Sunday, December 27, 2009

David Cameron's New Year message

2010 approaches... Cranmer has been sent the New Year message of the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland:

'2010 will be election year. After all the false starts and speculation, now we know for sure that the country will have a chance to vote for change this year. Within days, the gloves will be off and the arguments will begin. But as we enter this year of intense political activity, I think it's important for all politicians to remember something. While those in the Westminster village might eagerly be limbering up for a frantic few months of speeches and launches and strategies and tactics - and all the hoopla of today's politics - most people in the country will be contemplating the prospect of months of electioneering with emotions somewhere on a scale between indifference and dread: and that is something we need to change. But we'll only do that if we recognise the reasons why politics is broken.

'First and foremost it's because the expenses scandal is not a chapter that comes to a close as we move into a new year. It is an ongoing reminder of a deeper breakdown in trust between politicians and the public. And this has many causes. Politicians who think they have the answer to everything and just can't bear to leave people alone to get on with their lives. Politicians who can't bring themselves to recognise any good in their opponents and refuse to work together to get things done. Politicians who never admit they're wrong and never acknowledge that they've made a mistake. A sense that Westminster has become so much about point-scoring, positioning and political dividing-lines that people and their real-life problems are completely left out. These are some of the reasons that politics is broken.

'I'm sure I've been guilty of these offences on occasions, and no doubt will commit them again. But we shouldn't stop trying to get it right just because we don't always succeed. Over the past few years, we've tried in the Conservative Party to do things differently. We voted for Tony Blair's school reforms because we agreed with them even though we could have inflicted a damaging defeat on the Government. We've encouraged our parliamentary candidates to set up social action projects in their communities. We've opened up politics through open primaries to select potential MPs and held open Cameron Direct meetings all over the country where people from all parties and none can come and ask me questions. We took swift action on expenses and were the first to pay money back where that was the right thing to do. And we've consistently pushed for TV election debates, whether we've been behind in the polls or ahead in the polls. But there's a huge amount more to do if we want to rebuild trust. So let's try and make this election year the moment to start fixing our broken politics. Let's bring real change to Westminster and the whole political system. A big part of that is about policy: policies to reform expenses and the way Parliament works; policies to redistribute power from the political elite to the man and woman in the street; policies to make government more transparent and accountable.

'But it's not all about policy. It's also about character, attitude and approach. It's about how political leaders actually behave, the example they set and the lead they give. It's about doing as well as talking - real social action in our communities, not just pontificating from an ivory tower. And my resolution this new year is to work harder for a new politics in this country. I don't want to mislead people: there's an election campaign coming, and I think it's reasonable for political parties to point out the consequences of their opponents' policies, records and judgments as well as the benefits of their own. The House of Commons - particularly on set-piece occasions like Prime Minister's Questions - is an adversarial place. But let's make sure the election is a proper argument about the future of the country, not some exercise in fake dividing lines. Let's at least recognise the good intentions of our opponents. Let's be honest that whether you're Labour, Conservative or Liberal Democrat, you're motivated by pretty much the same progressive aims: a country that is safer, fairer, greener and where opportunity is more equal. It's how to achieve these aims that we disagree about - and indeed between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats there is a lot less disagreement than there used to be.

'Of course the area where there is greatest and most sincere agreement between political parties is our shared support for our mission in Afghanistan. I know that we will never take for granted the bravery of our armed forces, and as we prepare to fight the political battles at home, we will keep in mind constantly the humbling courage of those who fight the real battles for us overseas.

'So let's make 2010 the year for a new politics. Let's be positive about our own policies as well as pointing out the consequences of our opponents' policies. But above all, let's be honest about the problems facing the country and how we can solve them. Yes, there will be an election this year: that much is certain. And we can be certain too that the arguments will be fierce. But let's make it a good clean fight. And once the battle is over, we will need to rise above our differences and come together because that is the only way - strong, united leadership is the only way - we will sort out Britain's problems, halt our decline, and give this country the success that I know we can achieve.'


Blogger DDIM 'n HOFFI said...

Interesting choice of pictures Cranmer - a man who barely stands out from his surroundings. I am of the conclusion that the sheep will say bah and the Tories will govern. It will be a change I suppose. Pfff

In the mean time there is the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to shine a light.

27 December 2009 at 17:58  
Anonymous Zach Johnstone said...

Your Grace,

It is encouraging to see Cameron has caught on to the need to fight a positive campaign. Labour have set their tactical trajectory towards class, socio-economic status and other such irrelevancies. I think this will be interpreted as nothing more than petty, just as it was in Crewe and Nantwich. People may well make vague noises about such issues, but is no longer the stuff of winning or losing elections.

What is Your Grace's take on the proposed 'policy-a-day' pledge beginning 4th January? Is this the policy substantiation that the public has long sought, or do the Tories run the risk of playing their cards too early? I can't help but think that mobilising people to vote in March/May/June will require holding some things back, and I hope Cameron realises that.

27 December 2009 at 17:58  
Blogger Preacher said...

I'm sorry Your Grace, but this looks like more political window dressing similar to the Nu Labour rubbish spouted by Blair & co a decade ago.
This country is involved in a spiritual war, where free speech is being denied to Christians & the law is being used to enforce this persecution.
We have been sold down the river by NuLab to the EU & Mr Camerons response is a negative "Sorry but it's too late to change it now its been signed".
I find his declaration weak & vapid. We need a PM who is prepared to stand up & be counted, to be a strong leader & give us back our national faith & identity. Mr Cameron may well be this man, but the record to date shows him to be no 'King' David.

27 December 2009 at 18:33  
Anonymous IanCad said...

Preacher 18:33
His 'weak & vapid' declaration may be just the ticket for a weak & vapid electorate. The agony will then continue. I am becoming more convinced that democracy can only thrive after great travail; and then only for a generation or two. Did not Mencken say? 'we're going to get the government we deserve and we're going to get it real good'
Here's another of his; 'Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance'.

27 December 2009 at 19:20  
Anonymous graham wood said...

Your Grace. Preacher has it exactly right - a weak and vapid speech that is as Blairite as it is devoid of real substance.
Mr C says:
"But there's a huge amount more
to do if we want to rebuild trust."

On this blog many of us believe in the value of true repentance for past mis-deeds and breaches of trust.
This is what Mr C fails to show.
To rebuild that lost trust, all he needs is to say: 'Sorry , I broke my cast iron pledge given to the electorate. I acknowledge that.
I was wrong, and therefore I want to restore that trust by re-asserting my original promise to give the British electorate a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.
I can do no less for it will restore democracy, go some way to restoring trust, and let the people decide the direction for our country's future that has been denied to them for so long.
That one mark of repentance will be sufficient, for in a sense, the ONLY question facing all politicians today is - Who governs Britain?

27 December 2009 at 19:24  
Anonymous judith said...

Well, I find it inspiring!

27 December 2009 at 20:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That, Judith, is because you are a dimwit.

27 December 2009 at 20:27  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some people find Eastenders and Currynation Street ‘inspiring’ too. God help us. They’re going to vote for Blair 2.

27 December 2009 at 20:27  
Anonymous Knighthawk said...

Let's be honest that whether you're Labour, Conservative or Liberal Democrat, you're motivated by pretty much the same progressive aims..............

Exactly. Therein lies the problem. The Lib/Lab/Con party. All roughly on the same band of the political spectrum. All Europhiles.

We would like our referendum please Mr Cameron. Nothing fancy, just a straight choice, IN or OUT.

Or we will not let matters rest there.

27 December 2009 at 20:32  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I second that, Knighthawk.

27 December 2009 at 20:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's be clear here,

"On Marr earlier he said: “I don’t want an ‘in or out’ referendum because I don’t think ‘out’ is in Britain’s interests.”"

- Benedict Brogan, November 22nd, 2009.

Got that ?

Its so inspirational to know that Mr soon to shatter Cast-Iron understands the principal of democratic voting so precisely, - he decides for us, end of discussion.

Blair V.20, expect no change, more wars, more bankster cronyism, and the rich getting richer at the poor's expense.

Maybe if we push real hard, he'll squeeze through the eye of that needle somehow.

27 December 2009 at 21:52  
Blogger Gnostic said...

I want a change, Your Grace. The entire country desperately needs a change. This is precisely why I won't be voting for Cameron because with his stated preferences for the EU and his economically suicidal adherence to carbon trading and sequestration, he doesn't represent much difference from the encumbent clowns.

Cameron doesn't do anything for me in the character, attitude and approach department either. I have yet to detect a positive vestige of any of these attributes.

It's still UKIP as far as I'm concerned.

27 December 2009 at 22:50  
Anonymous not a machine said...

There is nothing wrong with a postive message , sprinkled with hope and optomism , however there is no sign of a labour election manfesto , no clarity , no message and the treasury hasnt published much of any meaning. It looks to me as though labour are leaving it very late to try and win the public over or bamboozel them.

The debt is being played in a very socialist it doesnt matter sort of way , which is unfortnate as there are some very real risks to running a high debt over a protacted period of recovery . The offer of its an easier road by not cutting ,will go down as one of the most inpept understandings of ecnomics . He should have cut 2 years ago , and those 2 years will have been the most crucial in our countries economic history.

If we the public are to be duped into another term of this treacherous and decietfull government it is only right that the chancellor should state what he will have to do if before 2010 is out inflation is at 4% and interest rates are at 2% with unemployment at 2.5mn. I wish to know in such a scenario what will be so wonderfull about the easy debt road !! and more to the point how he then intends to reduce the debt in such circumstances!! .

David Camerons message is a good piece to those of us who are are furious at what labour have done , and still continue to do to our once more confident and likeable country , however I do wonder if in this marxist eutopia we are forced to shuffle around in with everything under the eye and claw of the state, if the spirit of Neville Chamberline has come to a premature rescue, while the forces of national socialism run Europe.

It is ironic that a labour goverment that has wholsomely failed to serve its people,is now seeking a righteous fight on its qualification for a fourth term . The decpetions of labour do not bode well them there is a great deal the public will be upset about for which there is no medicated balm .

on a side note leicster MP David Taylor has passed away , he was voted back bencher of the year in2007 and was always present on most meetings of the house and offered somtimes rounded and considered contributions . He was a hard working back bencher who perhaps was less party than we would give him credit for .

28 December 2009 at 00:02  
Anonymous no nonny said...

How cazsh. How posey. And brown. Definitely brown.

So something between dark red and black? Something trendy and euro, then?

[The above is an exercise in writing without verbs. Except that I think suits the topic :). I also third Knighthawk and Anon above.]

28 December 2009 at 05:43  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The picture looks like it was composed out of elephant dung.
Like the message.

28 December 2009 at 07:20  
Anonymous len said...

By their fruits you shall know them.
Labour has sold this country down the river,financially, morally, and spiritually, we are now bankrupt in every sense.
We are now asked to place our trust in David Cameron and his party( who`s party didn`t come through the expenses scandal unscathed)
Who to trust?Which party? ,is what it basically comes down to.

Some people expect the government or some political system to solve their problems. Any form of government is bad if the people in charge are bad, and most politicians are not known for their goodness.Trust in God rather than in governments.

28 December 2009 at 08:57  
Blogger DDIM 'n HOFFI said...


I cannot disagree that we should trust God, but what does this mean exactly? Does it mean we don't vote, or does it mean we should vote for someone specifically?

God, I feel, wants us to act in life, not merely to sit idle and shirk our responsibilities like a child sucking on a teat. Part of our responsibilities as the faithful is to make influence where and when we can; to act as Christians, disciples.

One major problem is always going to be the worldly and superficial ego-centric nature of politics. But we still have to make important choices at the end of the day. What we face next year is a choice between different parts of the same smelly pile of elephant shit (as someone quite eloquently put it). The Labour government has to end, this is apparent to me beyond all reasonable doubt - it should be obvious to even the most retarded of sponge -like parasite that this present status quo is benefiting nobody nor nothing.

We listen to Cameron and he tells us he is a Christian but he does not drop to his knees in prayer. This conjours up an image of what I term 'check out bitch Christianity', where we would have Jesus appear to be asked by a gum-chewing hologram if He would like a bag in such a manner that would have Him reaching for the eighth seal there and then.

Maybe this hung parliament will be the will of God, who knows? After all, sometimes the future is full of pleasant surprises, sometimes unpleasant ones, either way the outcome can be the same in the end.

Maybe if the Tories win the election we will have a chance to hold them to account while the flesh left over on the Labour bones turns to gangrene and begins to amputate itself at each turn of events. Who knows what to expect really.

I think if there was ever a time to pray, then now is his time.

28 December 2009 at 11:02  
Anonymous len said...

DDIM`n HOFFI What I mean by trust in God is that we pray and ask God for the government we need rather than the government we deserve. 1 Timothy 2:1-4

"exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all Godliness and honesty

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

28 December 2009 at 11:27  
Blogger DDIM 'n HOFFI said...

Sometimes what we need is what we deserve, this is the terrifying part.

Praying all the same.....cheers!

28 December 2009 at 11:35  
Blogger ENGLISHMAN said...

Grade A tripe!Return the power to the people?in that case we demand a referendum,but we will not get it because camerons boss,golum will not approve.The general election is not about the politics of the people,it is about which pig or herd of pigs get unfettered access to the taxpayer trough,since they have nothing else to do than rubber stamp eussr edicts,and make sure the muslims have a good time,while replacing the indigenous people,and steal as much money from the public purse as possible.So cameron forget the bullshit,and WE the people will tell YOU what we demand,for your promises mean absolutely nothing, or as they say "manifesto pledges are not subject to legitimate expectations"

28 December 2009 at 11:47  
Anonymous martin sewell said...

Could David Cameron say anything that did not attract negative comment from some on this site?

Let's remember a very good old principle from the New York electorate which was, if in doubt, -" throw the bums out".

At least in that way you assert the rights of the people in a democracy.

Even if you think Cameron is not the answer to all your dreams, he is unlikely to be less Christian in his policy stance. it was Brown who primarly reneged on the Referendum promise and had he not done so we would not have had need of a second line promise from DC which was of necessity second best and pragmatic.

Remember that just as folk voted Blair and got Brown, we might find they vote Brown and get Harman - and how would that please all but the flakiest of political Walter Mitty's?

The first priority is to stop things getting worse and most rational people recognise that a Cameron victory will do that.

The day after he is elected I shall begin a careful critique of the decisions he makes and I will not support anyone without question.

For the next few months however let's keep the main thing the main thing and that means brining an end to a Government that has epitomised all that is seedy and wrong in the politically correct chattering classes.

28 December 2009 at 11:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Martin Sewell

He could say a lot of things, but there again can He?

We fully intend to throw the bums out pal.

28 December 2009 at 12:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cameron described people demanding that England have the same rights as scotland as 'sour faced little englanders' how many votes has he lost? He will no doubt win the election but not by such a majority, he has alienated so many voters

28 December 2009 at 17:45  

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