Andrew Allison

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BNP

In BNP on November 30, 2006 at 9:58 pm

Have a look at Martine Martin’s blog, and you will see she has been campaigning for the Conservatives’ in Scarborough. Then look at the reply from the BNP secretary in Scarborough and you will see what a bunch of ignorant, bigoted, nasty, violent, abusive, disgusting, racist thugs they are. I have tried to find his e-mail address, but it seems everything to do with the BNP is centralised, so I cannot get hold of him. Everyone who has received a message similar to this on their blog should contact their local newspaper. Eventually the nationals will get hold of it and hopefully the electorate will really see how repulsive these people are. Martine reacted with typical good humour. These people should crawl back under the stone they managed to escape from.

Blog Regulation

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2006 at 8:21 pm

Many blogs have covered the story, so I don’t want to labour – pardon the pun – on about this one. I only have one thing to say. The majority of political blogs are Conservative. I believe this is an important way to energise Conservatives to get out there on the streets and support their local candidates. The Lib-Dems have many bloggers too and I am sure it is important for them to do the same. Unfortunately, for Labour, blogging doesn’t seem to have ‘taken off’ for them. So what do they want to do? Regulate! Why am I not surprised Labour want to regulate? Because they are frightened.

More NHS cuts

In Brown, NHS on November 29, 2006 at 7:55 pm

Do remember when Labour used to say the NHS was only safe in their hands? They said things like, we created the NHS and it is only us who can be trusted with it. So why am I not surprised to find more people trust the Conservatives’ with the NHS than Labour? Look HERE.

This is yet another example of how Labour want to centralise everything and take away local services from local people. When anyone asks me why I am a Conservative, my reply is always the same. ‘I believe in the individual, family and community, making decisions for themselves and about themselves without having the interfering hand of government meddling in their affairs.’ Centralising hospital services many miles away from some communities is another example of taking away choice and convenience and effects some of the most vulnerable citizens; such as the elderly. Thank goodness the East Riding has Conservative MPs who will fight these changes. Graham Stuart, the Beverley and Holderness MP said, ‘I will use every weapon at my disposal to maintain our hospitals.’ And I know he will.

Diana

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2006 at 10:53 pm

Iain Dale has an interesting piece on Princess Diana. If she had died now, would we feel the same? I remember the day she died. I turned up at church to play the organ and I didn’t have a clue she had died. Suddenly everything was different. I had to change the music and the air was very sombre. We had a service for her on the Friday – the day before her funeral – and on the day I watched her funeral with my Dad; both of us sobbing. She was a remarkable woman and her causes still go on today. Who can forget her touching AIDS patients? It made us all realise we couldn’t catch AIDS by being next to them. She broke down barriers of ignorance and made us all aware. She will always be in the public conscience and how we would react now does not matter. She was one of a kind.

Iraq

In Iraq on November 24, 2006 at 5:58 pm

The latest bombings in Iraq today show us all that civil war is not imminent; it is here. If this is not civil war, then I don’t know what is. I don’t think the suicide bombers even know what they are fighting for now. There have been over 3000 deaths in Iraq in October and this month could be even more bloody. Everyone knows my views on the war. I was against it, as I predicted, correctly, Iraq would descend in to bloody chaos. I wish I had been wrong; but I was not. What we now have to decide it what the coalition response is going to be.

I have read some commentators whose opinion is get out now; we are not doing any good, in fact we making the situation worse. This is fundamentally wrong. Although British and American troops are loosing their lives, that is nothing compared to the Iraqi death toll. Iraqis are killing Iraqis in ever increasing numbers and if we do pull out now the situation will get worse; not better.

Other commentators prefer the deadline approach. This too is fundamentally wrong. If we say we are going to withdraw on such a date, it leaves our troops badly exposed. Insurgents will take every opportunity to target our forces before the withdrawl date. It is also impractical on another level. We cannot predict accurately what the political situation will be like in say, a year, or next spring, as the British Foreign Secretary hopes for.

The only thing we can do is stay there for as long as it takes and forget targets and deadlines; at least for the time being. This will take years and the British and American electorate will not like it; but that is what happens when you invade another country. It is your responsibility to see it out to the end. When I last visited the US in March of this year, I noticed many signs outside businesses saying, ‘Bring our boys back home.’ I can empathise with the family of a serviceman and if it was a son of mine out there I would want him back to, but this is not the right response. It is an unfortunate part of life that some countries will fragment unless there is a brutal dictator in charge. It is an unpalatable thought to those of us in the west; however it is true. The terrorists didn’t get a look in when Saddam ruled. Getting rid of a dictator my sound good and look good on paper, but before we get ourselves involved with anything like this again, we have to look at the consequences of our actions and determine whether it will be in the long term good for the world. There are many people and many countries throughout the world where democracy is alien. They do not see it our way. There are tribal and caste systems in place and they seem to be happy. We must resist the temptation of forcing democracy down other peoples throats and telling them they should be grateful. I hope and pray we learn our lessons from Iraq and not jump in too quickly in to another country, without thinking about the ramifications.

Freedom of information

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2006 at 3:03 pm

Martine Martin has a good peice on Freedom of Information and how the government might just get around it on cost grounds. It seems as if the government giveth in one hand and taketh away with the other, when it is in their interests, of course.

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to stand on his head and juggle ice-cream.

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2006 at 2:07 pm

Yes, believe it or not, if you go on to the 10 Downing Street website, you can petition the prime minister to do just that. At the time of writing, 1087 people have petitioned Tony and the good news is you have up until August 16 2007 to sign up. What on earth in the point of this petition section? Currently over 3000 people want the fox hunting act repealed. All of us know that is not going to happen. You can also e-mail Tony on the website, as if you are going to get a personal reply! A lot of the website is good; other parts are just a propaganda machine, telling us how much money Labour has spent making our lives better. New Labour; new ways to waste taxpayers money.

Teachers

In Uncategorized on November 23, 2006 at 1:49 pm

For some reason this has been spinning in my mind for a couple of days and I have to put pen to paper.

I want to tell you a story about a friend on mine. My friend is a twin and throughout his schooling in the 60s, he was told he would never come to anything; unlike his brother. His brother recently retired as a police Chief Inspector; so he did okay; but what about my friend? He became a highly qualified motor engineer. Good so far? The story doesn’t end there. He went back to college; sat ‘O’ Levels and ‘A’ Levels; went to King’s College, London, got a Bachelor of Divinity degree and became an Associate of King’s College; got ordained a priest in the Church of England, and is still in the job and is an honorary canon of Durham Cathedral. So things turned out alright there then. He was constantly put down by his teachers and so gave up in school, but that didn’t mean he was stupid; that is evident.

Now let me tell you a story about me. At the tender age of five, I didn’t pick up reading as quickly as my fellow classmates. So, I was put at the back of the class and forgotten about. I went, a couple of years later, to a remedial reading class that was run by a family friend. She told my mother after a few sessions there was nothing wrong with my reading, it was the teacher’s fault.

Teachers can inspire or they can destroy. If it wasn’t for my music teacher at school I would never have learned the piano, organ and got involved with musical theatre. I would not have the musical appreciation I have now. If it wasn’t for my French teacher, I would not have the love of France and the French language I have now. Those two teachers were passionate about their subjects and the enthusiasm they showed rubbed off on me.

A lot is spoken about education and I applaud good teachers everywhere for their tireless work; but for those bad teachers everywhere, I have this one sentence to say. Get another job; you are potentially ruining the lives of many young people.

I have been tagged

In Uncategorized on November 23, 2006 at 12:51 pm

I was looking at Robert Rams’ blog and thought, I hope I don’t get tagged on this one and before I knew it Robert had tagged me. Well here goes. Ten things I will never do.

1. Vote tactically. I did at the last election, to my shame. We all should vote for what and whom we believe in. In my defence, I was trying to get rid of Labour. It didn’t work. I’ll never do it again.

2. Trust a word Tony Blair says. I haven’t believed him much anyway, but if he told me my house was on fire, I would rest at ease, knowing everything was alright.

3. Travel on a fast ferry. I am hopeless at sea and thought a ride across the channel on a fast ferry would be better than a slower one. Fast ferries are smaller, and I felt as sick as a dog.

4. Fly British Airways. This is not just to do with the cross saga. I dislike their dirty tricks. Ask Freddie Laker and Richard Branson.

5. Judge people on face value. I was in a gas station in the southern suburbs of Chicago earlier this year. It was a poor neighbourhood and I felt ill at ease as my friend – an American – and I were the only white people there. I accidentally bumped in to a very big, tall guy, and cringed. He apologised! People are people and they never stop amazing me.

6. Stop fighting for our rights. Americans are lucky. They have the right to freedom of expression and speech enshrined in law. This government takes advantage of the fact we do not.

7. Stop laughing. Laughter is the best medicine.

8. Buy the Daily Mail again. Just because we disagree with non-conservatives politically, doesn’t mean people of other parties have nothing to offer. The Daily Mail spits out vitriol for the sake of it.

9. Take my parents’ for granted. When one of them nearly dies, you learn to value them even more.

10. Quit, give in or give up. Churchill told us never to and if he had, where would we be today?

Yes Robert, that was more difficult than it first seems; although it is a good exercise. Now I will send this tag to these people. Praguetory, Martinemartin, AndyPercy, and send one accross the Atlantic to MediaLizzy

Should our troops be paid more?

In Afghanistan, Blair, Royal Marines on November 22, 2006 at 6:37 pm

I saw in the newspaper yesterday, Tony Blair addressing our troops in Afghanistan. He told them how proud he was. Then a Lance Corporal in the Royal Marines asked the prime minister about more pay for troops on active service. He has a point. Tony said he couldn’t make any promises. Come on Tony! It is hard work on a six month tour and they should be rewarded and they shouldn’t have to pay tax on their earnings when they are on tour. And then I hear Cherie Blair is likely to pocket £100K on the US lecture circuit, trading on the fact she is the prime minister’s wife. So, it’s okay to swell the Blair coffers, but not to reward our troops.