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  • Sharia law or gay marriage critics would be branded ‘extremists’ under Tory plans, atheists and

    11/04/2014 7:15:59 PM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10/31/14 | John Bingham
    Anyone who criticises Sharia law or gay marriage could be branded an “extremist” under sweeping new powers planned by the Conservatives to combat terrorism, an alliance of leading atheists and Christians fear. Theresa May, the Home Secretary, unveiled plans last month for so-called Extremism Disruption Orders, which would allow judges to ban people deemed extremists from broadcasting, protesting in certain places or even posting messages on Facebook or Twitter without permission. Mrs May outlined the proposal in a speech at the Tory party conference in which she spoke about the threat from the so-called Islamic State – also known as...
  • Comfortably Numb

    11/03/2014 3:30:25 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 20 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 11/02/2014 | Steve Berman
    I’m going to admit you into my circle of trust here, by telling you a secret.  A Secret of the First Order, like the Unified Field Theory, the God Particle, or the Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything.  Ready?   Here it is:  both Republicans and Democrats are American.  Both of us.  Uniquely so. No, really, we are.  All of us.  We’ve just got our plans and tools mixed up, really bad.  I’ll explain that a bit more later.  But first, this. The local Democrat party is calling people in my neighborhood and telling them to get out and...
  • British Parliament Votes to Recognize Palestine

    10/13/2014 7:13:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    Arutz Sheva Israel National News ^ | 10/14/2014, 12:29 AM | Elad Benari
    The British parliament on Monday night officially voted in favor of recognizing the “state of Palestine”. The non-binding resolution was passed by 274 in favor to 12 votes against, to “recognize the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel” as part of a “contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution”, according to AFP. The motion, while non-binding, is heavy with symbolism but is unlikely to change government policy, the report noted. […] British Prime Minister David Cameron said prior to the vote that he would not take part in it. …
  • UKIP Could Win Over 100 Seats Say Experts

    10/11/2014 7:17:46 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 49 replies
    Sky News (UK) ^ | 10/11/2014 | Sky News Staff
    Support for UKIP has surged to 25% in the polls and the party could win a remarkable 128 MPs in a general election, experts have claimed. A Survation poll for the Mail on Sunday found a repeat of the Clacton by-election result next May would see the Conservatives lose 100 seats and Ed Miliband at No 10. Labour and the Tories are both on 31% while the Liberal Democrats are on 8%, according to the research for the newspaper. Experts suggest that the ratings would give Labour 253 MPs, Conservatives 187, UKIP 128, Lib Dems 11, and other parties, such...
  • Tory MP Mark Reckless defects to Ukip

    09/27/2014 6:54:13 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    ITV ^ | One Minute Ago
    Conservative MP for Rochester and Strood Mark Reckless is joining Ukip. Developing
  • Justice Secretary Grayling tells Scots MPs: Get off my lawn

    09/21/2014 6:57:09 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 8 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 9/20/2014 | Tim Ross
    Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, warns of a "travesty of democracy" if Scottish MPs are allowed to have a say over English laws A senior Cabinet minister tells Scottish Labour MPs to get off his territory, in a dramatic escalation of the battle for the future of British democracy. Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, accuses Labour of seeking to erase England from the map of the United Kingdom as he declares that Scottish MPs should be banned from voting on his legal reforms. Writing in The Telegraph, Mr Grayling says the constitutional shake-up after the Scottish independence referendum must deliver...
  • If Dave and his pals are our 'clever elite' why does Nigel make them look so stupid (GOP MUST READ)

    09/07/2014 5:02:44 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 25 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 8/30/2014 | Peter Hitchens
    The only interesting things about Douglas Carswell's swtich from the Tory Party to Ukip are that it took him so long and that he has acted alone. Any thinking person has been able to see for years that the Tory Party hates conservatives. It is a roadblock, not a road, championing the elite against the people. It is kept in being only by the BBC and various dodgy billionaires, who provide it with airtime and money out of all proportion to its real support. It has no actual aims except office at all costs. It was no actual policies either,...
  • Hillary makes embarrassing gaffe as she confuses names of Britain's political parties in UK

    07/04/2014 10:56:06 AM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4 July 2014 | Damien Gayle and Chris Pleasance
    Mrs Clinton confused names of political parties in interview with BBC. Said Tories and Conservatives were opponents in Houses of Parliament. Names actually refer to the same party, Labour being the other main party. Gaffe is particularly embarrassing given she was former Secretary of State . ... Clinton suggested that the Conservatives and Tories were opponents, when in fact the two names refer to the same party. The gaffe is particularly embarrassing for Clinton as she used to be Secretary of State, and so is expected to have extensive knowledge of foreign affairs. ... Sales of Mrs Clinton's book have...
  • While we turn a blind eye to Islamists, our children suffer (England finally waking up?)

    06/07/2014 2:01:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | June 6, 2014 | Charles Moore, authorised biographer of Margaret Thatcher
    Politicians are so busy squabbling over extremism that they are failing to tackle it. Shortly after midnight on Tuesday, the Home Office website published a letter from the Home Secretary, Theresa May, to the Education Secretary, Michael Gove. In it, Mrs May asked some rude questions about why his department had not acted earlier to investigate accusations of Islamist infiltration of schools in Birmingham. This was heat-of-the-night stuff. One government department is not supposed to publish its attacks on another. The error was tacitly acknowledged: on Thursday afternoon, the letter was taken down from the website. As has been reported,...
  • The relief of Newark (Ukip falls flat in UK election)

    06/06/2014 12:34:24 PM PDT · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 21 replies
    The Economist ^ | 6/6/14 | Bagehot
    IN THE end, there was no big upset. Despite a surge of support for their nemesis, the UK Independence Party (UKIP), the Conservatives won the Newark by-election on June 5th with ease. This was in a sense historic—the prosperous south Nottinghamshire constituency has now given the Tories their first by-election victory while in office since 1989. But it will have done little, for all that, to quell Tory nerves set jangling by UKIP’s rise. The Tory candidate in Newark, Robert Jenrick, won with a robust majority of 7,000 votes, despite the hostile circumstances in which the election was held. It...
  • European Elections: UKIP Top British Polls

    05/25/2014 5:36:41 PM PDT · by PapaBear3625 · 58 replies
    Sky News ^ | 26 May 2014 | staff
    UKIP have topped the European polls in the UK, with the Labour Party vying with the Conservatives for second place. Sources from the other main parties have conceded Nigel Farage's party will win, with the leader hailing an "earthquake" in British politics. It will be the first time a party other than the Conservatives or Labour has topped a nationwide poll for the first time in 108 years.
  • Farage hails UKIP triumph as Labour and the Tories are humiliated

    05/25/2014 5:11:49 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 15 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 5/25/2014 | MATT CHORLEY, MAILONLINE POLITICAL EDITOR
    Nigel Farage tonight claimed victory in the European elections, becoming the first 'insurgent party' to top a national vote. With results still being declared, Mr Farage broke cover to predict he will humiliate the Westminster parties, pushing Labour and the Tories into second and third. Support for Ukip has surged by more than 12 per cent, outstripping a more modest boost in votes for Labour, while the Lib Dems faced near-wipeout, with some calling for Nick Clegg to resign. Mr Farage said: 'Ukip is going to win this election and yes that will be an earthquake because never before in...
  • British elections dismay establishment leftists: Voters turning conservative all over Europe

    05/24/2014 11:01:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/24/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    All over Europe, voters are turning in a conservative direction, and against the autocratic European Union and its big government enablers. New York Times reporters Steven Erlanger and Stephen Castle write a dripping-with-disdain account of local election results in the UK, which will be followed tomorrow by results for the European Parliament. To them, conservatgives are “right wingers” or “far-right” and those who object to EU takeover of sovereignty are “anti-Europe.” Voters in Britain sent a forceful message of discontent to established political parties on Friday, as returns from local elections showed an even stronger following than expected for the...
  • London’s Former Mayor in Hot Water Again for Anti-Semitism (Red Ken)

    05/09/2014 12:32:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    INN ^ | 5/8/2014, 12:49 PM | Ari Soffer
    London’s former mayor Ken Livingstone has once again hit headlines for peddling anti-Semitic stereotypes, after he claimed that Jews tend to vote for the right-wing Conservative party because they are wealthy. […] “If we were talking 50 years ago, the Roman Catholic community, the Irish community in Britain, the Jewish community was solidly Labour. Still the Irish Catholic community is pretty still solidly Labour because it is not terribly rich,” he said, but continued: “As the Jewish community got richer, it moved over to voting for Mrs. Thatcher as they did in Finchley.” […] Livingstone, who earned the nickname “Red...
  • 'I will gag the hate clerics': Cameron to launch new terror task force... (trunc title)

    05/26/2013 5:37:31 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 126 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 5/26/2013 | Simon Walters
    David Cameron is planning new powers to muzzle Islamic hate preachers accused of provoking terrorist outrages such as the killing of soldier Lee Rigby. The Prime Minister wants to stop extremist clerics using schools, colleges, prisons and mosques to spread their ‘poison’ and is to head a new Tackling Extremism and Radicalisation Task Force (TERFOR) made up of senior Ministers, MI5, police and moderate religious leaders. The high-powered group will study a number of measures, including banning extremist clerics from being given public platforms to incite students, prisoners and other followers – and forcing mosque leaders to answer for ‘hate...
  • Farage: Get Ready to Take Down the Political Establishment

    05/03/2014 4:43:04 AM PDT · by UKrepublican · 25 replies
    ST IVES, CAMBRIDGESHIRE, UK –– An over-capacity crowd of around 650 people met UKIP leader Nigel Farage for the final town hall-style meeting of his pre-European Election tour of the United Kingdom. With UKIP swag plastered all over the Burgess Hall venue, Farage entered to rapturous applause, flanked by increased security following the assault on him earlier this week. Farage was speaking to the throngs of disaffected Brits, who have witnessed their livelihoods sacrificed for multiculturalism, big state-driven debt, and the transfer of sovereignty over their own lives from their local towns and villages to centralised governments in London and...
  • Arab world: Has the penny finally dropped?

    05/02/2014 8:09:30 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 12 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/26/2014 | ZVI MAZEL
    Since the start of the ill-named “Arab Spring,” the Muslim Brotherhood has been very much in the news. Coming to power through democratic elections in Egypt and Tunisia, they were toppled within a short time by the people, who discovered their true intentions. There were some in the West – but not all – who saw the light as well. British Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered a comprehensive review of the movement,... its activities in Britain and its impact on the country’s interests. The decision was made because the Brotherhood is allegedly behind terrorist operations in Egypt, and because...
  • Video of Paul Weston's Churchill Speech, Arrest, Interview

    04/30/2014 2:15:46 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 7 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 30 April 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    You can see the video by clicking on the "Enza Ferreri Blog" link above. Previous articles on the topicWinchester: Churchill Quotation Gets Liberty GB Leader Paul Weston ArrestedLiberty GB’s Paul Weston, Arrested in Winchester for Quoting Churchill, Could Face 2 Years in JailTranscript of the videoQ: Where exactly were you speaking, please? A: Winchester, which is in the county of Hampshire, and Hampshire is part of the South-East constituency for the European Union elections which I’m standing in. So I thought: “As it’s part of my constituency, I will go down and try and explain to these people, who do...
  • David Cameron threatens to resign without 2017 EU vote

    04/29/2014 11:48:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:40PM BST 28 Apr 2014 | Matthew Holehouse
    David Cameron has promised to quit as Prime Minister if he is unable to deliver an in-out referendum on the European Union by 2017. He promised he would not “barter away” the referendum in new coalition negotiations, as an angry Conservative activist told him the public do not believe he will deliver on his promise to give the British people a say on EU membership. There are fears the pledge could be blocked by the Liberal Democrats during coalition talks if the 2015 election produces another hung parliament. Nigel Farage, the UKIP leader, claims Mr. Cameron has no intention of...
  • Nigel Farage could become MP within weeks after Mercer quits

    04/29/2014 2:13:45 PM PDT · by UKrepublican · 16 replies
    Nigel Farage could win a seat at Westminster within weeks after a disgraced Conservative backbencher quit the Commons and forced an unexpected by-election. In a significant blow to the Tories, Patrick Mercer stepped down as MP for Newark on Tuesday night, only days before he was due to be suspended from Parliament for six months. His decision comes after a joint investigation by The Telegraph and the BBC’s Panorama programme disclosed that Mr Mercer had tabled a series of parliamentary questions and put down a motion after accepting £4,000 from undercover reporters. David Cameron now faces the prospect of Mr...
  • Republic of Ireland back in Commonwealth? Not as mad as it sounds, says senior Tory MP Fabricant

    04/23/2014 2:14:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 23 April 2014 | Rebecca Black
    There have been fresh calls for the Republic of Ireland to rejoin the Commonwealth after the success of the recent State visit. Ireland left the Commonwealth in 1949, but recent historic moves including the visit of President Michael D. Higgins to the UK have reopened the debate. Senior Conservative MP Michael Fabricant said yesterday that the proposal “is not so mad as it might at first seem”. “If a country like the Republic of Ireland joined the Commonwealth, what greater message could be sent to countries facing political upheaval and disputes on the other side of the world than an...
  • ‘If Britain goes, Europe is lost’ (Alternative für Deutschland leader)

    04/23/2014 1:05:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 22 Apr 2014 17:31 GMT+02:00 | J. Arthur White
    Hans-Olaf Henkel speaks about when, not if, he will take his place in the European Parliament this spring. […] The former head of IBM Europe and one-time president of the German Federation of Industries is now the number two candidate on the list for the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party. […] He pointed to the British Conservatives as the AfD’s “preferred partner” in the European Parliament following the elections and rejected any cooperation with Nigel Farage’s UKIP. […] While certainly skeptical of the euro, the party is not “Europe-skeptic.” “We are a party advocating a more democratic but leaner Brussels,”...
  • David Cameron accused of fostering division in 'Christian' UK

    04/21/2014 11:40:36 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 21 April 2014 | Patrick Wintour
    More than 50 prominent public figures including novelist, diplomats, Nobel prize winners and playwrights have accused David Cameron of fostering divisions in the UK by repeatedly referring to Britain as a Christian country. Signatories to the letter asserting that Britain is not a Christian country include Philip Pullman, Ken Follett, Prof Alice Roberts, Prof Harold Kroto and Sir Terry Pratchett. The authors say they respect Cameron's own religious beliefs but say they "object to his repeated mischaracterising of our country as a 'Christian country' and the negative consequences for our politics and society that this view engenders". In a letter...
  • EU lawmakers smooth way for class actions against cartels

    04/19/2014 1:17:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Apr 17, 2014 5:18pm BST | Foo Yun Chee
    European lawmakers on Thursday eased the way for cartel victims to claim compensation from companies under new rules that also shield price-fixing whistleblowers from being the main target of million-euro lawsuits. The green light from the European Parliament came nine years after the European Commission broached the idea, seeing it as an additional tool, on top of fines, to deter companies from breaking antitrust laws. According to the Commission, only one in four cartels and antitrust infringements faced damages claims in the last seven years. Its 2010 estimate put the cost of unrecovered damages of infringements at over €20 billion...
  • Britain's Labor Party hires ex-Obama aide Axelrod to help in election

    04/19/2014 1:00:21 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 15 replies
    latimes.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | Henry Chu
    LONDON – Setting up an intriguing election battle, Britain’s opposition Labor Party announced Friday that it had hired President Obama’s chief campaign advisor to help the party return to power next year over the ruling Conservatives. The decision to recruit David Axelrod means that the 2015 British election will pit two of Obama’s strategists against each other. Working for the Conservatives is Jim Messina, who, like Axelrod, toiled on both of Obama’s presidential campaigns and who served as his deputy White House chief of staff during his first term. “David is used to tough fights, and he is going to...
  • Britain's Labour Leader Conscripts Obama Architect David Axelrod for 2015 Election

    04/18/2014 3:34:17 AM PDT · by grimalkin · 3 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/18/2014 | RAHEEM KASSAM
    Britain's Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has conscripted the services of American campaigns professional David Axelrod, otherwise known as the architect behind President Barack Obama's U.S. election victory in 2008. The appointment of Axelrod to the Labour team is the latest in a long line of foreign consultants brought in to try and help Ed Miliband's team on the run up to the UK General Election in May 2015. Axelrod follows in the footsteps of 69-year-old U.S. community organiser Arnie Graf, who embarrassed Labour by claiming he was working for them, rather than consulting for them, without a UK work...
  • Huge poll boost for UKIP as a fifth of voters say they will back anti-Europe party in wake of…

    04/14/2014 2:03:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:47 EST, 13 April 2014 | Chris Pleasance and Gerri Peev
    The Conservatives could be pushed into third place at the European elections after the party’s poll ratings plunged in the wake of the Maria Miller expenses scandal. A poll has put the Tories on 23 percent, behind Labour (31 percent) and UKIP (28 percent) just days after the Culture Secretary was forced to resign in an expenses row. The Liberal Democrats were on a dismal 9 percent, according to analysis of recent polling by Professor Curtice of Strathclyde University. Levels of support for UKIP are now at a record high as they were the only party to gain popularity in...
  • David Cameron's religious adviser is descended from founders of the 'terrorist' Muslim Brotherhood

    04/09/2014 12:49:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5 April 2014 | Martin Beckford
    PM facing embarrassment over links between adviser and Islamist group. Adviser Tariq Ramadan is grandson of Muslim Brotherhood's founder . ... Tariq Ramadan is one of 14 members of the Foreign Office’s Advisory Group on Freedom of Religion or Belief, chaired by Tory peer Baroness Warsi. He is Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University, and was a member of a taskforce set up by Tony Blair after 7/7. But Prof Ramadan, 51, is grandson of the Muslim Brotherhood’s founder Hassan al-Banna and his father Said Ramadan was a leading light. ... He was kept out of France in...
  • Expenses scandal roils Cameron ahead of European elections

    04/07/2014 6:40:23 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 11 replies
    Reuters UK ^ | Mon Apr 7, 2014 6:17pm BST | By Andrew Osborn
    (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron's handling of an expenses scandal engulfing one of his ministers has put him under pressure before European elections, threatening his Conservative party's already clouded electoral outlook. Cameron, whose party risks being beaten into third place in next month's European Parliament elections behind the anti-EU UK Independence party (UKIP), has stood by Maria Miller, Britain's minister for culture, since a parliamentary report ordered her to pay back wrongly claimed expenses last week. But the media and public backlash against Miller shows no sign of abating despite Cameron's efforts to end it. Many of his own...
  • Get ready to quit the EU now, Davis tells the Tories as he tears into Cameron and predicts…

    04/07/2014 12:53:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:52 EST, 5 April 2014 | Simon Walters
    The Tory revolt over Europe took a dramatic turn last night after senior Conservative David Davis called on the Government to open talks with Brussels on quitting the EU. Former Tory chairman Mr. Davis tore into David Cameron, accusing him of making a mess of his pledge to win back powers from the EU. “Scaremongers” who said Britain would collapse if it decided to go it alone were talking nonsense, said Mr Davis. Quitting the EU would be like a “revolution” and would boost UK jobs, wages, world power, arts and prestige, he added. Significantly, his intervention comes days after...
  • Taqiyya and Blasphemy Laws in the UK: Chilling move to classify Islam criticism as “racism.”

    04/07/2014 8:22:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 04/07/2014 | Enza Ferreri
    In British law, race and religion are increasingly becoming deliberately confused for the purpose of accusing critics of Islam of racism. A soccer fan was recently arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred after allegedly ripping up pages of the Qur’an and throwing them at a match. While on bail, he was also banned from attending any football games, visiting St Andrew’s – the stadium of the incident -, and going to any city where his team Middlesbrough was playing.Insults against Islam are taken very seriously in Britain, and the world of soccer is particularly sensitive to them. After the...
  • Nigel Farage: We must defend Christian heritage

    11/01/2013 9:42:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10:00PM GMT 01 Nov 2013 | Cristina Odone
    An Audience With … Nigel Farage features a stage with only a table, a chair, and a bottle of wine as props. Farage thinks it will give him a chance to “explain who I am” and, crucially, to “reach a new audience”. … “We need a much more muscular defense of our Judeo-Christian heritage. Yes, we’re open to different cultures, but we have to defend our values. That’s the message I want to hear from the Archbishop of Canterbury and from our politicians. Anything less is appeasement of the worst kind.” Yet he speaks not as a defender of the...
  • Ukip will not oppose gay marriage, Farage reveals as he calls for French-style separate services

    03/18/2014 6:33:50 PM PDT · by iowamark · 22 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 3/18/2014 | Matt Chorley
    Ukip is to drop its opposition to gay marriage, party leader Nigel Farage revealed today. The move risks angering disaffected Tories who switched to Ukip after same sex weddings were legalised by the coalition, but Mr Farage insisted: ‘We have absolutely no problem with anybody.’ He said that as part of a review of Ukip’s manifesto, which he has dismissed as ‘drivel’, he would not campaign for gay weddings to be banned. Ukip previously said civil partnerships were a ‘common sense’ way for gay and lesbian couples to register their commitment ‘in a formal way’. But it warned: Gay marriage...
  • UK Independence party leader Nigel Farage speaks on gay marriage.

    01/09/2013 4:28:40 AM PST · by expat1000 · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | Dec 16, 2012 | Nigel Farange
    Video link - 4 minutes or so. This is how to handle an aggressive and biased interviewer. Politicians that are not fast on their feet don't last long in a parliamentary system. The reference to a "whopping 14%" in the last elections - that's up from 7% so, in fact, it's a dramatic increase, which could interpreted as 25% of Conservative supporters switching their allegiance to the UKIP.
  • The Tory Minister, a vicious feud and the gay sex party…paid for by you: Westminster braced…

    04/06/2014 10:48:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 10:10 EST, 6 April 2014 | Simon Walters and Glen Owen
    A Tory Minister is involved in an extraordinary row over claims that taxpayers’ money was used to fund gay sex parties. The politician is said to have been in a feud with a senior party official accused of using dating app Grindr to invite gay MPs and activists to his suite at the Conservative Party conference. The £70,000-a-year official, who is not an MP, has also been accused of bullying staff and being drunk on duty. He was disciplined after a formal investigation. …
  • Conservative party descends into civil war as 100 Tory rebels prepare to defy Cameron on EU

    04/04/2014 11:27:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 17:37 EST, 29 March 2014 | Simon Walters
    The fragile Tory truce over Europe disintegrated last night after it emerged that more than 100 Conservative MPs and candidates are set to defy David Cameron at the General Election next year by vowing to leave the EU. The Prime Minister has promised the Tory manifesto will spell out his pledge for a referendum by 2017 on Britain’s links with Europe after trying to win back key powers from Brussels. But Tory rebels will go further and make their own personal manifesto vows to campaign to withdraw from the EU—regardless of any concessions by Brussels. …
  • Stupidity of Cameron's priorities: gay marriage, foreign aid and wind farms.

    05/05/2013 7:33:23 AM PDT · by granada · 11 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | PUBLISHED: 21:29 GMT, 4 May 2013 | UPDATED: 22:44 GMT, 4 May 2013 | SIMON WALTERS
    For a man who regards Brussels as the biggest threat to Britain’s freedom since the Second World War, the choice of beer for Nigel Farage was obvious when we met at the Westminster Arms on Friday: Spitfire. It is brewed by Shepherd Neame in Kent to celebrate the Battle of Britain. Farage, a man of Kent, gulped down the first pint in 15 minutes, ordered a ‘reload,’ polishing off his second in another ten; and the moment we stepped outside, he lit up a fag.
  • Britain’s most pro-EU party heading for disaster in May

    02/18/2014 6:55:15 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 18.02.14 @ 09:19 | Tim Black
    Ahead of May’s European Parliament election, with issues such as the economy and immigration to the fore, none of Britain’s three main parties are stealing a march on their rivals. The co-governing, right-of-center Conservative Party, also known as the Tories, led by Prime Minister David Cameron, is struggling. What remains of its traditional support base, including some MPs, often seems opposed to the modernizing, socially-liberal direction of its leadership. […] But viewing the UK's party-political landscape solely in terms of the traditional duopoly (plus the Lib Dems) misses the big political story, and what is likely to be the major...
  • Tories need less ‘hate’ to win election, says minister (UK)

    01/21/2014 12:39:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12:20PM GMT 21 Jan 2014 | Georgia Graham
    The Conservatives can only win the next election if they do not use the language of “hate” and win back “aspirational” voters who turned to Labour under Tony Blair, a minister has suggested. Nicky Morgan, a Treasury minister, warned against spending too much time using negative language rather than sending out a “positive” message to the electorate. The Conservative Party can be seen as being focused on what it is against and risks “not talking about what we like and how we want to help people”, Miss Morgan indicated. Miss Morgan is considered to be a rising star in the...
  • Overcoming the Modern Tories

    11/21/2013 12:10:38 PM PST · by Nelson Hultberg · 4 replies
    Americans for a Free Republic ^ | 11-21-13 | Nelson Hultberg
    In 1776, the Tories timidly hid behind closed doors where it was safe and popular. They wallowed in pessimism and lamented that nothing could be done. The British were too strong. Why make a big fuss? But the rebels – men like Samuel Adams and John Hancock, Patrick Henry and Paul Revere – would have none of it. They possessed only a rag-tag army, but they knew they had moral truth on their side, and that the British Gargantua would fall precisely because of that. Entrenched authority has to justify itself morally and philosophically. And that is something that today’s...
  • Conservatives and UKIP: allies or enemies? (Conservatives woo Nigel Farage)

    10/15/2013 8:58:43 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    You Tube ^ | 09 October 2013 | debate w/ Nigel Farge, conservatives
    video 1:16:09 Interesting debate in which the conservatives are now trying to convince UKIP and Nigel Farage to take a dive in the next election while dangling the carrot of alliance later on. Nigel will have none of it. Great response from him. Tea Party is in a similar (yet not as strong) position as UKIP. We should study what is happening with UKIP very closely.
  • Cameron’s bizarre decision to hire Obama campaign chief Messina is a sad gimmick that'll backfire

    08/03/2013 10:50:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The London Telegraph ^ | August 4, 2013 | Nile Gardiner
    David Cameron’s decision to hire Lynton Crosby last November as the Conservative Party’s chief political strategist was a brilliant move that has helped revive the Tories’ fortunes ahead of the 2015 general election. Crosby, who helped John Howard win four Australian general elections, has emphasised the importance of focusing on traditional issues that conservative voters actually care about, including immigration, welfare reform, Europe and combating the power of the trade unions. He has shifted the core messaging away from issues that are a turn-off for many Conservative voters, including gay marriage, climate change and foreign aid, all of which are...
  • UK Conservatives hire Obama campaign strategist

    08/02/2013 1:04:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 2, 2013 3:43 PM EDT
    Britain’s governing Conservatives have hired Jim Messina, President Barack Obama’s former campaign manager, to advise them ahead of the 2015 general election. Messina was Obama’s national chief of staff for the 2008 presidential campaign and the president’s campaign manager in 2012. His organizational flair and social media strategy have been credited for helping secure Obama’s re-election. … Messina said Friday that he had “long admired Prime Minister (David) Cameron” and would be offering the Conservatives “strategic campaign advice.” …
  • One in five Tory party members ready to switch to UKIP…almost half given up campaigning for Cameron

    07/08/2013 10:20:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 07:42 EST, 8 July 2013
    One in five Conservative Party members are on the verge of switching to the UK Independence Party, a new poll suggests. In a further sign of the schism between the party leadership and the grassroots, more than half do not believe they are respected by David Cameron and his top team. There is also deep-rooted opposition to flagship coalition policies including legalizing gay marriage and protecting the foreign aid budget from cuts. …
  • UKIP will cause political earthquake in European elections, says Nigel Farage

    05/05/2013 11:06:53 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Sunday, May 5, 2013 | Nicholas Watt
    Amid growing calls from Tory MPs for David Cameron to respond to the Ukip threat by bringing forward legislation on an EU referendum, Farage warned that his party would not go away even if No 10 "starts singing the same song". William Hague, who famously suffered a major defeat in the 2001 election after tacking to the right, called for a cautious response to Ukip as he warned of the dangers of "quick fixes". Philip Hammond, the defence secretary, said many Ukip voters were "frustrated Conservatives". As the Tories work out their response to Ukip, which won nearly a quarter...
  • Are Britain’s problems so deep that NOBODY can make a difference to them? My emphatic answer is YES

    04/30/2013 12:00:39 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 43 replies
    thesun.co.uk ^ | April 30, 2013 | KEVIN SCHOFIELD
    BLUNDERING Ed Miliband yesterday said Britain’s problems are so bad NO ONE can solve them. The Labour chief made the gaffe as he drummed up support for Thursday’s council elections. In a Radio 4 interview in which he repeatedly lost his temper, he said: “Are our problems so deep nobody can actually make a difference to them? My emphatic answer to that is yes.” Mr Miliband also refused to admit Labour would increase borrowing if they were in power — even though Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls had already said as much.
  • The Real Iron Lady: Working with Mrs Thatcher by Gillian Shephard: review

    04/02/2013 12:35:19 PM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 8 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 02 Apr 2013 | Tom Deacon
    While the familiar caricature was in many ways apt, Margaret Thatcher also had a softer side, discovers Michael Deacon, reviewing Gillian Shephard's The Real Iron Lady. Margaret Thatcher, writes Sir John Major, has been “buried under myths”. And the myths heap higher with every passing year. So overpowering are the myths that today she divides opinion at least as strongly as she did in power. By both Right and Left she has been warped into caricature, the embodiment either of all political good, or of all political evil. To those who worship her, she was a tax-slashing Boadicea; to those...
  • Cameron accused of betraying Christians: Attack on the PM by former Archbishop of Canterbury

    03/29/2013 7:05:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 17:24 EST, 29 March 2013 | James Chapman
    Many Christians doubt David Cameron’s sincerity in pledging to protect their freedoms, former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey says today. In an article for the Daily Mail, Lord Carey squarely accuses ministers of “aiding and abetting” discrimination against Christians. He says he believes there is an “aggressive secularist and relativist approach” behind the Government plans to legalize gay marriage, and says the Prime Minister has “done more than any other recent political leader” to “feed” Christian anxieties. …
  • Politicians strike deal over UK press regulation

    03/19/2013 9:19:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 18, 2013 8:24 PM EDT | Raphael Satter
    British politicians struck a last-minute deal on press regulation Monday, unveiling new rules that aim to curb the worst abuses of the country’s scandal-ridden media. The deal agreed upon by all three major parties came on the same day a lawyer announced in court that there could potentially be hundreds more hacking victims of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire. Victims’ groups had lobbied for an independent watchdog whose powers are rooted in legislation, while media groups had opposed any potential press law, saying it threatens press freedom. After months of political wrangling, the new deal is a complicated compromise. Politicians touted...
  • Ukip steals a march on Tories - Telegraph

    03/17/2013 12:58:04 AM PDT · by GraceG · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9:00PM GMT 16 Mar 2013 | Patrick Hennessy, and Robert Watts
    David Cameron is given a warning of the threat posed by the rise of the United Kingdom Independence Party as he enters a critical phase in the life of his government. An ICM opinion poll for The Sunday Telegraph shows that a key group of Right-of-centre voters are much more attracted to Ukip’s policies on immigration, government spending and same-sex marriage than to the Tories’ stance on the issues. This same group — made up of those who have yet to decide which of the two parties to support — also rates Ukip’s Nigel Farage as a better party leader...