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THE DANNY BOYLE TEST…?

By David Vance On August 27th, 2012 at 8:30 am

The effortless slide of the modern Conservative Party into slushy muddle headed Leftism continues…

The Conservatives must pass “the Danny Boyle test” and appeal to modern Britain rather than “nostalgists promoting a better yesterday”, a senior minister warns.

Damian Green, the immigration minister, says David Cameron must resist moving to the Right and the “seductive blind alley” of policies favoured by the party’s “most intense supporters”. He argues that to win the election, the Tories must appeal to people from different backgrounds and classes. Boyle, a successful film director, oversaw the widely praised opening ceremony for London 2012, which celebrated Britain’s diverse, multi-cultural make-up and lauded the NHS but was met with unease by some traditionalists.

Get that? Embrace multiculturalism, worship the NHS, hang the bankers and to hell with all that made our Nation great aka “nostalgists”. Damian Green makes me green at the gills. His ilks have destroyed the Conservative Party and the fact that such a man presides over Immigration should tell you plenty.  A Conservative Party that is virtually indistinguishable from the Labour Party is one not worth having. Green is an undertaker for his Party but I wonder if he is simply saying what the Cameron leadership thinks in private. Passing the Danny Boyle test means failing the Conservative test.

THE NEXT LEADER OF THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY?

By David Vance On August 2nd, 2012 at 8:45 am

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, is frequently touted as the next leader of the Conservative Party. Here he is, trapped on a zip wire, at the Olympics yesterday. If this is what British “Conservatism” looks like, spare me it.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson after he gets stuck on a zip-line during BT London Live in Victoria Park on August 1

If you want a laugh. watch this….#

BUCHANAN: END THE IMPERIAL NONSENSE

By Pete Moore On July 24th, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Pat Buchanan appears in the FT(!) Rightly rejecting global finagling as “Wilsonian utopianism”, he outlines a paleosconservative foreign policy:

Having learnt from his father’s defeat, George W. Bush offered a “more humble” policy. But after September 11, he had a Damascene conversion, went nation-building in Afghanistan and Iraq, and declared the US’s goal was “to end tyranny in our world”. Americans responded by relieving the Republican party of both houses of Congress in 2006 and the presidency in 2008.

We cannot afford any more neo-imperial nonsense. With trillion-dollar deficits, a soaring national debt, and 10,000 baby boomers reaching eligibility for Social Security and Medicare every day, the US is beginning to break under the strain of its commitments […]

Elsewhere in Asia, it is Russia’s land that China covets but India’s that China holds. Vietnam and the Philippines are defying Beijing’s claims to the Spratly Islands. Japan is showing a resolve to hold the Senkaku Islands. Let the neighbours do the containment.

In the Islamic world, Victor Hugo’s dictum applies: stronger than all the armies of earth is the power of an idea whose time has come. Islamic fundamentalism and ethno-nationalism, the two forces tearing countries apart from central Africa to south Asia, are not problems that can be solved by Seal Team Six.

Let us cease our interventions and call a halt to our endless hectoring. How other nations rule themselves is not really the US’s business. If there is nation-building to be done, let it begin here. The watchword of the Romney campaign and presidency should be enlightened nationalism. Time, again, to put America first.

As usual, the patriot Buchanan is thoughtful and advances sensible ideas. Read it all here.

ATW QOTD

By Pete Moore On May 28th, 2012 at 8:25 pm

The great Robert Higgs on war, from an interview with Paul Craig Roberts. My emphasis:

PCR: From your extensive research into previous U.S. wars, have you drawn any conclusions that shape your thinking about the present situation?

RH: One conclusion stands out: from the Civil War onward, engagement in war has left Americans less free when the war was over than they had been before the war. In countless ways, the warfare state has proved inimical to the preservation of liberty, just as patriots such as James Madison warned us long ago that it would. War brings higher taxes, greater government debt, increased government intrusion in markets, more pervasive government surveillance, manipulation, and control of the public. Going to war is the perfect recipe for expanding the size, scope, and power of the federal government. You have to wonder why so many conservatives, who claim to cherish liberty, enthusiastically embrace the government’s schemes for plunging the nation into war.

“War is the health of the state”, Randolph Bourne once wrote. He wasn’t wrong. I’m continually amazed at conservatives who cannot see that even though wars eventually end, they always leave our liberties so diminished, and treasuries so empty, that in the long run – even when we win – they are almost never worth fighting.

LABOUR IN 2015

By David Vance On May 7th, 2012 at 10:06 am

The Coalition risks being seen as a 'bunch of accountants' warns David Cameron

Interesting to realise that if David Cameron has his way, we will face the horrendous prospect of a Labour Government in 2015.  He’s in the press this morning declaring that he will not move “right or left”  (Is he seriously suggesting that a move to the Left is possible?) and he has added for clarity that he is “sceptical” of the “loud ideology” of the Right wing of his own party.

So, he is confirming his desire to govern as part of a Liberal Coalition with the most dripping wet of conservative agendas. This will end in his clear defeat – and he got a taste of that last week. Remarkably he has chosen to interpret that stunning rejection from the electorate as proof he needs to keep on doing what he has been doing; no real cuts but plenty of talk of cuts; no real effort to control our borders; no real effort to cut taxes for working people on a reasonable wage; no real Conservatism in fact.

Miliband will keep on doing what he has been doing, probably buoyed up by Hollande’s victory. He will promise “growth” and “investment” and the gullible will swallow it all up. They will show their incalculable stupidity and return to power the Party that racked up our massive National deficit. And then, we will know real pain as Labour increase taxation on the successful, cede even more powers to the EU, open the borders further, and erase as much of our residual Britishness as possible. THAT will be the Cameron legacy. Hope those who supported that PR spiv are enjoying their moment in the sun, the night is coming..

TORIES STILL DELUSIONAL SHOCKER

By Pete Moore On May 4th, 2012 at 9:48 am

Tories have warned David Cameron to “return to Tory values” after the kicking they took in yesterday’s local elections, with labour picking up hundreds of council seats at the expense of the other two cheeks.

What? How can you “return” to somewhere you never been? David Cameron is a social democrat. He always has been a social democrat and he’s leading a social democrat government. For Cameron, conservatism is not so much ‘The Road Less Travelled’ as ‘The Road Not Taken’. The Party freely chose him, a man obviously not familiar with conservatism, so excuse me while I laugh now at their complaints.

This week the Rev Peter Mullen captured precisely what the Tory Party now is and why it’s losing supporters in droves. It’s just a couple of hundred words long and absolutely stinging, describing it as “more socialist than any socialist government I have seen in my lifetime,” and asking “Why should I, or any other conservative-minded person vote for it?”

Precisely.

 

MORE PANDERING PLEASE!

By David Vance On April 4th, 2012 at 9:20 am

Did you read the claim that the Conservatives will not win the next election unless they appeal more to black and Asian voters, (sic)  Baroness Warsi, the party’s co-chairman, has warned.

The peer’s intervention comes after George Galloway swept to victory as the new MP in Bradford West by courting Muslim voters, overturning four decades of Labour control over the seat. According the New Statesman, Baroness Warsi told a meeting of MPs: “[U]nless and until campaigning with BME [black and minority-ethnic] communities is institutionalised and embedded in every aspect of what we do as a political party, we cannot win an overall majority in 2015.”

So, time to assiduously court the Muslim vote a la Gallahoway? Fair enough but I sincerely trust that conservative voters finally waken up to the fact that the Conservative Party does not deserve any of their votes as it staggers down the road to liberal oblivion with PR spiv David Cameron leading the charge.

As it happens, I LIKE Warsi but some things she says are spectacularly stupid. This is one.

BEING UNCONSERVATIVE IS THE CONSERVATIVE WAY FORWARD, URGES CONSERVATIVE

By David Vance On March 7th, 2012 at 11:47 am

Pardon the headline but it’s my summation of this nonsense from Francis Maude;

Conservative Party members must back gay marriage and do more to win over ethnic minority voters if the party is to shake off its “backward looking” image, Francis Maude will say today.

Huh?

Since when does endorsing gay radicalism constitute “conservatism”? As for pandering to any ethnic group, surely the conservative position should be to treat all equally, regardless of ethnicity? The reality is that the so-called Conservative Party is anything but conservative. It retains some vague vestige of conservatism but when you listen to the sort of progressive liberalism being advocated by Maude you realise that it is a sham. The departure of Steve Hilton seems to have been the green light for sopping wet liberals like Maude to advance their agenda and it should repel any thinking conservative.

HANNAN AT CPAC

By Pete Moore On February 12th, 2012 at 9:32 pm

I see that Daniel Hannan addressed CPAC. It’s a warm, generous and occasionally funny speech which some might be interested in. Hannan is very much a friend of America and someone who should be going places in British politics. I’m sure he understands that our fight with the EU is actually a fight we need to have at home. If he leaves Brussels and comes back to Westminster I’ll be that touch more certain he’s seriously up for that fight.

He does know his history and draws deeply on America’s founding principles in a plea to conservative cousins over there. The speech was well received. The question is, can conservatives deliver or are they always going to be happy with the lesser evil who still delivers evil? In essence, it’s a fairly libertarian message at its core.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6U6v0pZ9f6k

DUTY CALLS

By Pete Moore On January 17th, 2012 at 11:20 pm

President-elect Paul leaves the campaign trail … to vote against the debt ceiling increase.