Archive for the ‘National’ Category

Are her days numbered?

May 21, 2006

Yes, it has been a while, but we can assure all our readers that we've taken time out to simply discuss and analyse the way we currently run the site. However, we're back, and things will start to look a bit more exciting over the next few weeks.

No website holding a group accountable would be complete without their very own mole (or moles). And it has come to our attention that one of our insiders has heard rumours that various top conservative politicians are extremely concerned with Anne Milton and her performance as Guildford's MP.  These rumours also mention that these politicians are extremely worried about losing the marginal seat at the hands of the "utterly useless" incumbent in the next General Election.

So, is it time for the local party to deselect and select somebody new? Perhaps Nick St Aubyn deserves another shot?

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Grayling on Question Time

March 9, 2006

Yes, the Shadow Transport Secretary will be partaking in the BBC’s favourite political broadcast this evening.  Chris Grayling is famous for being the MP for Epsom and Ewell, but more nationally known for being a bit of a headache to David Blunkett.  We’ll be watching eagerly, and may even send in some questions – any suggestions below please.

Whoops!

March 4, 2006

Somebody didn’t do their research:

Jeremy Hunt: Given that more than 1 million hard-of-hearing people say that they use subtitles whenever they can, does not the Prime Minister think that it sets an extremely bad example that there is no such facility on our own Parliament channel and will he take urgent action to make sure that deaf people have the same access to democracy as everyone else?

To which the Prime Minister answered:

For once, I am in the happy position of saying that it is not up to me to decide how Parliament arranges its affairs, but I am sure that those who are looking at these things will—[Laughter.] I do not know that an outbreak of laughter is the right response from my right hon. Friend—[Interruption.] I am sure he will. No doubt discussions in the usual channels can take place; but it is a matter not for me but for Parliament.

So, either Mr Hunt was simply bandwagoning by asking a question that he knew was not in the remit of the PM for the sake of looking like he cared; or he hadn’t done his research properly.

Having said that, this blog supports his point, but there are better avenues to put it across.  Maybe when young Mr Hunt has a bit more experience, we should expect better research and more substance.

Who needs trains when you have bandwagons?

January 4, 2006

10-year transport pledge ‘broken’

Mr Grayling said: “The government made promise after promise when it came to power about its plans for the transport system. But although there have been some improvements, most of the new projects they promised to complete by 2010 have either been scrapped altogether or kicked into the long grass. The rest will be longer and longer traffic james, and ever more crowded trains. Their grand schemes have turned out to be a massive disappointment, and their record on transport is a failure which will return to haunt them.”

Yes, let’s just hope for Mr Grayling’s sake that his party’s previous failure doesn’t come back to haunt him.

DiscriminaTory Measures

January 3, 2006

We recently discussed whether or not we should be covering the national state of the Conservative party. Originally the blog was intended purely to track the work (or lack thereof) of the Tories specifically in Surrey. However, with so many changes going on up in that head office of theirs, we thought it’d be wrong not to compare and contrast real Tories in Surrey with the “liberal conservative” mask that they’ve elected as leader. Cameron’s Conservatives – a new definition for the phrase “make shit shine”.

Cameron aims for more women MPs

“Until we’re represented by men and women in the country, regardless of race or creed, we won’t be half the country we could be,” he said in a speech on candidate selection in Leeds. He said his positive action plan was not about “crazed political correctness”, but would guarantee more women and ethnic minorities in winnable seats.

Now, far be it for this blog to suggest that all attempts at decreasing the gender gap in parliament could be labelled as positive discrimination, it is always entertaining to see a Tory have a hack at equality. It’s just a shame that he thinks the answer to discrimination on grounds of gender is to discriminate further on grounds of gender. A suggestion for our friend Dave: the country would be a much better country if you investigated as to why very few women are putting themselves forward for parliament, and solve the cause rather than the symptoms.

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