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1 week ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Iain Dale: Corbyn's we... · 1 reply · +1 points

Couldn't agree more, Elaine. We may not have lived through the last war, but our parents did--and they had probably lived through the Great Depression as well--so they talked about these events, and we listened. Nowadays--and I'm sure (or at least I hope) there are numerous exceptions--many Millennials have been inculcated with the idea that the world began with them, and their (extremely limited) experience is the only experience that matters. Unfortunately, many of their parents were brought up the same way.

I sometimes think that it might do this country a world of good--rather like an ice-cold shower--to wake up one morning and discover that Corbyn, La Grande Abbott and Lady Nugee were running the country, with all the security and (especially) financial implications that would stem from this little bit of nightmare news. Of course, the result would be that most of the Millennials would be scrambling to emigrate, so we might win the following election, if what now calls itself "Labour" hadn't so twisted the rules as to make that an impossibility.

3 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Daniel Hannan: Being g... · 2 replies · +1 points

Have you noticed, Malcolm, that of late we have been getting waves of trolls who have begun to make Conservative Home feel less and less like a Home for Conservatives? I'm not big on censorship, but what positive purpose do these people serve here?

I wish Paul, or whoever monitors this site, would take note. Sometimes there are so many trolls and non-Con aliens, wading through all their negativity hardly seems worth the effort, and I merely glance at the day's ConHome delivery--and delete.

3 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - What should Tories tax... · 0 replies · +1 points

Thank you, Malcolm.

3 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - What should Tories tax... · 0 replies · +1 points

If we make them, let's buy them, Elaine! I'll have a bright red one--I am trying to cultivate a slightly vulgar and exhibitionistic streak in my dotage--and anyone who wants to do a crowdfunding for me would be most welcome--and a friend for life.

3 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - What should Tories tax... · 6 replies · +1 points

Conservatives who want to win, rather than just moan that their own particular brand of Conservatism isn't getting ahead, would do well to listen to Robert Halfon, who stuck with Harlow, the heartland of "Essex Man", in 2001 and 2005 before winning there in 2010 and increasing his majority regularly since.

Many of our traditional upscale supporters are turning into bleeding-heart metropolitan liberals, ashamed of their prosperity, and prepared to vote for the LieDems or Labour, who, if they are guaranteed to do one thing, it will be to make this country a poorer place, which--logically--should suit the bleeding-hearts nicely. So it is with the upwardly mobile, or at least aspirational, working class or lower-middle-class voter that any future Conservative success with voters will lie.

Many traditional Labour voters in the North and the Midlands have given us the benefit of the doubt over Brexit, and we must do everything possible to keep them on board, and to increase our share of the vote in these areas. Your average British working man (or woman) is a fairly conservative--and fairly Conservative--person, and, now that we have managed to break out of our comfort zone into new geographical areas, we must be seen to be as "One Nation" as possible.

As Elaine Turner has observed above, the concept of a "luxury item" is a very personal one: you say tomayto, I say tomahto. So it might be a great deal easier to concentrate on raising the tax threshold, rather than going for mink coats and Jags. And I, for one, wouldn't object to an increase in higher tax rates, as nothing would give a greater indication to voters that we are in it for the nation as a whole, and not just for people with telephone-number salaries.

3 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - How Trump won with Ame... · 0 replies · +1 points

A brilliant summation, Mr Wardell, and coolly reasoned!

The Brexit referendum victory parallels Trump's, but with one major difference. In the UK, it was not simply the economic losers who won, but also the ideological outsiders, i.e. the "silent majority" who have been consistently ridiculed in recent decades for not subscribing to the chattering classes' knee-jerk politically-correct view of what they like to think is the "world", but is merely a construct of their unrealistic imaginations.

4 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Kevin Davis: We are fr... · 0 replies · +1 points

This is a fine article, Councillor Davis, and would that all councils were as canny about making money go further as Kingston appears to be.

Good luck on 3 May! In a sane and well-ordered society, you shouldn't need it, but a lot of voters will prefer to cut off their nose to spite their face, voting in the LieDems and Labour to punish us for Brexit, and then moaning because their council tax bills go up, and services plunge.

5 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Charlie Elphicke: Mome... · 3 replies · +1 points

You're absolutely right, Elaine, and it's extremely sad. London used to be the best place on earth, a collection of largely friendly neighbourhoods where (on the whole) people had a sense of belonging. Now it is what New York has been for decades: a town for the rich (who can choose to live there), the poor (who can't get out), and those who have to live there for work. Sadly, even in the last category many of the young leave the moment they start to have children and have a good look at some of the state schools. Gradually, we're losing London, in the same way that the Republicans--and I mean the pre-Bush, pre-Dubya and pre-Trump Republicans--lost New York years ago.

5 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Daniel Hannan: Johnson... · 3 replies · +1 points

It was heartening to see that fine old Scots word "dreich" in Hannan's final paragraph, and of course it got me thinking. "Dreich" would be a very fitting word to describe many, and possibly most, of our future leadership contenders, all those grey, unmemorable souls who the public expect must have names, but they can't match names to the faces, just as they can't match faces to most of the names.

Where Boris--and, yes, to most voters he is "Boris"--stands out is that he is forever the optimist and almost always upbeat. Voters like that. He is also extremely intelligent, and even in Britain that is not altogether a bad thing, especially if one carries one's intellect and learning lightly, almost jokingly. He may also be a bit of a bloke, but he is a genuine bloke, unlike Call Me Dave, whose efforts at blokedom were inevitably unconvincing, not to say near-terminally embarrassing. Voters like that too, especially if they realise that the whole thing is a bit of an act, and they're part of the act as well.

So, to anyone whose mind dwells for any length of time outside the possibly toxic and certainly limiting framework of the Westminster Village, candidates like Boris, Priti Patel and Johnny Mercer should be at the top of the list. It probably won't happen, because after reading ConHome for what seems like aeons I have reluctantly drawn two conclusions: 1) most of our MPs would prefer a second-best candidate to lead the party at the next election, so that he or she would lose, and one or another of them could come to the rescue, next time around; and 2) many, though I hope not most, Conservative members would prefer to lose with the candidate whose views most resemble their own, rather than to win with a winner.

Sad--to coin a phrase.

5 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - The Moggcast. CCHQ's a... · 6 replies · +1 points

The Government may foolishly continue to channel money through these gargantuan left-wing knee-jerkers-- more's the pity--though I suspect that the at least temporary slap on the wrist will be sharper than you suspect, if only for PR reasons. However, the real damage to Oxfam will come from diminished donations and diminished legacies. A lot of people who might be considering leaving a bequest to Oxfam are disapproving and old-fashioned oldies like me, and I think many such people who have been generous to Oxfam in their will may now be considering ringing their solicitors to arrange a codicil.