.

At a news conference last week in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism.

This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution,” she said.

Referring to a new international treaty environmentalists hope will be adopted at the Paris climate change conference later this year, she added: “This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model for the first time in human history.”

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The Argies are going to be really upset over this, statue of Maggie erected in Falklands

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A statue of Margaret Thatcher has been erected in the Falkland Islands, a move sure to upset the Argies.

A statue honouring Margaret Thatcher has been unveiled in the Falkland Islands for the first time.

The tribute to the former Prime Minister – who lead Britain to victory in the 1982 conflict to defend the islands – was revealed in the island’s capital Stanley on Saturday.

After Baroness Thatcher died in 2013 the population of the Falkland Islands were consulted about how they wished to commemorate the leader.

The overwhelming response was for a statue which was unveiled at a ceremony on what is Margaret Thatcher Day on the island by her son Sir Mark Thatcher.
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We’re not scared of no Green Taliban – let’s build more roads!

The righties in the UK aren’t pussy footing around – they know that their economy will be boosted by a good roading network, and instead of pandering to minority hand wringers, they’re out and proud.

David Cameron will today embrace what Margaret Thatcher called ‘the great car economy’ as he unveils plans for the biggest roadbuilding programme for almost half a century.

The Prime Minister will announce a £15billion boost for more than 100 projects to be completed by the end of the decade, resulting in hundreds of miles of extra lanes on Britain’s motorways and trunk roads.

Can you imagine headlines like that for New Zealand?  All you would get is wall to wall whining from the Greens and Labour through their MSM mouthpieces, with just one or two little op-eds here and there saying it might actually be a decent idea.

Mr Cameron’s announcement echoes the ‘roads for prosperity’ scheme unveiled by Mrs Thatcher in 1989 to boost ‘the great car economy’, which promised the largest expansion of the roads network since the Romans.

But many schemes were quietly abandoned in the mid-1990s after environmental protests and spending cuts.

Addressing the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI) annual conference in London today, Mr Cameron will say the Government is to set out the first-ever long term ‘roads investment strategy’ for the UK in Chancellor George Osborne’s forthcoming autumn statement. Read more »

Socialist paradise has highest poverty rates

Everywhere around the world where socialists are in control there is increasing not decreasing poverty.

The basic tenet of socialism is that everyone gets to be miserable equally.

Even in wealthy countries the lure of socialism soon turns to disaster.

The State of California, formerly the most powerful economic force in the United States outperforming the economies of all but a very few countries in the world, is now the nation’s leader in a category that the formerly conservative, but now overwhelmingly progressively liberal and Democrat Party-controlled state, has to find embarrassing.

According to a new U.S. Census Bureau report, California, which has been losing jobs to lower taxed, less state regulated states, now sports the nation’s highest rate of poverty, with almost one quarter (23.4%) of its residents living in poverty.

A depressing 8.9 million of the progressive controlled Golden State’s 38 million population are living in poverty in the once prosperous formerly conservative-run state.

Democrat-controlled Washington, D.C. came in at 22.4%

A similar study by the Public Policy Institute of California affirmed the state’s poverty rate at 22%, with some of the highest rates being in the “progressive” San Francisco area.

Los Angeles, which has been hijacked by the far left, had the highest poverty rate in the state at 26.9%.

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It’s not just our politicians on the bludge

Politicians the world over just cannot help themselves helping themselves to our taxpayer cash, especially when it benefits them directly.

We have seen Paul Foster-Bell, Claudette Hauiti and now David Cunliffe trough it up on travel.

We see the two main parties working out better ways to avail themselves for more entitlements.

Politicians, wherever they are from, become afflicted with entitleitis…they even use the same justifications.

The ”age of entitlement” is over, according to Treasurer Joe Hockey, but politicians continue to spend tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars on flights to sporting events, study tours, recipe collections and children’s books – such as Aliens in Underpants Save the World.

Department of Finance records show rising Liberal Party MP Jamie Briggs claimed almost $11,000 in entitlements over two years for travel to and from sporting events. For most of this period, November 2011 to November 2013, Mr Briggs was chairman of the Coalition’s government waste committee, established to highlight the mismanagement of taxpayer money.

His entitlement claims included:

■ $2800 last November for him and a family member to travel between Adelaide and Melbourne, where they attended Derby Day in the Emirates marquee.

■ $1600 last June to travel between Adelaide and Melbourne, where he attended an AFL game as a guest of BHP.

■ $2300 in December 2012 to travel between Adelaide and Sydney, where he attended the Australian Open as a guest of Golf Australia.

Mr Briggs said: ”Each trip was undertaken within the entitlement rules and publicly declared as required. They included meetings with a range of people related to my work as a federal member of Parliament.”

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