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 – Labour and Conservatives ‘in cross party talks to secure softer Brexit’ | The Independent – John Gelmini

In this latest piece from the Independent, via Dr Alf, I am starkly reminded of the story of the wolf and the piece of meat, eventually there will be no Brexit left.

Should these MPs have their way, there is every possibility that between them they will agree to pay the EU vast and unjustifiable amounts of money in an unnecessary “divorce ” settlement, thus creating a gigantic “stitch-up” of the people comparable to the theft of public money by the bankers and the global top families in the 2008 banking crisis which in this country has seen all the culprits walk away scot free.

May, far from clearing up the mess, is allowing it to be further compounded just as Lord Heseltine, the duplicitous Bilderberger, who brought down Margaret Thatcher along with the now dead Lord Howe, wants.

Boris needs to wield the knife quickly, clear out the present cabinet has-beens, replace all of them with new people and develop some backbone.

This is not the Bullingdon Club, the Eton Wall Game or a “jolly jape”, it is serious business and requires laser-like focus and obsession – and a no nonsense approach.

That done, and May consigned to suburban life in Maidenhead, the country needs to start being prepared for competitiveness, bench strength and export-led growth within the context of being a composite but much larger Singapore/Swiss style country functioning as a tax haven with zero tolerance policing and a drive to focus on people producing more than they consume.

In parallel with that, we can have discussions on Brexit knowing that if they fail we can rest easy in the knowledge that we have an alternative that yields prosperity.

Labour MPs can provide input but that is not the same as secret talks which are likely to produce a negotiating position which the EU will not accept in any event.

To prevent further backsliding, we need the BBC (a Bilderberger attendee) privatised, the House of Lords abolished and replaced with a 200 person elected Senate and Channel 4 sold. This will raise money and deal with the naysayers and roadblocks to fast economic reform that have held the country back for all these years.

Then we need Boundary Commission redrawing of the Constituency map on the grounds of cost which would see MP numbers reduced to 200 with 449 fired but salaries for those left upped to £100,000 GBP with additional support staff.

Trimming the monarchy and fast re-enablement of Adult Social Care recipients over 6 weeks would save a further £50 billion GBP which can then be recycled into export led growth, improved foreign language websites, nearshoring passporting solutions and improved writing down allowances.

John Gelmini