Conservative Party (UK)

Sledge of the Day

I’m liking Theresa May more and more.

She delivered up this outstanding sledge at the Labour party:

?The Labour Party is not just divided, but divisive. Determined to pit one against another. To pursue vendettas and settle scores. And to embrace the politics of pointless protest that doesn?t unite people but pulls them further apart? So let?s have no more of Labour?s absurd belief that they have a monopoly on compassion. Let?s put an end to their sanctimonious pretence of moral superiority.?

That holds true as much in New Zealand as it does in the UK.

This was delivered in a keynote speech to the Conservative party conference.

Other?brilliant lines are: ? Read more »

Done like a dog’s dinner, says Audrey Young about David Cameron

Audrey Young provides her opinion on Brexit with a slight segue to John Key and his own referendum troubles.

David Cameron would never have called a referendum on the EU if he thought he would be done like a dog’s dinner, as he has been.

He had supreme confidence in his leadership ability and powers of persuasion when he announced in 2013 why he wanted a referendum. He over-estimated.

It has mild echoes of a far less important referendum promoted by his friend and a similarly unpersuasive Prime Minister John Key on changing the flag.

Cameron fittingly announced tonight he will relinquish his captain’s cap before the Conservatives conference in Birmingham, on October 2.

He has shown leadership in resigning. I wonder when Jeremy Corbyn will likewise show some leadership by resigning, having led Labour down the wrong path of the EU?

[H]istory will define him as a loser and Remainers will beat him up for a miscalculation in holding the referendum at all. So why did he?

EU membership had become such a divisive issue in Britain, he felt it had to be confronted properly.

As Cameron said in his 2013 speech: “Democratic consent for the EU in Britain is now wafer thin.”

You don’t answer the growing perception of a deficit of democracy with another commission of inquiry.

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How Twitter has wrecked the left wing

One of these days Labour will get it and who knows maybe even the Media Party might figure it out too.

Twitter has turned left-wing Labour supporters into a ‘digital mob’ out of touch with the rest of the country, the party’s Tristram Hunt will warn today.

In a major speech, the former shadow education secretary will say Labour has ‘marched decisively away from the views of the voters’ since losing in 2010 – driven in large part by social media.

Mr Hunt’s warning comes after David Cameron used his party conference speech on Wednesday to ridicule Labour MPs for failing to understand the public mood because they spent so much time talking to each other on social media.

The Prime Minister said: ‘The vast majority of people aren’t obsessives, arguing at the extremes of the debate. Let me put it as simply as I can: Britain and Twitter are not the same thing.’

Mr Hunt, a Blairite MP who has refused to serve under Jeremy Corbyn, will today warn that left’s use of Twitter and Facebook meant it was losing touch with ordinary voters.

In a damning passage Mr Hunt warns left-wing activists that if social media was ‘significantly growing the number of people engaged in politics? rather than confirming pre-held bias, then Ed Miliband might now be sitting in 10 Downing Street’.

Mr Hunt is expected to say: ‘What people say to each other on the internet ? and social media in particular ? rewards strong, polarising opinions and primary coloured politics.

‘Far from broadening the mind through access to the greatest library human beings have ever created, people’s experience of the internet is increasingly a narrow online world where anyone who puts their heads above the parapet can be the target of an anonymised digital mob.’ ?? Read more »

‘I didn’t get into Parliament to be a bit of f***ing arm candy’

Now this is interesting, and I’ll tell you why after you’ve read this

Female Tory MPs are apparently outraged at being lined up as ‘arm candy’ to walk alongside Prime Minister David Cameron at this year’s party conference.

According to The Spectator, there are a number of predominantly new female MPs who have been told to stand and walk alongside the Prime Minister as he makes his way between events at this year’s Tory conference in Manchester.

Some of the women are said to be unhappy with the arrangement, which is said to have become apparent when the special rota on who will accompany Mr Cameron on his visits was published among the team.

Mr Cameron has long tried to shake off the Conservative party?s ?pale, male and stale? image.

He has also long suffered from a problem connecting with female voters, not helped by his own crass behaviour at times.

Gaffes such as publicly dismissing the Tory MP Nadine Dorries as ?frustrated?, and telling a Labour shadow minister to ?Calm down, dear? during PMQs have hardly boosted his appeal. Read more »

Just answer the question John, Have you ever shagged a pig?

It is a question I’ve always wanted to ask a politician. Have you ever shagged a pig?

Quickly followed by, and if yes, did the pig enjoy it?

Following allegations British Prime Minister David Cameron put “a private part of his anatomy” in a dead pig’s mouth while he was at uni, many leaders have their student days on the mind.

Asked if there were any stories from his University of Canterbury days he wouldn’t like to get out, our own John Key had a response at the ready.

“I was in the Chunder Mile once, but nothing there you would really want to show footage of,” he said.

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Should the Labour party be put down?

There are questions over the validity of continuing on with the Labour party in the UK.

While it?s always bad manners to intrude on private grief, I think I have a useful suggestion for the Labour Party; one that could save it a great deal of bitterness and heartache over the next weeks and months, as it struggles to find a new leader and image. For there is an alternative to the coming?painful internecine struggle between Peter Mandelson, Len McCluskey, the Unite General Secretary, Jim Murphy, the former Scottish Labour leader, and the various contenders for the Labour leadership: why not just wind up the party altogether?

In the 115 years since it was founded as the political wing of the trade union movement at the Memorial Hall in Farringdon Street in February 1900, Labour has rendered the British people a few signal services. It supported Winston Churchill?s premiership during the Second World War, playing a key role in forcing Neville Chamberlain?s resignation in May 1940. It created the National Health Service eight years later (though quite what Clement Attlee and Nye Bevan would think about the taxpayer forking out for breast enlargements and sex-change operations doesn?t bear contemplation). It also produced many fine, patriotic Cabinet ministers such as Ernie Bevin, Herbert Morrison, Jim Callaghan, George Robertson and John Reid, and many sound defence ministers such as Roy Mason, John Gilbert, Bill Rodgers and David Owen. But the Labour Party?s time as a useful force in British politics has now passed.

Quite possibly its time has passed here, too. Josie Pagani has frequently stated that Labour has lost its branding. Here is why.

All the key societal indicators are moving away from Labour ? even its brand name is wildly outdated. Fewer people regard themselves as working class today than at any other period in history, with 71 per cent self-identifying as middle class. Class-consciousness is considered pass? by the new generation attaining voting age; first-timers this time around apparently didn?t give a hoot where David Cameron went to school, for example. The percentage of people identifying themselves as Socialist is the lowest it has ever been, hovering around the early teens.

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We’ve dissected Labour, now what about the Tories?

Labour’s troubles have been dissected after the UK election disaster.

But what about the Tories?

Political parties that win often do not have a critical review done to improve. That is certainly the case with National here. No review is currently underway for Northland, and Steve Joyce and John Key have decided that none is really warranted because they are still riding high in the polls.

There is a reticence to change the board. They keep winning, as does the president – and so the board gets older, and more stale. Worse some practices have developed that are now seeing talent driven from the party because they don’t subscribe to the infallibility of the board. Excuses are made for refreshing the board…”it’s election year, don’t rock the boat”, or “we just won no need for change”, leaving a window of only one year to make those changes.

The Conservatives have the same problems cropping up now.

Breitbart looks at this, and it is funny how similar it is to the National party.:

I am as happy as the next conservative that the Party confounded all predictions and achieved the majority that has returned David Cameron for the next 5 years. Business and the stock market understandably breathed a huge sigh of relief.

But it is also clear that something sinister and fundamentally un-conservative has infected the way the Party conducts itself. More than ever before, it is consumed with a nasty, controlling and centralized culture that demands unquestioning conformity. And woe betide those with the temerity not to genuflect in fealty.

The recent attacks on the Bow Group and its chairman Ben Harris-Quinney and the commentator Tim Montgomerie offer an unpleasant example of a much wider malaise. The two men are not cut from the same ideological cloth, but both offer an approach to conservatism that at times differs from the current Conservative Party house view. This appears to make them fair game for ad hominem attack.

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Labour’s contempt for ordinary people

The election result in the UK mirrored that of New Zealand’s general election.

Commentators and media alike are out of step with the voters, and more importantly, Labour is a political party that is tone deaf to voters as well.

They were so sure that they were right they ignored the voters. They showed them contempt and then afterwards proved it.

In Westminster, David Cameron?s new all-Conservative government has settled down to business, while a succession of ambitious contenders have set out their stall for the Labour leadership, most of them insisting, not entirely plausibly, that they never agreed with a word Ed Miliband said anyway.

In the real world, most people have simply got on with their lives.

Yet in one strange corner of Britain, the campaign is far from over. This is a world in which we are forever poised on the brink of Socialist conversion, the only obstacles are the Right-wing press and the brainwashed masses, and Ed Miliband was the greatest prime minister we never had.

This is the world of old-fashioned union leaders, liberal Twitterati and Left-wing academics, who have spent the past week in a laughably self-pitying sulk.

For while most commentators, whatever their political allegiances, saw the election as proof that Britain remains at heart a deeply pragmatic, even conservative country, the self-righteous moralists of the bien-pensant Left have drawn a very different conclusion.

Like Mr Miliband, they can?t accept they lost the argument and burn with pious indignation at the supposed stupidity of the ordinary voters who let them down.

Disappointment is, of course, part and parcel of political life. Even so, the reaction in some quarters to the General Election result strikes me as not merely disproportionate, but deluded ? if not deranged.

Take, for example, the Anglican canon Giles Fraser, darling of the metropolitan chattering classes.

Four years ago, he resigned as chancellor of St Paul?s Cathedral in protest at plans to remove forcibly the anti-capitalist protesters who had set up a ?shanty town? camp outside, saying he could not support the possibility of ?violence in the name of the Church?.

?Right now I feel ashamed to be English,? began his column for The Guardian last weekend. ?Ashamed to belong to a country that has clearly identified itself as insular, self-absorbed and apparently caring so little for the most vulnerable people among us.?

From this you might think that Mr Cameron and his colleagues were committed to abolishing the NHS, scrapping foreign aid and slashing welfare to the bone.

In fact, the Tories are committed to spending ?11 billion a year on foreign aid, ?111 billion a year on welfare and an extra ?8 billion on the NHS.

You might disagree with some of the Government?s choices. Fair enough. But given the facts, Rev Fraser?s analysis had all the rigour and proportion of a toddler?s tantrum.

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Tories take on teachers’ unions with crackdown on useless schools

The Tories aren’t wasting any time after winning the UK general?election and gaining an outright majority.

First order of business is whacking the teacher unions and their protection of dead head teachers and principals.

The Conservatives have opened a new front in their war with teachers? unions and Labour politicians who are trying to block radical education reforms, promising to change the law to force through hundreds of new academy schools.

Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, announced plans to intervene immediately in failing state schools, warning that it is ?unacceptable? for children to be given inadequate teaching for even one day after failings have been identified.

Writing for The Telegraph, she said an Education Bill in the Queen?s Speech next week would give her new powers to send in hit squads to replace failing school leaders ?from day one?.

In a further move, she declared she would accelerate plans to turn hundreds of struggling primaries and comprehensives into semi-independent academies, and open 500 more ?free schools?, despite militant opposition from teachers? unions and Left-wing councils.

The proposals represent a major escalation of the Conservative Party?s battle with the education establishment, after Michael Gove?s free school and academy reforms infuriated union bosses throughout the last parliament.

At Westminster, the plan will be seen as a clear signal of David Cameron?s intent to use his new Tory majority to pursue ?true blue? policies, unhindered by being in coalition with the Liberal Democrats. ? Read more »

One vision…and koalas

That was the song that won the election for the Tories….as well as koalas and a fair bit of elbow grease.

A five minute walk from the Commons lies the Conservatives? headquarters, arranged over the basement and ground floor of Number 4 Matthew Parker Street.

Inside was the ?war room? from which the election was fought – an open plan office at street level, which natural daylight was not permitted to penetrate (the blinds were permanently drawn to protect the inner sanctum from prying eyes).

At what Tory staff came to call ?the power pod? in the middle of the office sat Mr Crosby, along with the heads of the Tory campaigning, communications, digital, and research departments.

There was never any question about who was in charge. With Mr Cameron often away touring the country, Mr Crosby?s reign was absolute. But his genial style engendered immense loyalty among his troops. He was serious but never grand, informal in his manner, but always focused.

?He could have had his own office but he sat in the middle, and it was open plan,? one insider says. ?He?ll talk to anyone, from the intern to the Prime Minister, and he?ll call everyone ‘mate?, like a normal Aussie bloke. That actually makes a difference to the atmosphere because he?s very approachable.?

As polling day drew nearer, Mr Crosby would treat his colleagues to bursts of what became the unofficial campaign song: One Vision by Queen. He would turn up the volume on the speakers on his computer and blast out the music to the room.

Another innovation ? to raise morale ? was the ?koala of the day?. A senior colleague explained: ?Lynton would give a furry koala to someone who had done something particularly brilliant that day.?

In the war room, work began before dawn, and the office was manned until late at night. Mr Crosby chaired his first meeting every day during the campaign at 5.45am, with a handful of senior strategists.

Another meeting would follow at 6.30am to draw up firmer plans for the day, before the third meeting at 7.30 each morning, at which Mr Cameron and Mr Osborne would be present, often via conference calls from far flung parts of the country where they would be campaigning.

The PM and Chancellor would listen to the plans, make observations of their own and then approve the strategy as recommended by Mr Crosby, who chaired every meeting, even when Mr Cameron was present.

A few hundred yards away, at Labour headquarters in Brewer?s Green, Mr Miliband?s team had not yet turned up for work. The Labour campaign?s first meeting did not start until 7.45am, two hours after Mr Crosby had begun setting priorities for the day.

For staffers working late at Tory HQ, food would be provided each night, usually a curry or other take-away delivered to the door, to keep them fuelled and ready to respond to breaking news and enquiries from candidates.

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