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5 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Heather Harper: The ke... · 2 replies · +1 points

It works fine with one parent as I implied in my first sentence. In fact it is best coming from one parent, probably the mother.

6 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Heather Harper: The ke... · 5 replies · +1 points

Mothers (or fathers) should tell their youngsters, quietly and seriously, that carrying a knife makes it more likely that they will end up getting hurt, not less. The best policy is to avoid trouble and get off home or to somewhere safe at the first sign of trouble.

Then make clear the distress, worry and anguish the parents would feel if they thought their son was carrying a knife. Do this in a loving, serious way with no threat implied, just sorrow and emotion.

The child may think that he is brave enough to face another knife user and could end up dead, but the thought that being found with a knife would greatly amplify the sorrow of the bereaved parent is a powerful deterrent.

It is a sort of emotional blackmail but it needs to be powerful to compete and win against bravado and peer pressure.

Other influences such as school talks all help but are weak in comparison.

8 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Would the EU abandon V... · 4 replies · +1 points

2.5 miles of EU extremists, eh? But London is populated with them, unlike the rest of the nation. Why the poor turnout?

14 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Rachel Wolf: The Gover... · 0 replies · +1 points

This policy is from the same stable as incompatible smart meters and HS2.

15 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - The price May is payin... · 0 replies · +1 points

Because you (wayz...) say so?

15 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - The price May is payin... · 0 replies · +1 points

I think this thread reveals what we already knew. Polls are not reliable and often get it wrong. Anecdotal evidence is meaningless too, but I have been surprised by the number of people who have volunteered the information to me that they were convinced Remainers but now they just want to leave with no deal.

15 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - The price May is payin... · 0 replies · +1 points

The fundamental dilemma at the heart of the Brexit debate is how to compare the value of sovereignty with the threat of financial risk. The two need not be mutually exclusive, but our politicians gave away our sovereignty in return for remaining in the EU and its market. In order to restore our sovereignty we must extract ourselves from the current financial arrangements and there lies the risk. We are currently financially sound as a nation, with low unemployment and modest growth. Most people agree that leaving on WTO rules would be a set back but we would manage.

Now a third dimension to this dilemma is rising in importance. Many of our political class have decided that they have the right to delay or even stop Brexit to avoid damage to the economy. They will only consider deals that effectively maintain the status quo. This would result in reneging on all the promises made to the voters at the referendum. The values of democracy, trust and our political system have to be added to the dilemma.

These values, sovereignty, the economy and democracy are difficult to compare. The timescales are different, the future prospects for each, the ability to recover and so on. If we remain in the EU we may never regain our sovereignty and may eventually lose all of it. Damage to democracy, trust and our political system could lead to civil unrest and a broken society. Financial damage to a fundamentally healthy economy seems very trivial in comparison. Our politicians are playing with fire and I regret that they do not seem to understand that.

16 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Would the EU abandon V... · 0 replies · +1 points

The EU is quite predictable. The underlying belief throughout was that Brexit was a mistake and the UK would come to its senses eventually. UK politicians like Blair allegedly encouraged the EU to be tough and unyielding, forcing public opinion to switch to remain. It is surprising how often politicians fail to understand the people.

Today, as confusion rules, the EU are simply trying to keep various doors open. They will grant a long delay if asked if the reason is a second referendum, election or a plan for a softer Brexit. They probably rightly associate a long delay with killing off Brexit.

They are confident that remain MPs will avoid a no deal exit, but they can’t be sure. The policy is to apply as much pressure as possible without forcing a no deal.

1 day ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Iain Dale: Zombie May ... · 1 reply · +1 points

On a personal note, I find it astonishing, incredible, disappointing, inexplicable and extremely sad that people here would prefer that we are ruled by the EU. I chose these adjectives carefully and deliberately.

As far as I have seen, the argument against Brexit is summarized by Project Fear. I have never, ever, seen an argument in favour of the EU. Given that the EU continues to evolve, whether towards more integration or disintegration, there seems to be zero hope, vision or enthusiasm that I have ever seen as a promotion. This is not a pre-referendum pitch. It is too late for that. It is a quest for understanding. Brexiteers see a better future for all sorts of reasons. Remainers fear leaving the status quo. Is that it? Please explain.

1 day ago @ http://www.conservativ... - The price May is payin... · 0 replies · +1 points

Voters who won the 2016 referendum have red lines too.

We are very happy to have a trade agreement with the EU, but it must leave our national sovereignty intact.

Leaving on WTO rules must remain the default. This was always at the heart of the A50 agreement and its removal would be an act of betrayal.

Any deal that gives the EU powers over the UK (outside of normal international trade obligations) is no longer Brexit and is therefore a betrayal.

MPs who vote to betray the public should expect deselection and to be voted out at any election. Members of the party have a responsibility to back up their rhetoric of the last two years.