Andrew Allison

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Cameron rallies the troops

In Uncategorized on September 30, 2007 at 9:02 pm

Not much time to blog today, but I have just been looking at the news and heard David Cameron urging Gordon Brown to call a snap election. He believes this is an election we can win.

Well, all leaders have to say that at their party conference. It goes with the territory. It is expected. If Cameron was saying ‘bring him on’ in a year’s time, after the party had articulated new policies with the electorate, then I might believe him. To say bring him on when we are so far behind in the polls and only the most optimistic – or misguided – member of the Conservative Party could possibly think we have a chance, seems to me like turkeys voting for Christmas.

I do hope the party can get some of our messages across this week. I don’t want the party to get a complete drubbing if an early election is called, but all I can see is another five years of a Labour government.

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Wise words from Sir Winston

In Uncategorized on September 29, 2007 at 4:02 pm

‘But we must never cease to proclaim in fearless tones the great principles of freedom and the rights of man which are the joint inheritance of the English-speaking world and which through Magna Carta, the Bill of Rights, the Habeas Corpus, trial by jury, and the English common law find their I most famous expression in the American Declaration of Independence.’

The above is an extract from a speech given by Churchill in Fulton, Missouri, in 1946. It is when he refers to the Iron Curtain that is descending on Europe. Mr Brown take note.

No, you can’t march to Parliament

In Uncategorized on September 29, 2007 at 3:14 pm

“One moment the Prime Minister is supporting the right of Burmese monks to demonstrate in Rangoon, and yet here in London we’re being stopped from marching on Parliament. It’s hypocrisy,” Lindsey German, convener of the Stop the War Coalition, said.

Very well said. There are many in this country who want the withdrawal of our troops from Afghanistan and Iraq. Whether you agree with those views or not is immaterial. We have a right to demonstrate and as the decision to send our troops to those countries was voted on in parliament, parliament is the place to go to demonstrate. When this one-mile exclusion zone around parliament was set up I thought this has more to do with Blair and Co taking away more of our liberties than the safety of Members’ of Parliament. Of course we have to be on the alert to the terrorist threats that try to instill fear in to our citizens. Yes; Westminster is a natural target, but this should not take away basic rights and liberties.

Why – as Lindsey German said – does Brown encourage monks in Burma to demonstrate and prevent it here? The control freakery of Brown, and of Blair before him, extend in to meddling in every part of our lives. I have said this before and I will not apologise for saying it again; Britain wake up! Our ancient rights, liberties and freedoms are being eroded by this Labour government. If we do nothing, more will go. If one thousand people defy the police and insist on marching to Parliament Square, are the police going to arrest everyone? They couldn’t manage it in Leipzig just before the Berlin Wall fell. Not that I am encouraging illegal activities you understand.

Quote from The TimesOnline

John Bercow re-adopted for Buckingham

In Uncategorized on September 28, 2007 at 7:23 pm

ConservativeHome reports John Bercow has been re-adopted as Conservative candidate for Buckingham. Iain Dale hopes this will now be the end of speculation that he will defect.

I too hope he doesn’t defect, however, if you are undecided, you would not stand down when a snap election may be just around the corner. I don’t know what is going on in his mind, but I do know politicians. Oink, oink!

Harriet Harman thinks I’m nasty and we have never met!

In Uncategorized on September 28, 2007 at 4:46 pm

Are you a nasty person? If so – according to Labour’s Deputy Leader, Harriet Harman – you should join the Conservative Party. She didn’t phrase it quite like that, but the inference was there.

Most people get involved in politics to make things better. We have differing ways of doing things, but we still don’t start out trying to make things worse. I have friends who are LibDems and Labour. Anyone involved in politics will talk to people from other parties. What devalues politics are speeches like Harman’s yesterday. To infer that I am nasty, just because I am a Conservative, is below the belt, and really belongs to the school yard. It is not constructive. It does not engage the brain in political debate. It does not get those who never vote in to a habit of voting.

The Conservative Party has refused to comment on her remarks and that is how it should stay. I would not like to lower myself in to the cesspit she inhabits. I hope she showers regularly.

More bloodshed in Rangoon

In Uncategorized on September 28, 2007 at 4:10 pm

Click HERE to see footage of the Japanese journalist shot in Rangoon. If there is a bloodbath, what will our response be?

Quentin Davies

In Uncategorized on September 27, 2007 at 2:16 pm

According to ‘The Times’ Gordon Brown has authorised a covert operation to find Quentin Davies a safe Labour seat.

All I can say is the good people of Grantham and Stamford elected a Tory and have now got a Labour MP. Why didn’t he have the good grace to resign as a MP, join the Labour Party and then look for a safe Labour seat? I would have had at least some respect for him under those circumstances. Pigs and troughs spring to mind.

Brown and the election

In Uncategorized on September 26, 2007 at 10:19 pm

I have blogged quite a bit about on this ‘will he or won’t he’ story. I just wish he would put us all out of our misery and just call an election or say he will not. When I say put us out of our misery, I am of course referring to the Conservative Party who are going to have an election drubbing. I think the Labour majority will be over 100; maybe even as high as 120.

I was discussing this with a friend a couple of days ago and we both thought that if the Conservative Party could turn back the clock nearly two years ago, they would elect David Davis as leader. I think my party has gone too far away from its roots. My friend told me about the literature sent out to him for the freshers fair at Hull University. All about green issues and social issues. Nothing about what Conservatism is all about. Personal choices, less state intervention, lower taxes, letting people get on with their lives. I am sorry to say this, but I was duped by David Cameron. I think he could be very at home in the Labour Party. He is trying to model himself on Tony Blair, and as we all know, the last thing the electorate wants is another Blair. The main reason for the fantastic council election results in May was that the electorate wanted to give Tony one final bloody nose before he left office.

I agree with Lord Tebbit. He said today Mr Cameron and his fellow Old Etonian colleagues were “intellectually clever but they have no experience of the world whatsoever”.
“He has spent much of his time in the Conservative Party and as a public relations guy. Well it’s not the experience of most people in the streets.

And the trouble is that is what most people in the streets think. Like him or loathe him, you have to admire Gordon Brown for his political ‘nous’. He has this next election sewn up if he takes the plunge and he will take down yet another leader of the Conservative Party. It would not surprise me if we were still in opposition in ten years from now. But where are the thrusting heavyweights? I don’t see any on the horizon, other than William Hague. I always likened Hague to Churchill. I know his day will come again and with the experiences he has gained since stepping down as leader, he will – hopefully – bring the Tory Party back to government. If anyone else can think of someone else and another way, then please comment and tell me.

Link: BBC News

Kinnock meets demonstrators

In Uncategorized on September 26, 2007 at 9:32 pm

Neil Kinnock must long for the old days. Those halcyon days when he took on militant and won. Those days when people in the Labour Party loved him. Ah, those were the days my friend!

Today he wanders down on to Bournemouth beach to meet with ‘semi-clad’ pensioners as he felt he was misquoted at a fringe meeting of the party conference. One pensioner – John Benson from Cardiff – called the right honourable and noble lord a bloody traitor, a bloody disgrace and then told him to bugger off. Well, what else can he expect?

Do you remember when he campaigned against our membership of the common market? Do you also remember the reason he gave up his seat in the House of Commons? That’s right, it was to become a European Commissioner. He went on to be the Vice-President of the European Commission. His wife is still an MEP and if my memory serves me correctly, more of the Kinnock clan were given cushy jobs in the Brussels gravy train.

Whilst we are still in a reminiscing mood, do you also recall what Kinnock wanted to do with the House of Lords? Yes, you’ve remembered, he wanted to abolish it and said he would never take up a peerage himself. As he is now called Lord Kinnock, I think we all know what he eventually decided on.

There’s nothing like having principals; is there?!

Shots are fired in Burma

In Uncategorized on September 26, 2007 at 9:03 pm

Shots have been fired and tear gas has been used in an attempt to stop the 10,000 protesters in Burma calling for democracy. The only thing that surprises me is that it has taken the military junta this long to use force.

The Security Council of the United Nations are discussing the problem; so nothing will be done there. Pres. Bush is going to step up economic sanctions and Russia and China already have stated what they think when they vetoed a previous UN resolution last January. They regard this as a purely internal matter. So, where do we go from here?

Experience tells us we will not be going anywhere. I welcome the strengthening of sanctions, however they will probably hit the poorest first as do all sanctions. It will not have any short term effect on Burma’s rulers, but in the long term they might work. I do not believe in military action. We cannot invade every country in the world who has a dictatorship.

What we have done is missed our time. When any despotic regime takes over a democracy, tough measures should be taken immediately. We should not wait for decades and make useless, meaningless, toothless UN resolutions. If we are serious about the human rights of all people around the world, we have to demonstrate we are serious; not just when it about oil or our strategic interests. We need to show any would be dictator right from the beginning we take democracy seriously and right from day one we will make their life as unbearable as possible. It is a long term approach and make take decades to achieve its goals and even then it will not work 100% of the time; but, it is the only way and far better than the ‘too little, too late’ approach we have now.