Sunday, September 28, 2008

Conference Diary: Sunday 2

Two very strong speeches from William Hague and David Cameron this afternoon. Hague was his rumbustuous self and Cameron did another fifteen minute off the cuff eloquent exposition of the Conservative response to the economic crisis. He spoke about the Tory plan for recovery, which is summed up in a booklet which I had better get a copy of. Here are a couple of bits from Hague's speech which sum it up...



"We know that the efforts of Labour to cling to office will be desperate; that they will spend money they do not have, on projects they will never complete, to cover up promises they have never kept, in pursuit of power they no longer deserve...



"And so we say to him, [Gordon Brown] that in a country with the biggest budget deficit in the whole developed world, with a weak, divided and dispirited government, with the poor getting poorer and the economy at a standstill, with the word of government less believed than at any time in our history, with violent crime at its highest in our history, with family breakdown the worst in Europe, with our armed forces overstretched and devalued, with our public servants demoralised, with stealth taxes hitting the whole country, with the nation's pension funds plundered by their own Prime Minister, and with no trace of hope, optimism or purpose emerging from a Cabinet consumed with its own fate, you have had your chance and blown it: this is no time for no change...."

20 comments:

Anna said...

Hate to be picky, but isn't it Sunday today?

James Manning said...

*Whispers*

Does he know it's Sunday?

Anonymous said...

Iain,

so you had a hard night! At my age I have given up countinghe days and even remembering my children's names!

So as for anna and james, proving that the bunker children are still at it, may I say....show some respect for your elders!

I thought Mr Hague was superb. A pityhe didn't mention the EU as he did in his newspaper interview- perhpas that will come later in the week.

Mr Cameron had the right tone. He did use notes (on the lecturn) but was quite excellent.

I thought the economic debate using different people with different problems alongwith junior shadow ministers I thought was extremely novel.

Low Key. responsible. Hitting all the right buttons. This is a party who are seriously looking out and reaching the peop that matter.

Unlike last week, which, sadly, resembled a Soviet Russian Conference, alongwith compliant press!

Mrs Brown wasrefreshing but to call her three or four sentences a 'speech' which the foolish newspapers/ BBC and the terrible Sky News did - is quite ridiculous.

An introduction is just that! A Speech is something quite different. It just shows how even the press and media are now poorly represented.

As one who followed, foolishly, Blair. The Conservatives have, most definately, got my vote -and my wife has just told me she, also, is going to vote for Mr Cameron.

Anonymous said...

And why was David Cameron's speech out of synch with the pictures on the BBC. Perhaps the Beeb should send its ncompetent technicians over to Sky to learn how to do it.

Anonymous said...

anon 3.45pm

No doubt all part of the subliminal message that the "Beeb" wishes to project to the electorate that Cameron is slightly "out of sync" with voters

Doug Chaplin said...

Biggest budget deficit in the developed world – has Hague not heard of the USA?

beachhutman in Beijing said...

Yeah, but he didn't say that he'd be as powerless as Broon and his darling to reform the mess, as the EU now controls the UK financial regulations. It's not even sure the MASTER will allow the BandB to be nationalised. The government gave away its power to buy a future EU presidency for Blair.

Anonymous said...

Great use of "own" in "by their own Prime Minister"

Is reminder of saddam hussein, chinese politburo etc.

DiscoveredJoys said...

"Yeah, but he didn't say that he'd be as powerless as Broon and his darling to reform the mess, as the EU now controls the UK financial regulations. "

Accepting the overarching sovereignity of the EU is only a state of mind. As such it is always open to change... under the right circumstances.

"The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me." - Ayn Rand

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Anonymous said...

"The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me." - Ayn Rand

Good fighting talk, but lets see how you brave you still are when the super market shelves are empty, martial law has been introduced, German or French speaking EU troops are patrolling the streets, and democracy permanently suspended.

Although what you quote is true, if not a little out of context. If we don't allow them to control our minds and therefore our spiritual and terrestrial destiny, they no longer will be able to.

Unfortunately we can not rely on our party political salesmen and women to add clarity to our current situation, or protect us from further abuse.

All strands of political opinion are controlled from the very top.

So a combination of justifiable distrust in our political representatives. Political ideologies that have now shown themselves to be corrupted to produce ONLY the ultimate result our establishment requires of them. We are very much up Criminal Bankers Creek without paddle, raft, or life jacket yet AGAIN.

Ayn Rand was a very smart individual with connections in VERY VERY high places. She may have been the grandmother of libertarianism, but she was a REAL FASCIST working for the other side all the same, as was Karl Marx.

As a general rule when someone has shown themselves to have correctly predicted a fair amount of our now future, beware. Because there is a very high chance that they have indeed predicted nothing at all using their own insight or intelligent analysis.

They have indeed simply been told what the future is very likely to be, by the people who plan these things. Like for example Orwell, Huxley and Wells.

Atlas Shrugged

Anonymous said...

Hague talking about "the country" and "violent crime the highest in our history". BBC reports crime in Scotland DOWN, so I presume Hague is only interested in England.

Whatever happened to te Conservative and Unionist Party?

Unsworth said...

Anon 6:44

So Scotland is not part of the country then? You're possibly right.

Unsworth said...

@ Doug Chaplin

Debatable as to whether the USA is 'developed'.

Anonymous said...

"in a country with the biggest budget deficit in the whole developed world, with a weak, divided and dispirited government, with the poor getting poorer and the economy at a standstill, with the word of government less believed than at any time in our history, with violent crime at its highest in our history, with family breakdown the worst in Europe, with our armed forces overstretched and devalued, with our public servants demoralised, with stealth taxes hitting the whole country, with the nation's pension funds plundered by their own Prime Minister, and with no trace of hope, optimism or purpose emerging from a Cabinet consumed with its own fate"

And Labour claimed that they have not broken Britain... yet!

Dangermouse said...

Very good speech from Hague - spot on, Brown's blown it - and the balance sheet of UK plc.

Laurence Boyce said...

There's no question that Hague is brilliant. Who knows what he might have achieved with a decent head of hair?

Votedave said...

"Who knows what he might have achieved with a decent head of hair?"

And people accuse the Conservatives of being shallow!

DiscoveredJoys said...

"Good fighting talk, but lets see how you brave you still are when the super market shelves are empty, martial law has been introduced, German or French speaking EU troops are patrolling the streets, and democracy permanently suspended."

This could only happen if the government of the day 'rolled over'. The question is whether this is more or less likely with any of the present political parties.

You may argue that Britain couldn't reject the EU on its own, but that presuposes that the rest of the EU has some monolithic common purpose. I see plenty of continental dissenting voices looking for an outlet...

Anonymous said...

Why no mention of the surveillance society, William?