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1 day ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Around the black cloud... · 2 replies · +1 points

Many thanks, Paul, for an especially cogent article this morning.

Now, perhaps we might all listen to Ruth Davidson, and put our egos away for the moment, and think of the future of the country and the party, which--if one is a Conservative--amounts to pretty much the same thing. A "UnityFest"--what a term!--would do the party a world of good at this time, especially as this is conference season. The LibDems have just revealed--again, and for the hundredth time--how inconsequential they are, not to mention lacking in any seriousness. As for Labour, their conference is more likely to reveal the great splits in their party, than any spurious sense of comrades-all-together. If we could only sheathe those knives for a few more months, and let Mrs May get on with it, we might actually convince the voters that we deserve yet another chance.

Finally--and I can't resist saying this now--the Common Market and its successors have always been regarded by our Continental friends as a guarantor of peace in Europe. Of course during the past two and a quarter centuries the great disturbers of peace have been France (Napoleon) and Germany and its allies (the Austro-Prussian War of 1866, the Franco-Prussian War, World Wars I and II). To follow this to its natural conclusion, the EU exists to prevent France or Germany, and especially Germany, from being a serious nuisance to the rest of Europe. Human nature being what it is--and I've never been a great fan of it--it is only natural that these two countries, with their uninspiring recent histories, should be so determined to try to humiliate Britain now. That being the case, it is a great pity that Tusk, a Pole of all people, should have joined in this nasty game.

1 week ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Yesterday's court defe... · 0 replies · +1 points

I would have preferred to think that this latest episode is unbelievable, but it is in fact all too believable. The emperor has no clothes, and he's called the Establishment.

No wonder a rapidly growing number of members of our party have little or no respect for the party's leaders. As for the other parties, the LibDems aren't really a party, just a steadily diminishing number of "don't knows". Where Labour is concerned, the situation is more complex: a small number of members and decent MPs are hanging on in the hope of resurrecting a dying dream; the greater number of anti-Corbyn MPs are presumably too enamoured of their seats and perks to make any significant move against the lefties; and a large proportion of their traditional electorate would vote for a dead dog, as long as it was wearing a red rosette.

What a sad, feeble and unhealthy body politic!

1 week ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Stephen Bates: How to ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Wow, Anne! You sound like me on one of my few "nice" days. It needed saying, and I happily second Tubby's comment above.

1 week ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Welby's next stop shou... · 2 replies · +1 points

It would be very difficult to imagine an organisation that has enjoyed greater privilege over the centuries than the Church of England, and yet at the present time its signed-up membership, i.e. those who are sufficiently committed as to be on parish electoral rolls, stands at roughly 2%--yes, two per-cent, 1 in 50--of the population. I suggest that this prelate might be better engaged in trying to put his church's affairs in order before he attempts to tell the Conservative party, or indeed any party, how to go about their business.

2 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Our Survey. May's summ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Couldn't agree more, Elaine. As you say, Mrs May's default position of indecision, prevarication and procrastination has weakened her mightily; no one respects a political contortionist, especially one who isn't very successful at it..

2 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Our Survey. May's summ... · 2 replies · +1 points

Decent basic principles--e.g. a respect for the Brexit referendum results, not to mention the fact that a majority of Conservative voters are opposed to Chequers, and probably Mrs May as well--do not seem to resonate with our MPs, and looking at this often mediocre bunch, I'm not the least bit surprised. However, naked self-interest is almost certain to give quite a few MPs serious cause for concern. I think we may see a bit of a mind-shift, Elaine, now that so many of our "marginal" MPs look like facing the chop at the next GE.

3 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Which MPs get the most... · 0 replies · +1 points

Thank you, Mark, for bringing the Sheffield study to our attention. It's a lazy end-of-summer weekend, and the sun's out--at least here in west London--but I hope your article receives the large ConHome readership that it deserves.

3 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Priti Patel: We must c... · 2 replies · +1 points

A lot of us "regulars" are surprised and upset by these unexplained deletions, especially considering who has been deleted. I can't recall when I last agreed with Ben G, but none of his contributions thus far has struck me as delete-worthy. As for your good self, I rarely agree with you, but you are always polite and well-mannered, and I imagine most of us are pleased to have a calm, reasonable and intelligent opponent to oppose.

If the Administrator has made his deletions for legal reasons, it might have saved us all a lot of trouble if he had, on this one occasion, justified his actions.

3 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - The Conservative infil... · 2 replies · +1 points

Over the years, thousands of Conservatives left the Party because they felt that the Party had left them.

Two points:

1) People join any organisation--political, religious, cultural etc--for a variety of reasons: not necessarily because they support every tenet held by that organisation, but because at least certain aspects and policies of the organisation appeal to them, and they feel that the organisation deserves their backing and financial support. To expect each and every member of the Conservative party to follow a strict party line is impractical, unrealistic and downright daft.

2) If a number of ex-Conservatives wish to rejoin us after some years away--and whether or not they passed through a Kipper stage en route--we should be welcoming them with open arms. To do otherwise would merely be further proof of a point that I have raised here numerous times, namely, that the upper echelons of the Party seem to regard members as a wretched nuisance, rather than the lifeblood of the Party and guarantors of its survival and future growth.

4 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Davidson, the best hop... · 0 replies · +1 points

That's good, Sceptico, and not just witty, but perceptive. I suspect you're 100% right. She is also much overrated.