Posts Tagged ‘David Cameron’

The Tory party’s 15% strategy

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Thankfully conference speeches don’t win general elections. There is no denying that Dave’s final performance at the Tory party’s annual gathering was masterful. It oozed the prime ministerial, that much exalted but seldom-attained quality. His speech was passionate, confident, coherent. Apart from an untimely Freudian (“… these are the people we resent“), Dave acted the […]

Cameron isn’t telling the truth on the NHS any more than Osborne on the economy

by Michael Meacher.

Cameron’s closing speech to the Tory conference centred on trying to reassure the electorate that the NHS was safe in Tory hands. But the evidence he produced to justify this proved the opposite. He promised to protect the NHS in real terms for the next 5 years from 2015 to 2020, the same as he […]

Why a Tory UKIP merger would lose

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

When a Tory raises their eyes to the horizon everywhere they see the 12 yellow stars of the European Union twinkling in the deep blue firmament. Yes, the modern Conservative Party is dysfunctionally obsessed. It can be distracted enough to bash the poor and fulminate against trade unions, but the abiding obsession is Europe. The […]

Respect to Sayeeda Warsi

by Jon Lansman.

The outpouring of respect for Sayeeda Warsi’s honourable act of resignation in the Twittersphere from sundry lefties is entirely justified. Resignation on a point of principle is not unprecedented (I am reminded of Jim Sheridan’s resignation over the New Labour line on Israel incursion into Lebanon almost exactly 8 years ago) but it is far […]

Seven issues on which Cameron was isolated and humiliated

by Michael Meacher.

It is almost unbelievable that Cameron should have manipulated himself so deftly into a position of total humiliation over the president of the EU Commission appointment. He made clear from the beginning that his goal was to remain within the EU, but to seek reform of the treaties to which Britain along with all the […]

Dealing with the Murdoch empire requires far more than jailing Coulson

by Michael Meacher.

Coulson is only a medium-sized cog in the web of industrial scale phone-hacking, lying, deceit, and intimidation that is Murdoch’s News International. If this was any other company rather than one of themselves, the newspapers would be raising a hue and cry demanding a full public inquiry, resignations or sackings of key executives in the […]

Between frenemies: what are those British values anyway?

by Jon Stubbings.

As the fiasco over Birmingham’s schools continues, what’s really going on in Whitehall? As “overheard” by JON STUBBINGS Cameron: Now then Michael – what’s all the fuss about this school in Birmingham? I thought you hated Muslims. Gove: Yes David, of course I do – you know that I’ve turned down way more applications to […]

Cameron’s right about Juncker, but for the wrong reasons

by Michael Meacher.

Cameron’s relentless drive to block Jean-Claude Juncker’s bid for presidency of the European Commission is driven by his desperate need to be able to negotiate prior to his proposed EU referendum in 2017 with a president who’ll be sympathetic to his demands for changes in the Britain-EU relationship, to order to swing the vote to […]

Dave’s desperate referendum stunt

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

This post begins with a quiz. Who here is the biggest cynic? Me, your host of some seven-and-a-half years. Or Dave, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland? Don’t answer yet! Let’s examine the evidence first. You might have noticed that an election took place last week, one that […]

Cameron may play the envangelist, but he’s no more Christian than my cat

by Michael Meacher.

When Cameron said pointedly over Easter, which he has repeated since, that he evangelises over his Christianity, no-one of course believed him, but they did wonder why he said it. Alistair Campbell thought that after the Maria Miller scandal he needed something to change the subject, and around Easter what better opportunity than to wear […]

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