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Rory Stewart? Really?
My fellow Conservatives.
If you think that the person to lead the Conservative party after the disaster that was Mrs May, after the colossal clusterduck (colloquialism) that has been the Brexit situation so far is Rory Stewart you must be off your rocker.
You must be in cloud cuckoo land.
What is the matter with you?
The future of the Conservative party cannot possibly be more of the same. The next Leader must be a strong Leader, not a soft left apologist who would be as comfortable in the Lib Dems as the Conservatives.
The next Leader MUST be a LEAVER, not a Remainer.
And not just a lip service Leaver.
A full-on, no qualms, no backpedalling, ready to go, relaxed about No Deal if necessary, proper Leaver.
Rory Stewart? You have GOT to be joking. You really have.
Very pleased with my bag of gifts
It was very nice to be presented with a card and a bag of gifts from my Wisbech Conservative colleagues this evening.
I acted as Campaign Manager here in Wisbech and we bucked the national trend and had a pretty good result, improving on our previous election results from four years ago.
It was a lot of hard work, but I really can’t take any credit. We had a brilliant raft of candidates and I am proud to serve alongside them.
I’m only sorry for the three that we lost – but there will be other days.
What I Don’t Get
I’ve been puzzling over something that I can’t quite get my head around. It has been clear since last year that Theresa May was – and I put this as diplomatically as I can – not working out as Leader of the Conservative Party. But the full gravity of it had perhaps not dawned on all Conservative MPs when the vote of no confidence took place last year.
What I don’t get is why – as the situation has got worse and worse and worse – nobody seems able to do anything about it.
Yes, I understand we have a constitutional crisis. I get that the country is split and the Remainers will do anything and everything to prevent us leaving. I get that the Leavers are split on the right way forwards. I get that the media are just impossibly biased on the whole thing and are broadly for Remain also. I even get that there are some (too many) Conservative MPs who seem willing to join the Lefties in frustrating Brexit. They should all have the whip withdrawn, in my view.
But that’s not what I’m asking.
I understand why the Parliamentary system is in a mess and I can see that maneuvers are being used to frustrate and prevent any sort of true Brexit. I know that the Prime Minister doesn’t have the power to brute force a Leave through, even if she wanted to. I know that Labour, the Lib Dems, the SNP etc etc are all trying to prevent Brexit and all for their own nuanced reasons. Labour really just want a General Election to install Corbyn as the horror PM for a new generation.
But what I don’t get is this:
Theresa May must now be up there with the most unpopular Prime Ministers in modern times. I mean, I remember how much the country grew to dislike Gordon Brown, and I’m not sure he was as disliked as Theresa May is now. She has systematically proven to be all the things some of us predicted but most of all she is quite clearly something that should never ever have happened – a Remainer in Charge of Leaving the European Union. It was always bonkers to have somebody at the head of such a huge change who didn’t want or believe in that change. So given that we missed the legal date to leave, missed the extension, brought loss to hundreds and hundreds of excellent Councillors who had no fault in their own election result, and are now about to have a set of European Elections we were NEVER MEANT TO HAVE, consider this…
Theresa May’s leadership is systematically tearing the heart out of the Conservative party. It’s destroying one of the oldest political parties in the world. It is smashing the faith that our voters had in us. It is consistently shedding us of our lifeblood, the Councillors and activists and supporters and grass roots that are everything to us.
It’s a joke, right? We are polling 22% in national polls. Not Euro polls. 22 percent would be a good score for us right now in Euro polls. In NATIONAL polls.
SO WHY ISN’T ANYBODY DOING ANYTHING ABOUT IT?
Whatever the levers and wheels of power are in Westminster Conservative circles, start them turning. Get off your benches and our of your aisles and DO SOMETHING. This fundamental breakdown of the Conservative Party is being delivered to us by our abject failure to deliver Brexit AS A PARTY and as a Parliament, and by desperately poor leadership from Theresa May. The opposition parties are laughing at it all. I don’t have anything against the Prime Minister, I’m sure she is a lovely lady and I’m sure she means well. But if ever there was a time for her to be leading our party, this is not it. For the love of God, Powers That Be, stop this madness before our party is destroyed forever.
The country expects a Conservative Party to deliver on its election and manifesto promises and the largest vote this country has ever taken. Give us a new leader who will be like a piece of iron, who will deliver us a clear, complete and full Brexit in short order and say to those who would stand against it: “This is the will of the people and it will happen. Now.”
The NHS – Safe In Conservative Hands
The Conservative Party were the party who first proposed the NHS (and the Welfare State) and so it is fitting that the Government now commits the largest ever increase in its funding, £20.5 Billion.
Next time some Lefty tells you “The Conservatives want to sell off the NHS” laugh at them, remind them it was Labour that sold off a hospital, and that only through good economic management can huge increases like the current one be possible.
It is often said amongst Conservative circles that “blue on blue” is a fight we should never have.
I don’t agree with that, but I do try and always make sure my criticisms are logical and valid.
I would just like to make a plea to Prime Minister Theresa May.
Yes, I know, she doesn’t read my little blog and never will. But sometimes it takes many small voices to get one big voice to listen.
Mrs May. Please make way for a new Leader.
I am sure you have done your best. I am sure you believed in what you were doing. I am sure you meant well.
But you led us into a disastrous early election, you ran the worst campaign many of us have ever seen.
And now you are reneging on our commitment to a proper Brexit.
Inside the Westminster bubble it must seem as though things are going okay.
Things are not going okay.
Your present path leads the Conservative Party to disaster and the country into dark waters.
We voted for Brexit. You said you would deliver it. This sham you are trying to push through is not real Brexit.
Please. Go now. Make way for a Leader who has the ability, courage and desire to deliver on the democratic will of the British people.
It is nearly too late, but not quite. Yet. Do the right thing for Party and Country. Please.
You may think it will be messy, and you are right. But not nearly as messy and damaging as if you hold on.
North Ward / Waterlees Has Three New Councillors
Following the abrupt and expensive resignations of Cllrs Lay, Bucknor and Bucknor from Wisbech Town Council, a by-election has been held to find three replacements.
The political battleground was a straight duel between Labour and the Conservatives.
Labour threw everything and the kitchen sink at it. Volunteers were drafted in from far and wide and the most comprehensive campaign I’ve seen them run in recent years took place.
I think that letting the Bucknors have a free ride for years has seriously harmed their base in the area, because despite giving it their best and throwing lots of resources at it, they failed to make the mark they hoped. Nevertheless, they ran a clean campaign and did not get bogged down in the nastiness and vitriol seen from other quarters. They can be proud of their part in a well-fought and fair by-election.
I am pleased and proud that all three seats were won, comfortably, by the three Conservative candidates; Andy Maul, Laura Cobb and Andrew Lynn. All three are completely fresh faces to the local political scene and I am looking forwards to working with them for many years to come.
North Ward / Waterlees By-Election, Part 2