Joseph Gibson’s Blog

Conservative musings and comments.

Bring back Tony?

Having just read an article on the Times website about the Unions now flexing their muscles within the Labour Party and demanding to be allowed secondary strike rights, I must admit I had to laugh a little. Gordon Brown, “the greatest Chancellor EVER” according to many a Labour activist, is losing grip yet again, and only a week after his supposed relaunch was scuppered by one Mr. David Davis. Things are really bad for Labour, bless ’em, remember what happened last time the Unions flexed these muscles of theirs? – only one word need answer that – Thatcher.

Now it’s time for Labour to decide who they stick with: the Unions, and lose the next general election and possibly even split (remember the gang of four), or the Public, and the lose the next general election and go bankrupt? After all, the Unions made up 88% of Labour Party contributions in the first quarter of this year. So Gordon, the choice is yours, who do you alienate – the voters or the money men?

What made me laugh the most is that this doesn’t sound very New Labour at all, more like Labour under Wilson or Callaghan, over reliance on the Unions is a dangerous game, and it seems that Labour are going to lose out no matter what they do. Now I’m sure I’m not the first person to say this, but this would never have happened under Tony Blair, he most certainly had a way of finding funds and dealing with the Unions, as I’m sure Lord Levy will reveal any day soon!

Labour have certainly done what the Conservatives did in 1990, forced out the greatest Leader they hve had in modern times, and maybe at the time it seemed for the best, but right now I bet Tony is wearing his schoolboy grin that spun him out of so many a controversy.

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June 25, 2008 Posted by | The Thoughts | , , , , | 3 Comments

Question Time

After watching Question Time tonight I got to thinking about a few interesting points that were raised, particularly that on crime, Peter Hain and education.

On the subject of crime, I think that it’s very easy to criticise the government, so i’ll join in! When coming to government, Labour campaigned on the soundbite ‘Tough on Crime, Tough on the causes of Crime’, now, perhaps an assumption here, but crime is now once again a massive issue in the media. If they really were that tough on crime, surely there would be a confidence in government at the moment rather than a moral panic amongst the media and the ordinary person. I’m of the opinion that rather than trying to stop the causes of crime (that is way too big a policy for any political party to state a claim to), why not just create a greater deterrent for crime? Why does life not mean life? Why do we have early release? Why are all our prisons full?! What I propose is that crime is crime and that the sentence should match the crime, i.e life for murder. Maybe i’m some sort of judicial oligarch, but I don’t care, crime is crime and that is the end of it.

 Peter Hain was also a subject that came up, and I fully approve the decision to resign, and might I just say that it was a long time coming! Firstly, he was a completely incompetent cabinet minister and deserved to lose his job, in addition to this, he was a complete crook! £103,000 in undeclared donations! No matter what excuse he has came up with, it will never be good enough, good riddance to bad rubbish.

Finally, the education system, I am in full support of grammar schools and I believe more should be built and funded, (I talk about this briefly in my first blog), excellence should be backed to the full and should always be encouraged, again, this view might well be controversial and I might well be seen as some kind of fascist who believes in a sort of ‘supreme people’, this isn’t true, however, I do honestly and fully believe that those who have the capacity to go further, should be pushed to go further. On the point of Grammar schools, I just wish that there had been one near me, i’m not saying I would have gotten into it, but I would have liked to have tried.

January 24, 2008 Posted by | The Thoughts | , , , , , , | Leave a comment