Saturday, 21 July 2007

Still seven points behind

The YouGov poll due to be published tomorrow does not give any happier reading for the Tories. Still seven points behind; down two from the last YouGov survey. We urgently need to see more substance from the party leadership. David Cameron has won the initial battle: to put to rest the 'nasty party' image. He now needs to raise the ante. He has created a vacuum which is in danger of being filled with a 'party which doesn't really matter' image. That is not helpful at all. The Lib Dems under Ming are heading for oblivion: we don't need to worry about them. What we do need is to be attacking Labour more vigorously.

One bullet that Cameron has to bite is to demote his pal George Osborne. I think Osborne is very talented, but with such an inexperienced leader there is no room at the top for such a young shadow chancellor. Either William Hague or Liam Fox have the combative skills to wipe the floor with Alistair Darling. Why Hague was ever made shadow foreign secretary is a mystery to me. Diplomacy is not what you associate with him. On the other hand, he is second to none as a parliamentary debater and he needs a high profile role where he is allowed to play to his strengths. Since the environment is to be such a big part of Conservative policy (rightly), why not put Osborne in charge of that? A youthful image to appeal to younger voters would play very well in that role.

Friday, 20 July 2007

I still support David Cameron, but...

A very poor night in the two parliamentary by-elections. OK, they were safe Labour seats. That does not alter the fact that the Tories ran strong campaigns with very presentable candidates and lost badly. Even the Lib Dems beat us to second place. This is very bad news.

What to do? Two years ago Ken Clarke was too old, David Cameron too young and David Davis not good enough. Since then, Ken has got older still, David has gained a lot of experience but there is yet a nagging doubt that he really has a vision which can win over the swing voters.

Thursday, 19 July 2007

The party of drugs

No wonder the country has been going to the dogs for the last ten years - Her Majesty's Government is not only full of vile, socialist reptiles (my apologies to all my reptilian readers, not to mention the vile ones!), but we are being governed by ex-druggies. The Home Secretary, who is in overall control of our legal system and is to be in charge of a governmental review of drugs policy is a former user herself. Maybe it is just me, but I think it is absolutely scandalous.

Tuesday, 17 July 2007

Rising inequality - New Labour's shame (or one of them)

According to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the gap between rich and poor has risen to its highest level in more than forty years. Quelle surprise! It does rather beg the question, "What is the Labour Party for?" I suspect that few people in the last ten years have voted Labour because they believed that they would end up paying less tax. One reason they may have voted Labour is because they believe that this would make life easier for the poorest in society. The truth is - it doesn't and it never has.

My great aunt Betty (sadly deceased) was a Tory until the end of her long life. She had begun work at the age of 14, going to live and work with her sister and brother in law in a deprived part of Glasgow. Her first weekly wage was a princely eight shillings a week. Yet she realised that Labour was not interested in representing her. For decades, it was in the stranglehold of relatively well-paid male manual workers: miners, shipyard workers and the like. These people could afford to support the largest and most powerful unions, which were in turn motivated not by altruism or a desire to eliminate poverty, but by sheer naked greed to benefit their own members.

The single biggest factor has undoubtedly been family breakdown. Hundreds of thousands of boys in this country (especially black boys) are growing up with no male role model. I know, I was one of them. This in turn puts strain on social services: housing, social welfare, education and the legal system. It is all connected. Family breakdown means more households, which fuels the shortage of housing and raging house prices which exclude the poorest from getting on to the property ladder.

Take on the role of 'the other' for one moment. You are a young person, who is not terribly bright. You know that you cannot realistically aspire to anything other than a pretty low-paid job which means you don't have a hope of every being able to afford a house where you live. You also know, if you are female, that if you get yourself pregnant you will be handed a council house and welfare payments which will guarantee you security. Not luxury, but security. You may not be bright, but you are smart enough to see the solution for you. If you are male, it gets worse. You can see no benefit to conforming to society - if all it has to offer is a career grilling burgers or working in a call centre prior to your job being outsourced to India, the relative risk of getting involved in drugs or other criminal activities is not sufficient to act as any deterrent. So you go off the rails.

Monday, 16 July 2007

Boris is in!

Crikey! Spiffing news! Boris Johnson has told the Evening Standard that he WILL run for the Conservative nomination for London mayor. The tide is turning...

Sunday, 15 July 2007

No word from Boris

Boris Johnson continues the will-he-won't-he suspense over his intention to run for London mayor. My view is that Boris would be a brilliant mayor for London and is certainly the only candidate who just might unseat Red Ken. Boris must know that his prospects as a national politician are somewhat limited: he is too much of a risk for David Cameron to promote to the Cabinet (assuming he gets the chance!).

On the other hand, the responsibilities of a mayor are much more suited to BoJo. He has the charisma and profile to promote the interests of the greatest city in the world; he is not restricted by collective responsibility; it doesn't matter too much how he feels about the inhabitants of provincial cities; as a Conservative mayor he will take a hands-off approach where necessary, allowing freedom to individuals and businesses rather than interfering in the minutiae and he is someone who genuinely engages with people. Finally, he doesn't have pals like this:

He has twelve hours or so from now to confirm his candidacy. Don't sleep in, Boris!

Sunday 15th July - Doom and gloom

According to two ICM polls this morning, Labour has a SEVEN point lead and is heading towards a fourth term with a majority of 100+.

Yes, the Government which has legalised the buggery of schoolgirls; permitted homosexual propaganda in schools; made dangerous drugs easier to obtain; taken the country to war on the basis of lies; bullied a Government scientist to take his own life; branded old people as racists; imprisoned householders for daring to protect their property; sold peerages; lost control of immigration and allowed terrorists to come here while refusing asylum to genuine refugees; stolen billions from pension funds; put up taxes whilst pretending to cut them; lied, spun, bribed and bullied its way through ten sordid years, yet - hey - we don't want the nasty old Tories back, do we?

Blog title

The title of this blog is not intended to be perfect Greek, any more than 'homophobia' or a great many other 'phobias' actually make sense. If anything, it is intended to be a mild parody of the more well-known PC terms.

So what does it mean? A fear of being taught: a problem shared by my pet cat and by younger members of the feral underclass which inhabits our modern society. My cat, of course, being the much more useful member of society.