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Throughout the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg is waggishly referred to, by his contemporary colleagues – and even by his own party as – “The member for the early twentieth century”.

Invectives, no matter how humorous or cutting, often turn out to be quite accurate! Mr Rees-Mogg is not only a politician who would harmonise perfectly with the governments of Baldwin and Balfour, but probably Disraeli too!

Rees-Mogg seemingly has no affinity with modern political figures, nor should he seek to! He’s his own man, an anomaly in 21st century British politics.

Always at ease

In today’s heavily scrutinised world of envy and class division, he is regarded as a privileged toff, an elite! A throwback to the black and white days of oppression and servitude. We are meant to be, not only tolerant of brash northern MPs, or cockney ex union reps, but positively grateful for them. Many politicians on the left try to hide their Oxbridge, grammar school accents by dropping their Ts and Hs. So that the word “university” becomes “universi’ y”! Those who practice these “glottal- stops” as they are officially called, seem either ashamed of speaking correctly, or afraid to give away their secret of a good upbringing and education,  in case their working class constituents decide not to vote for them. I personally think it’s the latter.

The Conservative Party on the other hand still have a fairly large contingent of well spoken, privileged members in the House of Commons. Some tone down their posh accents, but most behave according to their standard of upbringing. They’re not too ashamed to speak correctly in other words.

Speaking with a superior accent is by no means all that is required to appear upper crust and dashing. Throughout the 18th, 19th and early twentieth century satirists have mocked the aristocracy for their ritzy accents, naive views and snobbish silliness. The archetypal Jeeves and Wooster characters are a typical example. Ridiculed, derided and cruelly targeted by their less privileged cynics, who instinctively know there will be little or no empathy for their victims.

Which brings us to Jacob Rees-Mogg and the growing cult of centre-right supporters he is amassing. The media – and to be honest – those who are in the business of political whataboutery, are at a loss to explain it. How has this junior member for North East Somerset who has never held even the lowest level of office suddenly become the darling of the Tory grassroots movement? Even the young are joining the cult of JRM veneration,  or Moggmentum as it’s frequently called.

My attention was first drawn to JRM immediately after the 2010 general election. He was part of the new intake that contributed to David Cameron’s victory and subsequent coalition with the Lib Dems. He was just 18 days short of his 41st birthday. From the outset, the new member for NE Somerset was an outspoken critic of Cameron’s coalition. Rees-Mogg was no admirer of the socially liberal Cameron, who would have been classed as the wettest of wets in Margaret Thatcher’s time. Despite going to Eton and Oxford (within 3 years of each other) their educational outcomes were antithetical.

Though giving the appearance of a traditional, grey-suited Tory, Rees-Mogg is nothing of the sort. He possesses a rebellious streak that reflects the mood of the country. Constitutionally there is no more learned member of the house. A passionate historian, Rees-Mogg is always on hand to inform his peers of their inaccuracies or relate a distant anecdote to a current political situation. He delivers oratory with ease and conviction, often spiced with good humour and hugely appreciated by all sides of the house.

On analysing Rees-Moggs past performances, both in the house and on TV, it is without doubt, this swift and stupefying blow delivered –  deservingly – to David Dimbleby on an episode of BBC Question Time a couple of years ago that endeared him – not only to Tory supporters but also to the general public. The audience reaction was collective and appreciative and rarely does that happen in support of a politician. Dimbleby’s embarrassed chuckling was all the proof, if needed that Jacob Rees-Mogg is not to be messed with.

As the disastrous results of the 2017 general election came in on the 8th May – sending the Tories into a tailspin – all thoughts turned to a new leader. The usual big beasts were thrust forward, Boris, Davies, Hammond Fox… the list was continually updated and analysed by the media. Prospective candidates were uncertain whether to go on manoeuvres or modestly protest their support for their fumbling leader Theresa May.

The government had been dealt a near fatal blow! The Tory core vote had held firm, in fact it showed a modest increase. The swing to Labour in certain areas was unfathomable, and has recently been attributed to the unexpectedly large turnout of younger voters, mainly students, who not only bothered to get out of bed for the first time in electoral history,  but in many thousands of cases did so more than once!  (The electoral commission and police are looking into this as I write).

In the uncomfortable weeks since the last election the Tory party machine has rallied -mostly unconvincingly – around their lame-duck leader. The country is yet again divided into three, with Corbyn supporters demanding another election – encouraged by their lead in the polls, moderate Labour who dread the very idea of a Corbyn premiership, and a weak Conservative government who are fearful that the youth vote would actually increase and

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deliver them the mortal blow!

For now at least, despite the mischievous left-leaning media, there is little appetite for a leadership contest, let alone another general election.

Right now, the cabinet is behaving like a bunch of reluctant guests in the drawing room of a country hotel at the beginning of a murder mystery weekend, not knowing if their next move will expose them as the protagonist, victim or the detective! No! Let’s make that a theatrical production with an audience of Tory activists and supporters.

Now just imagine Jacob Rees-Mogg entering that drawing room from stage right! His demeanour one of calm, collected authority, eyeing the assembled, shifty cabinet with disdain and suspicion. Pulling a cigarette case from the inside pocket of his dinner jacket and tapping his chosen smoke against the lid, he begins to question the sweating assortment of delinquents.

You can imagine it can’t you!! Rees-Mogg is that authority figure. He is more than capable of establishing himself as the authority in the company of any individuals from Brussels, to the House of Commons or any TV studio in the land. He possesses the gravitas, intellect and conviction.

Returning to our theatre audience of Tory grassroots, they would lap up the masterful performance of Detective Inspector Mogg. But what if that audience were made up of the general public, or ordinary voters as we should call them? Would he be seen as the convincing, trusty policeman or a posh oppressor?

The staff at Westminster Wing wholeheartedly urge our readers to vote Conservative for security, the economy and Brexit closure.

 

 

How Labour Lost The Election in 2015!

It’s only 3 weeks since the Labour party failed to convince the electorate they were ready to be back in government. So much has already been written – by all sides – as to the reasons for their unexpected failure. Some of the analysis has been eloquent and insightful, but much, especially that from the more left-leaning commentators, has been well wide of the mark.

What do they stand for?

What do they stand for?

Here at The Westminster Wing we have been in deep discussion, and to some extent, competition, trying to come up with the most simple, yet precise analysis as to why Labour failed so miserably. This is the result of our group-think in brief.

Since becoming leader of the Labour party, Ed Miliband had always tried to define himself as the righteous envoy of fairness and social justice (whatever that means!) – His soundbites were abundant and lapped up by the broadcast media. – The Bedroom Tax – The Squeezed Middle – The Left-Behind – The Producers Vs The Predators – the list is endless but there were many more long lists, such as the reasons to spend and borrow, the reasons to stop austerity. The list of benefits from immigration etc.

In fact it was Labour’s shortest list that lost them the election in our view, their list of definable policies, where they would take us on the economy, the EU, foreign policy! – They were never able to articulate these policies simply because they didn’t exist. Even when we thought they might be onto something, another MP or shadow minister would simply dismiss it or disown it. Just a month before the election Labour unraveled under scrutiny and with it their dubious credibility on anything.

In short, Labour lost because they spent most of their time telling us what they were against instead of giving us a clear picture of what they would do in government.

If proof were needed, just look at the current leadership contenders struggling to define themselves and their visions for a new-era Labour party – if they can’t do that, what hope can they possibly have of defining the future of the country?

Chancellor George Osborne Set To Turbo-Charge Government Spending Cuts!

Set free of the shackles and restraints placed on him by their Liberal Democrat partners in the last coalition government, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is acting like a caged Canary that suddenly finds the door left wide-open after 5 years of captivity!

A recent Guardian Article  asserts that Osborne is about to bring forward an extra 13bn pounds of departmental savings in addition to the 12bn welfare cuts that were promised but never detailed in the run-up to the 2015 General Election.

These welfare cuts are seriously needed if he is to reduce the deficit to zero before the 2020 election. What’s more, and to be fair to Osborne, the general public were not only informed of these impending cuts to welfare, but they also actually voted for them!

George Osborne means business

George Osborne means business

We have been promised a budget surplus by 2019 and he has to make inroads into the 90bn pound structural deficit as soon as possible. However this extra 13 billion pounds savings plan, to be implemented across all non-ring-fenced departments, has been brought forward and will begin in earnest.

Clearly the left wing parties will be outraged, they are all anti-austerity for various reasons, but mainly for their own self-interest – cutting civil servants and in some cases whole departments deprives the civil service unions of valuable members and subscriptions. But for the general public it means having to pay less income tax of which large chunks go toward paying interest on our national debts of over 1.5 trillion pounds. In their defence, the left argue that the interest charges on that borrowed money is such a low percentage – due to cheap money and Quantitative Easing – it would be better to fund those civil servants and many other projects. But Osborne knows that low-interest rates cannot last forever, he is fixing the roof whilst the sun is shining – we cannot be certain that another crash will not happen in the next 5 years, stock markets are over inflated, cheap money is helping the big corporations to buy back their shares, creating a bubble in share values – Osborne talks often about his “Long-Term Economic Plan” – but it isn’t just rhetoric – he really does have one and these significant cuts are the proof.

In my next article I shall detail George’s alternative plan to wipe-out the deficit and a third of the national debt in one swift sleight of the hand *intriguing yes?  

He’s back spending English Taxpayer’s money. Gordon Brown, known for his generosity with other people’s cash, pledged to give higher benefit payments to Scotland’s voters if they abandon the SNP and vote Scottish Labour.

No explanation as to Brown’s previous form on this kind of profligacy is required Gordon Brown buys Scottish votes for Labourunless you just happen to have been in a coma for the last 15 years.

At a meeting today in Scotland, Jim Murphy (leader of Scottish Labour) and Gordon Brown exposed their panic driven policies in a desperate attempt to turn Scotland’s voters away from a rampant surge in support of Nichola Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party.

In anticipation of a virtual wipe-out north of the border, potentially losing 40+ MPs in the 2015 General Election,  it seems the imploding Labour party will stop at nothing, even squandering English Taxpayer’s hard-earned money to buy themselves a victory.

This weekend must rank as one of the worst for the Labour Party in the past 5 years.

The broadcasters have seized on press headlines attacking Ed Milibands leadership qualities (or lack of them) and further compounded his woes by quoting many of his detractors in his own party.

Claims that 50% Labour MPs have given up on the forthcoming General Election and instead are readying themselves for a bloody leadership battle after 7th May are credible.

All eyes are looking left, but at The Westminster Wing we see even larger problems looming for the Tories in the run-up to May’s elections.

Sajid Javid BBC Sunday Politics

Sajid Javid BBC Sunday Politics

On the BBCs Sunday Politics Show today, Secretary of State Sajid Javid gave a creditable performance despite Andrew Neil’s ‘Blue Nun’ fuelled aggressive questioning. Political editor of The Sun: Tom Newton Dunn tweeted..

Our own Sir Trev Skint went further:

But, there are only a handful of humble, Tory MPs possessed of the common touch. The vast majority are elitist,  narcissistic and conceited.

Ed Miliband’s bungling of Labour’s election campaign so far, aided by the Tory press, has given these presumptuous types a false sense of populism. It’s palpable, the British voting public will detect it very soon.

Ed Miliband could be in Downing Street through complacency

Ed Miliband could be in Downing Street through complacency

Yes David Cameron can point to improvements in the economy but, people are not feeling the benefits of these policies,  they take time to filter through.

Have the Tories peaked too soon thanks to Miliband’s ham-fisted,  self inflicted, atrocious start to his campaign? Could the voters turn in favour of the Labour underdogs if a large gap appears in the Tories popularity polling?

David Cameron needs to emulate Sajid Javid’s humble performances to reign-in his party’s over-confidence or there could be a dramitic turn in the polls, leading to Justine Thornton measuring up the curtains in Downing Street.

Southern Europe is turning red! With Greece electing the far left Syriza Party, we need to look at the next Spanish general election likely to go the

Syriza and Podremos United

Syriza and Podemos United

same way. Spain is in many ways a more resilient economy than Greece, but the people are just as reactionary, suffering a similar dose of austerity dished out by the current Conservative People’s Party (Conservative (ish),  and their public sector equally as bloated. The Westminster Wing predicts a huge surge for the Podemos (We Can) Party! Follow us for the most intuitive updates available from a British Political Blog.