You are in office, but not in power, Prime Minister. You have to go

I didn’t see that election result coming, although if I had used some foresight, I would have done.

I made a number of predictions about Labour marginals before Theresa May launched the Conservative manifesto. Until then, I firmly believe that all was well. The campaign wasn’t very good at that point, however, there was time for improvement.

After the manifesto was launched, the wheels came off. Theresa May couldn’t even admit she had performed a U-turn on the so-called “dementia tax”. The campaign was too presidential. Saying “me and my team” is not only an incorrect use of English grammar, it also makes Theresa May look self-centred. Continue reading “You are in office, but not in power, Prime Minister. You have to go”

Can you help David Nuttall in Bury North?

David Nutall was first elected as the Conservative MP for Bury North in 2010. He was re-elected in 2015 with a wafer thin majority of just 378. He is standing again this Thursday.

David is a gent in the truest sense of the word. He passionately campaigned for Brexit and is Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary ‘Better Off Out’ Group of MPs and Peers.

With just under three days of campaigning left, can you lend a hand in his re-election campaign? I know David and his team will be happy to hear from you.

Contact Bury Conservatives on 0161 764 4548. Email: office@buryconservatives.org.uk. The office is located at 1 Manchester Road, Bury, BL9 0DR.

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Now is the time for Conservatives to hold their nerve

A general election campaign wouldn’t be the same if the Conservative Party didn’t have a wobble. The Thursday a week before election day in 1987 was known as “Wobbly Thursday”. A rogue poll in the Daily Telegraph showed the Conservative lead down to just four points. Panic ensued. A week later, Margaret Thatcher secured a third term in office with a majority of 102.

There is a trend in the polls at the moment which appears to show Labour closing the gap. This is hardly surprising. I don’t think anyone seriously thought that the Conservatives were twenty points ahead. But although I don’t think that the Conservatives will get 400+ seats (something I thought highly likely a month ago), I do think it is still possible that they will gain an extra 50 seats. Something around that figure would give Theresa May a landslide 100+ seat majority.

I’ve come to this conclusion for two main reasons. Continue reading “Now is the time for Conservatives to hold their nerve”

Every time Diane Abbott opens her mouth she garners votes for the Conservatives

Despite an awful manifesto and a campaign that makes you think that the Conservative Party is doing its best to lose this general election, one of the main reasons why it won’t appeared on the Andrew Marr Show on BBC One this morning.

You could fill a book listing all the reasons why Diane Abbott is completely unsuitable to hold one of the Great Offices of State. Anyone who thinks she would make a good Home Secretary should go into a darkened room and have a long conversation with themselves. Continue reading “Every time Diane Abbott opens her mouth she garners votes for the Conservatives”

Is the Conservative Party trying to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory?

I was looking through some old articles I had written before the 2010 general election. Although we now have a Conservative Prime Minister, and taking into account that all of the main party leaders have changed and Labour should be a basket case under Jeremy Corbyn, it’s amazing how so many of the issues covered in the article are still relevant today.

Immigration is still a major issue. The current Government is still nowhere near eliminating the deficit – and Government debt is now not far off double what it was in 2010. Theresa May still pursues many of the anti-libertarian policies we saw under Labour in the Blair/Brown years. Economically, the Conservative Party is moving in a leftwards direction under May, and even more so rejects free market policies in favour of state intervention.

Back in February 2010, I thought there would be a hung Parliament, and I couldn’t say which party would be the largest.

At this general election, I would be shocked if Jeremy Corbyn became Prime Minister, but the cock-up over the so-called ‘dementia tax’, coupled with what is in general a very disappointing manifesto, you could be forgiven for thinking that the Conservatives are doing everything they can to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Continue reading “Is the Conservative Party trying to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory?”