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1 week ago @ Conservative Home - Does Farage think that... · 0 replies · +1 points

"English Democrats", more like, given that they're very weak outside England, many of them are explicitly against the British union and I'd wager the majority would accept Scottish seperatism from the United Kingddom if it advanced their pet cause.

The "loyalists" of UKIP are, even though some of their fans won't want to hear it, from an objective point of view an English nationalist outfit who threaten that United Kingdom which has been so successful down the centuries. Yes, there are Whiggish libertarians in Vote Leave but we'd end up a shrunken rump state laughed off the world stage. Hannan, Carswell, etc are fantasists if they think leaving will produce an outward-looking, libertarian, successful Britain.

The Tories have almost destroyed the British union once and seemingly want another go.

1 week ago @ Conservative Home - Garvan Walshe: Can Mos... · 0 replies · +1 points

"Even if there wasn't a single immigrant in this country, with the birth rate being what it is and so many unemployable, unmarriageable young men, how can there be anything like a decent, ordered society" I mean in the Middle East.

1 week ago @ Conservative Home - Garvan Walshe: Can Mos... · 0 replies · +1 points

And you won't deal with any of this until overpopulation is addressed. Even if there wasn't a single immigrant in this country, with the birth rate being what it is and so many unemployable, unmarriageable young men, how can there be anything like a decent, ordered society?

the illegal war in Iraq set things even further back, Saddam, Basher, and maybe even Gaddafi were better than the anarchy and Muslim nutjobbery that followed. But in time their position couldn't be sustained because they had no response to population growth, a sclerotic economy and environmental problems, So it could be an intractable problem. It's not a barrel of laughs, certainly not.

2 weeks ago @ Conservative Home - Food banks are learnin... · 0 replies · +1 points

Excellent comment, this. In my Citizens' Advice days I soon learned what a woeful system Gordon Brown erected, full of incentives to do the wrong thing, pointless administration, recycling of money etc.

Unfortunately, the Treasury would stand in the way of any effort to genuinely improve the welfare system to support workers and those who can't work. I don't know if Duncan Cough was sincere, and I certainly didn't support him, but nothing can be done with the cynics at No. 11 who only think about short-term savings.

The Tories inherited a woeful system that couldn't be defended. So they got goodwill for their reforms, but I deny that those reforms have worked.

3 weeks ago @ Conservative Home - Now the official campa... · 0 replies · +1 points

THE JUDEAN PEOPLE'S FRONT!

3 weeks ago @ Conservative Home - Ben Caldecott and Sam ... · 1 reply · +1 points

That may be so, and of course the rain was going to happen, but I think there are several ways the floods were mismanaged. You may not like George Monbiot, but surely this is what any economic liberal would be saying. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/dec...

I fully accept that the CAP and CFP are bad, but I actually think a post-Brexit policy would be even worse, as Cameron and Paterson have repeatedly stood in the way of efforts to reduce subsidies for huge farms. And this is wht I say the Tories are only economic liberals when it suits them.

Look, I accept that "greens" are often wrong, but caring for our common home is what everyone of all schools of thought should be doing and in that vain I again commend the book to all comers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookrevi...

3 weeks ago @ Conservative Home - Ben Caldecott and Sam ... · 0 replies · +1 points

I agree with Larkworthywill, I don't think anyone can now say the weird weather we're having is all natural.

I'm a liberal, not a conservative or a socialist. I am sorry that socialists seem to have monopolised "green" talk and the Green Party, which I don't support. But I certainly don't think only socialists should be green. I'm a liberal and in the voluntary work I do at my local beauty spot we get conserative, socialist, apolitical, Remainers, Brexiteers you name it.

I oppose, for instance, the nuclear anti-nuclear views of many "greens", and I think organisations like Friends of the Earth are wrong about a lot of things.

But that's not a reason for conservatives to give up on environmentalism, it's a reason for them to put their views forward in the debate like liberals and socialists already do.

If anyone thinks, for instance, that the floods could have been handled better, or that there's too much pollution, or you're unhappy with much "development", you can arm yourself with arguments from the foremost thinker in green conservatism.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookrevi...

If your instinct tells you there must be something in it, but your head doesn't like socialists or liberals, then you may well disagree with me but have a look at that line of argument.

3 weeks ago @ Conservative Home - First, Greece. Then De... · 6 replies · +1 points

Vladimir Putin thanks you for your support.

5 weeks ago @ Conservative Home - David Burrowes MP: Wha... · 0 replies · +1 points

Why not stop selling arms to the Gulf States and stop being "allied" to them and Turkey, when their ideology is barely different to that of Islamic State?

Young Dave doesn't seem to have grasped that what's good for business isn't good for people in Syria, or victims of the illegal Saudi-led atrocities in Yemen, or in the west.

Young Dave and Hammond-Organ are shamefully conniving at atrocities in Yemen while acting as if Russia and Iran were the worst thing ever and we can't work with them or Assad. I wouldn't want to live in Moscow or Tehran but I wouldn't want to live in a country ravaged by neocon illegal wars and the savagery of our "allies".