One of the few traditional Conservatives to have served on the Tory front bench under Cameron, Paterson was Secretary of State for Northern Ireland before being promoted to the more high profile role of Secretary of State for Defra.

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THE REAL CONSERVATIVE MANIFESTO

Back marriage. Restore grammar schools. Leave the EU.

Kathy Gyngell: Wanted – a truly conservative manifesto

Picking up The Guardian last Friday, curious to see how the organ of the left had responded to the most expensive suicide note in history, I discovered two things. One was that though Gordon Brown would have choked before acknowledging Mrs May as his true heir, he couldn’t bring himself to mention Mr Corbyn at all. The second was that Polly Toynbee, Gordon’s past cheerleader, had no such qualms. Turning herself into a veritable Boudicca of Corbyn’s Marxist Momentum movement she announced, ‘There is nothing wrong at all with Corbyn’s vision for Britain – it’s a veritable cornucopia of delights’. Britain could be so much better and the leak proves it!

I haven’t had such a good laugh in a long time

It is of course no laughing matter. What this tells us is how the tectonic plates of British politics have shifted. Not to the right, as the ‘Remoaners’ and the ‘Far Right’ Tourettes sufferers at the BBC would have us believe. No, the new fault line, or split, that the BBC is so singularly reluctant to explore, falls between the regressive (I refuse any longer to call it ‘progressive’) Left and the far (Marxist/Stalinist) Left.

The Right, except in the form of a few independent websites and even fewer print publications, no longer exists. Social conservatism died in the Conservative Party long ago; now economic liberalism too is in peril. No one should be deceived by Mrs May’s One Show ‘sofa’ conservatism. Strong and stable, she and Phil may be, in their private owner-occupier world of married coupledom, but the only certainty she’s offering the voters (apart from Brexit) is that of the State.  If a stability comprising dependency culture and an addiction to entitlement is what you want for society, you have it.

May is turning the Conservative Party Brown. Dave contented himself with some eco-friendly gestures for a while. This is more serious.  The blue rinse is really being purged.  That’s what the last few days' dramatic detox (rebranding) was all about. First to go was the name. In case you missed it, ‘The Conservative Party’ as a logo has been consigned to the small print. Then came the turn of the party’s main icon, Mrs Thatcher herself, for the chop.

Without notice, Theresa May has given Mrs Thatcher and all she stood for, more than a metaphorical slap in the face, overturning, nay, renouncing, her signature policy – the one epitomising  her determination to free people from state control – the sale of council houses. Shock and awe doesn’t say it. This was brutal.

Anyone who sees May’s commitment to a new council house roll out as anything else is blind. This is no policy ‘adaptation’ as Conservative Home optimistically would have us believe. It is a rejection not just of a key freedom policy but of the woman who represented the classical liberal tradition herself.  Mrs May might as well have said ‘the witch is dead’.

A couple of days ago Fraser Nelson in The Daily Telegraph asked why is Mrs May moving left when the Labour Party is collapsing. In The Sunday Times, Dominic Lawson provided him with the answer: There are no Tories, only Theresa.

And in the name of Brexit – getting us out of Europe – she is getting her way and surrendering the party to the regressive left. That’s the deal or the Faustian pact, the price liberal (in the sense of free market) Tories must pay it seems. As much as the State for Mrs Thatcher was a force for bad, for Big Mother Mrs May it is a force for good, or that is what her personal Rasputin, Nick Timothy, has persuaded her. It is back to paternalism. But not, I am afraid, the enlightened paternalism of employers such as Bourneville, who provided their employees with quality housing and looked after their welfare and education.

No this is the dead hand of the State, the authoritarianism of its feminist and identity politics. The new maternalist Mrs May may well win a spectacular victory on June 8th. It will also be a spectacular win for regressive politics, to which all parties have now surrendered.

The irony is that there is little evidence that its menu of race, class, feminist and gender identity politics, of political correctness and radical environmentalism, has actually won over most Brits. In fact, in so far as these typify the politics of the EU, the Brexit vote was a rejection of them, and of the deceit and euphemism used to mask their illiberalism and oppressiveness.

Enshrining victimhood in the law, putting the collective ahead of the individual, insisting on ‘equality’ driven moral relativism, far from being inclusive, have fomented division and discord and silenced debate - most significantly on the downsides of immigration.

As one commentator wrote on the site, Mrs May has completely failed to identify the role of the State in promoting misery.

Her solution - to roll the frontiers of the State forward and intervene further - will not ameliorate the contemporary social malaise. It will exacerbate it.

Yet there is no counter-cultural manifesto to challenge any of this, for people to think about let alone to vote for.

We plan to remedy that on TCW. From tomorrow, we will be publishing our writers' alternative manifesto ideas for a freer, less oppressed, prouder but more truly moral and responsible society – be they on health, education, tax, energy, climate change, immigration or the well-being of children.

Please send us your ideas too – we will consider them for publication.

(Image: NCVO London)

Kathy Gyngell

  • Christopher Horne

    Excellent idea & I look forward to reading it!

    • Butterfingers

      This day may come in the not so distant future.

  • TheStoneMan

    At last someone else recognising the left-wingedness of Mrs May. I am desperate to leave the EU but I do not want a statist society. How do I vote?

    • Butterfingers

      Eh?

  • Enemy Coast Ahead

    Superb article Kathy – completely agree with you.

    I said it once and I’ll say it again – Theresa May will prove to be the best socialist Prime Minister Britain has had since Clement Attlee.

  • Woman at home

    It’s good to see someone rejecting the “progressive” misnomer.
    The Left are good at coining terms which completely mislead – like “Planned Parenthood”, the American organisation which by organising abortion and the sale of baby body parts specifically prevents parenthood.
    We should call them out whenever they do it.

  • weirdvisions

    Wanted: A truly Conservative government.

    I’m with TheStoneMan below. I want full Brexit. I don’t think May will deliver anything other than a fudge. Who do I vote for?

    • Kathy Gyngell

      Exactly – who? my dilemma too …

      • grimble55

        Pity the Nazis aren’t standing then Gyngell – they’re right up your street.

        • Groan

          Hardly “National Socialists” totally into state control.

          • weirdvisions

            Just another lefty troll who confuses extreme socialism with right of centre conservatism. I see it as a congenital state of denial. They can’t help themselves.

  • James Chilton

    Who do I vote for? ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    Is there any choice?

  • grimble55

    Cutting the benefits of disabled people.

    Yep, that’s ever so “moral”. And you don’t need to wait for Gyngell’s Brownshirt Manifesto for that – it’s what the Tories are doing right now.

  • grimble55

    “On banning zero hours employment contracts:

    Support: 71%
    Oppose: 16%

    On renationalising Britain’s railways:

    Support: 52%
    Oppose: 22%

    On renationalising the energy industry:

    Support: 49%
    Oppose: 24%

    On keeping the ban on fox hunting:

    Support: 78%
    Oppose: 12%

    Comres 13 May

    https://twitter.com/britainelects?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

    Meanwhile a 52/48% split on another issue is rammed down everyone’s throat as “the will of the people” on which no alternative opinions can be expressed.

    • paul parmenter

      By your reckoning then, Jeremy Corbyn must be steaming unstoppably into Number 10 on a massive tide of popularity.

  • paul parmenter

    I think the very concept of “government” readily lends itself to the inexorable growth of the state and its steady infiltration into our private lives; which is in effect slow-motion socialism. We have the arms of the legislature, the executive and the judiciary; all of them apparently vital to an ordered and civilised democracy, but all of them supporting and sustaining one another in their growth, steadily seeking more powers and steadily demanding more resources in order to function “properly”. This of course also requires that morass of attendant support organisations and agencies that also obey the fundamental imperative to grow. Thus they all suck in more people and more money to make them work, but are never satisfied because they never do and never can work in any ultimate sense. These together form that great bureaucratic and ponderous machine known as the state, that is now so huge and so complex that it is all but impossible to contain or control. It is a steamroller locked into first gear that slowly crushes everyone and everything in its path.

    Who can curb this machine or cut it down to size? Not any political party that I have ever seen. Instead, all they do is add to its power. What else is a politician, other than someone who thinks they know what is best for us all, is determined to put their ideas into practice, and seeks the power to do so? This is true of all of them, whether described as from right or left or any point in between. And parliamentary government gives every politician a chance of obtaining that power, via political parties which are designed to promote big groups of similarly-minded people into control of the country. The EU is just a further extension of that concept, expanded into a whole continent, and inevitably creating an even bigger bureaucratic machine that is even harder to contain or control.

    But what does any political party do once it gets into power? It starts making new laws, or tinkering endlessly with existing ones. It carries on doing so until it is either stopped in its tracks or replaced by the next one, which will start doing exactly the same thing. Since this process has been going on in the UK for centuries, we now have thousands of laws that are well beyond the ability of any individual to comprehend. But still they keep coming, feeding the state machine as it grows. The regular promises to simplify or reduce the mass of legislation always fail, and the growth continues. Politicians just can’t help themselves; because they cannot do anything else, and the populace apparently doesn’t expect or want them to do anything else. No political party will ever stand on a platform of refusing to make any new laws at least until the existing ones have been overhauled, any that are not conducive to our basic freedoms have been repealed, and the bureaucracies that support them have been dismantled. In that sense, they are all socialist parties. The steamroller rolls on.

    • James Chilton

      New laws may have been thought desirable once, but we have had enough of them now.

      When the clowns and clots have the upper hand, the steamroller will roll on.

    • Phil R

      “The regular promises to simplify or reduce the mass of legislation always fail, and the growth continues.”

      If you want freedom you need virtue. Virtue is always spent down in the absence of freedom. If we look at the UK we see an absence of virtue. The government is forced to step in when it finds high crime, rape of children etc etc and issues laws which restrict freedom. The result is a further spending down of virtue and we get disintegrating families, joblessness, drugs as well as high crime, rape of children etc etc.

      So the government is forced to step in…………….

      and the cycle continues.

    • grimble55

      Well the bad news for you is that not only has an entirely new government department, with thousands of bureaucrats, had to be set up as a result of Brexshit, but there are many new bureaucracies yet to be established, as all the previously-shared functions of the EU are devolved back here.

      Plus exporting and importing businesses will face reams of new regulation and red tape due to importing/exporting from 29 other countries where right now no paperwork and no bureaucracy is involved, because we’re all part of a Single Market.

    • Very true, and not unique to Parliamentary government. I recall that de Tocqueville commented that our federal government was aggrandizing itself at the expense of the people (and the states), and this would have been in about 1826 or so.

  • Guy Family

    For starters …..

    1. Repeal the 2008 Climate Change Act (will save the country hundreds of billions).
    2. Stop subsidies for so called renewables (windmills, solar & tidal etc).
    3. Get fracking.
    4. Stop the roll-out of smart meters
    5. Scrap the TV license (fund the BBC via subscription).

    • grimble55

      “A 2016 study estimated that global fossil fuel subsidies were $5.3 trillion in 2015, which represents 6.5% of global GDP.[3] The study found that “China was the biggest subsidizer in 2013 ($1.8 trillion), followed by the United States ($0.6 trillion), and Russia, the European Union, and India (each with about $0.3 trillion).”

      http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305750X16304867

  • English_Woman

    “Dave contented himself with some eco-friendly gestures for a while.” Wasn’t it “Dave” that promised “David Cameron: Conservative government will be there for you from cradle to grave?”

    In any case, we’ve been saying this for quite some time. It’s that damned “middle way” – the consensus politics that Margaret Thatcher abhorred.

    • Bob

      And that damned middle way that gave rise to Mussolini… Well said.

  • sfin

    I hope your conservative manifesto reflects a shift away from the Burkean principle of us electing representatives who ‘exercise their judgement on our behalf’ and more towards a principle of electing delegates who reflect the will of the majority within their constituencies. Here are some suggestions:

    1) More Swiss-style direct democracy, with, perhaps, an Irish-style constitutional obligation to refer all questions of sovereignty and constitutional matters to the electorate in referenda. The electorate should also have the right of immediate recall of errant representatives.

    2) Lords reform. We don’t need to give the HoL additional powers or legitimacy associated with elected members. The HoL should be a chamber of experienced experts from all walks of British life and should be appointed by an independent committee. Membership should be automatic for retiring heads of departments that directly advise ministers (NHS, armed forces, civil service and so on) in order to prevent their membership being dependant on them giving ‘the right sort of advice’. All political patronage should be removed and no party system should exist within the HoL.

    3) A recognition that all welfare state systems (including the NHS) are unsustainable, requiring, as they do, exponential population growth in order to maintain them. There should be a 30 year plan to phase out these systems back to the point at which the civilised state provides a basic ‘safety net’ for those unable (not unwilling) to help themselves.

    4) A recognition that British culture exists and that Britons, generally, regard it as superior to other cultures. Anyone immigrating to the UK should be expected to completely assimilate with our culture – or invited to leave.

    Broad brush, I know, but you get the gist!

    • grimble55

      “Britons, generally, regard it as superior to other cultures”

      Hahahahahahahahahaha.

      The UK – highest rate of teen pregnancy in Europe.
      Highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases.
      Highest rate of child poverty.
      Worst air quality.
      Highest rates of littering and fly-tipping.
      Highest rates of family breakdown.
      Worst health record for cancer survival.
      Lowest rate of social mobility in Europe.
      Worst economic inequality between the capital and the rest of the country.

      Open your eyes – Britain’s a filthy, dysfunctional shithole that the rest of Europe is happy to get rid of.

    • James Chilton

      Your proposals, if they were ever to be seriously considered let alone implemented, would have to come from the top down.

      If the “treason of the intellectuals” is to blame for getting us into our present difficulties, then something a “repentance of the intellectuals” will be necessary to get us out of them.

  • Bik Byro

    OK Kathy, I might have a bash – do we send them to info@ as per your contact page ?

    • grimble55

      According to her Twitter username, she works for the Crown Prosecution Service.

    • Kathy Gyngell

      Yes

  • Well said Kathy. Bravo!

    Theresa May is undoubtedly moving the party to the left. She is, after all, a fully signed-up Marxist feminist who is making good on the aim of that dangerous, socially-divisive creed, which is to disrupt the family, the last bastion of freedom of men and women against the overbearing and interfering state, in order to destroy patriarchy (the rule or authority of the father), which hitherto has been the one source of social authority that trumped the power of the state in ordinary people’s lives.

    In her time at the Home Office, she had a far too cosy relationship with the radfems at Women’s Aid, whom she actively involved in the formulation of policies which now openly invade the intimacy of marriage and the privacy of the home. In early 2016, she clandestinely enacted laws that extended the definition of domestic violence to such a ridiculous degree that behaviour, which, in the recent conservative past would have been considered something that adult men and women would work out between themselves behind closed doors, is now considered criminality to be controlled by the state through an increasingly feminised and doctrinaire police force.

    This is verging on police state tactics, and very much in line with the matriarchy that she and her feminist sisters are intent on imposing on us all. Theresa May is a very dangerous woman indeed.

    • grimble55

      Herbert. Hahahahahahaha. Another young person writes.

      You seem ever-so-obsessed with domestic violence.

      Which women’s refuge is your wife currently living in since you battered her from here to kingdom come when she didn’t have your tea on the table at the correct time?

  • grimble55

    You’re right –

    Conservatives extended the franchise beyond the landed gentry – oh hang on, they didn’t, they fought it every step of the way.

    Conservatives introduced free education for all – oh hang on, they didn’t, they fought it every step of the way.

    Conservatives gave women the vote – oh hang on, they didn’t, they fought it every step of the way.

    Conservatives introduced legislation to prevent discrimination on grounds of ethnicity, country of origin, or religion – oh hang on, they didn’t, they fought it every step of the way.

    Conservatives made it illegal for husbands to abuse their wives and treat them like chattels – oh hang on, they didn’t, they fought it every step of the way.

    Conservative introduced welfare to prevent children starving on the streets or in workhouses – oh hang on, they didn’t, they fought it every step of the way.

    Conservatives outlawed discrimination against disabled people – oh hang on, they didn’t, they fought it every step of the way.

    Conservatives introduced healthcare free at the point of delivery – oh hang on, they didn’t, they fought it every step of the way.

    Conservatives gave gay people the same rights as those who are heterosexual – oh hang on, they didn’t, they fought it every step of the way.

    Heavens, how important it is for our civilised society to have more Conservatism!

    • Kanaris

      Thank you, you wonderful person!

  • Trojan

    Excellent article
    You say
    ‘the only certainty she’s offering the voters (apart from Brexit) is that of the State. ‘

    Is she offering Brexit as we know it? The UKIP and conservative version.

    It is likely that the EU will implode and Brexit will not be relevant by the time May concludes her negotiations.

    Perhaps those in foreign lands who pull May’s strings are aware of this and look to a new post EU Europe – Eurabia, greatly expanded with massive immigration from North Africa and a newly created history embrasng of the kind that Macron hopes to install in France. May’s leftward leaning statist politics will do very nicely on the post EU super state

  • “A year off without pay” is not much of an offer. But put together Theresa May’s proposals on workers rights and her proposals on housing, and then try and imagine the reaction if Jeremy Corbyn were saying exactly the same thing. As, of course, he has been for years. Similarly, if May had proposed substantially the leaked Labour manifesto, much of which could indeed have featured in one of her set piece speeches, then the media outlets that scream hysterically at Corbyn about Venezuela and what have you, would have reacted in an entirely different manner. It is possible that May is onto something. Being the other side while screeching abuse at it worked for long enough for Tony Blair.

    While the most prominent party that does not accept the two per cent military spending target as the price of the 0.7 per cent Overseas Aid target goes into this Election with one seat, and is going to come out of it with at least that one, the party that does not accept the 0.7 per cent Overseas Aid target as the price of the two per cent military spending target goes into this Election with no seats, and is going to come out of it with no seats.

    It is not only because of the different electoral system that the party that wants to go back to Erich Honecker does better in the old East Germany than the party that wants to go back to Margaret Thatcher does in Britain. Indeed, look at how all policies, even those of UKIP, are now judged by how well they play to “traditional Labour voters in the North of England”, who are unquestioningly deemed to be the pure soul and radiant conscience of British politics.

    Leaving aside the existence of other traditional Labour supporters, and of other people in the North of England, that exaltation of the moral authority of the people who voted Labour throughout the Thatcher and Major years amounts to defining the debate in terms of the wrongness of the results in 1979, 1983, 1987 and 1992. As much as anything else, that entirely cuts the ground from under the foundations of New Labour. Among very much else besides.

  • RWP

    Brexit matters have blinded so many from seeing what Mrs May is doing. In reality her manifesto hints should be celebrated all over the land by the regressive left.

    I noticed how in the first couple of weeks after the election announcement, supposedly conservative contributers to conservative websites entered peak May-mania. Mrs May was awarded God-like status. Many were chastised for pointing out that A) she wasn’t a conservative, and B) she would not deliver a clean divorce from the EU with a new large majority of mainly social-democrats/Neo New Labour/regressive left MPs.

    May-mania has softened slightly with the realisation by some that she’s got Brexit to offer – and nothing else.

  • Partridge

    Not to worry. Nigel Farage, his Brexit job done, will join the Conservative Party in a couple of years’ time, and shortly thereafter will replace Theresa May as party leader. Then, following the subsequent general election victory, he will enter 10 Downing Street in triumph as Prime Minister, a role for which he was always destined. :o)

    • CRSM

      Somehow you know, I think not.

  • Ravenscar

    Four policy planks would begin the return the country to economic sanity, but there’s absolutely no chance of it – with statism direct to your door whether you want it or not – mother theresa.

    i. rescind the 2008 climate change act,
    ii. end QE now, commence to slowly raise interest rates irrespective of soon to be departed Goldman’s man/ECB/Mark Carnival wishes.
    iii. Get out and now, away from the ECHR.
    iv. cut income taxes, and regressive secondary taxation; fuel taxes, VAT and sin taxes immediately and slash government jobs in the same moment.

    Watch the economy boom or, not.

  • I am still surprised so many people are only just now waking up and realising that the Conservative Party is no longer conservative. It has not been since 2006 when the wrong David won the leadership contest. You knew things had changed when the BBC started to belittle Gordon Brown in 2009 and more recently when Corbyn is given a hard time. Major, Blair, Cameron and now May are the new Social Democrats of this country, shifting the centre ground a little leftwards each year.

    It would seem conservatives in the UK are so conservative they cling on this husk of a party. Parties are elected to government not by their policies it seems but on who they are not.

  • Dominic Stockford

    Is it not that the Parties are so desperate for the votes of people that they will pander to any greed those people show in order to get them? And we are so greedy we keep on demanding more from the empty pit. There is no money tree, and we’ll all pay for our folly soon.

  • Dominic Stockford

    Mrs May. The darling of the centre-left.

  • Bosanova

    We need, in the UK, to have the de facto blasphemy laws, masquerading as hate crime or hate speech laws repealed.
    Free speech of the absolute, US first amendment kind must be enshrined in UK law. There would be no shame in copying the 1st amendment word for word (just changing “Congress” for “Parliament”) – 45 words of legal, freedom enshrining perfection.

    • No there should not be. After all, we borrowed much of the language of the Bill of Rights, although not much of the First, as far as I know, from the English Bill of Rights, 1689, often verbatim. One problem for you, though, is that here it is a Constitutional provision, and the Constitution supersedes all other law. In the Parliamentary system one Parliament cannot bind another, and so it will always be at risk, as was your Bill of Rights, now mostly repealed. Here is the relevant list from 1689.

      “That the pretended power of suspending the laws or the execution of laws by regal authority without consent of Parliament is illegal;

      That the pretended power of dispensing with laws or the execution of laws by regal authority, as it hath been assumed and exercised of late, is illegal;

      That the commission for erecting the late Court of Commissioners for Ecclesiastical Causes, and all other commissions and courts of like nature, are illegal and pernicious;

      That levying money for or to the use of the Crown by pretence of prerogative, without grant of Parliament, for longer time, or in other manner than the same is or shall be granted, is illegal;

      That it is the right of the subjects to petition the king, and all commitments and prosecutions for such petitioning are illegal;

      That the raising or keeping a standing army within the kingdom in time of peace, unless it be with consent of Parliament, is against law;

      That the subjects which are Protestants may have arms for their defence suitable to their conditions and as allowed by law;

      That election of members of Parliament ought to be free;

      That the freedom of speech and debates or proceedings in Parliament ought not to be impeached or questioned in any court or place out of Parliament;

      That excessive bail ought not to be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted;

      That jurors ought to be duly impanelled and returned, and jurors which pass upon men in trials for high treason ought to be freeholders;

      That all grants and promises of fines and forfeitures of particular persons before conviction are illegal and void;

      And that for redress of all grievances, and for the amending, strengthening and preserving of the laws, Parliaments ought to be held frequently.”

      • Colkitto03

        Excellent!

      • Bosanova

        You are right of course. But our Bill of Rights has been increasingly sidelined to EU law or, as you say, repealed/amended. Without your constitution all our laws are subject to future repeal. That is no argument against an explicit restatement of our freedoms and the limits of state power. Any future government would then have to justify to the nation why our freedoms should be curtailed or our speech muzzled. That wouldn’t put it beyond repeal of course, but it would make it politically inconvenient for future governments to change.
        The UK has seen a staggering erosion of personal liberties in recent decades, sadly our PM has often been in the vanguard of this state encroachment. It needs to stop. A “big state” Conservative is an oxymoron.

        • I agree wholeheartedly. I think it was Burke, although it could have been either Pitt or Fox, who said about the time the Revolution was getting going that, “they (referring to Americans) went out into the world at the time when our freedoms were greatest, and carried those freedoms with them, and they remember them, perhaps better than we do”. You guys are why we are as we are. Brexit may well be your opportunity, much is in flux. I wish you all Godspeed in that quest.

          • Bosanova

            Amen to that!

  • c50

    You loved her last week? What makes you think she will actually be able to fight your neo con heroes and the establishment of bankers and old money-she will be gone within a year.

  • James

    The best thing the dreadful baggage could do is shut down the Universities for 10 years and obliterate the involuntary divorce mills aka “family courts” and all accompanying paraphanalia. These are the greatest attack on personal liberty the west has ever conceived. A Police State apparatus, pure and simply.

  • Colkitto03

    A word in defense of Mrs May. lets judge her a few years in. Virtually nobody predicted how Thatcher would turn out as PM. I agree with Kathy and the vast majority of views on this site but at present the majority of the public would not necessarily do so. They will do in time.
    Indeed some of my views would be seen as extreme as Corbyn by some parts of the population.
    Just as the creep of ‘progressive liberalism’ was pernicious the reverse of it must also be slow. Her party still has its fair share of virtue signalling liberals.
    May needs to take her time, sometimes she will have to make concessions. Today we are judging her words quite rightly. Her actions will be more telling.

    • Craig Martin

      Yup.
      The infection spread slowly, it will be a slow process if we want to remove it effectively.

  • J.L.W

    I don’t understand May, I don’t understand the way she thinks.

    I would tackle vote rigging to begin with. That should be the priority. Clean out the electoral commission. But then, this one is never going to happen is it!

    Cutting global warming legislation must be a priority. I’ve know instinctively that the global warming stuff was wrong and aggressively damaging since I was about thirteen. This would solve the energy problem and stop the whole ‘cap’ thing from having to be explored.

    Anything anti left will get her voted in.

    We’ll have to see what the manifesto says. Kippers will be making a right old fuss if it does not give quantifiable promises of what the Cons are planning.

  • UmUmUmUmUmUm

    On June 8th vote NOTA. The only political party that makes any sense to a social conservative.

  • Aaron D Highside

    Reform the BBC and its malign rewriting of British history, its defence of ‘persecuted’ weirdos and its appalling influence on children and their
    robotic teachers.