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Who should McCain choose as his running mate?

I was looking at the CNN website special area “America Votes” and noticed this (http://edition.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/03/27/possible.vice.presidents/index.html) and it got me to thinking who John McCain should choose as his running mate. I’ve read through most of the candidates and to me the obvious choice would be Mitt Romney. Firstly, because I wanted him to be the Republican candidate, and secondly, because he would gain the conservative vote that McCain is so obviously lacking. I’d quite like to know what other people think, and I’m sure everyone will choose to disagree with me!

March 27, 2008 Posted by | The Thoughts | , , , , | 4 Comments

The most controversial topic in British politics, seemingly…

I read recently an article on the Birmingham University Blog about Enoch Powell, and the first thing I thought was that this is a can of worms that is always open, yet never properly talked about. It’s always argued, and yet never properly. In my opinion, Enoch Powell was one of the greatest and most articulate post-war politicians to have graced our land, when you talk of conviction politicians, it would be fair to say there is no greater than Powell.

Blair, Brown, Cameron and Clegg – give me Powell or Thatcher any day!

To be honest, immigration is so horribly controversial, no-one will ever be right. It’s terrible really, say anything anti-Immigration, and you are a foaming-from-the-mouth, hood wearing racialist, say anything pro-Immigration, you are surrendering the British national identity. And this is why I am choosing to say nothing, until I get into Parliament!

I’d be interested if any readers would like to leave their comments and opinions on Immigration, I’d be really interested in knowing what the consensus view is, so get posting people!

March 10, 2008 Posted by | The Thoughts | , , , , , | 57 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

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

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

Meritocracy

What has happened to Great Britain? Once a great meritocratic society, we have now been reduced to trying to sort out the amount of people that exploit the welfare state! As a student, perhaps I don’t have the authority to comment on the taxing system, but 40% taxes for those that earn more than £34,600… This is ridiculous! Why should we, in the words of Robin Hood, “rob the rich to feed the poor”?

I honestly and sincerely believe in the meritocracy – I believe that if you as a person work hard enough then you can work your way up to a higher rung of the ladder in society. There is one simple reason that I believe this, my parents. Both come from poor working class council estates in Bradford, both have worked hard their whole lives, both are now respected members of society and can be proud of all that they have achieved. This reason alone fills me with pride about what my parents have done, and I sometimes think what would I be like if they’d have not put in the hours to get to where they are in society. I couldn’t possibly answer that question, and I wouldn’t stoop so low as to say I would be some “unashamed benefits scrounger” because this unfair; creating some sort of stereotype of people whose parents exploit the benefits system.

Society is not one homogenous group that all follows the same trends and patterns, I wish it was, because then I believe that the meritocracy would become ‘common sense’ and that everyone would work to the fullest capacity that they could, but this isn’t possible, I know this. All that I hope to achieve in my lifetime if I am ever lucky enough to father children is that they believe as fully as I do in the meritocracy and that they work as hard as they can to get to where they want to be.

 Perhaps this has all been a bit off subject, and so I shall return to what my original point was – how we cannot claim to be a meritocratic society in that no longer is there the sense of working hard being one of the greatest characteristics to have in a person, instead, people rejoice in just how machiavellian they can be. This isn’t right! What is going on?! 

Now perhaps I should assess the reason that I believe this has happened to our society: Labour government. The glory days of the meritocracy were under Thatcher, the idea and promotion of the self made man, the privatisation of many state owned businesses and finally, the mass promotion of Capitalism. But since those days, what have we had, Labour government increasing the welfare state? Job seekers allowance? E.M.A? Since the birth of the Welfare State the benefits system has been exploited, but for some reason it is argued that increasing taxes will help to solve this problem, rather than an overhaul of the system, such as making JSA available for a limited time only, say 1 year? Under a Labour government, instead of this, we decide to tax people who have worked hard to get as far as they possibly can be, not just bit more, but twice as much! This is non-sensical in my view.

As much as I apologise for how poorly structured and indeed written this article has been, I honestly believe that the main argument of the article is correct – The Meritocracy is dying, and for what? Our brand spanking new cop-out country? Giving government? Thank God the Conservatives are tackling the important issues that Labour seem to encourage, let’s hope that when Labour are out of Government they understand the importance of Meritocracy, because they’ll be working hard to get back into government, with the current state of things as they are.

January 16, 2008 Posted by | The Thoughts | , , , | 8 Comments

The first of many blogs, hopefully…

Well, it’s the first ever blog and so I shall address something that is particularly important to me; the Education system. As a student, I feel i’m in quite a good position to criticise what I believe is a failing Labour system. I am completely against the Labour Policy that 50% of young people should be in University as I strongly believe that only the best should be there! If you, reader, can give me a strong argument for the amount of people going to University on, as Boris Johnson put it, “Mickey Mouse courses” then fair play, I will retract this blog, however, I fail to see how it can possibly be good for our country that everyone has a degree and that the best students are being discriminated against in the name of positive discrimination?!

Now, this might well be controversial (although only to those who recieve it) but i hate EMA! Why on earth should the taxpayer be giving their hard earned money away for someone to recieve ‘my first Handout’, it’s a disgrace! What I propose would be a far better solution would be to have an incentives based system, in which, if students attain the best grades they are rewarded with the money that those who recieve EMA are getting. For example, teachers should set work every week, and if the children return this work and gain high grades such as A’s and B’s, then they should recieve the bonus of the ten or thirty pounds a week that others are for turning up and distracting others.

I am by no means saying that if a child needs money to get to college don’t give it to them, far from it, in fact, if the said child presents bus tickets and receipts showing that they have bought what they need for college, and, if they fall in between what is deemed an income in which the money is needed, then yes, give them that money back. However, it is not right and should never be considered right that the system is punishing children who are born into families where they get opportunities, and where it is so easily exploited it is drank away every weekend, whilst other students, who don’t recieve EMA, are working their fingers to the bone in the hope of making something of themselves and getting to the best universities.

In my opinion, individualism and competition gains better results, yes, it is fine to present a level playing field, however, if you do find better students, then give them the chance to go as far as they can! Rather than wasting time on students who are only there for the money, give backing to the students who are going to reward the country by becoming doctors, barristers, nurses, teachers etc.

Finally, as I have already shown my dislike fpr the Educational Maintenance Allowance, I will make my final point, bring back Grammar Schools! They are the only possible way to foster the competitiveness that our country needs to be great again, take the students on the basis of their Year 6 SATs though, and not on the basis of an 11+ test that is easily manipulated to favour the advantaged, because, after all, we want education to be competitive, not exploited.

January 3, 2008 Posted by | The Thoughts | , , , | Leave a comment