A Prime Minister in waiting?

Cameron’s visit to the Prime Minister of Georgia during the South Ossetia crisis, was seen by many as a positive and admirable action to take. It came against a backdrop of silence from senior Labour politicians, with the Prime Minister speaking out against the Russian invasion, only after Cameron had announced his visit.

This action, expected more of a Prime Minister or Foreign Secretary, displayed an increased confidence within the Conservatives that they will form the next Government. It also exhibited Cameron’s willingness to usurp the Prime Minister’s position, in an attempt to shift public and the world’s perception of him, from a slick, media operator, to a distinguished statesman, worthy of a place on the world stage.

Brown’s premiership has been marked by his reluctance to take firm action on international issues. Classic examples of this include his unwillingness to hold the Olympic flame, yet still be seen with it, his aversion to host the Dalai Lama on his own and yet meet him with the Archbishop of Canterbury, and his signing of the EU Treaty long after his European counterparts.

Cameron’s issue in the past has often been his lack of political weight, particularly evidenced by his disinclination towards foreign affairs. If he continues to supersede the Prime Minister’s position on major issues, it will undoubtedly help to transform this view of him and secure his future in Number 10.

Peter Kearney

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Can they have it both ways?

The continued talk of credit crunches and banks going to the wall really has got me thinking.

It seems as though there are some businesses that you can make as much hay as you care to when the sun shines, and when that rainy day comes you can ask someone else to cover your back side.

It reminds me of the insurance industry in the states. They have always been happyto take the money from people during the good weather, but when a hurricane comes and wipes out millions of dollars worth of property on coast of the gulf of mexico they go cap in hand for federal help.

Nice businesses if you can get it. Making money in the good times, and being bailed out by the state when things get bad.

Part of me hopes we aren’t going to be going down that route here.

Who killed New Labour?

The Economist is asking who killed New Labour. Well what was New Labour?, just tax and spend centralisation dressed up with a bit of spin and more than a dash of authoritianism. It was always going to die when the money ran out, the lies became blatant and the authoritianism became overbearing. The real question is how did they manage to pull it off for a decade!

 

Economy in turmoil just as I head off on holiday….

Relaxing on the shore of loch ness is great for relaxing, but shocking if you are looking for a mobile signal to get on the internet.

You head off on holiday in good faith and what happens as soon as your back is turned. Lehman Brothers files for bankruptcy. Merrill Lynch gets snapped up (to protect itself). HBOS sees its share price fall, and AIG is under pressure.

Finally the 3G modem has kicked in so I can access what the sage of the BBC, Robert Peston has to say. Is AIG going to be next? Not according to him. In his own words, "If AIG went down, a number of banks’ balance sheets would be mullered "  I suppose it couldn’t have been put in any plainer terms for non economic literates such as myself.

Do I agree? Well clearly there are some companies that for the sake of the global economy, it just wouldn’t be helpful if they collapsed. Will that stop the forces of global capitalism, and is Robert Peston once again on the money? I’m not sure. Who knows what further carnage I may read about the next time my modem gets a signal!

Highland Tour

Tory Radio is currently conducting our own Highland Tour. A nice little cottage on the beach of Loch Ness is suitably relaxing!

We popped over to Inverness only to find that 24hrs of parking cost just £2. Councils South of the border could learn a thing or two from that sort of pricing regime!

Although I am a little perplexed as to the rule displayed in many carparks across the highlands banning political acitivity in car parks. I never knew it was such a problem!

electorate is just too thick

Why do we always have to have stories following a referendum when the votes "goes the wrong way" according to the vested interests that actually the electorate didn’t know what they were voting for, or that they just couldn’t understand.

It is so arrogant it is beyond words.

Of course the irony is always lost on those on charge that if the electorate is too ignorant to vote on a single issue then they really couldnt have understood voting during an election on a whole variety of issues – which means any government who uses this excuse owes its support to a load of thickos!

And then they wonder why people seem to hold politicians with such low regard. People can cast their vote for whatever reason they want. I was told at the last election that someone didn’t want to vote for me as they disliked Michael Howards eyes. Not the most politically sophsticated reason for deciding how to vote, but legitimate all the same. That’s democracy!

It isn’t the electorate that’s thick – its the way Governments behave that sometimes shows a lack of intelligence!

Its McCain for president then…

Guido constantly points out that whatever our PM touches seems to turn, well for the sake of politeness, sour.

Andy Murray was the recent recipient of Browns good wishes.

It now appears as though Obama is well and truly doomed. Everybody off to betfair then!