A Rude Shock for Fake Tories

In case you wondered, I’m not at the Tory Party Conference this week. Really, what would be the point? I’m with Richard North on this one: our political class exists in a bubble so remote from reality there is just no point taking their witterings seriously any more.

I’ll give you one example: Theresa May’s tough talk on the Human Rights Act. (Which, presumably, was agreed on after anxious consultation with the Lib Dem Coalition partners: “It’s OK, Vince, Chicken-Man, Nicksy-poo, Theresa doesn’t really mean it. We’ve just decided its time for our Token Woman to play our Token Red Meat Tory for the week. So she can regain her credibility after her crap performance during the riots”).

As May must surely have known – cabinet ministers do get briefings, don’t they? – the chances of Britain pulling out of the Human Rights Act are about as likely as Greece suddenly becoming the world’s new economic power house.

Yes, it’s quite true that EVERYONE in Britain (apart from leftish politicians and human rights lawyers that is) loathes and detests all the crazy rulings from the European Court of Human Rights which give succour to terrorists, rapists and prisoners who feel their rights have been breached if they’re only allowed Sky Sports 1 but not 2 and 3 – but which only leave the rest of us feeling abused, powerless and poor. But what is also unfortunately true is that we are committed to accept them under the terms of the Lisbon Treaty, which Cameron’s rampantly Europhile Foreign Secretary William Hague made quite clear at the weekend he has no intention of breaching. Under Protocol 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights, the EU as a political entity has acceded to all terms of the convention. And as a member state of the EU political union created under the terms of the Lisbon Treaty, the only way we can possibly now withdraw from this convention is by withdrawing from the EU altogether.

But why single out Theresa May for talking rubbish? This week, they’ll all be talking rubbish, except perhaps at the odd fringe meeting where authentic Tory values still miraculously obtain.

It’s in celebration of these values that I’m showing you this recruitment poster for Donal Blaney’s madrassa for post-pubescent righties – the Young Britons Foundation.

I can imagine it making quite a conversation point when they stick it up on their walls at uni. Of course it will goad lefties; but the people it will annoy most of all are the Real Enemy – the Nicholas Boles/Oliver Wetwin ideological suicide wing of the Tory party which seeks an eternal death embrace with the Liberal Democrats. Since that wing of the party has no self-knowledge and no sense of humour, the poster’s wit, revolutionary spirit and unimpeachable soundness will make them curl and writhe like that scene in The Omen where the parents try to take young Damien to his first church service. Of one thing you can be sure: they won’t like it up ’em.

Why We Need More Conservative Madrassas

More dismal politics

Question Time: celebrating the cosy consensus

Question Time: celebrating the cosy consensus

Watching another dismal episode of the BBC’s Question Time last week, I realised why British politics is in such a dire state. It’s because the language of debate has been hijacked so comprehensively by the liberal left that not even conservatives dare speak up for right-wing views any more for fear of being dismissed as extremist.

By “right wing” I don’t mean anti-semitic, xenophobic, “racist”, “sexist” or any of the other glib caricatures routinely imposed on us by the left. I simply mean believing, as I do, that a society is at its most fruitful, happy and successful when individuals are left free to live their lives unburdened by all but the bare minimum of taxation or regulation, where time-honoured traditions and institutions (be they the family, or the church or the military) are cherished, where politicians are our servants not our masters, and where equality of opportunity may be a desirable thing – but DEFINITELY not equality of outcome.

What liberal-left organisations like the BBC have managed very successfully to do is frame the debate in such a way that such opinions aren’t even up for discussion. On Question Time last week, for example, the first question (given unfeasibly large quantities of impossibly boring airtime by the complicitous chairman David Dimbleby) was about Michael Ashcroft and Tory party funding; another was about one of the killers of James Bulger; another was about the Chilcott inquiry. None of them enabled any of the panel seriously to address any of the major problems facing our country today. The Bulger one was merely an opportunity for a bit of tabloid-columnist-style moral posturing. The other two were essentially about political process.

Political process is solely a left-liberal preoccupation. For libtards it is an article of faith that political activity of any kind must perforce be a good thing because it involves two of their favourite things – government intervention and changing the status quo. What libtards don’t like is big ideas – liberty; empiricism; small state; low taxation . That’s because these are right-wing arguments which they will always lose. Hence their tendency to shut down the debate whenever they can by shifting the argument ad hominem.

I’ve noticed this same technique much in use in the student-rag left-liberal blogosphere, of late, over the small matter of the Young Britons Foundation. Because  the YBF’s splendid, funny and ideologically sound chairman Donal Blaney has called his organisation a “madrassa” for young conservatives, Guardianistas and redbrick-junior-common-room-Spartists have seized on it as evidence is that the YBF is some kind of borderline terrorist organisation. Eh? As I mentioned earlier, I addressed the YBF in the Commons last week, and extremist is the very last word I’d use to describe them. “Not nearly extremist enough” would be my preferred definition of these pallid young politicos. These kids have been so effectively brainwashed by the propaganda of socialists like Ken Livingstone, Tony Benn, Ken Clarke, Dave Cameron et al, they actually think “progressive” means something worthwhile and that “investment” is what you do when you squander money you haven’t got on the least efficient healthcare system in the known universe.

As I said to them last week, “Unless you understand why it is that conservatism is the ONLY political philosophy that works, unless you are capable of appreciating – and explaining – why it is not merely the philosophy of self-interest and expediency but also the one which leads to by far the happiest outcomes for by far the most people, then there is NO POINT IN YOUR BEING A ****ING CONSERVATIVE at all.”

There is not much we can do to change the BBC insidious leftism, unfortunately. But what we can try to do is restore some backbone to conservatism and – if this is what the YBF is trying to do then we should applaud it. Until  conservatives can learn to stop being embarrassed about their ideology, Broken Britain is never going to be fixed.

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