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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Interview on Radio Humberside

I was interviewed by Lara King on BBC Radio Humberside two days ago about my work as a driving instructor. It is available on iPlayer until Friday 5 March. Click here to listen. It is 1 hour, 14 minutes, 15 seconds in.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The rise of the National Front

This is a report from the Politics Show in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, broadcast last Sunday. It seems many BNP branches are defecting to the National Front en masse, because the BNP is too liberal for them.

I was pushed into fourth place by the National Front in a council by-election in Hull last year and was asked to contribute to the report.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Tories should be miles ahead in the polls

There was a time – as little as few months ago – when many Conservatives were wandering the country in dizzy expectation of a bumper Tory victory at the next general election. There may still be a few deluded souls left, but now the rank and file of the Conservative Party are all too well aware there is a real possibility their hopes may be dashed as the voters decide whom they want to be prime minister.

The Tories should have been miles ahead in the polls. This current government has vandalised just about everything it has touched. A strong economy, with controlled public spending and borrowing has given way to an expansion of the client state, with reckless spending and borrowing that has not put Britain in a unique position to weather the current economic storm.

It has been the most anti-libertarian government anyone can remember. CCTV everywhere, the largest DNA database in the world and the big brother state interfering in our lives in ways unimaginable 10 years ago.

Immigration has spiralled out of control, with the government admitting it doesn’t know how many immigrants have entered the country. This has lead to resentment and has helped the rise of the National Front and the BNP.

The main problem the main political parties face at the next general election is the sheer amount of minority parties who will be standing. Labour will lose out to the National Front and the BNP and the Conservatives will lose out to UKIP. No serious commentator will predict those parties will elect an MP, but they can take away votes from the main parties and in critical marginal seats this could be the margin between victory or defeat.

I have written many times about what David Cameron and the Conservative Party needs to do to win. The voters don’t want some middle of the road Tony Blair Mk II. The want a radical government lead by a prime minister who is not afraid to make tough choices. Public spending has to be drastically cut, but neither Labour, Conservatives or the Liberal Democrats are proposing the sort of policies we need to get the public finances back on their feet again. The approach seems to be tinker here and tinker there, and the voters are not stupid. They see through this and there is a very real danger they will cast their votes to the ‘better the devil you know party’ rather than what should be the government in waiting.

Unless ‘Team Cameron’ gets the tough messages across, and wins support for its honesty, I think we will have a hung parliament, and I have no idea who will be the largest party. Normally elections are lost by governments.  This year, I think the election could be lost by the main opposition bring frightened to tell the country the truth.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Jeff Randall in the Telegraph

An excellent article by Jeff Randall in the Telegraph. A plain speaking, on the money analysis of what is wrong in Britain, using the lessons from history and giving advise to David Cameron.

Oppose the death tax

William Roache, better known as Ken Barlow in Coronation Street, speaks out against a possible death tax to fund care for the elderly.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

We need a British Tea Party Movement

The Tea Party Movement in the United States has taken the country by storm. Its supporters include some of the least well off in American society. I was asked by Dr David Runciman on Radio 4 why this was. It’s an easy question to answer. Those who are poorer have a difficult task in balancing their families books. If they can do it, they expect the government to do it too.

We need a tea party style movement  in the UK. We have to give politicians of all parties a clear message. We cannot continue on the road we are travelling. The public finances are in a parlous state already. Continually trying to spend our way out of a recession will mean the country is bankrupt. Tough choices are going to have to be made. There will have to be drastic cuts in public spending. You cannot tinker here and tinker there. It will not work. We need a bonfire of the Quangos. We have to look at what we want government to do. It is not the job of government to meddle. We want our freedoms back. We are sick and tired of the bully state interfering in our lives. We also want this country to regain its sovereignty and this means we need to leave the EU.

Present these ideas to the voters and you will get support. Not everyone will agree with everyone; of course not, but you will get broad support. When Winston Churchill became prime minister he didn’t sugar coat the pill. He told the British people the truth. ‘I have nothing to offer  but blood, toil, tears and sweat’, he said. Telling the truth and not caring about focus groups, is what leadership is about. I don’t think we are going to get this leadership unless we take action. We have to be a constant thorn in the sides of politicians. I believe – and I know I am not alone –this is the only way we can effect the change we want in Britain. 

Government spends more on advertising

The government has increased spending on advertising by 40% in the past year. Nothing to do with an upcoming general election, I’m sure!

Hat Tip: BBC News

We should all work a 21-hour week according to think tank

Just as the economy splutters its way out of a recession (with no assurances it will not fall back in the current quarter), the left-wing think tank, The New Economics Foundation, has come up with a new report. We should all work a 21-hour week. No more than that, as this would help reduce unemployment, give us more time to spend with our families and perform civic duties. The fact we won’t be able to pay our bills, seems to be irrelevant. The facts some people will want to work more hours, employers will lose flexibility, and the economy will suffer, seems to be unimportant too.

Why is it those on the left want to restrict our freedom of choice? Why is they want to interfere in almost every aspect of our lives, because they know better?

This report should be filed in the usual place, or even better, shredded. It should certainly not be seen in the light of day again.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

English Speaking Taxi Drivers? Who knows in Southampton

Here’s another one in the ‘you couldn’t make it up category.’

Taxi Drivers in Southampton have been displaying the flag of St George in their windscreens with the words ‘English Speaking Driver’ written on the flag. What’s wrong with that? Nothing, but the jobsworths in Southampton Council have threatened those taxi drivers, giving them the ultimatum, take them out or lose your licence.

Yet another example of petty bureaucrats pandering to the political correctness lobby. If there were signs in the front of taxis stating French driver or whatever, no-one would bat an eyelid, but if you state you speak English because there are many taxi drivers who do not speak English, you are denounced as a racist.

I’m sure the officials who came up with this ridiculous policy also denounce the BNP. What they don’t realise is their actions only pander to the true racists and hand them support and therefore votes. Come on Southampton Council. Reverse this policy and let the law abiding taxi drivers of your city get on with earning a living without having the bully state breathing down their necks.

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