Saturday, February 27, 2010

William Hague: "It's time to invite the forces of hell to get the hell out of Downing Street"

"In Brighton this weekend, we, the Conservative Party, come together firm in our conviction, confident in our purpose and resolute in our determination that we will provide the change, the new direction and the new government that this country so urgently needs.

This is a party, out of government for these long years, that has once again planted its roots deep in the soil of Britain; a party that stands unambiguously for family and community, for facing problems together, for responsibility and backing those who do the right thing, for hard work and for saving, for aspiration and optimism, for opening up our own party to people of every background, for releasing the enterprise of a bold and ingenious nation, for giving people more control over their own lives, for giving people the belief they have lost – that they can once again respect their own country and know the rest of the world will do the same.

Britain’s most crucial election for a generation will be held in a matter of weeks. Gordon Brown will not so much decide to call it as be finally dragged kicking and screaming to call it. His decision will be made for him, as so many of them are, by time running out. This is a Prime Minister who got ready for an election when he thought he could win it, then was too frightened to hold it, then has dragged out this miserable parliament to its fullest, bitter end, dithering and vacillating over every decision; a Prime Minister no one ever elected kept in office by Lord Mandelson who no one voted for at all, and who should have had the moral courage and political decisiveness to hold an election long ago.

And I say it is that most crucial election because I believe the choice for Britain is as stark as this: it is change or ruin.

When Gordon Brown took over, this, our great country, was the 4th largest economy in the world. Now it is falling behind and forecast within 5 years to be the 11th, behind not just growing giants like China, but behind our neighbours France and Italy. We were ranked 7th in the world for the competitiveness of our economy. Now we are 13th. We were 4th in the world for our tax and regulation. Now we are 84th and 86th. We are the last G20 country to emerge from recession. We are borrowing almost as much of our income as Greece, but the Greeks have more plans than Gordon Brown, like everyone else in the world, to do something about it.

We are telling the British people the truth: we cannot go on like this.

We say to them now: it is time, it is time to make the break. We cannot go on just borrowing money from China so that we can buy their goods and then borrow some more. Gordon Brown is like a credit card company who will always send you another letter saying it would be so easy when in debt to borrow even more. Every family, every small business, everyone except this Government knows it is the road to ruin.

Last week Gordon Brown said the election should not be a verdict on the Government’s past record. Let me tell him this: we will ensure that a country that wants to look to the future is fully aware of his record. He may not want to discuss his pension destroying, gold selling, golden rule-breaking, national debt-doubling, money wasting, tax raising, colleague rubbishing, pledge betraying, election bottling record but, oh boy, we do.

He says voters should give him a second chance. Look here Gordon, you’ve had 13 years now. You’ve had your second chance and your third. No one in Britain can afford to give you a fourth chance: no one in this country can afford another 5 years of Gordon Brown.

So it is time for change. And if we do not take this opportunity, grasp this hour, to set a new direction for Britain, then I tell you in all frankness that it will be too late. It will be too late in 5 years’ time to say we should have got rid of them, too late to reverse the decline: the debt will be too big, the bureaucracy too bloated, the small businesses too stifled, the slope Britain is sliding down will be too steep.

So to every voter listening to us now we say solemnly, if not now it will be too late. It is time, time to say we can rescue our country, time to refuse to get poorer and more indebted, time to say Britain is not doomed to decline, time to let the Labour party fight its squabbles out of power where it can do no harm, time to invite the forces of hell to get the hell out of Downing Street.

The spectacle of a Prime Minister too disloyal to support his own colleagues but too weak to sack them is a pitiful one. The contrast before the country could not now be greater, for over the last four years it has been my good fortune to work with a leader who treats his colleagues like a team, who wins on his merits their own loyalty and respect, who finds the ground that unites people rather than the lines that divide them, who has the combination of steely determination and earthy common sense that will make for a great Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and that leader is David Cameron.

I have known to some degree every person who has been Prime Minister or Leader of the Opposition in my adult lifetime. I have spent thousands of hours with David Cameron and I can tell you this: he has a passionate belief that life can be improved, that our National Health Service can give of its best, that our schools can beat the world, that our environment can be saved, that government can so organise itself, its taxes, its civil servants and its laws that the energy and goodness of each individual can be released into the world, and these passions – made from Britain at it strongest and Conservative values at their deepest – will form the central, driving energy of a Government of which British people will be proud.

And he likes to take decisions with a cool head inside him and well-informed colleagues around him. It has emerged at the Iraq inquiry that in the vital matters of our national security, of foreign relations and the deployment of our troops, this Government made its decisions without properly consulting the experts, without papers, in casual meetings and ‘little chats’. David Cameron and all of us around him are determined that Cabinet Government will be restored, that we will create a true National Security Council. And ,yes, shocking as it may be to today’s ministers, it will include experts; it will have minutes; it will expect government departments to be co-ordinated with one another: our armed forces have never let this country down and the way we make decisions about their deployment must never let them down.

It is when you think of how badly government is conducted in Britain today, and then of how well it could be conducted with change and new direction, that you grasp both the urgency of our task and the inspirational opportunity now at hand. For, yes, this will be very difficult, both the election against opponents who have nothing to lose except the power that is all they live for, and governing afterwards when they will have left us the worst situation faced by a new government since, well, since the last time a Labour government left office in 1979.

It will be difficult, but it can be done. To those people who have always voted Labour, let us spell out Gordon Brown’s record: the worst of modern times. To those who think they can ignore the election, or vote for Liberals or fringe parties, let us state bluntly you cannot leave it to other people: change will only come if you vote for it and the only vote for change in this election is a vote for a Conservative candidate.

And to those who say they do not know what the Conservatives will do, let us tell them. We will cut the spending that cannot go on and the borrowing that leads to ruin. We will help the hard-pressed taxpayer, by freezing council tax for two years, abolishing stamp duty for most first time buyers, and helping small businesses. If we can, we will spare millions of working people Labour’s extra tax on jobs due next year. We will create a culture of saving instead of a culture of debt, helping people to stay in the home they worked all their lives to pay for, and removing millions of middle-income people from the inheritance tax they should never have been expected to pay.

We will work for George Osborne’s vision of a Britain open for business again – aiming to give Britain the most competitive tax environment in the G20, encouraging multinational companies to locate here and creating the best environment for intellectual property of any major economy.

We will reform welfare, create more apprenticeships, make sure new regulations mean the end of old ones, fund more university places this year and scrap a large slice of expensive quangos. Imagine what our country would be if we could do these things; how the gathering gloom of Gordon Brown’s Britain could be dispelled; how the excitement and energy could pulse through a new generation of entrepreneurs.

And imagine too, far beyond material wealth, the enduring strength we could return to our society. We will make Britain the most family friendly country in Europe. We’ll back the NHS, which matters more to families than anything else. We will strengthen communities by the biggest transfer of power this country has ever seen to councils and communities to decide on what is built, what is spent, what is saved and what is preserved in their city, town and village.

We will bring to education the galvanising effect of new schools in the state sector but not run by the state and a long overdue emphasis on discipline and standards for all. We will give our public sector workers the biggest opportunity they have ever had to run things themselves, as they know best.

This would be, when you repeat it and think about it, the salvation of our country. Let no voter say, by election day, that they do not know what the Conservatives will do. And it doesn’t stop there. Where Labour have refused to control immigration we will properly control it; where they betrayed democracy by refusing a referendum we will build a referendum whenever the powers of the voters are given away into our law; and where they have presided over the greatest disillusionment with politics and government in centuries we will reduce our own salaries as ministers, cut the size and cost of parliament, make the House of Commons more democratic let everyone see how their taxpayers’ money is spent – and demonstrate that people can have faith in their leaders again.

This is a vision of a Britain restored. This is a Britain that would be listened to in the world again. And it is a Britain that would have, with us, a distinctive British foreign policy, making the most of our European and transatlantic alliance, but doing something Labour have never done – elevating our relations in culture, education, commerce and diplomacy with many friendly nations of the Middle East, Asia and Latin America, intensifying the friendships that will give British people opportunity, employment and security for generations to come.

So I say imagine what we could do. If we could do these things, we would take our country in a new direction and show that politics has a purpose; that it can turn a country round and get it moving again.

Imagine what we can do, and you know beyond doubt that our efforts are worth it; that these things are worth each one of us fighting for, worth the voters who want change voting for, worth millions of British people hoping for.

In Brighton this weekend we present the choice: five more years of Gordon Brown’s tired Government making things worse. Or David Cameron and the Conservatives with the energy, leadership and values to get the country moving. Five years from now it will be too late. Tomorrow David Cameron will ask you to vote for change. It is time, now, for our great leader, our strong team, our clear policies and our vision of the future, to be the change this country needs.”

Nothing wrong with this.

Except that Cranmer would not have used the word 'invite'.


Blogger Just Wonderful said...

It took me a while to find the word "invite" there, and I agree wholeheartedly.

Excellent speech by Mr Hague, it's always a pleasure to see him speak. It's time to burn the innumerable failures of this awful government into the minds of everyone in the nation.

27 February 2010 at 15:02  
Blogger Jared Gaites said...

Yeah right on there, Never mind invite, they need to be exorcised in the name of Christ.

However, I can only be as objective as my heart dictates here; this was a good speech, and it rouses the soul, but I cannot for the life of me muster the faith. Too many lies and U turns have rendered me bitter and twisted. I feel like the fool who is cutting his nose off to spite his face. There is no doubt that Labour is worn out and knackered to say the least. It is a failed project, but where is the change? This speech is only talk: A picture painted with words of hope, playing on the anxieties of the nation. Where are the policies, it is now the eleventh hour and all we have is a rousing speech that is devoid of meat on the bone.

Yes, they have had 13 years, but so have you to produce something different, but where is it? I only wish I could believe it, but something instinctual tells me it's nothing more than ambitious career politicians smelling the gravy.

27 February 2010 at 15:12  
Anonymous not a machine said...

Lit up my christmas tree !

27 February 2010 at 15:21  
Anonymous Anguished Soul said...

First Nigel Farage, now William Hague. What a treat! Hopefully, Daniel Hannan will be next.

27 February 2010 at 15:30  
Anonymous Stuart said...

I must admit that was quite a sterling speech.

27 February 2010 at 15:49  
Anonymous graham Wood said...

I cannot believe the empty words, promises of DC and Hague.
When they proncounce the simple declaration:
"Our our first day in office we will immediately bring forward a policy to take the UK out of the centralist, unaccountable, financially crippling European Union."

We could then begin once again to be masters of our own house, set the housekeeping monies in order, amd tell the parasitic EU - you can trade with us, but that is all.

Until then, no hope for the UK and even less for the pink Tory party.

27 February 2010 at 15:50  
Anonymous circusmonkey said...

They MUST be the party that gives us our lives back and this means cutting the head of political correctness once and for all. Are they big enough for the job? Oh, I hope so!!!!!!!!

27 February 2010 at 16:18  
Blogger Ingenieur said...

I applaud G.Wood's comment above.

The EU is the ONLY issue in British politics today because it is the EU that makes our laws. Westminster MPs are only window-dressing and they all know it.

Britain's membership of the EU (in or out) is the only topic for discussion at the hustings, and at the moment UKIP is the only party with the right answer.

27 February 2010 at 16:25  
Anonymous I Albion said...

I liked the bit where he said "and like the Scots and the Welsh,the English will have their own Parliament"... don't bother looking.

27 February 2010 at 16:51  
Blogger Jared Gaites said...

There is something powerfully sincere about WH. Something that is lacking in the rest of them. Trying to analyse it is futile for me, maybe a better deductive mind could pin it down, but the man is only selling you what he believes is real, and this I think is what separates him from the second hand car dealership that the rest of them make up. It can only be for the better if they begin to take stock of the man, not just involve him but listen to him as well because when he speaks there is an obvious vision behind his words. And I say this as a UKIP voter.

27 February 2010 at 16:59  
Blogger Anabaptist said...

Hague's general sincerity, and his clear difference from his front-bench colleagues are both undoubted. Sadly, however, even he can't be taken in by his own airy rhetoric of "...we will build a referendum whenever the powers of the voters are given away into our law..."

That horse has long since bolted. The only referendum that could now carry any weight would be one which asked the electorate to agree to withdrawal from the EU. And that is something the useless Tories are not offering.

27 February 2010 at 17:27  
Anonymous martin sewell said...

A great speech. I think the slogan "Change or Ruin" is better than the pale version of Obamaspeak which they adopted.

27 February 2010 at 17:38  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

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27 February 2010 at 18:06  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

I haven’t read the speech. What is the earthly use of reading a speech by a political dummy? Parliament these days is little more than a window display of sham democracy: at general elections, the voter is graciously allowed to rearrange the dummies in the display—getting rid of some red dummies, adding a few more blue dummies while the shop continues under the same management, the Brussels dictatorship.

What’s more, the numero uno blue dummy has vowed to keep Brussels as manager:

I don’t want us to leave the EU because I don’t think it’s sensible and I don’t think it’s the right thing for Britain.

As far as I’m concerned, any party that wants us to remain subjugated to the European Union is anti-British. Luckily, we’ll have two pro-British parties to vote for at the election: UKIP and BNP.

27 February 2010 at 18:12  
Anonymous Oswin said...

Does anyone remember the poster of Blair with the red 'demon' eyes prior to the (new) Labour Party winning their first election? The Tory's were made to retract, if I recall correctly? Seems it might have been a correct assumption after all. It's certainly time for some form of exorcism!

27 February 2010 at 18:32  
Blogger Gnostic said...

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27 February 2010 at 19:14  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Your Grace, this is off topic but relevant to this blog:

Another nail in the Anglican coffin!

27 February 2010 at 19:17  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Compared to a holocaust denier and now a incestuous paedophile? My opinion of this pompous, ill-informed git is unprintable.

27 February 2010 at 19:22  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Confession: My wife fancies Hauge. Have no idea why. Is it a women thing?

27 February 2010 at 20:39  
Blogger Jared Gaites said...

I couldn't possibly comment at this stage my Lord, I would have to examine your case more closely.

27 February 2010 at 20:45  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'...where they betrayed democracy by refusing a referendum we will build a referendum whenever the powers of the voters are given away into our law...'

What this really means is this: Conservative party will not allow any more power to be surrendered to the EU.

But the EU does not want 'any more power' from Britain - it has all it wants: the federal constitution is self-amending.

Further, a Conservative government will not be able to control this country's borders. The smart ayslum seeker goes to Bulgaria, buys an EU passport, arrives at Dover - and you can't refuse entry to an EU citizen. That would be like New York barring entry to a Californian.

27 February 2010 at 21:00  
Blogger Unsworth said...

Your Grace

It's a simple enough choice. Do we really wish to endure another five years of this? Or do we wish to throw off the shackles and take our chances, come what may?

An uncertain Freedom or a slow certain Death.

27 February 2010 at 21:44  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

@ D. Singh (21:00)—But the EU does not want 'any more power' from Britain - it has all it wants: the federal constitution is self-amending.

According to Mary Ellen Synon, the EU is using the Greek crisis to advance its powers still further:

❛[Jean Quatremer] quotes an unnamed high-ranking EU diplomat as saying: ‘…putting Greece under surveillance, as decided by the Eurogroup on February 15th, would have been quite simply “unimaginable” some months ago…We are beyond a simple application of the European treaties, we are in the process of modifying them without saying so, in order to bring about an economic government of the eurozone.’❜

27 February 2010 at 22:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr Johnny Rottenborough

Excellent quote.

I did not think that the EU would accelerate this rapidly to towards the use of the mailed-fist.

What we need to watch out for is when the Franco-Germanic axis passes Directives that attack the City.

It is that which will break the back of this country.

27 February 2010 at 22:24  
Anonymous William Wallace said...

The EU is a jolly good idea and when the Tories are in power they always stop this silly rhetoric.

27 February 2010 at 22:43  
Anonymous bluedog said...

William Hague's speech contains the admirable undertaking:

"We will strengthen communities by the biggest transfer of power this country has ever seen to councils and communities to decide on what is built, what is spent, what is saved and what is preserved in their city, town and village."

Which is of course a licence for sharia within the Islamic Emirate of Bradford.

I'm sure this is not what Hague intends. It is however what he will get unless the small print is very precisely worded.

27 February 2010 at 22:45  
Anonymous bluedog said...

Regarding Britain and the EU, it is quite clear from the Greek debt crisis that power resides in Berlin, not Brussels. If the City wishes to thrive it needs to negotiate with the German government.

Any British politician who wants Britain to remain in the EU needs to understand that they are putting their future and that of the country in the hands of Germany. Perhaps Princess Diana made yet another mistake when she complained about marrying in to a German family.

27 February 2010 at 22:54  
Anonymous William Wallace said...


Absolutely. Sie haben recht.Es ware besser naher zu Deutschland zu sein.

Nous, les ecossais nous resterons comme toujours, avec la France.

Ciao bella.

27 February 2010 at 23:09  
Anonymous bluedog said...

@ WW tapadh leibh

27 February 2010 at 23:51  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Vote for Change".

Anybody know how much the consultancy fees were for such a brilliant , original and inspirational slogan ?

28 February 2010 at 00:16  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I don't.

But if the Conservatives don't win - then Clegg and Brown will introduce PR voting system that will ensure a left-liberal (national socialist (Nazi)) hegemony for an entire generation.

If the Conservatives are not elected then there is no point for us on the Right to organise a blood-bath.

This means: civil conflict.

[There is a debate on the DT under Janet Daley - heating]

28 February 2010 at 00:32  
Blogger ENGLISHMAN said...

The power to correct this situation is no more yours,than was the power to give our country away in the first place,sound and fury signifying nothing.Family friendly?certainly,provided that your are not indigenous,since it is only asian values that seem to count and which the great leader wishes us to adopt.Truly ,have we not heard all of this again and again over the years,there is only one issue that the indigenous population wants to hear expressed,referendum pure and simple,in or out,all else is fantasy expounded by a piss-artist.

28 February 2010 at 09:23  
Anonymous Tony B said...

change blah blah blah new blah blah blah fresh blah blah blah blah blah

28 February 2010 at 09:51  
Anonymous BIGDAN said...

"We will strengthen communities by the biggest transfer of power this country has ever seen"


The Civil War? Magna Carta? The Glorious Revolution? The coronation of George I? The abolition of rotten boroughs, 1830? Do none of these count?

Apart from that...

28 February 2010 at 10:06  
Anonymous A future fair for all said...

Hague is a heavyweight - Cameron needs to recongise his party heavyweights and use them more.

28 February 2010 at 11:24  
Blogger lpcyusa said...

Irrefutable Proof ICTY Is Corrupt Court/Irrefutable Proof the Hague Court Cannot Legitimately Prosecute Karadzic Case
(The Documentary Secret United Nations ICC Meeting Papers Scanned Images)

This legal technicality indicates the Hague must dismiss charges against Dr Karadzic and others awaiting trials in the Hague jail; like it or not.

Unfortunately for the Signatures Of the Rome Statute United Nations member states instituting the ICC & ICTY housed at the Hague, insofar as the, Radovan Karadzic, as with the other Hague cases awaiting trial there, I personally witnessed these United Nations member states openly speaking about trading judicial appointments and verdicts for financial funding when I attended the 2001 ICC Preparatory Meetings at the UN in Manhattan making the iCTY and ICC morally incapable trying Radovan Karazdic and others.

I witnessed with my own eyes and ears when attending the 2001 Preparatory Meetings to establish an newly emergent International Criminal Court, the exact caliber of criminal corruption running so very deeply at the Hague, that it was a perfectly viable topic of legitimate conversation in those meetings I attended to debate trading verdicts AND judicial appointments, for monetary funding.

Jilly wrote:*The rep from Spain became distraught and when her country’s proposal was not taken to well by the chair of the meeting , then Spain argued in a particularly loud and noticably strongly vocal manner, “Spain (my country) strongly believes if we contribute most financial support to the Hague’s highest court, that ought to give us and other countries feeding it financially MORE direct power over its decisions.”

((((((((((((((((((((((((( ((((((((((((((((((((((((( Instead of censoring the country representative from Spain for even bringing up this unjust, illegal and unfair judicial idea of bribery for international judicial verdicts and judicial appointments, all country representatives present in the meeting that day all treated the Spain proposition as a ”totally legitimate topic” discussed and debated it between each other for some time. I was quite shocked!
The idea was "let's discuss it." "It's a great topic to discuss."

Some countries agreed with Spain’s propositions while others did not. The point here is, bribery for judicial verdicts and judicial appointments was treated as a totally legitimate topic instead of an illegitimate toic which it is in the meeting that I attended in 2001 that day to establish the ground work for a newly emergent international criminal court.))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

In particular., since "Spain" was so overtly unafraid in bringing up this topic of trading financial funding the ICC for influence over its future judicial appointments and verdicts in front of every other UN member state present that day at the UN, "Spain" must have already known by previous experience the topic of bribery was "socially acceptable" for conversation that day. They must have previously spoke about bribing the ICTY and
ICC before in meetings; this is my take an international sociological honor student. SPAIN's diplomatic gesture of international justice insofar as, Serbia, in all of this is, disgusting morally!

I represented the state interests' of the Former Yugoslavia, in Darko Trifunovic’s absence in those meetings and I am proud to undertake this effort on Serbia’s behalf.

5 March 2010 at 10:38  
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5 March 2010 at 10:38  

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