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2 weeks ago @ Conservative Home - James Frayne: Britain'... · 0 replies · +1 points

Yeah, let's go down the pub and make a free trade deal with the lads. How hard can it be?

2 weeks ago @ Conservative Home - Peter Cuthbertson: The... · 0 replies · +1 points

What about North Sea oil?

3 weeks ago @ Conservative Home - Andrew Gimson's Confer... · 0 replies · +1 points

You're not wrong about the BMAG,, it's one of my favourite places, and don't miss the Catholic and Anglican cathedrals too. This is my favourite:

Get yourself down Mission Burrito in the Bull Ring if you want something to eat, it's not far from the Waterstones where they've got free wifi. My girlfriend lives in Birmingham so I'm a frequent visitor.

Readers may be interested in "Our Joe" by Nick Timothy, who's gone on to become Theresa May's adviser, it's a recap of his legacy and what it means for the party he never actually joined but had and, it seems, continues to have a great influence on.

3 weeks ago @ Conservative Home - "Let’s rise to this ... · 2 replies · +1 points

At what point does it occur to people that disgraced former defence secretary Liam Fox and his friends are talking substance-free stuff based on utopian dreams that have nothing to do with, for instance, the livelihoods of Nissan workers?

You can't just go down the pub with world leaders and make a trade deal, or magic a prosperous future into the air with platitudes about going out into the world, head held high, etc. There needs to be something there and it's obvious that disgraced former defence secretary Liam Fox and speak your weight machine Boris Johnson have nothing to offer.

3 weeks ago @ Conservative Home - Nadhim Zahawi: Russia ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Good job we haven't just pointlessly handed Russia a free gift at massive cost to ourselves then, isn't it?

I'm sure people in Eastern Europe will sleep easy at night knowing conservatives across the Atlantic will support them against... oh, wait.

4 weeks ago @ Conservative Home - James Frayne: May's co... · 0 replies · +1 points

"Without the Tories’ Thatcherite baggage, UKIP are greedily eating into Labour’s Northern heartlands. This will continue"

Is this really a certainty in these days of Diane James? If she doesn't have the crossover appeal Farrago has, and UKIP slumps, what are the likely consequences of this? If James appeals to fewer northern, working-class folk than Farrago, they wouldn't be replaced by Comrade Corbyn's Labour, and certainly not the Tories. The Liberal Democrats (sadly, imho) are struggling to make their voice heard.

UKIP's forward momentum (no pun intended), will it really last now? You can see what Diane's strategy would be, but I don't believe it will work and I think we should consider the consequences if it doesn't.

A divide within the UKIP camp has opened up with, I think, the likely outcome being the southern, lower-middle-class wing getting behind May and the northerners dropping back out.

When her victory in the leadership election was announced I was enjoying a lunchtime visit to Birmingham Botanical Gardens and it came through on the World at One, and I think we still don't know what the consequences will be, but more likely a hollowing out of politics in the north, the drifting away of Scotland and the continuing dominance (the northern powerhouse having never been real) of the southern rentiers and their followers.

4 weeks ago @ Conservative Home - Iain Dale: A week in w... · 2 replies · +1 points

EPIC DALE has brought about historic agreement between Jews and Arabs.

They both think he's a bellend.

6 weeks ago @ Conservative Home - James Heappey: May is ... · 1 reply · +1 points

It proves that some climate change is natural, not that it's all natural, that the freak weater, floods, droughts we've seen across the world are all coincidence.

Not just carbon emissions, but also pollution and mismanagement of land that's made the floods even worse than they would otherwise have been.

So you don't like the socialist agenda of many "greens", neither do I. But that's a reason for liberals and conservatives to get involved in the environment debate, not pretend it isn't happening.

Have a look at this:

It makes no sense I can see, Tories talk about responsibility, living within our means and not passing on debts to future generations, yet their environmental policies are the opposite of this, they think they can keep taking from nature and give nothing back, as if pollution wasn't a way of saddling future generations with a debt that if it goes too far can never be repaid.

8 weeks ago @ Conservative Home - Mohammed Amin: Integra... · 1 reply · +1 points

There was one in 2003 though

9 weeks ago @ Conservative Home - Quentin Letts: Europhi... · 0 replies · +1 points

Letts not.