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1 day ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Three laws for Leavers... · 0 replies · +1 points

I've contributed to them as well, Nick. They are a great little body, very informative and very comprehensive. In a sense, they are really a natural offshoot of ConHome. I wish only that they were better at promoting themselves.

1 day ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Three laws for Leavers... · 0 replies · +1 points

A year ago, Elaine, I would have said, "Let's try for some sort of workable compromise", but now I'm in total agreement with you. Aware that they can rely on misguided--and often downright devious--support from diehard Remainers, the EU are throwing every possible spanner into the works, catching out our own still far too gentlemanly negotiators at every juncture.

As you say, "Let's just go", and leave the EU to face the pleasures of dealing with all those very real, and richly deserved, threats from Italy, Hungary, Poland et al.

1 day ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Three laws for Leavers... · 34 replies · +1 points

I hope that readers will know by now that I am about as true-blue as they come, but I think it only fair to point out that the great unsung hero of all this is Nigel Farage. Yes, yes, yes; I can see many of his weaknesses, but--at least at first glance--he did more for Brexit than any of our so-called Conservative leaders.

Or might History decide otherwise, and was it the voters' collective nausea at hearing endless lies, damned lies and statistics from the Establishment--including (as I say) most of our so-called Conservative leaders--that finally tipped the scales?

3 days ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Brexit. What May shoul... · 2 replies · +1 points

I agree that the others are relative minnows compared to Clarke, but his contribution, though considerable, happened a long time ago. Right now, I can't see how it helps the Party to have someone of such high profile voting so regularly with our opponents.

3 days ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Brexit. What May shoul... · 1 reply · +1 points

Couldn't agree more, Zalamandar, and I'd dearly love to see it happen, but right now we are stuck with the often pathetic lot who call themselves our "leaders", and the best we can do is to nag them to death and menace them nicely.

3 days ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Brexit. What May shoul... · 8 replies · +1 points

I'm in total agreement, Paul, and so--I imagine--is a large proportion of loyal ConHomers. That's excluding the trolls and the negative static-mongers, of course. They'll be moaning about all the time wasted up to now, and in a sense they'd be right, but the essential thing is for us all to accept that yesterday has to be Day One of our final--and total--rethink of what we want, and how we're going to face down the cosmic obstructiveness, negativity and (often) downright stupidity of the EU, their officials and negotiators.

At times like this, I could wish you back in the House, as a voice of common sense and basic Conservatism. There might even be a few safe seats going at the next GE, if the local parties of "The Six" have the good sense to deselect their current MPs. Unfortunately, that's not very likely to happen, as some of those constituencies voted Remain, and even those that voted Leave did so by fairly narrow margins. So--dreadful thought--we're probably stuck with those Six, except probably Clarke, who is way past his use-by date and has long outstayed his welcome in the Party.

6 days ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Damaged by last year's... · 0 replies · +1 points

It is almost as if that splendid term "Schadenfreude" was invented to describe the feeling that any reasonable person would have in watching the discomfiture of this woman, who appears to wish us--i.e. the UK--no good at all in our Brexit negotiations. Her virtue-signalling "moral imperialism"--Orban's apt description of her unilateral decision to allow a million immigrants to force their way into the EU--is now being richly rewarded. It is a pity that her pastor father is not alive today to remind her of the ultimate connection between sowing and reaping.

1 week ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Dominic Cummings, NHS ... · 3 replies · +1 points

The two of us--reasonably creaky but otherwise alive and occasionally well--visit NHS hospitals and clinics for various check-ups, treatments and follow-ups something like 30+ times a year, and this is hardly a new thing for us, so we have had the opportunity to observe the efficiency levels of the NHS on countless occasions. Much of the time we ourselves have to remind the various clinics we attend that our periodic visits are overdue; much of the time we are sent appointments that are then altered, then altered again, and sometimes just downright sent out incorrectly, as last week when we received an appointment followed by a correction, because it was to sign us up for a "new" clinic, only to realise that we had been attending for several years; and even on occasion one or the other of us receives a dummy appointment that the hospital has no record of! Worse: notes--and I'm talking cancer-treatment notes now--have been misplaced, for a number of months. Still worse: go to an NHS hospital and watch the nurses et al crossing the room to pick up a pencil, or to have a chat. A time-and-motion student would think he had died and landed in a crazy farm.

It is not all about money; it's about efficiency and having practical systems and protocols in place. Unless something root-and-branch is done about the inefficiencies of the NHS, all this extra funding will turn out to be little more than useless virtue-signalling.

2 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - The Brexit negotiation... · 2 replies · +1 points

Marmite indeed--and talk about cognitive dissonance, though of course we weren't--not yet, anyway.

1) I recall attending a ConHome event half a dozen years or so ago, where Tim and DD--and maybe others: I have forgotten--spoke, and spoke very intelligently. David Davis impressed me hugely, though I came away with the impression that his most obvious weakness--if it can be called a weakness--is that his very considerable intelligence can occasionally make him too theoretical and insufficiently practical.

2) Now for the cognitive dissonance. A good friend of mine--a delightful person, and a highly experienced party worker (let's leave it at that--I want to be vague here)--once told me that a very distinguished senior colleague of hers (no names, highly distinguished ex-MP, Conservative of course) once described DD as a terrible person, leaving me with the impression that he meant, inter alia, not to be trusted politically. I value my good friend's views--she is also a Leaver, so what's to hate?-- and I have very considerable respect for the aforementioned ex-MP, who is the very quintessence of everything that a Conservative parliamentarian ought to be. But they can't stand DD, and I was, and still am, hugely impressed by him.

So, yes, Paul: the quintessence of marmite.

3 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - The Tory Left: not alw... · 4 replies · +1 points

An excellent post, Elaine! This is a far more conservative--and therefore potentially Conservative--nation than the Left of any party are capable of comprehending. Voters want policies that reflect their own day-to-day concerns, rather than some feeble version of the Dave/Blair blancmange. The fact that we are beginning to make headway in hitherto Labour bastions of the Midlands and the North proves that, if we do meet working-class voters' needs, many will be prepared to switch allegiance from Labour, which is now perceived to be completely "off with the pixies"--and very left-wing pixies at that.