The BNP are left wing and are taking Labour votes

June 9, 2009

 

Michael Rock, National CF Chairman has given his analysis of the EU election results and discusses the rise of the BNP on the CF website. It’s such a good post that I have decided to reproduced it here as it deserves as wide an audience as possible.

The European Election results have been positive for the Conservative Party, with a collapse in Labour’s support amidst a general shift away from the established parties. The results also show an increasing inclination towards EU-scepticism, which may reflect the general mistrust of politicians and an increased desire for accountability and transparency, which the EU patently does not offer.

Set in that context, the increase in voter share for the Conservatives is impressive; it shows we are in touch with public opinion and that our candidates best represent and reflect the opinions of the electorate.

The most significant shift we have seen is the increase in the vote of the BNP, who now, shamefully, represent the UK with two MEPs. I am personally embarrassed that we have got to this low point in politics; this is the first time in our great history that we have fascist representation.

The question is, how do we fight the BNP? Their literature, rhetoric and message taps into the insular, protectionist sentiment of the left. We have seen a virtually direct transfer of votes amongst the left; Labour loses 7%, BNP register 6%. Griffin himself admits his party is left wing. Is this an opportunity for the right to once again debate the broader philosophical debate? Has the disintegration of Labour’s support provided the left wing a real alternative?

It is patently obvious that the BNP are racist but that doesn’t mean all the votes they receive come from racists; their message of protectionism, of support for a larger state, of restricting free trade is a classic mixture of left-wing politics. Not only have Labour let down the country with their mishandling of the economy, their sustained attack on our freedom and constitutional vandalism, they have let the left wing down by not fighting the BNP on political grounds.

We should all fight the BNP but Labour have to wake up; the BNP are left wing and are taking Labour votes.

Great stuff Michael, I will post later on my views about the BNP and how we must tackle their vile ideology and make sure that their recent electoral success is never repeated again.

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Campaigning in Oadby

May 31, 2009

 

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Last Monday a group of Leicester University CF members went out to campaign for our county council candidates (Anne Bond, right hand side of picture) in Oadby. Oadby is part of the Harborough constituency and we were also joined by the MP and our Honouree President, Edward Garnier (in the centre of picture).  The turnout was good considering it was held during the middle of our exam period, and there were even a couple of people who had turned out to campaign for the first time, which was great.

The response on the doorstep was quite good despite the expenses crisis which has made a lot of people angry. The overall impression was that Cameron had made some good decisions and that his tough stance had registered with the voters, hence the rise in the opinion polls recently despite the Telegraph stories mainly concentrating on Conservative MPs this week. 

National issues tend to dominate during county council elections – as they are usually held at the same time as general elections – but local issues are also important. The main issue that came up on the doorstep concerned the Pembury eco-town, which is proposed to be built on the edge of Oadby. This not so “eco”-town is in fact just a huge land grab into the green belt that will destroy environmentally sensitive areas, and impose huge pressures on local roads and public services.  The tough stance of the Conservatives in opposing this scheme is in stark contrast to the flimsy stance of the local Lib Dem councillors and could be a decisive issue that will help us to regain some seats here.

We at LUCF wish our candidates well for this Thursday and hopefully we will be out to campaign with them again before polling day. 

 


CF Demand an Election

April 30, 2009

 

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Conservative Future has today launched a national campaign to put pressure on the Prime Minister to call a General Election.

 

Members and supporters of CF are encouraged to write to Downing St to call for an immediate election, so that the voters can choose who they want to lead them out of this recession.

 

Michael Rock – national CF chairman said; “We are starting this campaign as it is our members’ generation that is going to be saddled with the debt of this Government. The Government got us into this debt and we don’t believe it will be able to get us out of it.”

 

Here’s what does the letter says

 

Dear Prime Minister,

 

I am writing to you as a supporter of Conservative Future, the youth wing of the Conservative Party.

 

Mine is the generation that will be saddled with your debt, and I think it’s only right that the country is given the chance to vote, at the earliest possible opportunity, on who should lead Britain out of your recession and forward towards a brighter future.

Throughout my formative years I have only known a Labour government, and I have witnessed the erosion of civil liberties, the damaging culture that exists at No. 10, the obscene wastes of public money and the broken promises.

 

On behalf of my generation, the generation that will have to repay your decade of debt, I ask you to do the right thing and call a General Election as soon as possible so that legitimacy is restored to government and trust is restored to public life.

Yours sincerely,

 

How do I write to the Prime Minister?

 

Simply download the letter below, fill in the editable details, print it off, and sign it. We will then collect all the letters at our next meeting (date yet to be confirmed), take a photo for the CF website, and then post the letters to Downing St.

 

Click here to download the letter


George Osborne’s Speech In Birmingham

March 6, 2009

 

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Today I went to watch George Osborne’s speech in Birmingham to business leaders about the economy and its impact on business. There was a good contingent of CF people there, mainly from Birmingham University and I would like to start by expressing thanks to them for inviting us.

 

In his speech to the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, Osborne argued that people needed to hear some “home truths” and must “work hard and save hard” to get out of the recession. This was a different type of speech to others Osborne has given recently as it used harder language and pulled no punches.

 

Osborne said an apology was necessary to show that Labour understood the current economic problems were home-grown, rather than a result of the meltdown of the US mortgage market, and had learnt the lessons of what had happened. Gordon Brown “won’t say sorry for his mistakes because he really doesn’t think he made any,” he said. That’s undoubtedly true, and as Iain Dale points out “the more his cabinet ministers admit things were got wrong, the more isolated Brown appears.” However we should not pursue this line much further because it has already become established in the public’s minds.

 

He then went on to link the regulatory failures which allowed banks to take unjustified risks to a culture of excess which encouraged individuals to build up unsustainable levels of debt. “Our banking system is not separate from our economy,” he said. “Our banks hold up a mirror to the worst excesses of society.” He went on to say that people need to become more prudent in future and that they will no longer be able to rely on the rising house prises to pay for their retirement. “The money for nothing society has to end,” he stated. “The truth is that Britain is going to have to work hard and save hard to get out of this hole. The Conservatives are ready to tell people these home truths and the country is ready to hear them.” Harsh but true, Browns debt culture is largely responsible for this economic crisis as people built up huge debts on the never, never. We should have weaned ourselves off this before it ran out of control, but we didn’t, so now we will have to swallow the bitter medicine.

 

There was even a bit of policy announced in the speech. The Conservatives will limit tax breaks on debt, and would if possible, commit to further reductions in the basic rate of corporation tax beyond their existing pledge to cut it from 28% to 25%. “The prize could be considerable,” he argued. “A simpler and more competitive tax system, more jobs and investment and British businesses that are less dependent on debt.” Amen to that George, people have to understand that times will be hard, tough decisions will have to be made, and that there are no quick solutions to this crisis. We must start by laying a new foundation of competence in regulation and re-create the savings culture that Brown all but destroyed with his stealth taxes.

 

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An Evening With Ken Clarke

February 22, 2009

 

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On Friday a small group of us from Leicester University CF traveled up to Nottingham University to attend an event with Ken Clarke hosted by the Nottingham University Conservative Association. Ken made an excellent speech on why he had returned to front bench politics, the economy, and what the Conservatives will have to do if/when we win office again. This speech was as you would expect heavily weighted towards the economic side of things but he spoke clearly and precisely, using language that anyone could understand. Ken then answered questions from the floor, including my question about how the Conservatives could help small to medium sized businesses through the recession rather than just concentrating on the headline grabbing larger businesses. I certainly came out of the evening with a greater knowledge of economic issues, and in these times of global financial turmoil that is vital. As I said after the event “we’re all economists now.”

 

Anyway I was just reading the Telegraph online today and saw this excellent article by Patrick Hennessy who was interviewing Ken Clarke. He talks about his comeback, the state of the economy, the role of government and the private sector in troubled times, the Conservatives’ prospects under David Cameron, and much more besides. I have reproduced some of my favorite bits here for you to enjoy.

 

KEN ON … his Return to the front bench

 

“David didn’t have much difficulty persuading me back – not in the end,” says Mr Clarke, confirming the suspicion that the Tory leader had been pushing at an open door after taking the final decision to offer the former Chancellor a job.”

 

“Like Peter Mandelson and myself, if you have been bitten by the political bug, it doesn’t leave you. Remaining semi-detached in the end is not what you want to do. Both of us were lured back by the extraordinary nature of the political and economic crisis.”

 

KEN ON … a future Tory government

 

“I can’t imagine that, having been attracted by coming back to opposition, I wouldn’t be attracted by coming back to government. But I’ve been in politics long enough to know it’s not for me to decide. I won’t be hovering nervously by the telephone.”

 

KEN ON … the economic crisis

 

“I think the toxic assets on the balance sheets [of the banks] are at the heart of the problem at the moment. It is exasperating that after so many weeks they [the ministers] have not really come to any conclusions.”

 

“The main thing is to decide two or three key points of strategy and to stick to them. Ignore short-term popularity and short-term reaction to what you’re doing. I think the government is particularly bad at this. Gordon is utterly obsessed about what next Sunday’s papers are going to say.”

 

KEN ON … Europe

 

“The policy is the policy. I spoke and voted against it only a few months ago – but I’m not going to change it. I’d be wasting my time if I tried to.”

 

“I accept that is the policy, and I’m not going to rock the boat on it. That includes the Treaty of Lisbon. If it is not ratified, David says he’s going to hold a referendum on it – that’s what’s going to happen.”


London Events

January 29, 2009

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My recent lack of blogging was in part due to a visit to London to attend two excellent events held by UCL and KCL Conservative associations. The first event was at UCL where the guest speaker was Michael Howard MP. He gave quite an informative yet candid speech about the party now and when he was leader and gave his opinion on the economic crisis. He then went on to answer questions from the floor on a wide range of topics which were on the whole well answered with personal opinion as opposed to the official party line. I guess he can be more opinionated given that he will be stepping down as an MP at the next election, but I hope he will add valuable experience in the Lords, particularly on the issues surrounding law and order. It must never be forgotten that crime fell by 18% in real terms when he was Home Secretary a record this government could never hope to achieve.

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The second event was at King’s and was attended by Lord Tebbit who gave a lengthy and detailed speech concerning the political process. He described the increasingly worrying growth of voter apathy and how people were becoming disengaged from politics. He said it was because there was no longer “open, honest and vigorous debate” as there was when he was in government. People are now feeling left out because as the two parties rush to the centre they had abandoned those towards the edge. That in his opinion is why voter turn out is at its lowest since 1945 and why people increasingly don’t vote or vote for minor parties such as UKIP, the BNP and Respect.

 

 

 

 

Lord Tebbit then answered the audience’s questions often giving very detailed and expansive answers with his personal trade mark beliefs. To shake things up a bit he even asked the audience a series of questions! He then stayed and chatted to those who attended for nearly an hour, a true gentleman and one of the party’s all time greats. My thanks go to the Presidents of both UCL and KCL Conservative associations for organising these two very successful events.


Beware the feral Media

January 25, 2009

 

As recent events have shown you need to be careful what you post online, especially on sites like Facebook. Online security is essential and you have to be weary of who your friends are. Iain Dale has posted that a Daily Mirror journalist called Carla Jones has been trying to befriend Tories in the hopes of uncovering another scandal like the Matt Lewis debacle that occurred earlier this month.

 

In that case Matt and the two others were wrong to do what they did, but when the media got hold of the story it became blown out of proportion. It seems the media will do anything to write a “Tory scandal” story with a by line of “they are just the same old nasty party.”

 

This incident reminds me of last year when that other Mirror journalist tried to infiltrate CCHQ, but luckily she was discovered before could get inside and cause all sorts of damage. It seems the tabloid media will stop at nothing, and stoop to any level to bring the party down. You might say if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear, but this is an invasion of privacy obtained through deceptive means, which in my eyes is little short of criminal.