My father's opinion of a Lib-Lab...Watch
" I would be very disappointed if, in so doing, I put labour into power. Remember that the best way out of poverty is not benefits but work, thereby giving people a stake in society and a sense of self respect and cutting tax for the less well-off is a better stimulus to economic growth as they will spend more. Giving people benefits which comes from taxation means that there is less money to spend. A general view for which there are exceptions I know but elections in the end are about generalities because no party can full represent you. As investors, a lack of confidence in the government (Labour are seen as anti-business) and a change in direction could have an impact on our investments which will not only effect us but also, ultimately, you and Philip. As a society we want to be enterprising - why do so many immigrants want to come here? Because the current Government has been a success story compared with much of Europe which puts state intervention first - sounds good and caring but ultimately leads to failure as a welfare state depends upon a healthy economy to fund it.from this week's Spectator
"When election day dawns, it’s worth bearing in mind that a million more people will be going to work than when David Cameron came to power. On an average day in Britain, there are 1,500 fewer reported crimes than there were before Theresa May was made Home Secretary. Some 2.2 million pupils now attend independent schools within the state system — schools given freedom through Michael Gove’s reforms. There is nothing theoretical about the advantages of Conservatism, but all this progress could be brought to a halt within the next week.
If Ed Miliband is elected, it will not be the richest who suffer most. They may pay more in tax — but on the whole they can afford to. Those who can afford to educate their children privately can be more relaxed about a fresh decline in state education under Labour.
Anyone who already lives in an affluent, safe neighbourhood and has a steady job can afford the luxury of a protest vote: Ukip, perhaps, or the Liberal Democrats. David Cameron has caused many of his former voters to despair, and they may want to punish him.
Those who would lose out under Labour are those who cannot afford a back-up plan. People desperately looking for a job will find fewer available once employers are under attack from a Miliband government that sees them as ‘predators’. Those already struggling to find a place to live will discover that availability shrinks once Labour’s rent controls are imposed. The elderly may have to pay higher fuel bills as companies prepare for Miliband’s two-year price freeze. The brunt of the Labour leader’s ideology will be borne by those who can least afford it.
Now, more than ever, a child’s life chances are dictated by quality of education — which is why Miliband’s hostility towards school reform is perhaps the most menacing and regressive of all his positions. Population growth means he cannot halt school expansion, but he wants at least to remove choice by ensuring that no new schools are allowed to open if there are spaces to fill in an existing one, no matter how bad it is. So again, those in nice neighbourhoods will have a choice of state schools. Those trapped in sink estates will not.
This election also contains a far broader constitutional question — about Britain’s relationship with the EU. If Cameron is Prime Minister, this will be settled by a democratic vote that will force Brussels to give their best offer on improved terms of UK membership. They will be negotiating not with politicians, but the British public through an in-out referendum. A Labour government would deny Britain this basic choice.
Like so many former bag-carriers who end up elected to parliament, Miliband has no experience outside the world of academia and politics. His ideas are demonstrably wrong and don’t work, as the 1970s showed, but that won’t stop him. As François Hollande has shown in France, policy wonks who end up in power can cause plenty of damage while testing out their naive ideas. The result is that jobs, wealth, opportunity and national standing all suffer.
The Labour party that is now threatening to take power is not the party of Tony Blair, who grudgingly understood the need for wealth creators. Blair led a Labour party that had been mugged by reality. Miliband’s party has not yet had that experience.
Miliband was once asked at a Labour party conference why he does not bring back socialism. ‘That is what we are doing,’ he replied. He now calls it ‘progressive change’. But as he knows, the substance of his politics is the same. Its consequences — unemployment, financial ruin, bad schools, unaffordable taxes — will be familiar to anybody who had the misfortune to live under the Labour governments of old.
Mr Cameron has done a bad job of selling the progressive nature of his reforms. Not once has he mentioned that soon, for the first time, a billion hours will be worked in Britain every week. Or that the 0.1 per cent of earners are now paying 12 per cent of all income tax, a record high. Or that pension poverty is at an all-time low. It is ironic that Cameron, a former PR man, has been awful at spin. As the record shows, the strength of his government lies in the substance.
It has been easy to despair of David Cameron over the years; the extent of our problems call for more radicalism, purpose and direction than he has felt able to apply. But as Churchill said of America, he does tend to do the right thing in the end — after exhausting all other options. You do not need to be a fan of Cameron to consider him far preferable to Miliband.
For this reason, the stakes could hardly be higher. It may be a wrench, and may involve more forgiveness than Mr Cameron is entitled to. But there really is more reason now than at any time in a generation to vote Tory."
I will be voting Conservative because I believe in smaller government. Individual effort and choice linked to personal responsibility. Helping those in need who cannot — not will not — help themselves, and to which the socialist dependency culture is the wrong solution.
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The highest educational standards for all, not the few. Socialism betrayed several generations of young people. Only Michael Gove had the courage to grasp that nettle. The grave mistake of plucking him forcibly from the garden when he might have achieved even more was surely Cameron’s alone.
Because I am certain that letting Miliband and Labour in will send us back 20 years and bring us to our knees economically again, just as recovery is under way.
Because we absolutely must keep the SNP out of our affairs. They exist to pay attention to their own. Scotland will become independent within the next five years. That is up to them, but their interference solely for their own ends in the rest of the United Kingdom’s business will present a grave danger.
Any reservations? One. Because William Hague was the best prime minister we never had, and now never can have.