Latest Seven Days Show podcast now online

The latest Seven Days Show podcast is now online. In this week’s episode (number 17) we talk about MPs and expenses and other ways to disgrace themselves; Unite and the BA strike; Speaker Bercow and whether he has it in for the Tories; and finally the Budget which takes place this Wednesday.

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Notts police get another inflation busting pay injection from the taxpayer

My council tax bill landed on the doorstep. Guess what, last year Nottinghamshire police was the biggest increase with a 4.9% rise in the police precept, and this year they are the biggest increase with a 4.8% rise.

Given they have just been ranked as the worst police force in the country I decided to send a little email to the police authority.

Firstly Ive asked why, given they are the worst performing force in the country, do they think a rise in funding is the answer. Then I’ve asked why in the nice brochure that comes with your council tax bill does it claim certain crimes have gone done, yet the HM Inspectorate of Constabularies finds they are the worst force and also have the highest level of violent crime which doesn’t warrant a mention.

Finally I have asked why are they comparing a 10 month period ending 31 January, to a similar 10 month period the previous year to base supposed falls in crime? Wouldn’t most people have annualised figures and compare one 12 month period with another, or maybe that would show something very different?

Don't vote? Don't moan?

I just finished watching The Peoples Politician, and it made me think that those who don’t vote really lose their right to vote. In fact I said as much as twitter. I was picked up by a twitter follower saying that wasn’t really fair as the main three parties may not necessarily representthe views of everyone.

My come back was – well you should stand yourself if you don’t like what the the main parties are offering. Oh but I was told that doing that was not feasible, “because it means taking hours out of you life, possibly a new career (Hah!) and massive other trouble. For what, exactly?”

Well there you have it. First excuse is not liking the choices . Fine I can appreciate that,  but when I suggest getting off the couch and doing it yourself it’s too much trouble. Sorry if you don’t vote because you don’t like the choices, but aren’t prepared to have a go yourself I have no sympathy. It’s all too easy to sit on the sidelines and moan without being prepared to do something yourself!

Labour have no money to pay for ads…

Well apart from all the money Unite give them. But then they don’t need to worry because they are using the taxpayers (our) money to pump out ads all over the place.

Indeed central Government advertising in January 2010 was the highest ever January on record, burning through a massive £30 million of taxpayers’ cash in that month alone.

In the year from February 2009 to January 2010, government advertising was £223 million.

Given they have taken the country to the brink of bankruptcy they probably think whats a few hundred million!!

Exclusive interview with Conservative Party Chairman Eric Pickles MP

Tory Radio took the time to talk to Conservative Party Chairman, Eric Pickles MP this evening.

In the latest podcast with Tory Radio we spoke about Twitter; Unite and their relationship with Labour; Why the Conservatives are on the side of Union members; Why there won’t be a hung Parliament; Why George Osborne is a “strategic genius” who is in charge of the campaign;  Why this election will determine the shape of Britain going forward; and finally what activists need to do to ensure victory.

To listen to the podcast click the play button above.

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Latest PMQs podcast now online

A Brown apology and more on the relationship between the Labour Government and the Unite Union.

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Bercow being even handed? You decide

Paul Waugh and then ConservativeHome flagged up an exchange which took place yesterday in the Commons during an Urgent question on the BA strike.

Tory Radio is pleased to bring you an extract of the audio so that you can decide if the Speaker was being even handed to both sides. Seemingly Speaker Bercow seemed to say that questions needed to focus solely on the issue of the strike – only then to let Dennis Skinner to talk about anything BUT the strike. Then when Mark Pritchard MP dares to ask about the Union Unite, the Speaker comments “the question doesnt remotely relate to the question we are considering”.. errr And Skinner’s did??

A few minutes later (hence the inserted silence in the podcast) Mark Pritchard asks a Point of Order. Was Speaker Bercow somewhat robust in slapping down a Conservative (again). Would it now be fair to suggest that when the Speaker stresses that the House should be aware that the public are watching and should behave in a dignified manner (as he often does at PMQ’s) perhaps he should now include himself in that telling off?

To listen to the extracts click the play button above.