May 25, 2014
The Conservative Group in Kirklees at the 2014 Local Election managed to hold every seat where it had a sitting councillor. Bearing in mind Labour gains and Tory losses elsewhere in the country this was a fantastic result. At this stage of the electoral cycle Labour really ought to be doing better!
With Labour’s lead in the national polls narrowing the results in Kirklees are encouraging for the Parliamentary seats that will be contested in the region at next years general election.
April 13, 2010
You can read it here
In short the Conservatives plan:
· to build a new economic model
· to build the Big Society
· to build a political system where people have more power and control over their lives.
Compare it with Labour’s manifesto and its:
· Big State -v-Big Society
· Government meddling-v- Trusting people
· Big debt and Borrowing -v-Prudence and New Economics.
April 12, 2010
Labour launched its manifesto today and one thing that stood out on a skim read of the education section is this:
Frontline spending on Sure Start, childcare, schools and 16-19 learning will be increased, safeguarding our priorities such as an additional 41,000 teachers and 120,000 teaching assistants. But funding will not rise as fast as in recent years, making tough choices necessary to focus resources on the front line, with £950m saved through collaboration and efficiency in back office functions and procurement and £500m from quangos and central budgets. (Chapter 3:2)
At the drop of a hat Labour will find savings of £1.45 billion from its Education budget including from quangos! Since at least 2005 when the Tories argued that a large amount of taxpayers money was being wasted in Education, Labour has replied that this was simply untrue and accused the Tories of wanting to cut frontline services – but today cutting that waste has become so important that it has found its way into Labour’s manifesto and amazingly and unsurprisingly this will be done while ‘safeguarding’ frontline services. Hypocrisy of the worst kind!
April 6, 2010
The General Election has been called and will be held on 6 May 2010 along with the local elections on the same day in many parts of the country.
This will be the closest election since 1992 despite the mess Labour has made. However, my gut feeling is that the Conservatives will end up with an overall majority on 7 May.
January 26, 2010
The UK economy is officially out of recession but only just. While any improvement is welcome an increase in output of 0.1% is nothing to shout about especially as there is a risk this figure maybe revised downwards. Despite the Government pumping billions into the economy in an attempt to quickly exit the recession and increase output before the general election, the result hasn’t been great as the UK economy crawls out of recession and is the last of the major economies to do so.
June 9, 2009
Yesterday I wrote that Frank Field among others was encouraging Labour MP’s to rebel and put Gordon Brown out of his misery but besides a few MP’s it seems that most aren’t prepared to put country and/or party before office/salary. Paul Waugh has written about Brown’s meeting last night with the PLP which clearly shows that most of Brown’s troops are prepared to criticise him behind his back but don’t have the bottle to do so to his face. What the clapping and table thumping was for is a total mystery. After being routed in the local and European elections and allowing the BNP to gain two MEP’s, I’d have thought they would have shown a little remorse and humility instead of behaving like a football crowd celebrating an important goal.
It’s a bit like the CEO of a major company coming to a shareholders meeting to explain why the company has made a loss of millions only to be greeted by a standing ovation!!
And then they wonder why people won’t vote for them!