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3 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - The decision not to ch... · 1 reply · +1 points

I am astonished at some of the wild comments above. The Parole Board made a decision, as they are empowered to do. It might have been a poor decision (I don't know - unless one were at the meeting, with all the evidence to hand, it is not possible to judge) but it was within their powers. A judicial review cannot overturn a decision on the basis of its being the wrong decision, or a politically or socially inconvenient one - it can only decide whether the decision was legally valid. Clearly it was, and the Lord Chancellor, as he has a duty to uphold the law, cannot pretend it was not.

Most of us here would have been happier if Worboys were cast back inside to rot, but the decision is not entrusted to us. Neither is the decision entrusted to ministers - how dangerous it would be were the liberty of the subject were at the mercy of passing political considerations. The Law Chancellor can issue no lettre de cachet.

We are the party of law and order - we cannot urge the government to ignore inconvenient laws for political convenience.

Worboys will be released subject to stringent parole conditions. The important thing at this stage is to ensure that they are enforced, and that he is banged up again if he breaches them in the least particular.

1 day ago @ http://www.conservativ... - The border is staying ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Ah, another "Move along; nothing here to see" story built up in the press because it was a very impressively hosted summit. (I hope that Monsieur le Président appreciated the monument to the Prince-Imperial in Sandhurst.)

It is only fair that Britain should contribute to our own border security, and better that it be done in the Pale of Calais than in Kent. Figures will be worked out year by year. It is no change from last year or the year before.

As to Macron's suggestion that France will walk off with a lot of financial business: Bonne chance. If you can make your system as attractive as ours, the City will have to up its game and we all benefit. Continental businesses though raise their money in London, and they should be begging for free access to our market (gladly given - we are open to the world). Any restrictions on cross-channel finance hurt European businesses more than ours.

3 days ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Carillion's collapse w... · 0 replies · +1 points

Erm, actually the company collapsed because they were not charging the government enough. If they had been "ripping the government off" they would had had the profits not to go bust.

4 days ago @ http://www.conservativ... - State-funded Muslim sc... · 1 reply · +1 points

As a mathematician, I have to disagree with your equation.

5 days ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Catherine Anderson: Ou... · 1 reply · +1 points

I don't even get to be a Second-Lieutenant Blimp, but I think it is a daft idea, if well meant. The Labour Party looked like agenda-driven loonies when they adopted the idea, and fell in the polls as a result. They, it should be said, have had no female leader. Their crop of those chosen from all-female shortlists give no confidence that it produces worthy MPs. Our female MPs, who have risen by merit not entitlement, have proven a blessing (with a few honourable exceptions, as with male MPs).

5 days ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Gary Porter: Leaving t... · 0 replies · +1 points

One of the many delights of Brexit is that officers and advisers will no longer be able to block an idea by claiming that a randomly chosen, incomprehensive EU directive prevents it.

There will still be international procurement and competition rules after March 2019, in any free trade agreement with the EU and in TTIP, when signed. Councils must still try to get the best value contract, which might be from an overseas company. However the bureaucracy can be cut down.

Will Whitehall actually cut the bureaucracy down though? They have gold-plated every EU directive so far: can we have a "tin-plate" commission to scour it off and get back to basics? I have my doubts.

What would help immediately would be to put local government rules in a single, coherent code so that officers and councillors, and members of the public, can see clearly what can and cannot be done and how. Asking Whitehall to reform the more obtuse rules after Brexit is impractical unless Whitehall can see what those rules actually are.

5 days ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Nicky Morgan: The Prim... · 1 reply · +1 points

During the first Blair election, the Labour Party set up a unit which picked up any statements made by Conservatives and issued counter-statements backed by (selective) facts, and the point of providing actual facts and statistics was devastating. As they were in opposition at the time and had been mercifully for many years, they did not have to be on the defensive.

Now, Corbyn Labour is using a scatter-gun blame and assertion tactic, framed for 140-character tweets and five second soundbites.

The Conservative record on health and social care is largely unknown and assertions of "cuts" are not challenged by reference to facts and figures. If CCHQ can put together a publicly available fact database, cross-referenced to reliable sources and statistics, our own rebuttal units can move into action, if we have any.

If there are any Conservatives tweeting, a database could help them rebut Momentum's unsubstantiated twitterings. Maybe with hashtags too, whatever they are.

1 week ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Lewis Baston: How the ... · 1 reply · +1 points

Yup -

"I declare on my honour and faith that I will devote my best ability to the maintenance of religion, of the estates of the realm, and of the imperial ascendancy of the British Empire; and that, consistently with my allegiance to the sovereign of these realms, I will promote with discretion and fidelity the above objects, being those of the Primrose League."

I could certainly sign yup to that!

1 week ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Lewis Baston: How the ... · 3 replies · +1 points

Ah - but there is a distinction between what the members in Parliament did and the wider Conservative movement. The Conservatives' mass membership organisation was the Primrose League, and the Primrose League consistently called for women's suffrage; indeed it was the first mainstream political organisation to do so. I can quite understand sitting MPs worried about their positions facing an unpredictable new electorate and reacting by being small-c conservative about it. Conservatives nationally were all for it.

That said, your point about young women and not-so-young women imprisoning themselves is well made. Women deserve respect; not only from men but from themselves.

1 week ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Councils should challe... · 0 replies · +1 points

Shocking that you should talk sense and bring us to face reality when it is blame and rhetoric which will carry us through.