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Conservative musings and comments.

The BBC

Lately it has came to my attention that if I were to carry out some sort of “content analysis” on the BBC website, when it comes to political stories, there is most certainly a left-of-centre bias which seemingly tries to play down stories of a failing Labour government, and yet when something sleaze-related happens to the Tories (on the off chance) they jump on it as if there was a League-of-gentlemenesque nosebleed epidemic! It’s a bit disgraceful really, especially when they are bound by law to be politically neutral. Makes me glad I don’t have to be neutral, that would be far too hard with Mr Incompetence G. Brown in charge of our great nation! Oh and if anyone was interested I decided to go for a few Forward Together members on the CF Elections and then just a couple I liked, hopefully 4 of the 7 I voted will get in, because thats a pretty good average really!

February 28, 2008 Posted by | The Thoughts | , , , , | Leave a comment

Conservative Future

The American primaries and caucuses are happening right now in America, and for the past half a year or so we’ve heard non-stop how its “time for change” or, fancy a bit of “change you can believe in”? The problem with elections nowadays is that everybody is saying the same thing! What better example of this than in the UK, centralised politics leads to everyone stating they have a “vision” and need “time to deliver their promises”, quite frankly, sometimes I sit and think politics is getting a bit boring.

And now to make it worse, with the Conservative Future elections in full swing, how many more times am I going to hear “I wasn’t born a Conservative” or “I wasn’t brought up Conservative”, should I be sat here rejoicing in the fact that someone else made a conscious decision to join something they agree with?! If that is the best possible tactic to get voted for then there is worrying times ahead for us young Tories. The election in 2030 and we hear at every speech “I wasn’t born a Conservative”, we haven’t got a chance.

Change the tune, its like a broken record.

*And if anyone is interested in the votes that I have decided on, I am going to vote Matthew Richardson for the top job, and I’m largely undecided for the NME, until I hear someone say “I was born a Conservative, and I’ll always be a Conservative”. Or even just, “I want your vote so that I can…” – Come on, someone help me out here!

February 22, 2008 Posted by | The Thoughts | , , , , | 2 Comments

Kosovo

Kosovo has finally got its own independence, good on it! Maybe now its time for Scotland to follow suit and have complete devolution? I think so…

February 17, 2008 Posted by | The Thoughts | , , , , | Leave a comment

Archbishops Sharia Statement

Let’s be honest now, what can I say that hasn’t already been said by the media or the “experts” as they like to be called. In my opinion, the Archbishop should not have said what he did and he was completely wrong to abuse his position like that. The Church of England have absolutely no claim to be a strong religion anymore when it is constantly surrendering its beliefs to try and claim members, first it said that “homosexuality is alright” – I have no personal problem with homosexuality,  however, C of E just cannot change beliefs whenever it wants to attract new members. Secondly, there was the teaching that the Bible might be allegorical – what is going on! Now, there is this! The Church of England seems to be suffering from internal secularisation, and to be honest, its quite saddening.

February 16, 2008 Posted by | The Thoughts | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Washington D.C.

I must say that, after my visit to the Capital of the great US I was left a little disappointed. DC seemed to me to lack the character that our very own Capital city does. After going to DC I feel a great sense of britishness, and one that I am very proud of. I would definitely go back to DC, although I think the trip would be a lot better on my own, and the Hard Rock Cafe was a big let down! The Greene Turtle was easily the place to be on a night out in DC!

I’ll write a short review of the trips and visits that I attended whilst in Washington, although they are likely to be very short as I am absolutely worn out due to the face that I have been suffering from Bronchitis since I got back! (This being the main reason for the lack of blogging).

1. Capitol was quite simply the most impressive thing about Washington DC, it was both amazing to look at and amazing to look around. The House Gallery was amazing and if anyone was ever to go to DC I would definitely recommend it for a visit, the tour guides also know the place inside out and their knowledge of the history of the place was outstanding. I was extremely impressed with the whole place.

2. The White House was not so impressive if I am to be completely honest, Mark (our teacher and group leader) spent something like four months organising the trip, had to go through about seventeen people, and then we ngot to see four rooms! We were absolutely fuming when we got out!

3. Arlington Cemetary was quite breathtaking, there was something like 290,000 graves and it was a strange feeling being there. I was impressed with Robert Kennedys grave, I thought it was simplistic yet moving.

4. The Night Life was poor, let’s just say that in my opinion, Washington D.C has nothing on London!

5. The Pentagon tour was quite interesting, I liked it alot, and although I felt that the people working there perhaps glorified war a little, I was extremely impressed with how much respect there was for the people that had lost their lives in the “War on Terror”.  

February 16, 2008 Posted by | The Thoughts | Leave a comment

Religion

On the way back from Washington D.C. I got to talking with a Muslim friend about the subject of religion and the question came up “Which religion is the right one?”. This created a structured and intelligent argument between us and (very basically) had us arguing the advantages and disadvantages of our own religions. Being a Catholic, and a pretty strong theist, I quite enjoyed this discussion and when asked how I can pick and choose from my religion it got me thinking, and my answer was “because I go with what the Bible says, due to my belief that this is from a divine source, and not from what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says, as that is human made, and in my opinion is just a way of religion controlling people”… This didn’t seem to go down too well with my friend, as he is a devout Muslim and so didn’t really see that religion can be used to control people. Since this conversation I’ve been questioning whether or not, if I was to have that conversation again, I would ever answer anything differently, and to be completely honest I wouldn’t. There isn’t really much point to this blog, I just thought I’d share a little breakthrough I had in my own belief in God, maybe I’m a bad Catholic, but in my opinion, the Bible is right as it comes from God, and the Catechism is wrong, because it is man made.

February 16, 2008 Posted by | The Thoughts | Leave a comment

This Past Week

A number of things have caught my attention this week and I hope to address them in this short blog!

1. McDonald’s Qualifications – I must admit, I was a bit behind when it came to this news, however, rather than everybody who seems to believe this is a disgrace, I fully support it. The main reason for this is something I put to a friend in college who was totally against the idea – just what is the difference between this and travel and tourism, which is a recognised A Level? The answer it seems, is that a major worldwide company is giving the qualification rather than AQA or another exam board. That sounds ludicrous to me! I can honestly say that this country has already downgraded education too much to even dare to complain when an initiative like this is thought of! 50% of children in education?! Get them down to McDonald’s!

2. Ken Clarke – after seeing Ken on Question Time, it made me wonder, whatever happened to politicians like Mr Clarke, who were honest and articulate when answering questions, rather than creating a straw man from the other party? Maybe MPs such as Mr.Miliband should take note, it might do them some good.

3. The US Elections – It’s all hotting up over the Atlantic! And I’m extremely excited that I am actually going to be in Washington DC for Super Tuesday! Hopefully I’ll be able to put some pictures up on here under a new page. Personally, I hope Hilary Clinton wins, because rather than just talking about hope and change, she has policies to back them up. I’d like to see Mitt Romney win the Republican nomination because I believe him to be an excellent politician, Reagan-esque some might argue.

4. Cameron and Thatcher – earlier this week, David Cameron found time to praise Thatcher declaring her to have “rescued Britain’s greatness”, I most certainly agree, I just can’t help but wish that our party would become a bit more right wing though. It’s an awful period in British politics at the moment, because we are all central! I don’t particularly like central politics and I really do hope that we start to move ourselves slowly back to the right if or when elected to government.

5. Finally, as I am going to be in Washington all of next week, not getting back until Saturday, there won’t be any blogs in this time. However, when I do get back I hope to report on what the mood of the Americans is, and who most hope to see in the White House.

February 2, 2008 Posted by | The Thoughts | , , , , | Leave a comment