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1 year ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Caroline ffiske: How n... · 1 reply · +1 points

We are not in the midst of a culture war. There are low level skirmishes instigated by zealots. The British people are too busy and favour pragmatism over ideology, thankfully.

At the moment it is older, quieter citizens being goaded by extreme and often dishonest anecdotes in the Daily Mail. Encouraging them to stew inside and perhaps write an angry comment. The wider population is just getting on with things.

but I think the Conservative Party believe they thrive on adversity and so are in search of more like a drug. The delayed start to this war is because the Conservatives have had second thoughts as to whether it has any traction (as time moves on it will have less and less) and what sorts of undesirables they may attract to their cause and will seek to join the party.

Rightwing culture warriors will lapse in to obscurity because they carry no sustainable momentum and are not in the vanguard of consumerism, business, society although admittedly some are in the cabinet, for now.

It is also worth noting that there are righwing terrorists in our midst and we must give the police full succour in keeping track of them.

1 year ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Sebastian Rees: The NH... · 0 replies · +1 points

"And of course society at large needs to face up to the social, financial and psychological costs to everyone of keeping increasing numbers of people alive who have, effectively, no meaningful life. Cue, no doubt, hysterical responses, as per usual".

It is very difficult to respond to this as what you have written is very vague. Do you mean consentful euthanasia or the active ending of lives regardless of consent. Death here in the UK is actually rather more pragmatic than some other countries (particularly more religious ones) and cases of people, even children hanging on through courts etc are extremely rare. Mostly those decisions are taken with parents inside hospital and the public will never hear of them.

1 year ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Ben Everitt MP: The Ch... · 0 replies · +1 points

If I was buying a house right now then I think I would be be pretty edgy with this deadline approaching. We shall have to leave it to the government to see if it is extended.

But on the wider point, that of relying on house price pumping to grow the economy. Our economic model of the last 40 years. This must stop. For those frustrated that we do not have the same more picturesque heavy industries like our near neighbours, you must understand that a large part of the reason is that all money goes in to property.

1 year ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Paul Howell and Heathe... · 2 replies · +1 points

I am sad at the effect on the environment but we need to get on with this, although I think that we already are.

Just been told on another thread that we of Anglo Saxon heritage are spoken about as non-dithererers, get things done sorts compared to Continental Europeans propensity for dickering about and that this is a commonly held belief among all European countries. So "Anglo Saxon approach = Get things done vs Continental European approach = dickering about.

Of course this is nonsense and in particular you see that in the neverending HS2. We need to stop talking and just do it or finish it.

Most of the opposition is from people who worry it might put a brake on house price pumping.

1 year ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Protecting free speech... · 0 replies · +1 points

20% will never happen. That is terribly old fashioned and rather elitist.

Unless Blair managed to extend his influence to the rest of the developed world then it is just global trends and the expectation of commerce and society. Britain is not unique in this way. Here is a snapshot;

Canada. 56.27 percent. 1:13.
Japan. 50.50 percent.
Israel. 49.90 percent.
Korea. 46.86 percent.
United Kingdom. 45.96 percent.
United States. 45.67 percent.
Australia. 43.74 percent.
Finland. 43.60 percent.

The answer is to improve the lot of the other 50%.

1 year ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Nick Hoile: Beware of ... · 1 reply · +1 points

" walk around wearing a panty liner across my mouth."

Would it not be easier to buy a mask? These days, most local shops sell them, often near the counter.

1 year ago @ http://www.conservativ... - John Penrose: We can c... · 1 reply · +1 points

This just simply isn't true.

And look at you trying to group Spain, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Romania.... and all the others together as if they are one country. Would you do the same for Asia, Latin America?

I have lived in 3 countries. Here, one in east Asia, and down under. The UK is the most bureaucratic. Can you define what you mean by "Anglo-saxon thinking"?

1 year ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Protecting free speech... · 2 replies · +1 points

If Unversities are state funded then Students get a really bad deal. Tuition fees of £9250 per year plus accommodation.

Do we know how much it would be if they are ever privatised it?

1 year ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Protecting free speech... · 2 replies · +1 points

Some thoughts from me on the culture skirmishes and education in general. Biased and anecdotal like all comments here.

Conservatives have long mooted their wish to start a culture war and there have been several stumbled starts to this. So it is again.

The conspiracy theories that fuel this are dishonest.

Reading the comments on this forum for a long time and it is clear that most on here do not understand modern education and in particular university education.

On the wider point of education a common point of discussion from parents of school age children is how much better education is today than existed in the 80’s, 90’s, noughties. I know this because I am a parent and I confer widely with others who wish for the best for their children. We are often told by some here that the O level generation received stellar educational courses and this is difficult to check of course and difficult to grasp when we hear the conversations and see the momentum that generation has had (not all you must understand).

Conservatives are again crossing the street, entering a quiet place, tapping someone’s shoulder and starting a fight. The recipient of the tap has no time or energy for this nor do they see what is being said. They do not have time for such inane indulgences seeing as we are still in the middle of a pandemic, brainless Brexit and worries about the future.

Red wall voters shouting at young people while frantically pointing at a story in the Daily Express is a very bad look.

Conservatives are frustrated that there is a lack of sustainable voters. The leaders of tomorrow and their followers are different but this does not mean they are Marxist, communist ………etc.

Woke has become a term most usually used by the right wing press. Even our prime minister is confused if it is a negative term. Others have heard this term from those wishing to start a culture war. They don’t know if they are woke or not and whether this is good or bad.

Advocates of the culture war will be in time and even right now disappointed. Ironically market forces dictate that in business particularly and behind the scenes “good” companies are changing and this is reflected in real and measured social responsibility that the new consumers crave. There will be no “Britannia unchained” moment and this change is not arbitrary but there is a clear trend.

1 year ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Stephen Booth: The mai... · 4 replies · +1 points

"Since a large proportion of our exports are services, not physical products, and those services can often be delivered electronically and remotely, I would argue that our doorstep is no longer the limitation that it once was".

I sometimes think there is a lot of misunderstanding as regards services. Lots of British companies sell services to any country and since time immemorial as there are no tariffs or barriers. Lots of British companies buy IT consulting and anything they want from other countries. Our doorstep has never been a limitation.

Government likes to say that they have been pushing for a free market in services but business has never really felt limited except by language and producing relevant products or wanting too. For the most part then you can buy any service you want from anywhere with no restriction.

Do we mean Financial services which is more regulated by each country and the legal profession? Do these industries here in the UK want this? Do the equivalent in other countries want this.

Who would align with whom?