May 26, 2014
UKIP winning the Euro election will have come as no surprise to anyone who has been out canvassing these past few weeks. The mood of the electorate was very apparent and an anti-establishment/Westminster vote was always going be registered.
What was surprising was the decimation of the Liberal Democrat vote, and is ‘just reward’ for a string of broken manifesto promises and for taking a pro EU line that was bordering on the ridiculous. I suspect that there is more woe to come for the Liberals at next year’s general election.
The opening up of our borders to immigration from new member states in the EU was always going to lead to a backlash from voters especially at a time when the economy has more room to recover. While unemployment is significantly down and important economic indicators are all pointing in the right direction it will nevertheless take time for the full effects of this recovery to filter through especially to those areas which were hurt the most during the recession under Labour.
While the principle of freedom of movement of persons between EU members is a sound one, it only works effectively when this movement is between people in states with similar living standards and similar incomes. Where there is a divergence in these factors between nations, then the movement of persons primarily in one direction with an obligation to also provide benefits to those arriving will inevitably create difficulties and tensions within communities. Those arriving and settling in specific areas of the country also leads to pressure on the education and health services and can lead to additional problems, and when a political party incessantly highlights these concerns then it is inevitable that its message will resonate with voters which is what UKIP has effectively done.
As things stand the hands of any government are tied in dealing with this problem. Either there is an effective re-negotiation with other EU states in this and in other areas where there is a plethora of diktats and legislation emanating from Brussels or we simply pull out of the EU -anything else is simply tinkering at the edges. The Conservative Party is the only party committed to re-negotiation and to holding an in/out referendum and unless it gains a majority at the next general election we’ll be having more or less the same debate and discussion at the next Euro election.
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.
August 30, 2013
While the will of Parliament and democracy has prevailed the decision taken last night is totally and utterly wrong. How this country can sit idly by and give Assad’s regime the green light to use more chemical weapons against innocent people is beyond comprehension. I hope the US and other nations now do the right thing and give the appropriate response to the Syrian regime’s acts of genocide.
I’ll do a detailed post later as I am absolutely livid at the moment. However, I really do hope Ed Miliband never ever gets close to becoming leader, or allowed to take any decision which affects this country. No doubt his general election manifesto will now include the UK giving up her seat at the UN Security Council because if his view is that we shouldn’t get involved when chemical weapons have been used then there will be no circumstances when he will believe the UK military should get involved.
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.