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Stephen Brunton

Stephen Brunton

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Stephen Brunton for his service to the Town of Wisbech.

Over the time he has been a Town Councillor Stevo (as we call him) has been consistently active and helpful in every area.

He has turned up at the crack of dawn to help set up festivals and rolled home long after the sun set.

He has worked alone and with other Councillors to resolve issues on behalf of his constituents.

Many people will have seem him as a volunteer manning the first aid tent on many occasions and some will have been helped with an injury or sickness by him.

A year or so ago Stephen met a lady and the two fell in love. They have now moved in together and begun planning their future. But they are living outside the area and Stephen has recently sold his property here.

Stephen has resigned from Town Council, timing that resignation to avoid costs and bureaucracy to the Town Council and the people of the Town. He sent a lovely letter thanking the people of the Town and the Council for the opportunity to serve.

Hopefully we can all thank Stephen for his hard work and diligence and wish him and his partner nothing but the best for the future.

UK Unemployment – down again!

Unemployment remains at 11-year low

Over the last seven years we have been working hard to create more opportunities for ordinary working people. That starts by helping more people into work so that they can earn a living and provide for themselves and their family.

Five years ago there were more than 2.6 million people who were unemployed. Today that number has fallen by almost a million.

And there’s more good news – since 2010 almost 2.7 million people more are in work. That’s millions more people going to work, earning a living and better able to provide for themselves and their family.

With more people in work than ever before, unemployment at its lowest in more than a decade, our economy growing and wages rising, our plan to support ordinary working people is working.

But whilst this is good progress, we know that there is so much more to do if we are to truly build a country that works for everyone.

Share this important news, and together let’s build a country that works for everyone.

I’ll Just Leave This Here

I’ll Just Leave This Here

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Wisbech Town Residents’ Survey

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PMs Speech To Conference 2016

PMs Speech To Conference 2016

I was never a Cameroon, but I did grow to admire the previous PM’s statesmanship and strong Leadership and he was very very good at speeches.

Theresa May is not as good at speeches, but she still delivered it today in a confident and compelling way.  Judging by the commentary I am hearing and reading, the speech was well-received and cleverly politically-positioned.  She is pitching for the broad middle ground and the populist common ground in a way that has hints of Tony Blair and hints of Nigel Farage.  I think she believes it too, so we will probably see policy follow to match the rhetoric.

I was uncomfortable at her comments about “foreign workers” and very uncomfortable about this odd idea of forcing companies to produce “lists” of the national origins of their staff.  I have no problem with encouraging companies to look first to home ground, nor with legislating to prevent unfair discrimination, but creating “lists” and trying to use them to shame companies based on geographical birthplace locations?  Gave me a cold chill, that one.

I’m not a statist, or an authoritarian.  I believe in free markets as the best tool for social mobility and overall good the world has ever seen. I believe that state intervention is often ill-judged, harmful and counter-productive.  So her speech wasn’t pitched at me.  It was pitched at all the: “what is the world coming to?” people out there, who believe that the world is going down the sewer.  She talked a lot about the people who feel “left out” of “Globalism” and set out her stall as a “Woman Of The People.”  Which people she was referring to was a little vague, but it certainly wasn’t rich people.

She took big steps onto Labour territory – before Labour become a hard-left militant personality cult.  And she took big steps onto UKIP territory, before UKIP swung to the Left to try and hoover up Labour’s disaffected Northern vote.  She clearly appealed to that One Nation, “let the state put its  arms around you and keep you safe”, Big Government branch of the Conservatives.  There are lots of them.

But people who think she is another Margaret Thatcher profoundly misunderstand Thatcherism and were clearly not listening to the content of her speech.  In some ways she seems more like Heath than Thatcher.  But even that would be wrong.  She is a whole new thing.  I’m trying to maintain an open mind.  I hope that all the (many) good things she said are actioned and the Statist and Illiberal stuff was just words.  Time will tell, I guess.  But whatever I, or anybody else, thinks – she has certainly thrown down a political gauntlet.  It will be interesting to see what happens next.

WISBECH CONSERVATIVES

WISBECH CONSERVATIVES

If you are a reader of this page who is not a Conservative supporter, please ignore this message. Thanks!

This year, local Conservative Members numbers have skyrocketed. After BREXit and with a new Prime Minister in place we have seen a huge influx of new members.

It is an exciting time both Nationally and locally and there are many plans to keep up the good work improving Wisbech and the wider Fenland area.

Why not come and join us?

Whether you want to be more active on the local political scene, or even if you just want to make a few new friends or generally show your support, we would welcome you aboard.

Help us choose our Council candidates, or maybe you think you might like to stand for election as a Councillor yourself?

Whatever your interest, you will be welcomed, helped and supported every step of the way.

You can choose how involved you want to be. How much time you spend is entirely up to you and there is no minimum (or maximum) commitment.

Want some more information? Have questions? Don’t hesitate to message me!

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Be Careful What You Wish For

Be Careful What You Wish For

I suspect, over the next year or two, a lot of people who never thought they would are going to find they miss David Cameron.

Love him, hate him, it’s hard to deny that he looked and sounded like a Prime Minister.  He was a statesman who thought well on his feet and communicated effectively.

Things are going to change now.  We’ll find out how much when we see who is picked for the new Cabinet.  I predict a lot of familiar boring names, too many “Remainers”, a few people who had a good referendum by playing it safe.  Boris will get a nice job.  We’ll have a new Chancellor, somebody very dull with no economic position worth noting.  There’ll be a few “token” LEAVErs to look balanced, but they’ll be the very safe ones who aren’t likely to cause a headache.

Theresa May has said: “Brexit means Brexit” and that seems fairly unequivocal.  Anybody want to put a bet on this road still having a few unwelcome twists and turns to come?  I don’t think we can count a proper Brexit in the bag until the final line is crossed.  They’re going to cheat and wriggle in true “Cast Iron” style.  Watch and see.

Meanwhile, I find myself very nervous of what is to come.  As Conservatives go, Theresa May is one of the most predictably authoritarian.  If she surrounds herself with like minds, and let’s face it that’s what Leaders usually do, then the direction of travel is going to clear.

UKIP should have been finished by the referendum result and then Farage’s resignation.  They would have been.  But May’s unelected coronation has just breathed fresh air into their lungs.  If she doesn’t push hard enough and fast enough towards the EU Exit Door, UKIP will bounce right back.

Labour, in about as much disarray as a party can be in and still be surviving, may not be in a position to make the most of the commotion right now.  But you know what they say about a week being a long time in politics?  Who knows what tomorrow brings.

I’m not really angry about it all.  Just really, really tired.

Aftermath

Aftermath

Leadsom gone.  Stealing the memberships’ chance to vote against May with it.  It feels like a stitch-up, but its easy to get paranoid about these things.

Ah well. On the plus side, if you can be bought, badgered or bullied out of standing, you probably weren’t Prime Minister material after all.

On the down side, welcome to the V for Vendetta, the prequel.  May was being quoted on the radio this morning talking about Laws to prevent “high pay” and Laws to force companies to have “workers” on their “boards”.  Control, control, control.  No political compass.  Some folks will love it.

Nothing much left of the Conservative Party I remember, these days. Sad times.

I guess just focusing on helping local people is the way forwards. Let the grandees in Grand Hats do their thing and try not to get crushed underfoot.

 

Why We Need Leadsom

Why We Need Leadsom

If you think that the EU Referendum result was the end of the matter, you are wrong.

This argument is far from over.  The REMAINers, as a group rather than individually, still do not accept the result and still fight to turn it around.  This is true both of those undemocratic people who would seek to get another referendum because they did not like the result of the first one, and of those even worse people who are trying to encourage MPs to stitch up the result by various Parliamentary tricks and shenanigans.

For the next decade these people will seek to make everything about that vote.  Well – everything that goes wrong.  Things that go right will be quietly forgotten about.

The vote to Leave the EU was about who makes the decisions in regards to our nation.  Nothing more.  It is entirely possible that a future Government could decide to do everything the EU says forevermore and so there would be no change – but that would be poor decisions on that Government’s part, not a result of the referendum.  Every horror story you might hear could certainly happen, but would be the result of future decisions by our Government rather than a direct result of the referendum.  All the referendum did was signal our desire for our own elected Parliament to make these calls instead of the unelected heads of a power-hungry international superstate.

The most direct danger to BREXit is Theresa May.

Theresa May was for Remain.  Worse than that she is an authoritarian autocrat.  The future decisions about things like what happens to foreign people living here, or our own ex-pats living elsewhere, trading terms, tariffs, international law – these things will be thrashed out by a negotiating team put in place by the new Prime Minister.  An authoritarian Remainer is likely to pack that team with her fellow travellers, her ideological friends.  Having a team of negotiators who are broadly of the Remain side, establishment figures who didn’t want to leave in the first place, would be disastrous.

Andrea Leadsom, as well as being level-headed, clear thinking and financially very astute has one very major bonus.  She was a LEAVEr and has made clear her intention to push hard for a quick resolution.  She is likely to fill her negotiating team not with “yes men” and vested interests, but with people who will genuinely seek the best outcome in keeping with the result of the referendum.  People with the ability to deliver.

A vote for May is, in my opinion, a very bad idea in many, many respects.  I think she would be a dangerous and divisive figure leading the country.  But also it’s a vote to scupper BREXit at this early stage.  Which would lead to the most dire of consequences for the Conservative party and for the nation as a whole.

Gove v Boris

Gove v Boris

Boris Johnson gone, apparently stabbed in the back at the last minute by his fellow Leave campaigner, Michael Gove, in order that Michael Gove can run to be Leader instead?

That’s certainly the view of many, though I don’t think it’s right.

It didn’t take very much attention to hear that Boris was saying some things that sounded a bit off.  It has long been suggested that his campaign for Leave was more about his political ambitions than about his actual political beliefs.  I don’t know if that’s true, but after the historic win for Leave he began to sound very shaky in a number of areas.  Much like Dan Hannan MEP he was starting to talk about retaining the free movement of people that is so loathed by a large portion of the electorate.

I understand why.  When you have a Conservative Liberal mindset, supporting Leave is more about democracy and Parliamentary Supremacy than it is about Immigration.  Free Trade over a closed trading bloc.  I take a similar view to both Boris and Dan Hannan.  But the public’s view is very clearly quite different to ours.

For the public, Immigration was either the number 1 or the number 2 reason for voting Leave – depending on how you view the statistics that have been collected.  Either way, its right up there at the top.

We are at a very delicate stage with national politics.  Years of slimy stories, expenses scandals, and unkept promises have led to public trust in the people they elect being as low as its ever been.  Cynicism is rife and it is damaging our entire political system.

To fail to keep to the result of the referendum would lead to a backlash of incredible proportions.  People would simply not tolerate it.  But some politicians seem to think that the people are stupid.  That they can give lip service to the result of the referendum while using small print to argue their way out of many of the necessary consequences of that decision.

So while the worst politicians are these crazy fools who seem to think we need a “second referendum” (and then, presumably, a third and a fourth and a fifth), or even to try and ignore the result as “not legally binding” in a betrayal of herculean proportions, it is really not very much better to want to change the terms of the debate and try and retain the very aspects of our our membership which so many people are so thoroughly sick of.  It would be a betrayal of the public and a form of constitutional vandalism not seen in decades.

It seems to me that Michael Gove recognises this and that is why, reluctantly, he had to pull away from supporting Boris in the way he did.  It became clear to him that although he was probably set for a great job under the probably new Prime Minister – it wouldn’t result in the Leadership the country needed.  He took a principled and difficult decision to switch his stance at the last minute.  He has been much criticised for it, it will stay with him for a long time, and it will have muddied his relationship with senior members of the party for a very long time.  But he took the decision anyway, because it was the right thing to do.  Although on a much higher and more serious scale, it is a situation I find oddly familiar.  I wish him the best of luck.