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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Owen Paterson

One day to go and Sir John Major has weighed in. “Labour divides to rule. To win votes they will turn rich against poor; north against south; worker against boss." We hope we don't wake up with them on Friday.

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Sir John Major

Another awful Labour woman. The fact Ed Miliband’s carved his pledges in stone doesn't mean he might not break them, campaign chief Lucy Powell has said.

Villain of the day

Lucy Powell

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Reader’s Comment: The Right has been banished from political life

In response to Laura Perrins: May has ditched the family so only the big State is left, Sargv wrote:

Brilliant article!

If you dig deep enough, you would eventually arrive at the cornerstone of Left-Right divide.

The Right believes in free will - which automatically means that every person is fully responsible for his or her own life. For the Right, fairness is merit.

The Left believes in determinism - which means that every person is a victim of his or her environment, and can't be ever judged or shamed, as they are but passive objects moved by external forces. For the Left, fairness is equality.

Society built by the Right alone is social-Darwinism, a Hell for 50 per cent below the median, who drew a wrong straw in genetic lottery.

Society built by the Left alone is socialism, a Hell for 50 per cent above the median, cursed by being born with a talent in a society that only understands mediocrity.

Modern Tories are clearly leftists. There's no right political force in UK.


  • Rich

    Excellent!

  • Busy Mum

    “Society built by the Right alone is social-Darwinism, a Hell for 50 per cent below the median, who drew a wrong straw in genetic lottery.”

    Which is why a society built by the Right plus God the Creator, rather than the Right alone, is what can deliver ‘heaven’ for all.

    • Dominic Stockford

      Only the Holy Spirit can deliver heaven, and He goes where he wills and doesn’t choose all to go there.

      • Sheik Rhat el Anrhol

        It’s a she actually.

      • Busy Mum

        Which is why I apostrophised ‘heaven’!!

        • Bik Byro

          I’m not surprised that Dominic Stockford chose to nitpick at your choice of words; it’s him all over. Don’t worry, I’m sure the rest of us who are not pedantic and pathetic knew what you meant.

          • Busy Mum

            Nit-picking due to the fear of God does not worry me in the least.

          • Bik Byro

            I would hope if there is a god, he is not so tiny-minded and vain as to frighten people into nit-picking over words.

          • Busy Mum

            Of course He isn’t – that’s why Mr Stockford wasn’t afraid to pick me up on the (mis)use of the word ‘heaven’. ‘Fear’ of God does not mean ‘frightened’ of God.

  • Craig Martin

    “Society built by the Right alone is social-Darwinism, a Hell for 50 per
    cent below the median, who drew a wrong straw in genetic lottery.”

    I don’t quite agree.
    When people are encouraged to look after themselves, they also inspire others to do the same. And the vast majority of people who do well are naturally inclined to help others make the best of themselves. Everyone really benefits.

  • Or simply put:

    The Right believe in equality of opportunity; whilst the Left is more obsessed with equal of outcomes.

  • James Chilton

    “In many parts of the Western world, even the most determined opponents of socialism derive from socialist sources their knowledge about most subjects on which they have no first-hand information.” ~ Hayek

  • Dominic Stockford

    Be fair, the Tories are centre-left…….

  • Sheik Rhat el Anrhol

    The socialist code is as follows:-

    You have some money
    I have no money
    You must give your money to me.

    • Busy Mum

      and…
      I have more problems than you.
      You are to blame for my problems.
      I am not to blame for your problems.

      • Sheik Rhat el Anrhol

        And ‘inequality’ – the intrinsic obscenity of you having more than I.

        • Busy Mum

          But me having more than you is just fine:)

      • paul parmenter

        I thought that was feminism?

        • Busy Mum

          Same difference?!

    • Lagopus scotica

      And I will invent reasons why I have no money as an excuse to take your money!

  • Sheik Rhat el Anrhol

    The left, through the teaching unions and the `artistic’ entertainment and communications industries have successfully rendered rightist thinking as intrinsically distasteful and immoral.

    In the USA the Republican Party is now being popularly portrayed in the same light and this is gaining traction as the Trump regime implodes.

    This is a major problem to be overcome on both sides of the atlantic and is not helped in the UK by Teresa May’s centre left positioning in her (very successful it seems) attempt to secure a large parliamentary majority.

    What is the answer?

    I don’t know.

  • Bark Kantatas

    I broadly agree although the Left soon recover their sense of free will when smoking and racism are at stake.

    • Sargv

      Left considers both racism and smoking to be rooted in “lack of information” and/or “bad influence in early years”, and considers that smokers and racists can be “re-educated”.

  • Bik Byro

    Which is why most of the electorate is somewhere in the middle.

    Let’s face it, some poor s od born to a promiscuous mother and a weedhead father on some sink estate is – generally! – unlikely to do as well in life as someone born with a silver spoon in their mouth. And that is unfair, and to my mind, there is nothing wrong in conservatives fighting this unfairness.

    What is grossly unfair is that the hard working and creative, those who get up early in the morning and make an effort to better themselves, those who work at their careers, those who sometimes put their own assets on the line to finance their businesses (rather than just go down the job centre and find a job which one of the aforementioned people has created for them) should be penalised in order to give money to the lazy workshy.
    And conservatives should be fighting this unfairness too.

    • Sargv

      > unlikely to do as well in life as someone born with a silver spoon in their mouth.

      Inheritance – in a wider sense, including inheriting bad genes and consequences of bad parenting. Inheritance prevents people form competing on merit alone. Inheritance prevents true equality of opportunity. Inheritance feeds that sentiment of the Left that validates progressive taxation: “he just got lucky”.

      Inheritance creates unfairness, both in Right- and Left-winged sense. But banning it will destroy the civilization, as it’s, universally, inheritance that enables savings and allows accumulation of the capital: why save anything, if you can’t pass it to your kids? why strive to get more than you can consume?

    • WFC

      Let’s face it, some poor s od born to a promiscuous mother and a weedhead father on some sink estate is – generally! – unlikely to do as well in life as someone born with a silver spoon in their mouth

      Certainly since Shirley Williams abolished (most of) the grammar, and (all of the) direct grant, schools.

      • Bik Byro

        Which – contrary to what many lefties will say – is a good argument for bringing back grammar schools. I went to one and had some friends from the council estate in my maths class. One of them is now a surgeon and the other is an international sales director.