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9 years ago @ Conservative Home - Labour wants a return ... · 0 replies · +2 points
However. Very heavy sigh. After Miliband's terrifying conference speech I am reluctant to give my vote to UKIP, which has no chance of attaining power, and thus bear some responsibility for a Labour victory. There is much about Conservative policy that I don't like, but it isn't quite as economically illiterate Labour's. Of course it is a long time until the next election, and anything could change, but right now I feel I will have to put a peg on my nose and vote Conservative.
Sorry, Ukippers, I love you, but I don't want to see Labour in power.
9 years ago @ Platform [OLD] - Brian Monteith: Will t... · 1 reply · +18 points
I'm not saying that smoking is good for anyone, or even denying that there are those predisposed to its bad effects. However I do resent the tickbox culture and the fact is whatever NHS costs I have incurred hitherto have been as a direct result of 'giving up' and that no matter what happens to me hereafter there is no NHS cost that could exceed what I have paid in tobacco tax since I was puffing behind the school bike sheds around 1962.
Meanwhile the tax on cigarettes goes up & up and my weight goes down & down as I compensate for the tax by reducing food expenditure. Currently at 5' 5" and 6st 9lbs. That doesn't bother me, it's my choice, but what DOES make me laugh is if I drop dead tomorrow they'll say it's an early "smoking-related" death and entirely ignore it was probably down to malnourishment due to smoking policy!
9 years ago @ The Tory Diary - Caveat emptor --- Bori... · 0 replies · +12 points
However everyone gets something right, and Boris is spot on about Syria.
10 years ago @ Platform [OLD] - FROM: @OliverCooper · 0 replies · +7 points
Indeed, when civil partnership was legislated, which I fully supported, it did strike me that by being restricted to gay couples it discriminated against siblings, or parent/child, or heterosexual platonic friends who share a life/home and would like the same legal rights.
Social engineering always seems to introduce "Whose rights trump whose?" It's a mess and governments should steer well clear of it.
10 years ago @ Conservative Home [OLD] - Newslinks for Monday 6... · 1 reply · +1 points
10 years ago @ Conservative Home [OLD] - Newslinks for Monday 6... · 3 replies · +1 points
10 years ago @ Conservative Home [OLD] - Newslinks for Monday 6... · 6 replies · +6 points
I doubt it was the BBC's intention, but the overwhelming impression was of a giant brought down by a shoal of snapping pirhanas. The then Mrs Thatcher had her faults, of course, she was human, but I remain firmly convinced they were sins of omission rather than commission. Who knows what she might have achieved when her prime objectives were cemented and she could have turned her attention to other things?
It is historically too distant to cast abuse at particular people, they did what they did. However I think it is a shame that so many of them are so-called Conservative voices today.
10 years ago @ The Tory Diary - How should the Conserv... · 0 replies · +3 points
What I would really like above all is that the majority understands the difference between capitalism & corporatism. UKIP shows promise, but it doesn't have power. Power corrupts. Voting UKIP is a leap of faith - would it resist corruption if it had power? Only time will tell, assuming UKIP ever gets any power. It's a risk I'm willing to take because I hate the status quo, but I'm quite prepared for disappointment. Actually, with a bit of luck, I will have shuffled off this mortal coil before I see what my grandchildren will see :)
10 years ago @ The Tory Diary - How should the Conserv... · 0 replies · +5 points
10 years ago @ The Tory Diary - How should the Conserv... · 9 replies · +16 points
.In Surrey County Council elections yesterday I cast my first-ever non-Conservative vote, as indeed did a host of friends & neighbours. I fully recognise Gove's & IDS's exemplary reforms but they aren't enough, I loathe the social engineering that is going on, and the whole Big Government/muzzle the media agenda Cameron is now making noises about holding a referendum on EU membership, but simultaneously obfuscating his intentions. A bit like that "cast-iron" promise in the Sun, about a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. He gave himelf a let-out, in the very last line regarding a referendum on a yet unratified Treaty, but he must have known that most people would interpret it as an honest promise.
Just another "trust me" politician who's had no experience of real-life, is too wealthy to understand the real concerns of people finding their fuel bills rising expotentially because of "green" policies.
That is, to be honest, my main concern. I'm sick to death of shivering & shaking through winters, piling on layers of clothing, while progressively turning my thermostat down so that I can keep the bills within payable bounds while subsidising "renewable sources" like useless windmills & solar panels.
If UKIP is sceptical about "global warming" they'll get my vote.