Monday, 22 February 2010

Hugo Chavez and a Lecture in Democracy

A rather interesting story came up on the Telegraph's website this evening which reported that Hugo Chavez, the President of Venezuela, used his weekly Presidential address to the nation to criticise us (i.e. Britain) over our ownership of the Falkland Island. "Look, England, how long are you going to be in Las Malvinas? Queen of England, I'm talking to you," were the words used in his address to the Venezuelan people. He also asked "why the English speak of democracy but still have a Queen".

I find it ironic that Chavez feels he has the right to talk about democracy when, he is in my opinion, the greatest threat to democracy in South America. He recently shut down six television channels which refused to transmit Government messages, he promised to expel foreigners from Venezuela who criticised him and has taken control of businesses in Venezuela.

I also find it ironic that he has completely ignored to democratic will of the Falkland islanders themselves who have constantly said they wish to remain British. But this is typical Chavez, he ignore anyone who disagrees with him.

I think it's time Her Majesty did what the King of Spain did back in 2007 when he infamously told Mr. Chavez to "shut up".

Monday, 15 February 2010

Gordon Brown and Piers Morgan - Politics at a New Low.

Last night we saw Piers Morgan interviewing Gordon Brown with the most personal details of his life dragged out onto the screen. Mr. Brown, a serving Prime Minister, was asked a series of completely non-political related questions (although this was clearly a pre - election stunt) including whether he had joined the Mile High Club, about his childhood and about his children.

It is my opinion it is so sad when politics is dragged into this sort of low, a low which is suitable for Z-list celebrities rather than the holder of the position of the Queen's First Minister.

What will we see next. How the Tories will choose their next leader by sending him through Big Brother? Or how about the Lib Dems going through "I'm a Celebrity get me Out of Here"?

If we continue to trivialise politics in such a way then it is simply going to lead to more and more of the electorate being turned off politics and with that fewer and fewer people voting.

Friday, 12 February 2010

I'd Rather Have the Dinosaurs than the Cuties

The recent controversy with the Westminster North Conservatives attracted my attention as it appears to be a repeat of the Turnip Taliban affair. In the Turnip Taliban affair I fully supported the activists who simply wanted a local candidate with decent morals to represent them, as opposed to Elizabeth Truss who knew nothing of farming and the local area and who had conducted an affair with a sitting Conservative MP Mark Field.

This time the "A - Lister" is Joanne Cash. This woman is tipped to be Housing Minister in Cameron's cabinet and has no links with Westminster North. She came to light in the media recently for her childish antics where she used her links with "Call Me Dave" to force Amanda Sayers, the woman seeking another term as Chairwoman of the Association to resign. Cash had clearly won the battle but when was put forward for the vacant role of President of the Association. Cash then stormed announced she was resigning as the PPC and stormed out. This childish display, in my opinion, showed her to be unsuitable.

Despite this clearly being a local issue Eric Pickles, Chairman of the Conservatives, saw fit to come down to make sure that Cash was reinstated. David Cameron was also said to be on the phone and he was "livid". Despite Ms Sayers clearly offering a compromise the big wigs from Central office then forced her to resign as President.

Cash then goes on Twitter to announce she is reinstating herself as PPC and it was found in her bio to say "RIP Dinosaurs". These so called Dinosaurs are the back bone of the Conservative party. The ones who go out leafletting, holding coffee mornings and spend their time canvassing.

Above: Cash's Twitter Profile where she tells the Dinosaurs to RIP.

It's PC friendly, so called "modernisers" such as Cash, Cameron and Truss that are breaking our party apart. They ignore the hard work of local activists and treat them with contempt. Just look at the way Sir Jeremy Bagge was treated with the Turnip Taliban affair, he was actively persecuted by central office. We real Conservatives, us Dinosaurs, are hated by Cameron as he tries to impose Notting Hill, metropolitan candidates upon us to prove his contempt. Cameron is facing a Social Conservative challenge to his leadership as he continues to ignore us and he will be remembered as the Conservative leader who snatched defeat from the Jaws of victory.

Frankly the Westminster North Labour party should be sending a bottle of Champagne round to their Conservative counterparts and thanking them for letting them keep a seat. Central Office; LEAVE US ALONE and let us make up our own mind.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Broken Britain? The Electorate Thinks So.

The political row over the so called 'broken Britain' came back into the news last month with David Cameron accusing the Prime Minister of "moral failure". Many people criticised the leader of the opposition for politicising the event, stating it was in "bad taste". I do believe that there was a certain politicisation of this event, but I also believe that Mr. Cameron was right to do this. I do believe that Britain is broken.

And a large percentage of people agree with me. A poll in the Times today revealed that a large proportion of the population also believe that our society is broken. According to the poll, a massive three quarters of the people asked believed that our society is broken. This huge amount clearly shows an unprecedented moral failure has been reached by Labour.

One option put forth for fixing broken Britain is a return to National Service. I have always liked this option. It gives the young men taking part a sense of pride in themselves, their country and in their comrades. Anybody who watched the ITV show 'Bad Lads Army' will see the results that were produced from the young men who took part, who in all honesty, could only be described as society's dregs. These young men became respectful, polite and developed a sense of self respect.

However this is not the only thing needed to fix 'Broken Britain'. The bedrock of the family, marriage, has been abused under Labour who have failed to see its importance whilst every other European country celebrates this most precious of institutions. 70% of young offenders are from lone-parent families and yet Labour has failed to address this. Are tax breaks the answer to encouraging marriage? Absolutely not, under the Conservative's plans only those well off would truly benefit. However it is my opinion that rather than tax breaks the plan the save marriage should be that a couple may only receive monetary child benefits if the child is born in wedlock or only after the parents of the child marry. Some readers will criticise this stating "what about people who just get married for a few days for the birth of the child and then leave each other" or "what about people who have a divorce because of an unhappy or abusive relationship". For the both these cases I believe that the parent should only be allowed to continue receiving benefits after divorce if the marriage lasted more than 3 years. If you want any more evidence then one must simply look towards to closely knit families of the Asian community in Britain. Despite being among the poorest they are, on average, ahead of their white counterparts in school.

I believe that with these two measures British society CAN, and will be saved. We must promote the family and give the lost youth a sense of pride in themselves and their country.

Sunday, 7 February 2010

The Problem with PR

Many people along the Political spectrum cite proportional representation as the only true democratic form. They say it is the only form of voting which produce legitimate parliaments (and through them Governments) because it represents all the views of the electorate across the political spectrum. Now let ME tell you why this is a lie.

Here in Great Britain there is a real chance of a Hung Parliament, meaning that Nick Clegg will become the King-Maker to either Labour or the Conservatives. At present the Lib Dems are scoring between 18 - 20% of the vote in the opinion polls and if they did become the King-Makers in a hung Parliament then at least they represent a large amount of the electorate. However in democracies that use proportional representation then we find that the King-makers are not large parties with a large amount of support, but they are small parties with only a tiny amount of the people voting for them. For example look at Germany with its Free Democratic Party (FDP), this party only holds 5% (an average, currently at 14%) of the vote, yet has held on to the Foreign Ministry for decades. Is it fair that such a small party, with so few supporters should decide which party should lead a nation?

PR gives us small parties with a disproportionate power over the government. It also allows those small parties to force the larger parties that they have crow-bared into government to implement their policies and to make concessions.

In conclusion PR gives you weak governments, governments not representative of the people and political parties that have to make changes so that they betray the voter. Overall PR supporters are the enemy of democracy, trying to make Governments unaccountable to the electorate!