Saturday, March 06, 2010

Donal Blaney? A ‘right-wing extremist’?

Donal Blaney and his Young Britons’ Foundation are today accused by The Guardian of being a ‘Conservative madrasa’ (a phrase actually coined by Iain Dale) that ‘radicalises young Tories’.

Well, thank God for that.

Cranmer thought young Tories were all being inexorably dragged into a vacuum of vapidity; smothered by the amorphous policy blancmange of ‘Red Tory’ philosophy and stifled by the sponge of politically-correct, centre-ground Conservatism-lite.

But no. Donal Blaney is assiduously ensuring that future parliamentary candidates are not all ‘wets’ of the left: he is instilling some Thatcherite backbone into the Conservative Party.

And so The Guardian demands that David Cameron distance himself from these KKK-BNP-EDL types, for such extremist heresies as daring to question NHS spending; believing the pseudo-religion of man-made global warming to be ‘a scam’; and suggesting that ‘the water-boarding of prisoners can be justified’.

The furore has only arisen now as ‘11 prospective Tory candidates, an estimated seven of whom have a reasonable chance of winning their seats, have been delegates or speakers at training conferences run by the Young Britons' Foundation, which claims to have trained 2,500 Conservative party activists’.

And, horror of horrors, when visiting the US, they meet with ‘neo-conservative groups’ and visit ‘a shooting range in Virginia to fire submachine guns and assault rifles’.

Is that illegal? Didn’t Peter Mandelson go on a shooting trip with Cherie Blair at her country mansion last year?

Jon Cruddas, a Labour MP who is leading the campaign against ‘right-wing extremism’ in the General Election, said: "It beggars belief that the Conservative party should be so reliant for the training of some of its candidates and thousands of its young activists on an organisation headed by people with such extremist views."

John Prescott said: "Cameron must disown the YBF now. This calls into question whether this organisation reflects the true face of the Tory party."

Good grief.

Donal Blaney and the YBF happen to be Tories in the mould of Thatcher, Churchill and Disraeli. The Guardian obviously would prefer that we were all in the mould of Ted Heath, but we are a broad church. And the YBF ensures the ‘right’ wing, the Roundhead little platoon, the Whiggish tradition of the Party endure through the present shift in emphasis.

This is a typical kind of training programme offered by the YBF.

Who are the ‘extremists'?

David Davis? Iain Duncan Smith? Douglas Carswell? John Whittingdale? Eric Pickles? Ed Vaizey? Nigel Evans? Ian Dale? Shane Greer?

Where is the subversion?

Television Techniques? Television Presenting? Public Speaking? Speech Writing? Campaign Management? Fundraising? Internet Activism? Debating Skills? Candidate Development?

Or is it that they hold policy workshops focusing on: Freedom, Tax, Regulation & Public Sector Reform? Social Justice, Poverty, Environmentalism & Globalisation? Health, Education, Crime & Transport? Foreign Policy & Human Rights? Local, Regional & Devolved Government?

Or perhaps it is that they dare to corrupt young minds with 'Conservative Perspectives on History'.

We can't be having any of that, can we? God forbid that young people might be taught about the great age of Empire, the glories of the English-speaking world, the incomparable Winston Churchill, or the religio-political uniqueness of the Christian faith.

Or is it because the YBF juxtaposes the BNP-owned Union Flag with the Houses of Parliament? Or perhaps it is because they also invite that extremist global-warming sceptic Roger Helmer? Or the manifestly uncompassionate, rabid cost-cutter Matthew Elliott of the TPA? Or the bigoted Islamophobe Douglas Murray? Or the evidently-corrupt Ashcroft-financed co-editor of ConservativeHome Jonathan Isaby?

Mr Blaney tweets today that the ‘YBF is sooooo extreme that we held a minute's silence for Michael Foot on Wednesday. Funny that didn't get a mention, eh?’


To convey the impression that the Conservative Party are secret extremists running covert training sessions is tawdry reporting, but this is The Guardian, and we are in election mode.

Donal Blaney is a man of blue blood.

Thank God there is someone to keep the Thatcher-Reagan philosophy alive.

And if the price of that is to be accused of being a ‘right-wing extremist’, then His Grace is Spartacus.


Anonymous Mack said...

Well, if the Grauniad is against it then, by definition, it must be a good idea; one wonders, sometimes, which parallel universe Labour's mouthpiece inhabits.

6 March 2010 at 10:52  
Anonymous Hereward said...

Why is the Union Flag flying upside down?

6 March 2010 at 10:57  
Blogger Jared Gaites said...

The upside down flag thing is a bit oddball Your Grace, but anyways, where would Britain be without machine guns?

6 March 2010 at 11:00  
Blogger Jared Gaites said...

The flag is not upside down, it is showing the bottom right hand side.....I have just been to the website.

6 March 2010 at 11:03  
Blogger Maturecheese said...

In reply to Jon Cruddas's comment on extremist views, these views have only been deemed 'extremist' under New Labours term of office. Before then, they were just peoples justified beliefs. The comparison with the old USSR is getting all to obvious and unless we free ourselves from the shackles of this EU Marxist nightmare, we might as well dig holes, kneel down and put our heads in them.

Blue Labour, Labour -Lite whatever you want to call it, is a big mistake by the Conservative party as they would have had my vote but instead UKIP are getting it. I just don't trust the leadership and I don't think that they are just pandering to the centre left until they get power. A commitment to a referendum on the EU membership would have shown true grit. How many others are thinking the same? Sorry Your Grace, I'm waffling on a bit off topic again.

6 March 2010 at 11:20  
Anonymous Dave Weeden said...

Quite right about the "visit to ‘a shooting range in Virginia to fire submachine guns and assault rifles’." One never knows when one may suffer that career destroying bad grade in school, or when some hated rival is appointed above oneself. If you really have to get mad and get even, it's vitally important to get shooting practice in beforehand. Too many amateurs just pick up the first weapons they can from a gun store and often the body count is fewer than ten. Is this any way to be the top story on the news? No, it's not. Practice, practice, practice. Know your weapons and keep working on your aim.

6 March 2010 at 11:24  
Blogger Anabaptist said...

If John Prescott were to say that hens lay eggs, I would feel the need to revise my life-long opinion on the matter.

6 March 2010 at 11:48  
Blogger Donal Blaney said...

Union flag is upside down as a sign of distress. Perhaps it will change after 6 May...


6 March 2010 at 12:00  
Blogger Jared Gaites said...

Mr Blaney

The Union Jack presented upside-down is taken as a sign of distress when flown in that manner by a ship at sea. At any other time, however, it is regarded as an act of lese-majesty - an insult to the crown - and remains punishable as an act of treason.

6 March 2010 at 12:14  
Anonymous Atlas Shrugged said...

Your Grace, you make such a distorted view of what conservatism is that you are in danger of putting yourself on a par with the Guardian, and our saviour forbid, the BBC.

What we need is the truth, not ideologically divisive clap-trap.

Comment (opinion) is free, but the TRUTH is sacred.

For without truth opinion is often misguided, and almost as often dangerously so.

Churchill, Thatcher and Reagan may have been correct in their words, but their actions were often as EVIL as any other EVIL dictator one might care to mention.

The same can and should be said about Tony Blair, and Gordon Brown.

If one believed that these two in particular intended to do what they painted on their pre-election tin, then who in their right mind would then not also vote for them?

Did you read the 1997 New Labour Party manifesto? For it read like heaven on earth, and all things to all men.

The reality however has turned out to be worse then even the most sceptical Tory could have imagined at the time.

Surly it is now self-apparent to any one in possession of a full set of marbles, that this country and the important policies it pursues are not decided by party political organisations.

There has long since been in existence a whole collection of conspiring secret corporatist establishment run bodies daily, and covertly dictating to elected government. The most powerfully influential British one being, The Royal Institute of International Affairs.

If these people decide that the UK is joining the EU superstate, then The UK will join the EU superstate. It really is that simple. Only the timing and exactly how this is achieved is in the realm of elected officials. If Thatcher was not aware of this fact before 1979, she most surly was shortly afterwards.

The BBC in particular gets its orders, from The RIIA. Who in turn get theirs, from an even higher level. The BBC does this whether the Director General of The BBC knows it does or not. In reality the director general of the BBC is such, simply because he takes the cash, and asks as few serious questions as possible.

Call it conspiracy theory if you wish, you may even care to mention tin-hats and lizards. However doing so will not change the facts, and therefore the real truth of our common situation one tiny little bit.

6 March 2010 at 12:38  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Mr Atlas Shrugged,

His Grace was not talking of conservatism, but of Conservatism.

There is a difference.

6 March 2010 at 12:43  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Conservatism plays an important part in the socialist agenda. Someone needs to give the appearance of fixing the system whilst maintaining important socialist institutions and policies.

They all have their handlers, Regan had Bush, Cameron has Clarke. Thatcher did break free for a bit, ordering soldiers to a victorious war has an emboldening effect on some, but she did pave the way for the euro, unification of Germany,fully embrace neolibiralisim and monetarism, syphon off the wealth of the north sea oil industry into the world bank and imf, embrace globalisation, destroy the unions and leave the UK in a fractured state where devolution was inevitable and left an obvious north south divide in England. The above is a socialist think tanks wet dream.

6 March 2010 at 13:18  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

…the incomparable Winston Churchill…

Indeed he is, Your Grace. I’m particularly drawn to his incomparably trenchant views on immigration and Islam.

❛In Cabinet in October 1954, Mr. Churchill warned [David] Maxwell Fyfe ‘that the problems arising from the immigration of coloured people required urgent and serious consideration.’❜—Ian Gilmour, Inside Right

❛Just before he gave up the Premiership in 1955 Mr Churchill told Spectator owner and editor Ian Gilmour that immigration ‘is the most important subject facing this country, but I cannot get any of my ministers to take any notice.’❜—Inside Right

❛‘More discussion about the West Indian immigrants. A Bill is being drafted - but it's not an easy problem. P.M. [Churchill] thinks “Keep England White” a good slogan!’❜—The Macmillan Diaries: The Cabinet Years, 1950-1957

❛Churchill is also quoted as saying to Hugh Foot, then Governor of Jamaica in 1954, ‘We would have a magpie society: that would never do.’❜—British Immigration Policy Since 1939 (note 19)

❛No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith.❜—The River War

6 March 2010 at 13:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being called an extremist by The Guardian should be viewed as a certification of a persons sanity and rational thinking.

6 March 2010 at 14:19  
Blogger Northampton Saint said...

Are these leftist attacks now why Donal's blog is now invite only?

Shame, i enjoyed eading it

6 March 2010 at 14:34  
Blogger Dr.D said...

The British pathological fear of guns in the hands of common people is absolutely amazing. Do you not trust each other to be civilized people?

In America, we get great comfort from the fact that many of the populace are armed, and far more have guns at home. This is the greatest security we have right now against our communist in the White House, and also against external threats.

To be sure, we have gun violence. Thieves and robbers use guns to rob banks, etc., but then, my impression is that is the way people rob banks in the UK as well, is it not? We sometime have guns used in cases of domestic violence as well, whereas I think you usually expect to limit that to a club or a knife attack with about the same results. So what is the difference?

Going to a shooting range in Virginia to shoot submachine guns and handle assault rifles is not really an evil activity.

6 March 2010 at 15:37  
Anonymous Zach Johnstone said...

Your Grace,

Blaney is a godsend; among my university's Conservative Association, I am the sole Eurosceptic and the only person with Thatcherite tendencies to speak of.

It truly is an indictment of the current breed of Conservative teenager that it is difficult to find anything in the way of an appreciation of Conservative philosophy. It's precisely the reason that I have no stomach for student politics and therefore deal exclusively with PPCs and 'proper' Conservative Associations. It is only through such agencies that I personally feel able to gain any experience of worth.

I think it was Paxman who once proclaimed that student politics achieves the unique feat of being both self-important yet completely trivial simultaneously. If Blaney is trying to address this shortcoming, then I say bravo.

6 March 2010 at 15:58  
Blogger john in cheshire said...

Is the labour party going to get rid of its communists/ crypto-communists and far-left socialists? is it going to distance itself from the likes of UAF, SWP etc? No, i thought not. Yet these wicked collections of genetically challenged individuals have damaged our country more than any of the so-called far-right organisations (whatever far right actually means, because i don't know). And for the record, i believe racism is inherent in humans and is not necessarily a bad thing; my feeling is that non-whites are more negatively racist than are whites. And islamophobia is a good thing, and probably a symptom of self-preservation, given the consequences of letting muslims have any position of power of non-muslims.

6 March 2010 at 15:59  
Blogger DespairingLiberal said...

I had dealings with Master Blaney in Iain Dale's blog - after losing an argument with me (and others), he threatened me with the police. Yes, this freedom-loving, liberatarian and radical Tory believes the uniformed authority of the state should be brought to bear on those with whom he does not find favour.

It was also pointed out in the same discussion that he seems to have a somewhat limited grasp of some fairly key legal points, which rather casts doubt on his suitability as a leading lawyer for rightwing headbangers.

6 March 2010 at 17:00  
Anonymous Whyaxye said...

Just a few corrections for Dr. D. The British do not have a "pathological fear of guns in the hands of common people". It is mainly a conservative recognition that our historical circumstances have not required the populace to be armed, and there is no need to arm them now. In this digital age, bank robberies are virtually unheard of. Having said that, very few Brits would begrudge your visitors their adrenaline-kick on the firing-range, and the only ones who pretend to be offended are attempting to create political capital from a very thin story.

6 March 2010 at 19:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"conservative recognition" Home robberies are on average 3 times higher in UK than the USA. So try again.

6 March 2010 at 20:15  
Blogger Jared Gaites said...


Can you link to your source because those stats sound awfully like BS to me.

6 March 2010 at 21:02  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace

I've read the Guardian article and its comments. I am astounded at the ignorant remarks projected at YBF.

Any concept which has not been approved of by the socialist elite is smeared as 'extreme' and then excluded from the zone of free speech. It's as if they secretly want to burn the works of Hobbes, Locke and Adam Smith, Karl Popper and Hayek.

6 March 2010 at 21:36  
Blogger jailhouselawyer said...

I thought the likes of Donal Blaney ended at Nuremberg?

He should be in jail, at the very least, under public protection legislation. Clearly a danger to society.

If he was a dog he would have been put to sleep.

6 March 2010 at 23:48  
Blogger kris said...

Donal Blaney can be a deeply unplesant man.

What ever his faults, he is no conservative Abu Hamza for crying out loud.

I've met a couple YBFers. They are highly educated, polite outgoing and sensible.

What the Guardian hopes to achieve by smearing YBF is a mystery to me, because it has nothing to do with reporting the truth.

I long for the end of this election cycle.

6 March 2010 at 23:48  
Blogger King Athelstan said...

"Non government approved association supports opposition," Some story that is. Tomorrow, "Gordon Brown not popular with everybody."

7 March 2010 at 00:08  
Blogger Jimmy said...

Well I for one at the grauniad for closing down one of the funniest blogs on the internet. Was it voluntary or did he get orders from the Death Star?

7 March 2010 at 00:27  
Anonymous Atlas Shrugged said...

His Grace was not talking of conservatism, but of Conservatism.

There is a difference.

Quite so. Your correction is well taken.

I am sorry. I knew full well that you actually meant Conservatism. I was simply using your statements to help me make my own points.

I will try not to do it again.

7 March 2010 at 00:57  
Blogger tory boys never grow up said...

Didn’t Peter Mandelson go on a shooting trip with Cherie Blair at her country mansion last year?

No - yet another smear - the sort of thing that the Mad Mullah teaches at the Madrassa I presume.

My guess is that Donal has taken his blog ex directory because the powers that be don't want it known that such extreme views continue ot exist within the Conservative Party. But don't worry there is more than enough material in the Google cache, on on other blogs.

7 March 2010 at 08:48  
Blogger ENGLISHMAN said...

When will "dave"resign from UAF?as soon as they have violently suppressed all opposition to marxism,it could have been so easy dave to represent the peoples wishes,you could have been carried shoulder high,this country could have had a perpetual tory government,unfortunately "the people" are still those things that you step over on your way to the opera,and the RIIA/pilgrims give you your orders,it is a family thing.

7 March 2010 at 09:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently the YBF is non-partisan. And I'm the Archbishop of the moon.

7 March 2010 at 10:28  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not like the left don't have places where they impress their values and philospohies on young people. They're called 'schools' ;-)

7 March 2010 at 21:16  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm spartacus!(someone needed to say that)

8 March 2010 at 15:04  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Well the Grauniad already has people like me labelled as "deniers" so why not "extremists" as well.

I'll wear the badge with pride...


11 March 2010 at 09:27  

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