Daniel Finkelstein: Convince voters that the changes of the last eighteen months are real and will continue
Keep calm. For two reasons. First, because all new Prime Ministers have a honeymoon, there's nothing you can do about it and it won't last forever. Second, because the electorate like you but worry about the party. They therefore need to believe that you are strong. Given your character serenity and optimism is the best way to convey this.
My Two Cents...on the Heathrow protests
With fawning excitement, the BBC has paid excessive attention to the sordid collection of hippies, pot smokers and anarchists who are protesting at
The tent commandments
The Camp for Climate Action has certainly caught our attention, but has it made you think twice about flying abroad? What will you do instead?
When Green goes Goofy
I believe people should be environmentally conscious. I believe people should make every rational effort to protect and preserve our planet's environment, conserve non-renewable resources, discover and use energy sources and raw materials that minimise pollution, and which are renewable or recyclable. That's just common sense.
But what I'm finding increasingly annoying are "Green" busy-bodies whose remonstrations are so irrational that they risk turning the average person off being 'green' at all. A case in point.
David Cameron - Comes Out Fighting At Last.
Having returned from his holiday, David Cameron has at last started a decent attack on Labour policy and we should now see an end to the unfathomable Brown bounce. David said: "They want to see their district general hospital improved and people simply do not understand why maternity units and accident and emergency units are being shut down - when actually accident and emergency admissions are actually up and births are up."
‘Tory Fight back’ – No, really…
So David Cameron is promising a ‘bare knuckle fight' against Gordon Brown. AND tax cuts. AND he'll save the NHS. Oh, and he’s going to stop knife crime.
Now, ambition is always to be welcomed and all these issues are important to most voters but what is so clearly lacking from the Conservatives is any kind of clear vision. They simply don’t look like they know what they are doing.
Can he ignore the popular press?
It was The Sun which, as always, distilled the message down to its bare essentials – that "thousands of Labour voters will desert Gordon Brown at the next general election if he refuses to hold a referendum on the EU constitution". Thus we learn that almost a quarter of the party's life-long supporters - 24 percent - say "they will kick the PM in the ballot box unless they get a vote".
What’ll be the political consequences of a
So how is this going to affect domestic politics? Will Gordon get the kudos for finally closing down
Could a grand pull-out gesture by Brown be part of an early general election campaign. If so how can it be made palatable when there are so many, like the cleric quoted above, who would try to present it as a defeat?
What's not to like about politics?
I know I shouldn’t and it’s very displeasing when others to do it, but, I’d like a moan. Here is a short list of the really vexing things about having an interest in current affairs. Hopefully, some will hit home and there’ll be the discovery that I’m not alone. There may even be widespread agreement, a critical mass of like minded people leading to a resolution that something is done about some of them – the assertion that democracy works!!! Or perhaps, an interesting thread on LabourHome…
New attack on Johnson paints him as Tebbit in a clown's costume
The left-wing Compass group today gives a taste of the attack that Boris Johnson can expect should he become the Tory nominee for Mayor of London. Compass attempt to paint Mr Johnson as Norman Tebbit in a clown's costume. The Guardian highlights the attempt to substantiate Mr Johnson as holding sexist and out-of-date views and likely, therefore, to damage the 'progressive consensus' of
Will "Boris is a racist" really fly?
It looks like those advising and supporting Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London, are determined to blackguard his prospective Tory opponent Boris Johnson by any means necessary.
First we had Doreen Lawrence (who has been cultivated by race-activists over the last decade to the point of co-option) wheeled out in The Guardian, to wave her son's shroud and say:
Time to prune back the quangos
Trevor Kavanagh’s column in The Sun today contains one of those facts that makes you stop and re-read the sentence to make sure you’ve understood it correctly. Kavanagh calculates that,
The Non-Courses Report 2007
The TaxPayers’ Alliance has compiled Britain’s first ever list of university “non-courses” – university degrees that lend the respectability of scholarly qualifications to non-academic subjects – and calculated their annual cost to students and taxpayers.
Who was the person who faked the Norman Lamb Facebook profile? (Updated)
Assemble the following pieces of evidence about the faking of a Norman Lamb group and profile on Facebook and draw your conclusions:
a. The fake Facebook profile gave as
This isn’t a genuine email address for Norman or any of this staff.
b. Emails have been sent from that email address to various people.
More Tory sock-puppetry and smears
Mark Pack (LibDemVoice) - Who was the person who faked the Norman Lamb Facebook profile?
Some lovely detective work by Mark. I have a couple of details and observations to add:
126.96.36.199 is the IP address connected so strongly to the Facebook impersonation. This is a *static* IP address used for DSL customers of KeConnect. It could be that more than one person is working on this, but only one user account is involved.
Domain Name keme.net ? (Network)
IP Address 188.8.131.52 ? (KeConnect ADSL Subscribers)
ISP KeConnect Systems Limited
Location Continent :
Lat/Long : 52.0833, 1.1667 (Map)
Distance : 62 miles