Wednesday, 30 July 2008
Newly elected area Chairman, James Skinner, is to hold his first monthly CF meeting as Chairman. James had a very progressive and ambitious list of duties for his area. The list included:
1. POST OFFICE CAMPAIGN
2. KNIFE CRIME AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
3. SOCIAL ACTION IN LOCAL SCHOOLS & COMMUNITIES
4. BRISTOL 'CYCLING CITY' CAMPAIGN
5. CF INVOLVEMENT WITH LOCAL SPORT
It will be interesting to see how James goes about completing, or at least attempting to see out his manifesto.
tBg just received this:
"The next CF Monthly Meeting has been arranged for August - take a look at the details below and we sincerely hope to see as many of you there as possible.
Date: Thursday 7 August 2008
Time: 7.30pm onwards
Venue: The Conservative Club, Gloucester
Address: Constitution Walk, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1TH
Parking: Available within the nearby streets, all within walking distance
Guest Speaker: Charles Barnwell - Senior Member of the Conservative Party Board & involved in preparing the Conservative Party for Government.
These are great times to be involved with the Conservative Party and with CF.
Bristol & Gloucestershire CF"
Sunday, 27 July 2008
Top CF'er Clare Hilley has today been elected Treasurer of the
Ben Howlett (Chairman) and Patrick Sullivan (Vice-Chairman) released this statement:
As of close of poll today at 12 noon, I would like to congratulate Clare Hilley, being duly elected to the position of Treasurer.
I would like to thank all three candidates for applying and going through the election.
I would like to explain that it was a very close election between Clare and Stuart Turner. In fact it was a tie, so I tossed a coin and Clare won. Due to the inclusive nature of the club, we would like to keep Stuart involved by asking him if he would like to be the Speaker's Secretary. This is a Junior Role, but one which we hope will become important in the future as we get speakers to come along to our events. I will keep members informed of the progress when I have more information.
We would like to say well done to Ben Gray too, since he came within only a few votes of the tied candidates. We hope Ben will stay involved and members can meet him at the next Dinner.
In terms of the electronic voting, via facebook, this worked out incredibly well and for the first election we had a terrific turnout; above 10% of the membership. We will be using this method for future elections. On a practical level members also come from all across the Country. I do not believe we could have run a fairer election.
Well done to all candidates, and we look forward to working with Clare and Stuart in the future.
Chairman - Returning Officer
Vice Chairman - Vice Returning Officer"
tBg UPDATE 22:40:
Stuart turner is now confirmed as Speakers' Secretary
Saturday, 26 July 2008
David Cameron met with Barack Obama today. They walked around the Houses of Parliament and Westminster. At one point they seemed unaware that a boom mic' was recording their every word.
The conversation went something like this:
"You should be on the beach," Cameron told Obama. "You need a break. Well, you need to be able to keep your head together."
"You've got to refresh yourself," agreed Obama.
"Do you have a break at all?" asked Cameron.
"I have not," said Obama. "I am going to take a week in August. But I agree with you that somebody, somebody who had worked in the White House who -- not Clinton himself, but somebody who had been close to the process -- said that, should we be successful, that actually the most important thing you need to do is to have big chunks of time during the day when all you're doing is thinking. And the biggest mistake that a lot of these folks make is just feeling as if you have to be -- "
"These guys just chalk your diary up," said Cameron, referring to a packed schedule.
"Right," Obama said. "In 15 minute increments …"
"We call it the dentist's waiting room," Cameron said. "You have to scrap that because you've got to have time."
"And, well, and you start making mistakes," Obama said, "or you lose the big picture. Or you lose a sense of, I think you lose a feel-- "
"Your feeling," interrupted Cameron. "And that is exactly what politics is all about. The judgment you bring to make decisions."
"That's exactly right," Obama said. "And the truth is that we've got a bunch of smart people, I think, who know ten times more than we do about the specifics of the topics. And so if what you're trying to do is micromanage and solve everything then you end up being a dilettante but you have to have enough knowledge to make good judgments about the choices that are presented to you."
Source: ABC News
Dont forget to read the truth behind the deplorable lies being circulated about Barack Obama by his enemies at FighttheSmears.com
Barack Obama has made it to London after a lengthly world tour. Obama said he had a "terrific" conversation after a walk-about with the Prime Minister.
On the wars the coalition are fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, Obama said: "I know that the troops here in Great Britain have borne a heavy price for wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan and I think the American people are grateful for all the help that has been provided."
This was largely a photo-op for both men. tBg just hopes Obama didn't give any tips to Gordon Brown on how to enthuse a crowd of 50,000 people, or adjust language/rhetoric so to inspire the millions watching.
Thursday, 24 July 2008
After jet setting across the planet, Barack Obama has landed in Europe, on the last stretch of his tour. tBg would usually begin to moan at this point about carbon footprints, but something more important is happening here.
Obama was in Jordan yesterday talking wars, sand and oil. In his speech he mentioned a few of his foreign policy points:
- Deliberate phased withdrawal is best for security.
- All combat brigades out of Iraq by 2010.
- Increase troop numbers in Afghanistan.
- Consider combat on the Pakistani border.
This slick, center-left, all encompassing corporate brand is about to get some great PR moments. Obama will address an open air crowd in Berlin today, much like JFK did all those years ago. Fox News are reporting that between 100,000 - 1 million people are expected to attend. Who knows what will happen to the polls in the U.S when/if that German crowd begin chanting, "Yes We Can". tBg thinks it could leave McCain dead in the water.
tBg UPDATE 14:50.
Tuesday, 22 July 2008
News is emerging that Christian Bale has been arrested by the Met' for allegedly assaulting his Mother and Sister. The assault supposedly took place at the Dorchester Hotel, the Met' have released a statement about the Welsh actor.
"A 34-year-old man attended a Central London police station this morning and was arrested in connection with an allegation of assault. He currently remains in custody."
tBg doesn't know whether to laugh or cry...
tBg has learned that DC will be on Radio 1's Newsbeat on July 29th. Radio 1 are inviting people to come to their studios to put questions directly to DC.
Radio 1 statement:
"If you fancy meeting Tory leader David Cameron to put your questions directly to him, get in touch.
We're planning to take a few listeners to meet him as part of a special interview for Newsbeat.
You'd need to be free on Tuesday 29 July, be ready with some good questions, but we'd sort out the rest."
Saturday, 19 July 2008
Top CF'er Liza Chantelle talks to tBg about her experiences, knowledge and charity work with regards to knife crime.
“I support Not Another Drop and often go on the marches. I also support local charities such as YCTV that try to get kids away from crime.
My personal experience with knife crime was growing up knowing that a close family member was named James in memory of a young lad who had died trying to break up a fight and was knifed in the process.
The mythological older brother who knows karate is no more, instead its replaced with a youngster of 15 years old who would stand up to a 18year old as they feel no fear to “shank” (stab) him.
On the way to YCTV a charity I do youth work with, my mother and I sat chatting in the car. As we sat in the car listening to the radio we chatted about what a crying shame it was that we had heard on the news about a young lad that had been stabbed… As I arrived at YCTV, I was confronted with the news that it was Kodjo Yenga, someone who I would sit in the same group work with, someone who I congratulated on for doing good work, someone who was a gentle giant with a shy smile. I remembered sobbing so much because it was such a waste, so senseless. Here was a lad trying to go somewhere to get away from knife crime he even did raps about it was taken by people with no respect for life. Going on his memorial march and seeing the sheer devastation that was caused by a knife was overwhelming.
Knife crime now pervades through everyone’s conscious. Recently I had a phone conversation that went like this:
Laughter ... ”Yes … I now why you called… thanks it means a lot to me”
“Your still a fool don’t forget… bye now”
This was the conversation I had with an old friend to check he was ok as someone fitting his description and location was on the news.
The rings till he picked up seemed like forever. How many people clutch the phone in the night waiting for the person to ring up to confirm they are ok? How many more mothers will have to stay wake at night counting the minutes silently until they hear that reassuring key turn in the lock rather then the dreaded policeman’s knock?"
Who commits these crimes and why?
"There’s a Lord of the flies mentality with these children the only way to reach them is to get to their core. I don’t mean this in a furry touchy feely manner. I mean it from a logical viewpoint.
On some estates if you don’t join a gang you get picked on by both gangs... with knife crimes often the initiation into such gangs. So a child may not be inherently evil but feel backed into a corner... If this child then goes to prison for carrying a knife ( I don’t mean using but simply carrying a knife) then we will have prisons over flowing with kids that turn into men in prison, virtually unemployable and then expect great things from them. That’s an oxymoron if ever there was one. Then the kid goes on the same road, same friends this time harder and wiser and a wizard at crime.
There’s no point having a conveyor belt of kids going into prison then being dropped back into the same environment without there core being tackled. What is going on in the heart of the individual to make them act that way? Is it peer pressure in which case the child can be reached or is it something more?
I heard that teachers may be given more powers to search people. “Empty out your pockets” is the most it should amount to. It is not fair that teachers have a mountain of paperwork, steering the future doctor’s lawyer s and...ahem politicians of the future and have to act like an SIA badged security guard. That’s immense pressure and a safety concern. Teachers should be able to let children see the result of crime. I do agree with the idea of people seeing the repercussions of their crimes but it can stretch to others as prevention is better than cure. A teenager’s grasp of death as a concept of no-return can be difficult to ascertain when every moment seems like the be-all and end all when there's such a small time span for retrospect…that comes with age.
Labour put forward youngsters seeing knife wounded victims. Right erm…nice bit of well-meaning but having student doctors look at you without ten wise cracking youngsters gawping. Better the re-formed criminal say why it’s not worth it then that.
I agree with notions such as National service because personally the idea of a mass of youngsters out on the streets in eight years time stigmatized for being a criminal and (then the cycle starts again), is scary.
I know Major Giuliani in the states had success with a one strike and you’re out mode... But is it applicable here? I’m not so sure.
Someone carrying a knife shouldn’t necessarily be put in prison as this doesn’t help a young person they end up being taught an apprenticeship in crime by the lags inside.
As a Conservative, I respect David Cameron and understand the “lock them up and throw away the key” ideology and totally agree for perpetrators of violent crime but worry about the outcome if it’s rolled out to simply (although nothing with knife crime is) possession of a knife.
We have to look at models that may have worked in the past or from other countries."
Stop and search.
"As someone who was recently stopped and searched not for the first time either, I have mixed feelings. I agree with the principle but for anyone who has had it done more than 3 times it is frustrating and depressing especially as it can leave you feeling tainted afterwards, the same way a trip to the headmaster’s office would if you didn’t do anything. When my cousins turned 16, I wearily said “You’re old enough for your first stop and search!!!” (As it’s so common in the black community for young men) Caribbean humour is quite ironic. But the harsh reality is that walking through town and seeing the pop up knife detector arches is a sad reflection on life. However, certain ethnic groups shouldn’t feel or be targeted solely. Now everyone is a victim of knife crime and its all shapes, sizes, creeds that are committing heinous acts.
The buddy system in the states where younger kids get a male/ female mentor to look up as its now not a phenomena that affects young men as girls are being used to “honey trap” victims i.e. lure the lad to a venue where the gang may lie in wait as was highlighted by a recent case where that was said to have been done.
Entrepreneurs’ who go into school to motivate. I read an article about Levi Roots saying he had 500 schools he had to visit and was approx. half way through the list. Here he is a Brixton lad done good and knows what to say and a kid can’t say “it’s alright for you” as they know he struggled. A lot of the times the kids have not gone further than their house, chicken shop, school, club, chicken shop home. All in the same zone increasingly so as many do not even step out of their zone as there is inter-borough rivalry!
So these kids are effectively penned into the negative environment with no- escape route.
Entrepreneurs have to step up to the plate and share their knowledge. It’s unfair to say why should they as these same entrepreneurs know how much they benefit from motivational seminars and coaching so applying a business model to the situation is necessary.
An uninspired child is more of a burden to the community in terms of finance when prison is taken into account then a child inspired who goes on to be an asset to the community and his peers."
Video Game Nasties.
"Giselle Pakeerah, whose son Stefan was murdered allegedly due to the influence of such Games as Manhunt did a campaign on video Game Nasties and no matter the legalities of the case I think she had a point. Back in the day you knew what side right and wrong is, now its blurred to the point that you can stab and shot someone in a videogame and you’re the hero…children playing that in an already messed up situation it doesn’t take a genius to work out that’s not a good combination."
"On Saturdays I do martial Arts the discipline is immense! It seems to be one of the last vestiges of discipline. The dissolution of parental power could be blamed as it seems that parents cannot tell their children off for fear of repercussions. However, the real thing is peer pressure and feeling of inclusion. A gang is inclusion, I hear young people talk about elders and younger’s in some inner-city areas meaning just the elder person in the gang is the one to look up to. To some gangs are complex family structures that offer love (with strings of course), lots of praise and what can be taken to be advice.
David Cameron talked about the role of fathers which is a valid point kids need to look up to someone and many single parents perform the herculean task of being both ma and pa so I would never say anything against them. However, the person I ask about boys to is my Dad, the person who I look up to and want to emulate after my mother is my Dad, Gangs capitalize on this and initiate young people to show love by committing criminal acts foe which they are praised for. Kids are growing up with an “it’s either them or me” mentality."
Broadened horizons about job prospects.
"Many young children don’t know about being a “city boy” but yet they know how to hustle, quick thinkers, amazing with numbers have the gift of the gab but don’t realise that the cunning they employ in “illegal activities” could be harnessed into a more legal trade. That’s not to say anything against those in the city. But you see young lads who would make excellent traders, salesmen but because they don’t realise these things exist they don’t harness there future towards it. Imagine if a city boy came into a school and had the cars, girls etc but did it the legal way! Then sitting in a freezing estate stairwell dealing with their gang hero may lose its sheen after they have heard about the city life in a warm office in Canary wharf.
Some may scoff but these kids are highly intelligent a lot of the time. The anger is their frustration at being stuck in their environment for some – although inexcusable, so why shouldn’t they achieve. Or the famous “I want to be in music” without realising that people can actually be “Entertainment Lawyers” rather than simply making beats.
Kids need to be exposed to a myriad of experiences and when they do well praise for it. If these kids never get praised for anything apart from your gang members? And what if they go home to a dad that WAS the class bully in his time.
And yes youth centres, there needs to be more of. Funding needs to stop being cut and the hoops charities have to jump through to get funding can be immense. I applaud the Duke of Edinburgh scheme and think it should be compulsory. Doing youth work I have seen kids flourish via it.
Overall we have the keys for the future generation but a shot bolt one size fits all prison mantra is not the way."
Thursday, 17 July 2008
Click an image for the full photo.
The hottest place to be last night was Mahiki, London, where the Young Britons Foundation held their annual summer party. tBg has the photographic evidence showing young Tories on the cocktails.
One photo in particular is very interesting, tBg thinks you know which one he's on about.
tBg UPDATE Friday 18 July 2008, 14:59.
tBg just received this.
A real CF branch election is taking place. People know about it and candidates are making public statements about it. Bristol & Gloucestershire deserve a round of applause, the candidates are making the most of democracy and seem to be enjoying themselves whilst taking part.
Laura-Rose Saunders and James Skinner are battling it out for Area Chair'. Laura has turned her blog into a campaign tool with video and text statements, while James has released a statement via Facebook listing campaigns he wants the branch to take on:
1. POST OFFICE CAMPAIGN
CF to support the Bristol Conservatives to strengthen local support for the vital Post Office services across Bristol and South Gloucestershire. Focus on a constituency-wide door-to-door petition. Constituents encouraged to regularly use their local Post Office branches to illustrate that society simply cannot manage without them.
2. KNIFE CRIME AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
CF to help local MPs and PPCs to tackle the growing social issue of knife crime, particularly prevalent amongst youngsters in Britain's modern society. This would be achieved through focused CF campaigns in urban communities to increase awareness to the terrible and tragic consequences of knife crime. Close work with schools and youth groups the key to getting our message across to youngsters.
3. SOCIAL ACTION IN LOCAL SCHOOLS & COMMUNITIES
The standard of education in parts of Bristol has been criticised and CF would look to get involved with projects whereby a difference to the welfare of some of Bristol's most deprived communities would be achieved. Assistance to be given to schools to help maintain or improve facilities and at the same time, to encourage children to make the most from their education.
4. BRISTOL 'CYCLING CITY' CAMPAIGN
CF to support the recent initiative to make Bristol England's first 'Cycling City'. Encouragement for CF members to embrace this scheme by cycling to work or school instead of using their cars. Make CF members aware of the 'Re-Cycling' scheme that repairs bikes and provides them free of charge to deprived communities. Children across the region would also receive cycling training. Whilst being a Government initiative, CF to show cross-party consensus by supporting a scheme which would undoubtedly benefit the City of Bristol and its people.
5. CF INVOLVEMENT WITH LOCAL SPORT
In addition to encouraging people to keep fit by cycling around Bristol as much as possible, CF would establish strong relationships with some of the region's major sporting organisations. Such organisations as Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, Bristol Rugby Club and the two major football clubs, Bristol City and Bristol Rovers, would be a great way for CF to reach out to a larger proportion of society. CF volunteers to also assist with the running of the Bristol City Half Marathon, held every September."
tBg wishes the best of luck to both candidates.
Wednesday, 16 July 2008
David Cameron and Barack Obama seem to have found common ground. DC has today backed Barack Obama over Obama's claim that black fathers need to take more responsibility over their children. Obama says that absent black fathers are behaving like teenagers and shirking their responsibilities.
In an interview for the Guardian, DC insists the appalling discrimination and economic disadvantage black people experience have to be recognised and changed. DC added, "I think he's (Obama) absolutely right. I mean I think it's a very brave thing to do. And it will have a huge influence that he has said it. I've had a number of meetings with black church leaders who make the same point. They are concerned about family breakdown and social breakdown, and want to see what I call a responsibility revolution take place."
tBg is very pleased to see a new hugely influential black figure on the political scene, and hopes more black issues can now be addressed without accusations of racism being thrown about.
Monday, 14 July 2008
Newly elected Chair' of Cities of London and Westminster Conservative Future, Edward Hallam (pictured above at the CLWCF launch in Spring 2006), is having very serious accusations made against him today.
tBg just received this:
"Edward Hallam joined as a ‘support role’ and continued a sustained campaign of bullying, scheming and even at times lying to get people kicked of the committee.
The people he got sacked on the brutal path to power within the first three months (of CLWCF) were:
- Ben Heppenstall, social secretary (sacked by text and was so upset he moved to Liverpool!)
- Emily Clifton, Press secretary (sacked via text message)
- Rohan Mcculloch, events (Sacked via phone)
- Steven George, former vice-Chairman (Pushed out))".
Tory Bear reported yesterday on some paid up members of CLWCF not receiving ballot papers, or being alerted to CLWCF's AGM. tBg can confirm this story as fact.
tBg's source added:
"...Interesting how he (Hallam) has gone up the ranks don’t you think? I am a fully paid member and they have definitely not sent me a ballot paper or even notification that an AGM was coming up, this election is a cold calculated farce designed to get Hallam into Parliament."
The Evening Standard is reporting that leading moderniser and tBg favorite Ed Vaizey is set for a leg up the ladder in David Cameron's shadow cabinet. Others in line for promotion include Maria Miller and CF organiser Justine Greening.
Vaizey, who regularly takes part on The Wright Stuff on FIVE, caused "shock" and "raised eyebrows" after taking herbal Viagra LIVE on TV (pictured above) - albeit it was interpreted as a shocking, eyebrow raising event in a Daily Mail report (so no surprises there).
tBg thought it was brilliant, and more Tory MP's should take herbal Viagra on LIVE TV.
53% of Britons polled for the Guardian/ICM believe Barack Obama would make the best president, with just 11% in favor of a John McCain presidency.
Obama is scheduled to be in the U.K on July 25th or 26th, when he plans to meet with David Cameron, in an aim is to counter accusations from McCain that he lacks foreign experience.
"The survey, carried out late last week, found that Obama's support is strongest among male voters - 57% of whom want him to be president. There are small regional variations in support: 50% back him in the south-east, against 57% in the north of England. But overall enthusiasm for an Obama presidency is solid across people of all ages and backgrounds. Unlike the US, there is no evidence of young Britons being keener on Obama than older people."
Meanwhile, liberal mag' The New Yorker's latest edition has Obama and his wife depicted as Islamic terrorits...
Last week Fox News also got into trouble after stating that Barack and Michelle Obama were greeting each other with a "terrorist's fist jab". This depiction was supposed to be a satirical swipe at this, and at crazy rumours which Obama's enemies have been circulating on the Internet that continue to allege that Obama is a Muslim, a "Muslim plant" in a conspiracy against America.
Obama has set up a website to fight these outrages claims at www.fightthesmears.com
Sunday, 13 July 2008
tBg wants to share this hilarious website with you.
stuffwhitepeoplelike.com is a site that, well, lists what white people like, with very funny blurbs. It's definitely worth a looksy.
The site lists such things as: comparing people to Hitler, sweaters, multilingual children, expensive sandwiches, making you feel bad about not going outside, marijuana, and Barack Obama.
Saturday, 12 July 2008
tBg just received this:
"As you may well be aware, CLWCF recently held its AGM to elect an Executive for the 2008-2009 term.
At this point it is apt to pause and reflect on how far we've come in the last year. Twelve months ago there was no CLWCF, but under the sound leadership of outgoing Chairman Sam Billett the society was refounded and rapidly built up to become a flagship branch. Over the last year we've campaigning in seats across London, for Boris, and as far afield as Crewe and Nantwich. Our social action programme is an inspiration to the National Management Executive, and our famed Star Socials are a fixture on the London scene. For all this, we owe Sam, and the outgoing Executive, a deep debt of thanks.
Looking to the future, the following members we duly elected to their respective posts:
Edward Hallam - Chairman
Victoria Parker - Vice-Chairman
Patrick Sullivan - Treasurer
Alice Wilcox - Social Secretary
Lucinda Wilson - Assistant Social Secretary
Fana Harper-Tyson - Social Action Secretary
Dolly Theis - Hon. Secretary.
Mark Field MP was returned as our President, with Sam Billett elected as his Vice-President.
The new executive have many plans to build on the success of the Billett era and we look forward to revealing them soon!
After yesterday's disgraceful display at the U.N Security Council, tBg tube is now showing two short films. The films expose the Russian and Chinese regime's despicable human rights record, intimidation, war crimes and oppression of their citizens.
tBg tube. Watch.
Friday, 11 July 2008
Breaking news tonight that Mugabe's regime in Zimbabwe will not face U.N sanctions. It seems the evil dictator has some friends, the sanctions were vetoed by China and Russia. Measures would of included a travel ban, freeze of assets and an arms embargo.
tBg knows Russia and China are crooks, but this is just sickening. This is a huge embarrassment for the U.N Security Council in failing to act, yet again, against a regime that rape, torture and murder it's own people because it doesn't wish to relinquish power.
Downing Street said "this is a disappointing result and a missed opportunity".
tBg thinks this is an absolute bloody disgrace to the human race.
Countries that voted in favor of sanctions were: Belgium, Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, Croatia, France, Italy, Panama, UK and the United States.
The countries that voted against sanctions were: China, Libya, Russia, South Africa and Vietnam.
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