Opinion – Meet the invisibles – the wealthy and powerful at the heart of the Tory party | Polly Toynbee | Comment is free | The Guardian

British journalist and writer Polly Toynbee, p...

British journalist and writer Polly Toynbee, pictured at the “National Poverty Hearing” at Westminster; December 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a powerful, must-read article by Polly Toynbee in the Guardian. Check it out!

via Meet the invisibles – the wealthy and powerful at the heart of the Tory party | Polly Toynbee | Comment is free | The Guardian.

Personally, I have never agreed with Polly Toynbee’s opinions nor her politics. She always seems to start with the conclusion and then looks for evidence to pad the argument. For me, this is undeclared bias and a sign of weakness in a journalist.

The article deliberately tries to paint the Tories as the party of the wealthy and powerful. That’s misrepresenting the Conservative voters. Tories value hard-work, application, education and skills training. They prefer to encourage people to help themselves, rather than extending the benefit net. By helping the economy to grow, there’s more opportunity to help the genuinely needy.

Thoughts?

Marilyn and Alf arrive in Vienna to thunder and lightening – what a welcome!

Taking the slow road to Cyprus

Barrel organ player in Vienna, Austria. Barrel organ player in Vienna, Austria. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We’ve arrived in Vienna, Austria and just got settled before the heavens opened – thunder and lighting followed – what a reception!

The four-hour road journey from Prague was fairly uneventful. Leaving Prague, we saw lots of Communist erahigh rises which were pretty ugly – just like this sort of building anywhere.

The toll paying motorway from Prague to Brno was pretty bad in places – I regretted not changing my tyre pressures from German autobahn settings.

As we crossed the border from the Czech Republic into Austria the traffic was very slow through a number of small villages, eventually leading to the motorway. I stopped at the first services to buy my sticker for using the Austrian motorway and the young man said “welcome to Austria” which was pretty nice.

Driving around Vienna for the first time was a…

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