Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Conservative Manifesto 2010: Invitation to join the Government of Britain

After yesterday's Labour manifesto launch, with its Teletubby sunrise and surreal Kafkaesque distortion of the real and present danger, today the Conservatives are treating us as grown-ups, with a mature manifesto, not only in content but appearance. Indeed, it is redolent of the old blue British passport in the authority and status it exudes: it communicates that the task of national government is serious; that the Conservative Party is serious about government and that David Cameron is ready for it.

And this document might just be the most revolutionary manifesto in the party's history. In treating us like grown-ups, we are to be trusted with responsibility. And it is no Tory patronising paternalism, but an instinctively Whiggish, bottom-up and accountable model of governance. David Cameron has grasped the true meaning of 'subsidiarity' and the moral value of devolving power to individuals and communities. The pledges include:

• Enabling public sector workers to take ownership of the services they deliver through the formation of co-operatives;

• Power for constituents to sack their MP if they are found to have committed serious wrongdoing;

• Allowing people any good education provider to establish a new academy school;

• Help for for first-time homebuyers, permanently raising the stamp duty threshold to £250,000 and making it easier for social tenants to own their own homes;

• Power for residents to veto high council tax increases and instigate referendums on any local issue if they can gain support of 5 per cent of the population;

• The creation of directly-elected police chiefs who will set budgets and strategy for forces;

• A new community 'right to buy' scheme enabling people to protect community services that are under threat such as post offices or pubs;

• A right to request government data;

• Barriers on immigration from countries joining the EU, an annual cap on non-EU migrants and a tougher points system for skilled migrants.

And on top of all this, there is the 'Direct Democracy' pledge to ensure that any petition of 100,000 people would be eligible for debate in Parliament. Any petition with 1 million signatures would result in a bill being tabled in Parliament.

This is The People's Manifesto: we are invited not to be governed, but to participate in government: it is indeed 'a new kind of government for Britain', and contrasts with Labour's top-down, interfering, nannying style. After 13 years of being bossed around by Messrs Blair and Brown, David Cameron will make people their own boss: we can sack our MPs, run our own schools, own our own homes, veto council tax rises, vote for the police, save a local pub or post office, and see how the government spends our money.

The message is optimistic, the issues straightforward and the theme coherent: the Conservative Party will trust the people; it will let the people decide.

And before anyone mentions the EU elephant-in-the-room, Cranmer is firmly convicted that there is contained within this Manifesto the remedy for all those ills. He will start collecting a million signatures on May 7th.

60 Comments:

Blogger David Wheeler said...

'Archbishop'
Are we not already in the EU?
And can we get out of it legally -
with or without a referendum?

David Wheeler.

13 April 2010 at 12:06  
Blogger English Viking said...

Is that it?

Underwhelmed.

13 April 2010 at 12:21  
Blogger Gnostic said...

There is no British government. There is only Brussels. Which makes this manifesto look like what it is - pure BS.

13 April 2010 at 12:25  
Anonymous graham wood said...

YG Surely you are not so naive as to believe all this guff?

This election will be merely a change of Cabinet and ministers, not of government. Did you not know that we will only be given what we have already, namely another provincial assembly, shorn of real powers except in very confined areas?

You say: "Before someone mentions the EU elephant in the room......"
But it will still be there as our Central Government. The election and all the manifestos will make no difference to that grim reality.

Booker et al have grasped the real situation:
"Farming and the countryside, the fate of our fishing industry, our
immigration rules, our laws on employment and how businesses are run, on the environment, on food safety, the regulating of our financial services, including the operations of the City of London – the key decisions in all these areas, and many more, have been handed over to a form of government which is unconcerned with our national interests and almost wholly unaccountable, with consequences which in almost every
case have proved disastrous for Britain.
Yet on all these hugely important issues our political class remains
virtually silent, because it no longer has any power to decide what
happens. All our political nonentities are left to bicker over at election time is that ever shrinking area of policy-making still under our national control: schools and hospitals, crime… that's about it."

The manifestos are largely empty posturings with as much relevance to realpolitik as Old Moore's Almanack. In effect we have a one party State - the EU party. (UKIP and BNP excepted)

13 April 2010 at 12:36  
Blogger The Merry Man said...

Your Grace,

I take off my hat to the Tories,on the face of it there seems plenty to commend this manifesto.

Certainly Cameron, in contrast to the Socialists,appears to be holding out his hand in fellowship with the people, rather than raising the back of it to strike like Brown.

I still have my doubt`s,Europe,the deficit,snooping and this National service thingy.

13 April 2010 at 12:43  
Blogger Manfarang said...

"Old blue passport ...in the authority and status it exudes"
Clearly your grace never had to seek consular assistance in days past!
I suggest you read: Consul in Paradise-Sixty-eight years in Siam by W.A.R. Wood.
In this book he describes how British subjects seeking help are regarded as nothing more than todays benefit cheats.
Anyway my old passport was black.

13 April 2010 at 12:45  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We were given a "cast iron" guarantee on the referendum but we were deceived.

It's all about trust. And mine has gone.

13 April 2010 at 12:46  
Blogger Manfarang said...

Join the Government.
What tosh.
I can't even get a government department to reply to a letter and I am sure that won't change next month.If anything it is going to be worse.

13 April 2010 at 13:00  
Anonymous bluedog said...

Your Grace, if Dave gets elected and can actually implement these measures he will change the political culture of the UK, for the better.

Mr Graham Wood @12.36, the EU is a busted flush. Britain has been saved by the constitution that was drafted for the Federal Republic of Germany by the Allied Powers. The German Constitutional Court (Verfassungsgericht) has ruled that Germany is a sovereign nation and has mastery over EU treaties.

http://www.bverfg.de/entscheidungen/es20090630_2bve000208en.html

As Germany has now emerged as the hegemonial power in the EU this judgement of a German court is in practice the last word on the matter. A bit of realpolitik for you.

It only remains for the UK to strengthen its own constitution to German standards.

Dave has got the message and has appointed a retired MP to liase with the Australian authorities regarding management of the UK Parliament electoral boundaries. If les Cons are successful, the House of Commons will shrink to 585 seats. The Scottish and Welsh gerrymanders will be eliminated.

13 April 2010 at 13:25  
Blogger Manfarang said...

bluedog
But Dave has linked up again with those who in the past really did gerrymandering in Ulster.

13 April 2010 at 13:37  
Anonymous Graham Davis said...

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13 April 2010 at 13:53  
Blogger Dave,Sheppard said...

Your Grace,

On the last bullet-point:

• Barriers on immigration from countries joining the EU, an annual cap on non-EU migrants and a tougher points system for skilled migrants.

Are you aware of the changes in immigration laws that took place on the 31st March 2009? It's already a nightmare for non-EU immigrants to get in, let alone stay! Certainly one to please those who deduct things from dodgey headlines...

Apart from that, all good stuff!

13 April 2010 at 13:57  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

Invitation to Join the Government of Britain

Your Grace, Britain doesn’t have a government anymore; she has politicians who pretend to govern while our real masters impose their will from Brussels. Bill Cash lists some of our masters’ preoccupations:

❛European legislation invades every nook and cranny of our daily lives and on any reasonable estimate affects at least 70% of the vast array of laws. New legislation floods from the European Union like a tsunami, as I witness in the European Scrutiny Committee every week. It includes criminal law, state aids, financial regulation, relations with Russia and internal security, burdens on business, overregulation, the rules governing the dreadful state of our public finances, the debt levels and questions of public expenditure through to the absurdly named Stability and Growth Pact which provides neither stability, nor growth nor a pact. It affects the whole of our justice and criminal law. It affects the regulation of the City of London and the role of the Bank of England and financial services. It affects family law. It affects the CAP, the CFP, the rebate, regional policy making, energy policy, consequences of immigration and the £2000 for each man, woman and child which the EU costs according to the Taxpayers’ Alliance, and the newly unacceptable proposals for enlargement involving countries who are neither appropriate allies nor intrinsically democratic.❜

Collect your million signatures, Your Grace. Have the satisfaction of seeing your bill tabled but prepare for disappointment when it is voted down. The Conservatives, for reasons that continue to elude me, love the European Union and they will not allow Britain to leave.

13 April 2010 at 13:58  
Blogger Dreadnaught said...

Allowing people any good education provider to establish a new academy school…

Such a very Nu-Labour approach of spending taxpayers money irrespective of whether or not these 'providers' are absolutist believers in creationism; bands of boy buggering Catholic Brothers; Saudi sponsored death-wishing Wahabbist madrassas; or schools run by the Old Testamant version of the Jumping Jews of Jerusalem – wonderful! – how is this manifestly revolutionary or even socially cohesive? - sounds more like another dollop of politically correct lunacy.

...Any petition with 1 million signatures would result in a bill being tabled in Parliament...

Like a million Muslims calling for Sharia Law then going on the rampage when they are refused. What a wizard wheeze!

...A new community 'right to buy' scheme enabling people to protect community services that are under threat such as post offices or pubs...

It's that old PC 'Community' Nu-Labour crap again I afraid. How about communities of Romanian Gypsies or Irish tinkers for instance living in your garden, on your land or in a coal-shed. - Enjoy!

…Enabling public sector workers to take ownership of the services they deliver through the formation of co-operatives…

Ok fair enough, this is after all, classic Marxist-Lenninist revolutionary logic.

Your'e welcome to it YG, if you think that this 'revolutionary' hotch-potch is going to put UK PLC back on its feet. Revolutionary? Nah.

Beam me up Mr.Scott.

13 April 2010 at 14:18  
Blogger Rebel Saint said...

I'd like it if I actually believed any of it would happen.

13 April 2010 at 15:23  
Blogger Rebel Saint said...

Dreadnaught said... "...Any petition with 1 million signatures would result in a bill being tabled in Parliament... –

Like a million Muslims calling for Sharia Law then going on the rampage when they are refused. What a wizard wheeze!"


Then it would be up to the rest of us to get a petition with 10 million votes saying "Anyone who signed the Sharai Law petition should be extradited to Saudi Arabia".

Why are people afraid of direct democracy? The only argument people seem to have against it is "What if people propose things we don't like?" Well, set up a counter petition and prove it. With Direct Democracy you really do get the policies you deserve.

The alternative is people introducing legislation we don't like simply because they once got elected (...or not as the case is increasingly!) and there's sod all you can do about it.

13 April 2010 at 15:29  
Blogger Dreadnaught said...

"Anyone who signed the Sharai Law petition should be extradited to Saudi Arabia"

Get real man. Hitler was democratically elected - democracy has its own demise built in dont'cha know.

13 April 2010 at 15:41  
Blogger dmk said...

Isn't this all a bit X-Factor? So we get the option of an extra vote for a police chief and disgraced MP, and with it the illusion of 'people power' and a sense of control over what's happening.

Having said that, anyone who talks about rolling back the sexualisation of childhood and marketing has at least got some sense. I just find it all a bit patchy.

13 April 2010 at 16:15  
Anonymous Oswin said...

Rebel Saint - your point is, on first sight, a reasonable one. However, history proves that it doesn't work that way. I don't fancy having to scrat around amongst the disinterested 'lumpen-whatsits' for a million signatures to defend my country from a fate worse than God-knows-what.

13 April 2010 at 16:16  
Blogger Rebel Saint said...

Oswin - by the same token are you saying you WOULDN'T like a referendum on Europe ... after all why should you have to? And if the "lumpen-whatsits" couldn't be bothered to vote against having our democracy replaced by theocratic tyranny then maybe we deserve it.

People don't bother voting because it doesn't make any difference. When they realise they can directly influence things they do.

13 April 2010 at 16:56  
Blogger D. Singh said...

No! No! No! Ms Dreadnaught 15.41 pm. Hitler's rise was propelled by the ethic of nationalism based on the concept of race.

Nationalism is an irregular phenomenon in a democratic nation-state.

See the essay 'The Circle of Barbed Wire' by Bernard Connolly on the Bruges group's website.

Given that you reject Judaeo-Christian ethics - you are more likely to be in search of an ethic that is at risk of Stalinist-Hitlerian appraoch to politics.

That makes you one of the real and present dangers on this message-board.

Further, your bracketing of all religions in the same category clearly evinces that you have a poor or little understanding of the topics being discussed here.

13 April 2010 at 16:57  
Blogger Rebel Saint said...

Dreadnaught said... "Get real man. Hitler was democratically elected - democracy has its own demise built in dont'cha know."

As usual, I'm not sure what your point is! Are you saying Hitler was democratically elected so democracy is bad? Or are you say something else that I can't fathom?!

13 April 2010 at 17:01  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Here, Ms Dreadnaught, let me spoon feed you:

http://www.brugesgroup.com/mediacentre/comment.live?article=254

13 April 2010 at 17:04  
Blogger Lord Lavendon said...

Your Grace, a revelation today, for I can now see the point in hitherto useless TV channels such as 'yesterday' and 'Dave' for it has been on 'yesterday' that I have been watching 'Hitler’s bodyguards', narrated by Robert Powell.

To Dreadnought and those that casually say that 'Hitler was elected', he nor his party never did actually get a majority of the vote in elections, in fact his first government was a coalition in which the Nazi party were outnumbered by other nationalists and traditional conservatives, who believed that they could manipulate Hitler for their own ends, which as we know did not turn out to be the case. In any event, if we consider that elections should be free and fair then the last elections to the Weimar Reichstag were hardly done under what we could call free and fair terms. Unless Dreadnought agrees with the likes of the SA and SS and Gestapo, telling people how to vote and beating them up and or shooting them if they disagreed? Is that the socialist stance?

13 April 2010 at 17:16  
Anonymous not a machine said...

I think it was nicely crafted and delivered as a manefesto , picks up some good themes and is indeed revolutionary in its scope .
does it bring forward conservative values , well yes and its not really Blair plus , so it feels in tune with some of the new ecnomic possibilities . It seemed to have thought about the problems the country faces .
As I am on the right politically it perhaps didnt really grab some of the nettles for me , but that isnt the point , as it has to speak to the people living in a socialist nightmare and it offers change in the right direction .

I do worry that some of the more harmfull labour ideas have no quick remedy , but again David Cameron seems to have a map on how to get from here to there .

I look forward greatly to Michael Goves influence in education in which I hope he can restore the value of education without being too experimental or losing sight of quality, it is such a fumdamental thing a good education and labour have left a right old mess and a teaching profession in an infirm bubble.

Thersa May put a coherent social understanding forward .

I think I know where it could be improved but that may come forward over the next 2 weeks .

reversing labours fearfull socialist construct would always start with a conversation , I take it in that light with conservative values and a party who is not afraid to govern and break some of the dreadfull shackles both real and spin made .

The move to family friendly polices is a bit hard to grasp for many stuck in labour thinking and reality , and Labour have already sought to poo poo it as its better held together than other attempts so far .

13 April 2010 at 17:17  
Blogger Lord Lavendon said...

Also, Churchill warned us that the socialists would, in the end be only able to govern Britain with the help of some form of Gestapo, EHR Commission?

13 April 2010 at 17:18  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Lord Lavendon

Outstanding.

13 April 2010 at 17:19  
Anonymous no nonny said...

Manfarang - It can be difficult to distinguish between black and dark navy. Someone in Yorkshire stole my last real passport... I seem to recall that was a plastic jobbie; but I just checked my father's, which is cloth-bound and fraying at the edges. I inspected the threads in today's bright sunlight - and they are definitely blue.

As to consular help, I'll never forget the last time I contacted a British Embassy in the US (in the 90's)- about importing a dog to the UK. The unsympathetic Spaniard on the phone started ordering me about. I complained to his supervisor, asking why British citizens in need of help from their own kind had to be 'manhandled' like this by foreigners who could barely speak English. She informed me that the Embassy was "an equal opportunity employer" and that I should learn to respect people who are bi-lingual.

She had no idea, or interest in, how many languages I may or may not speak; but the whole experience seems to have foreshadowed the governmental treachery that is now so blatantly apparent. Before that, British Embassies, like British aircraft, had always signified Home for me. They were little bits of Britain in alien places, and their British voices and attitudes spelled Freedom and security, both at once. Now British voices and attitudes don't spell either, even at Home - which is why His Grace's preceding post is so appealing.

13 April 2010 at 17:37  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Ms Dreadnaught

We invite you to answer Mr Rebel Saint's question: 'Are you saying Hitler was democratically elected so democracy is bad?'

You mocked our first cousins the Jewish people: 'Jumping Jews of Jerusalem'.

I can sense your fear.

13 April 2010 at 17:38  
Blogger Dreadnaught said...

We invite you to answer Mr Rebel Saint's question: 'Are you saying Hitler was democratically elected so democracy is bad?

Love the royal'we'bit.

Are you saying you think he wasn't? Tsk tsk Mr S - I'm saying YES to the first part and no to the second - democracy has to be protected not simply given away.

But feel free to contradict by all means.

13 April 2010 at 18:17  
Blogger D. Singh said...

We now invite you to apologise to the Jewish people of Jerusalem for describing them as: 'Jumping Jews of Jerusalem'.

13 April 2010 at 18:24  
Blogger Bred in the bone said...

So the new captain of the Titanic is issueing everybody with their own bucket, before jumping into the last lifeboat and shouting.

"Every man for himself"

More Bailouts!!!

Do we have to be politically correct why we go about sorting the Governments pooh out for them?
Will our new schools be held to the National dumbing down Curricula, with interfering inspections?

Would you buy a clapped out country off this man?
Arthurs Daley deals.

What about opening our own banks and printing our own money, suppose thats out of the question.

And the band played on

Signed: Ivan Organ

13 April 2010 at 18:39  
Blogger The Merry Man said...

Your Grace,

A new community 'right to buy' scheme enabling people to protect community services that are under threat such as post offices or pubs;

Wonderful,travel through any city,town,village or hamlet and the ruin of Socialism is self evident, in the empty husks of once thriving ports of call for local people.

The great British pub,once the first docking for a weary man fresh from his toils,a few quenchers and a peaceful smoke with friends before away home to dinner, wife and kids...now thousands boarded up and vandalised or flattened.

The post office,a place where the locals did their business,the elderly met to chat,where friends and family far away were sent communications of love and hope,where the kids deposited their pennies or bought sweets....now,closed and decaying.

Forgive my romantic vision of what I believe once was,but I swear it was not so long ago I saw these things with mine own eyes,perhaps,just maybe I will see those days again.

13 April 2010 at 18:40  
Anonymous no nonny said...

Further to the present Thread.

Like many other Communicants, I do not trust Cameron, who is so doggedly deaf and blind to the er ... well, yes: Chief Elephant in the Herd. I also don't share his bivalency on other values. Anything called a 'Manifesto,' furthermore, only compounds my distrust.

Doubtless the Latinate terminology is calculated to impress us 'ignorant' speakers of vulgar vernacular - we must be conditioned and coerced into using sophisticated synonyms like "Holy Spirit" instead of "Holy Ghost," for example. We also have to apply, all unknowing, the (respectful, formal) plural 'you,' instead of our own informal and singular 'thou/thee.' I believe such instances to signify a programme of linguistic/literary deconstruction that is well underway.

However, the hegemony of this Italian word does more than carry with it the cultural baggage of Macchiavelian tactics, trickery and lies. "Manifesto" forever connotes for me the "Communist Manifesto" so much derided in my youth. I cannot shake, then, the suspicion that anyone who issues a manifesto jumps on the bandwagon of Communism, Gramsci, claptrap, etc. --- and cannot be a deeply bluely-dyed Conservative. Especially if that person claims to be 'the heir to Blair."

Having followed Your Grace for so long, I eagerly anticipate the advent of your remedial document come May 7. Meanwhile and btw - for anyone who hasn't time to check the Westminster Declaration: the signatories at this moment number 19,935!!

13 April 2010 at 18:41  
Blogger Lakester91 said...

Dreadnaught,

Hitler was elected through intimidation and subversion (heard of the Sturmabteilung?). He broke up Communist gatherings and manipulated a broken people who were the worst victims of the Great War and the Great Depression. He stirred up hatred of the then current Government and used it to his advantage.

Even if he was elected semi-Democratically, he got in through proportional representation. Now that's something the LibDems don't want you to know.

13 April 2010 at 18:42  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Ms Dreadnaught

We now invite you to apologise to the Jewish people of Jerusalem for describing them as: 'Jumping Jews of Jerusalem'.

Get it over and done with; and these posters will think 'you are a man my son'. (R. Kipling)

13 April 2010 at 18:43  
Blogger Dreadnaught said...

Mr L. The record still stands that he was elected.

Blame the Pythons Mr S.

13 April 2010 at 19:09  
Blogger Jared Gaites said...

An invitation to join the government of Britain - The Video

13 April 2010 at 19:50  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Ms Dreadnaught


We now invite you to apologise to the Jewish people of Jerusalem for describing them as: 'Jumping Jews of Jerusalem'.


Get it over and done with; and these posters will think 'you are a man my son'. (R. Kipling)

13 April 2010 at 19:57  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Look, kid.

If you don't apologise; the hunting goes on.

If it's any consolation - there are some posters here, I have had to apologise to.

These posters are magnanimous. Trust me, they'll forgive you.

13 April 2010 at 20:09  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Ms Dreadnaught

You have 30 minutes.

Upon expiry, I will refer to as 'Racist Dreadnaught' every time I cite or refer to a post from you.

Now, make it easy on us.

It can be over in a matter of seconds; and we can forget about it.

Whadya say?

13 April 2010 at 20:31  
Blogger Dreadnaught said...

Your’e right Singh, I do owe the communicants an apology of course, - but I suspect you knew I was in error all along you little tease. I should have credited the JOKE – I’ll spell it out for you then you can look up the meaning of the word; -J-O-K-E - Mr Singh – not about real people – and not originally of my own imagination, though more’s the pity.

However you may be interested in the content of the second sentence if true, I think it refers to the Christians or some such murderous outfit, also only joking with the Jews I’m sure – If I’m mistaken, may be you would like to apologise to them yourself on behalf of your faith.

In the episode "Born To Be King", the 'Jumping Jews Of Jerusalem' are featured as one of the St. Leonard's Day entertainments. However, all Jews were expelled from England in 1290 by a decree of Edward I and were not effectively (although still not legally) readmitted until 1653, during which time the British Jewish community practised their faith only in secret: they certainly would not have openly displayed it in, of all places, the Royal court. However, given their name, it is reasonable to suppose that The Jumping Jews Of Jerusalem were not English residents, although the one line spoken by the lead Jew (played by Angus Deayton) is in perfectly unaccented English. Alternatively, the Jumping Jews of Jerusalem could be merely a stage identity, and they are not Jewish at all. This interpretation is supported by the scene where the lead Jew pulls off his fake beard to speak, revealing a trimmed beard similar to those worn by Christians in the cast.

http://wikibin.org/articles/historical-anomalies-in-blackadder.html

13 April 2010 at 20:33  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Ms Dreadnaught

The posters here are well versed in history.

Let them examine your 'excuse'.

I retire.

13 April 2010 at 20:37  
Blogger D. Singh said...

'I should have credited the JOKE...'

In other words you're not only a plagiarist but a Nazi as well.

Now do us a favour. Get back in the gutter.

You have something in common with the rats: you eat each other.

Go.

I pardon you.

13 April 2010 at 20:51  
Blogger Lakester91 said...

Ms. D,

Such a dubious use (abuse) of democracy cannot discredit the entire system. We have a completely different form of democracy in this country, and I pray that we don't end up screwing it all up with second preference or (God forbid) proportional representation.

FPTP can be refined by redefining constituency barriers to be more representative, and ensuring that the accountability of MPs (which is the true strength of FPTP) is not downplayed or mitigated through voter ignorance.

13 April 2010 at 22:26  
Blogger Rebel Saint said...

Lakester91 said... "FPTP can be refined by redefining constituency barriers to be more representative, and ensuring that the accountability of MPs (which is the true strength of FPTP) is not downplayed or mitigated through voter ignorance."

FPTP makes them accountable?! How?

And redrawing boundaries can make them representative? Again I ask How?!

14 April 2010 at 00:18  
Blogger D. Singh said...

http://www.westminster2010.org.uk/

We've exceeded the 20,000 mark!

14 April 2010 at 08:04  
Blogger Dreadnaught said...

Lakestar - Don't know who's post you've been reading; How do you arrive at the assumption that I discredit the principle of democracy.

14 April 2010 at 08:45  
Blogger Dreadnaught said...

Singh - Grow up before you blow up.

14 April 2010 at 08:47  
Blogger ENGLISHMAN said...

"manifesto pledges are not subject to legitimate expectations"It seems that dave the friend of the proles has been reading goebels greatest hits again,is there not an addage that says "fool me once ,shame on you,fool me twice.shame on me"and yet all seems to be forgotten,shirley porter sold council houses too,before fleeing to israel,hesletine sold helicopters,and dodgy dave promises that which he can not give,namely democracy.

14 April 2010 at 08:54  
OpenID theblogofkevin said...

Whilst I don't agree with the Conservative's manifesto, I applaud them for finally talking ideology instead of policy - partly of course, because there are no policies much different from Labour's.

See http://theblogofkevin.wordpress.com/2010/04/14/in-different-ideology/ for more...

14 April 2010 at 14:34  
Blogger Lakester91 said...

Dreadnaught [sic],

Can you not read my name?

14 April 2010 at 17:37  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"We've exceeded the 20,000 mark!"

Wonderful - what is that as a percentage of the Christian population? You know, the 70-odd percent of the population that put "Christian" on the census forms? I think you still have most of that 70-odd percent yet to sign, do you not?

not going too well, is it?

14 April 2010 at 19:53  
Blogger D. Singh said...

It is going splendidly.

The fewer there are of us: the greater share of honour.

We band of brothers.

14 April 2010 at 19:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

>"The fewer there are of us: the greater share of honour."

then stop trumpeting each rise of a few hundred, you dolt.

14 April 2010 at 20:06  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Anon

I was sure that you would be pleased - that there are so few of us - and for your encouragement.


'It is not numbers that count; but speed and surprise.'

Who was that? Thou brainy one?

14 April 2010 at 20:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Groucho Marx, perhaps?

well you haven't got numbers, speed or surprise, so I'm not holding out much hope.

14 April 2010 at 20:19  
Anonymous len said...

Talking about being outnumbered by the enemy reminds me of a story I heard once, a pilot strayed into enemy airspace during the war( I forget which one)and was completely alone apart from his navigator when he was 'jumped' by fifteen enemy planes.
The navigator shouted in alarm"There`s fifteen of them".
The pilot answered calmly" Yes,and wev`e got them all to ourselves!
Bring it on!

14 April 2010 at 20:50  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Wow! Mr Len!

Now I truly know that you believe that when we are out-gunned and out-numbered - then we are at our best - and to God belongs the glory!

Bravo!

14 April 2010 at 20:55  
Anonymous len said...

Elisha was lodging in a city called Dothan. He had one of his young disciples with him. Here was the young prophet attending the senior prophet as Elisha himself had once attended the great Elijah before him. We will pick up the story in 2 Kings 6:13-16:

"Go, find out where he is," the king ordered, "so I can send men and capture him." The report came back: "He is in Dothan." Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city.

When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. "Oh, my lord, what shall we do?" the servant asked.

"Don't be afraid," the prophet answered. "Those who are with us are more than those who are with them."

This great truth of Scripture is echoed in the New Testament: "The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world" (1 John 4:4). Chariots were powerful military vehicles. Warriors in the chariots, drawn by horses trained for battle, had surrounded the entire city of Dothan. So as Elisha and his servant walked around the wall, they saw a military force aligned against them at every point. There was no escape. But Elisha said to his servant, "We've got them just where we want them now. There are more of us than of them." The servant must have looked at him as if he had lost his mind.

Verse 17:

And Elisha prayed, "O LORD, open his eyes so he may see." Then the Lord opened the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

14 April 2010 at 22:13  

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