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Thomas Haynes

Tuition fees. NHS reform. And, as the year rolls on, spending cuts.
The Conservative manifesto was ambiguous about university fees, and we all know what the Liberal Democrats promised before May.
Neither manifesto mentioned Andrew Lansley’s revolutionary reforms of the NHS, a public service extremely close to the hearts of the British public.
And a most people actually [...]

Jerry Hayes

If you walk past HM Treasury and you hear strange  noises not noticed by its inhabitants; stop and listen carefully. Because, that cacophony of sound, is the collective noise of a selection of  time bombs carelessly laid by the  last government. Some, when they explode, will cause minor injuries. Others will cost political lives and could shake [...]

Jerry Hayes

In Downing Street the thick bullet proof curtains of the Prime Minister’s study are closely drawn. There is hardly a noise save for the muffled screams of right wing backbenchers being ruthlessly beaten with rubber hoses deep in the Downing Street cellars and the brave cries of the people’s heroine, Laurie Penney, who has chained [...]

Jerry Hayes

It won’t be long before we will be be transfixed by the horror of seeing innocent men women and children being massacred by Gaddaffi’s helecopter gun ships. It will be accompanied by gutwrenching reports of rape, mutilation and murder by hired mercenaries from Chad. There will be scenes of young and old, armed only with [...]

Jerry Hayes

Politics is about impressions rather than reality. Some will think of David Cameron as an irresponsible youth getting tanked up with his upper class Bullingdon chums, raising hell at Number 10, trashing the dining room, nicking the silver, stealing the door Bobby’s helmet and ending the evening throwing tin cans at Larry the cat for white fivers. Others will [...]

Jerry Hayes

Me Thatcher and the bombing of Tripoli.

February 27th, 2011 by Jerry Hayes

What a strange, precarious, unpredictable, white knuckle ride, politics can be. On Thursday David Cameron and William Hague were impaled on the skewer of incompetence; tomorrow they will be lauded as courageous, decisive statesmen, leading the world in making the Gaddaffi family as welcome as a former husband of Katie Price.
Wobbly Wednesday was not a [...]

René Kinzett

“THE buck stops here” said the sign on the desk of the 33rd US President Harry Truman.
Isn’t that what we really want from our politicians? Someone who is clearly in charge, someone we can point the finger of blame at (or even shower with praise!) and who doesn’t let officials and underlings take the heat [...]

Thomas Haynes

Who will stand up for the “strivers”?

February 25th, 2011 by Thomas Haynes

There are over 11 million people in Britain today who do not have proper political representation. They have no-one (or at least no-one with serious influence) looking out for their interests. They are the “strivers”.
Patrick O’Flynn, Chief Political Commentator at the Express, defines them as “People who are committed to striving for self-reliance and to improved [...]

René Kinzett

This post first appeared on Platform 10
With all the controversy surrounding the AV referendum in May, the other referendum next week has all but been ignored by the Metropolitan-based media. Whilst the Parliamentary Ping-Pong of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill was interesting to watch, the referendum on further powers for the National Assembly for [...]

Jerry Hayes

I’m afraid our judges have become like dangerous dogs. No, I don’t mean that M’luds are frothing at the mouth, laying in wait along the garden path to maim any strolling  child or passing postman. It’s just that Fleet Street and rent a quote politicians on the make, are scanning the local press as they [...]

Thomas Haynes

When is a public service not a public service?

February 22nd, 2011 by Thomas Haynes

It is a question that will be debated fiercely in the coming months.
David Cameron’s plans to transform Britain’s public sector – to be published in full in a couple of weeks – look set to open up our public services to a multitude of providers, whether public, private or charitable.
Services will still be funded and [...]

Thomas Haynes

I used to be strongly against AV. Partly this was because – despite supporting the current government – I am not a fan of coalition politics. It was partly because I am, by nature, a constitutional conservative. And partly, I must admit, it was because I swallowed too much anti-AV propaganda without thinking it all through first [...]

Thomas Haynes

Nigel Lawson’s advice for George Osborne

February 22nd, 2011 by Thomas Haynes

Now that the (hundred day?) honeymoon is over, and at least until the fruits of our policies show up (which will not be for some time yet), they will attack us for whatever we do; for ‘primitive monetarism’ if we continue on our present course and for weakness, U-turns and general Heath/Barber recidivism if we [...]

Jerry Hayes

Who on earth is briefing the press that there will be a cabinet reshuffle in the summer? Certainly nothing is emanating from Downing Street, where Cameron has always maintained that this doesn’t have to be an annual ritual. And for very good reason.
The first few months of a new government are faced with many dilemmas on policy [...]

Jerry Hayes

Send for Larry the Downing Street cat, because I smell a large fat rat skulking around the AV NO campaign. Well, to be fair, to call it a campaign would be rather flattering.
What we have witnessed in the last few days is a glossy set of adverts with the subtle message that if the public [...]

Jerry Hayes

The debate over whether prisoners should be given the right to vote was Parliament at its very best. Tonight’s squalid little affair over AV will be little more than a pork barrel being rolled around a smoke filled room, which will make Tamany Hall seem like the Frinton Parish council.
Tonight’s debate has precious little to [...]

Thomas Haynes

For once, I agree with Tom Watson

February 14th, 2011 by Thomas Haynes

One of the most frustrating things I hear when talking about politics is the belief that “Tories only care about the rich”. There is a widespread stereotype that conservatism is by the rich, for the rich, and to hell with everybody else.
In many ways, the Left has managed to shape the political landscape. More government [...]

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Thomas Haynes

What does the “Big Society” mean? That seems to be a question doing the rounds at the moment (indeed, it has been asked since the term first entered political debate before the election).
Is it replacing a big government with more individual involvement? Is it an increase in community activism and spirit? Is it just a [...]

René Kinzett

Good grief, you couldn’t make it up, could you?
Only two months ago the Government launched its Equalities Strategy, aimed at building a society where no one is held back because of who they are, or where they come from and outlining steps to widen access to the Civil Service by lower-income groups through targeted internships.
Then [...]

René Kinzett

Conservatives need to debate AV, not stifle ideas

February 13th, 2011 by René Kinzett

The news that the Conservative Party has excluded the official “Conservatives for AV” organisation from being able to hold a fringe meeting at the Party’s Spring Conference in Cardiff next month has come as something of a surprise.
For years the Party has been happy to take money from exhibitors and organisers of fringe meetings [...]