Colinb7

Colinb7

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2 days ago @ http://www.conservativ... - WATCH: "Like a round-t... · 0 replies · +1 points

It's arguable that the German military was even more in favour of going to war in 1914 than was the Kaiser, I believe partly on the grounds that delaying would make Germany's enemies relatively stronger. The historian John Terraine has written - quoting someone whose name I forget - that in Germany in the years up to and including 1914 the civilian government of Germany relaxed the reins restraining the military, something that didn't happen in the UK or France.

2 days ago @ http://www.conservativ... - WATCH: "Like a round-t... · 1 reply · +1 points

What changes which will make a big difference to our economy and society can be done which can't be done while we are in the EU?

2 days ago @ http://www.conservativ... - WATCH: "Like a round-t... · 1 reply · +1 points

I too have mixed feelings about WW1: France and the UK and Belgium (etc) were correct in fighting it for national survival, but all three were on dodgy moral grounds (as I see it) because of their respective colonies and empires.

4 days ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Bob Seely: Yes, Brexit... · 0 replies · +1 points

Presumably Talleyrand would disagree with Bob Seely on the desirability of having "va va voomers"? Personally I'm in favour of policies which are based on evidence, preferably also supported by theory. I rather like the alleged comment (perhaps by a UK Treasury official on yet another change in which measure of the money supply was being used for targets) "That's all very well in practice but how does it work in theory".

That leaves the question of which Pooh Bear character is most desirable as a minister. Tiggers? No. (Boris Johnson seems to be a malign combination of Tigger, Wol and Pooh.) Maybe Kanga?

5 days ago @ http://www.conservativ... - The radical, anti-esta... · 0 replies · +1 points

"the greatest mandate ever in British political history" - Not even close.
2016 referendum turnout 72.2% Leave 17.41 million 51.9% Remain 16.14 million 48.1%;
1975 referendum turnout 64.5% Leave 8.47 million 32.7% Remain 17.38 million 67.2%.
On an electorate which was over 6 million larger and on a higher turnout in 2016 Leave only got 30,000 more votes than Remain got in 1975. Leave won the 2016 referendum by a not insignificant 1.3 million votes 3.8%, but don't try to spin it to be something it isn't.

6 days ago @ http://www.conservativ... - WATCH: Fox says a "no ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Is the average age of Conservative Party members really 72? Also it seems unlikely that in just two years the average age has increased by 6 years. According to FullFact in 2017 a (gu)e(s)stimate of the average age of Conservative Party members was about 57. https://fullfact.org/news/how-old-average-conserv...

For evidence that the age distribution may be more than somewhat skewed, there is this: https://www.psa.ac.uk/insight-plus/members-only-v...

1 week ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Newslinks for Thursday... · 1 reply · +1 points

Gordon Brown was interviewed earlier today on the BBC World Service and said that in 2008-2010 there was cooperation between governments in dealing with the financial crisis but that one thing that worried him now was that in the next financial crisis (whenever it comes) there would be less cooperation and more of governments blaming each other.

1 week ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Newslinks for Thursday... · 3 replies · +1 points

I wonder if it's possible to have one of the most robust and toughest regulatory systems and at the same time ensure it's globally competitive?

1 week ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Andrew Gimson's PMQs s... · 0 replies · +1 points

My knowledge of novels is fairly limited so I wouldn't have recognised Sophia Western either! (But I am quite good on music.)

1 week ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Andrew Gimson's PMQs s... · 2 replies · +1 points

Real Conservatism means Real Conservatism!