Opinion – Activate: Tories mimic Momentum with grassroots campaign | Politics | The Guardian

The Guardian reports on ‘Activate‘, the new  conservative group which draws inspiration from Labour, as it tries to engage young people in politics, suggesting that the launch on social media has been widely mocked. (open link for Activate’s Twitter account)

Source: Activate: Tories mimic Momentum with grassroots campaign | Politics | The Guardian

Momentum is driven by passionate Far Left activists for whom the end justifies the means. For them the Labour Party is a stepping stone to revolution. Clearly, Momentum is much more than a political process.

The weakness of the Activate initiative is that there’s currently no overall recognizable brand of British conservatism. [see my blog of the UK Conservative Party’s 2017 Manifesto]. The New Right seem out of fashion – Conservative MPs who are not ready to embrace radicalism fall back of traditional conservatism with its privileges and lazy stereotypes for whom there are magical doors to career opportunities – the antithesis of meritocracy. 

Young people need to believe that the Conservative Party is more about high-achievement and meritocracy than nepotism.

There are still young people in the UK who believe in advanced education, hard-work, achievement, individualism, risk-taking and small government. These are the political values of people like my fellow blogger, John Gelmini and myself. Sadly, the UK Conservative Party seems now more associated to those who leverage privilege and inherited wealth, rather than individual achievement. To capture young people’s vote, policies need to be imaginative in terms of housing, education and upskilling – this will be challenging with an increasing number of jobs being replaced by technology.

The people to whom Activate should appeal will have already put in place personal contingency plans to move overseas if Jeremy Corbyn’s Far Left Labour Government wins the next election. So not only will we have more socialism but with the high achievers gone, the lazzy and the scroungers will be more evident.

Thoughts?

 

 

Opinion – People who think punitive measures help drug addicts haven’t seen what I have | Alex Wodak | Opinion | The Guardian – John Gelmini

Dr Alf is right to raise the open question:

Should governments in the US, the UK and Canada follow Australia’s example and drug test welfare recipients?

The answer to Dr Alf’s question is ‘No’ –  the chances are almost a racing certainty that the long-term unemployed plus a good number of young people are already on drugs and drinking too much to boot.

What needs to be done is stopping the pretence that there are enough conventional jobs the unemployed can do and looking at how the situation can be turned around.

Second, a look at how drugs get into the country, given that the UK is an island with 7000 miles of coastline and 6 major ports, needs to be undertaken by someone other than the police whose efforts are ineffective and frankly a joke.

Demand for drugs and alcohol is high in the UK and it is rising.

If people lack hope, self-confidence, personal discipline or an enabling personal philosophy, they will not be able to cope with life and will seek solace in drink, drugs and antidepressant medicine. These things are directly traceable to a failing education system propounding nonsense and the idea that there is a “free lunch”, a failure to teach proper values by feckless and indifferent parents and a failure by religious leaders to do their jobs. The problem of indiscipline is made worse by lack of national service for youngsters leaving school before they go into work or higher education and this in turn feeds the military recruitment crisis. Lack of self-discipline and any pretence at setting an example fills the UK’s ‘boss class’ with the idea that “because we are worth it” they can pay themselves what they like, deliver next to no growth in sales, exports or shareholder value, yet continue to “wet their beaks”. It should be a case of do as I do but instead people get the message that non delivery, laziness, chillaxing and doing whatever you feel like is ok.

The result is a rootless, aimless and feckless approach to life, where anything goes, and any minor feelings of depression, boredom and dissatisfaction must be rewarded with alcohol, drugs and mindless pursuits the latest manifestation of which is the “fidget spinner”.

Those who are practically minded and whose jobs can be automated out of existence or undertaken by robots need to be mentored into simple craft based businesses not be encouraged to study for useless degrees leading nowhere. Once up and running, the tax system should be encouraging them to engage in ‘traditional marriage’, rather than live alone or harbour thoughts of “gender neutrality”. If this is not possible, then those of different “orientation” need to be mentored into self employment and stable relationships.

With meaningful work, greater stability and purpose people would not take drugs,drown their sorrows in drink and they would be useful contributors to the country rather than burdens on the taxpayer.

John Gelmini