Saturday, 30 August 2008
Now, tBg has seen some political speech grandstanding in his time, but nothing like he saw early Friday morning. In front of 80,000 people or so, Obama brought people to tears with what was a greatest mandate for a different America. He vowed to cut taxes for nearly all working-class families, end the war in Iraq and break America's dependence on Mideast oil within a decade. By contrast, he said, "John McCain has voted with President Bush 90 percent of the time," a scathing indictment of his Republican rival on health care, education, the economy and more.
tBg has been waiting a very long time for a leading U.S. politician to state the following as Obama did - "For over two decades, he's (McCain) subscribed to that old, discredited Republican philosophy - give more and more to those with the most and hope that prosperity trickles down to everyone else. In Washington, they call this the Ownership Society, but what it really means is - you're on your own. Out of work? Tough luck. No health care? The market will fix it. Born into poverty? Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps - even if you don't have boots. You're on your own."
On Terror - "While Senator McCain was turning his sights to Iraq just days after 9/11, I stood up and opposed this war, knowing that it would distract us from the real threats we face. When John McCain said we could just "muddle through" in Afghanistan, I argued for more resources and more troops to finish the fight against the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11, and made clear that we must take out Osama bin Laden and his lieutenants if we have them in our sights. John McCain likes to say that he'll follow bin Laden to the Gates of Hell - but he won't even go to the cave where he lives."
And what brought the house down, and surely had people at home applauding was Obama ripping apart McCain's politics without being derogatory towards the 72-year old.
"But what I will not do is suggest that the Senator takes his positions for political purposes. Because one of the things that we have to change in our politics is the idea that people cannot disagree without challenging each other's character and patriotism.
The times are too serious, the stakes are too high for this same partisan playbook. So let us agree that patriotism has no party. I love this country, and so do you, and so does John McCain. The men and women who serve in our battlefields may be Democrats and Republicans and Independents, but they have fought together and bled together and some died together under the same proud flag. They have not served a Red America or a Blue America - they have served the United States of America.
So I've got news for you, John McCain. We all put our country first."
Thursday, 28 August 2008
Another day, another barnstormer. Joe Biden, Obama's running mate, layed into John McCain early this morning (GMT) and sold the idea of a Barack Obama Presidecy. On foreign policy Biden blew the Republicans out of the water:
"...Despite being complicit in this catastrophic foreign policy, John McCain says Barack Obama isn’t ready to protect our national security. Now, let me ask you: whose judgment should we trust? Should we trust John McCain’s judgment when he said only three years ago, “Afghanistan-we don’t read about it anymore because it’s succeeded”? Or should we trust Barack Obama, who more than a year ago called for sending two additional combat brigades to Afghanistan?
The fact is, al-Qaida and the Taliban-the people who actually attacked us on 9/11-have regrouped in those mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan and are plotting new attacks. And the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff echoed Barack’s call for more troops.
John McCain was wrong. Barack Obama was right.
Should we trust John McCain’s judgment when he rejected talking with Iran and then asked: What is there to talk about? Or Barack Obama, who said we must talk and make it clear to Iran that its conduct must change.
Now, after seven years of denial, even the Bush administration recognizes that we should talk to Iran, because that’s the best way to advance our security.
Again, John McCain was wrong. Barack Obama was right.
Should we trust John McCain’s judgment when he says there can be no timelines to draw down our troops from Iraq-that we must stay indefinitely? Or should we listen to Barack Obama, who says shift responsibility to the Iraqis and set a time to bring our combat troops home?
Now, after six long years, the Bush administration and the Iraqi government are on the verge of setting a date to bring our troops home.
John McCain was wrong. Barack Obama was right.
Again and again, on the most important national security issues of our time, John McCain was wrong, and Barack Obama was proven right."
Biden went on to set out social and economic plans for the USA:
"I profoundly disagree with the direction that John (McCain) wants to take the country. For example,
John (McCain) thinks that during the Bush years “we’ve made great progress economically.” I think it’s been abysmal.
And in the Senate, John (McCain) sided with President Bush 95 percent of the time. Give me a break. When John McCain proposes $200 billion in new tax breaks for corporate America, $1 billion alone for just eight of the largest companies, but no relief for 100 million American families, that’s not change; that’s more of the same.
Even today, as oil companies post the biggest profits in history-a half trillion dollars in the last five years-he wants to give them another $4 billion in tax breaks. But he voted time and again against incentives for renewable energy: solar, wind, biofuels. That’s not change; that’s more of the same.
Millions of jobs have left our shores, yet John (McCain) continues to support tax breaks for corporations that send them there. That’s not change; that’s more of the same.
He voted 19 times against raising the minimum wage. For people who are struggling just to get to the next day, that’s not change; that’s more of the same.
And when he says he will continue to spend $10 billion a month in Iraq when Iraq is sitting on a surplus of nearly $80 billion, that’s not change; that’s more of the same.
The choice in this election is clear. These times require more than a good soldier; they require a wise leader, a leader who can deliver change-the change everybody knows we need.
Barack Obama will deliver that change. Barack Obama will reform our tax code. He’ll cut taxes for 95 percent of the American people who draw a paycheck. That’s the change we need.
Barack Obama will transform our economy by making alternative energy a genuine national priority, creating 5 million new jobs and finally freeing us from the grip of foreign oil. That’s the change we need.
Barack Obama knows that any country that out teaches us today will out-compete us tomorrow. He’ll invest in the next generation of teachers. He’ll make college more affordable. That’s the change we need.
Barack Obama will bring down health care costs by $2,500 for the typical family, and, at long last, deliver affordable, accessible health care for all Americans. That’s the change we need.
Barack Obama will put more cops on the streets, put the “security” back in Social Security and never give up until we achieve equal pay for women. That’s the change we need."
Wednesday, 27 August 2008
Hillary Clinton delivered a barnstorming speech last night at the DNC in Denver, USA. In what was probably the biggest speech of her political career, she certainly brought her A game and pulled it off. She can now not be blamed if Obama loses, and if Obama wins will probably get a job in his administration.
Sighting that a Democrat administration is the only way the U.S. can proress into the future. Universal Healthcare for every man woman and child, creating new American green industries, a government that finally believes in science, to fight for a America that is defined by deep and meaningful equality, from civil rights to labour rights, from women’s rights to gay rights.
Clinton went on to say, "We need to elect Barack Obama, because we need a president who understands that America can’t compete in the global economy by padding the pockets of energy speculators while ignoring the workers whose jobs have been shipped overseas.
We need a president who understands we can’t solve the problems of global warming by giving windfall profits to the oil companies while ignoring opportunities to invest in the new technologies that will build a green economy.
We need a president who understands that the genius of America has always depended on the strength and vitality of the middle class.
Barack Obama began his career fighting for workers displaced by the global economy. He built his campaign on a fundamental belief that change in this country must start from the ground up, not the top down.
And he knows that government must be about “we the people,” not “we the favored few.”
And when Barack Obama is in the White House, he’ll revitalize our economy, defend the working people of America, and meet the global challenges of our times.
John McCain says the economy is fundamentally sound. John McCain doesn’t think 47 million people without health insurance is a crisis. John McCain wants to privatize Social Security. And in 2008, he still thinks it’s OK when women don’t earn equal pay for equal work.
Now, with an agenda like that, it makes perfect sense that George Bush and John McCain will be together next week in the Twin Cities, because these days they’re awfully hard to tell apart."
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Friday, 22 August 2008
Saturday, 16 August 2008
Tory Boyz premiered at the Soho Theater last night. The play is described as 'a bold and acerbic political comedy' about a guy called Sam. Sam's family have no trouble accepting that he is gay, but are more accepting that he is a Conservative.
Written by James Graham, who went on a journey to find out about Edward Heath, who's sexuality is big question mark in certain circles, if you actually give a toss? In an interview with Pink News Graham says he was surprised about how many Tories are working class and gay, challenging the liberals view which has dogged our party for decades. tBg at this point would of told James Graham - 'no shit Sherlock'. David Cameron is the most elitist leader we've had in decades. That liberal lie by the way, really makes tBg's blood boil. Since the days of Thatcher (which shattered the post war, cross-Party Socialist consensus), Tories are essentially free market libertarians, you can come from any background or lifestyle and believe in our principles.
Graham also states "It's boring to just bash the Tories, that's been done. It's far more interesting to challenge the liberal perception of Conservatives."
Thursday, 14 August 2008
tBg has conducted a Q&A session with CF National Chair' Michael Rock. The session is as follows:
Q. How was your day?
A. "Not too shabby at all. Busy but managed to play football at lunchtime and have just finished (half six pm) so a fairly early departure."
Q. What did you have for lunch?
A. "A chicken and avocado sandwich (brown bread), fresh orange juice, an apple and a banana, appropriately enough :)"
Q. Why were the CLCWF elections not promoted via Facebook or email - as electronic communication is the way all young people keep abreast of events in the 21st Century, not by Royal Mail?
A. "As you will probably appreciate, I'm not involved in the minutiae of every AGM.
From what I understand, the election was ran by the Association, who dispatched the letters as per the National Elections to all 'actual' members. I have not seen anything to refute this and the initial complaint has not been received at Ebury St.
In hindsight, it may have been wiser to email the 'actual' membership list but Facebook groups do not reflect the actual membership: This is a problem we face at a national level so I understand the logistical difficulties. I have yet to see any formal complaints: if any member feels specifically aggrieved, please email me (email@example.com)"
Q. With heinsight do you think they should of been handled differently?
A. "Yes, I have yet to see any process that is perfect, very few things in life cannot be improved upon. I've not actually seen any substantive evidence that there is an uproar about this. Do you know how many 'actual' members didn't receive the letter announcing the AGM?"
Q. Is it true that all area chairmen will be scrapped in October replaced by regional co-ordinators responsible for the whole of the UK? if that's the case then please can you give the membership an answer as to why?
"No, that isn't true. We are looking at how to improve engagement across the country and strengthen CF for the long term, through certain means. Anyone elected will serve the term they stood for."
Q. What (other) plans do you have for the rest of your term?
A. "We're pushing the National Campaign days from September, on the basis of regional days to improve turnout.
Working Life is being re-engineered, CFSAN will continue to be supported as will the Student Life working group. Steve is developing the CF Councillors' Group so we can be encourage and support existing councillors, recruit more potential councillors and improve our chances of winning local elections.
Branch development is a given and we have seen some great new branches start up, from Liverpool to Milton Keynes to Westminster University. Training will be encouraged across the country, starting with the CF Activist Training at Conference, to better enable us to make a positive impact at the next General Election.
The Freshers' season will see the launch of a campaign closer ties to certain pressure groups to push the political agenda for CF and raise our profile.
Conference is going to be tremendous this year with four specific events organised by CF and a range of events that we will be encouraging CF'ers to attend.
Beyond that and not yet specified, we are developing ideas for more regional action days, national events and the Christmas Party."
Q. Do you consider your time so far as Chair' a success and what he would change?
A. "I think overall it has been successful. I am frustrated in the sense that we haven't been able to implement more of the plans we had but all for the good of the Conservative Party: the London Mayoral Elections and three by-elections have given us the opportunity to show how effective we can be and how well the Party is doing.
The press coverage has been good, there is television interest and the emergence of new blogs relating to CF has shown that we are all doing a good job.
There is a significant amount still to do but I would like to thank the Executive and the members for all the support they have shown. CF is growing, the membership is refreshing and we are evolving into an organisation that can make a significant impact on the national political scene.
I wouldn't particularly change anything I've done but I would prefer to have done more, communicated more and visited more branches."
Q. What the hell are you doing in that picture in the FT?
A. "Haha! Out of all the photographs he took, he chose the one where I was asking him a direct question, which was something like "Can you see the things in my pocket?"! Not a bad photo though, it's probably more 'me' than a straight portrait..."
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
tBg understands there is speculation that the CF Area Chair' role is to be replaced with Regional Coordinators. Presumably by regional, they mean North West, South East, Scotland etc. How one person is supposed to keep everyone in such vast swathes of land happy is unsure. However, this shake-up could prove vital into bringing many branches together on a more national level, and in the end improve relations on a wider scale.
According to conservativefuture.com there are 41 area chair' positions in CF, but there are 12 regions in the UK. tBg could probably remember 12 chairs' off by heart, but he ashamedly admits he doesn't know all 41 area chairs' off by heart.
We all know there is a problem with national communication. tBg suggests being really radical and taking it to the next level for a real grassroots approach to national representation. Maybe each regional chair' should sit on the NME with duties appointed by the elected national Chair' (example: Joe Bloggs elected for North West - Appointed Duties; Social Action). So in affect a CF'er would have a vote for a Chairman, and a vote for Chair' in their region who they believe would best represent on the National Management Executive. Or maybe the careerists John Moorcraft talks about wouldn't be too happy with that? Just a thought.
Tuesday, 12 August 2008
It seems the website, London's Pin, has been removed by its editor. tBg is unclear why this is. However it is clear that this site was a smear tactic by someone (some people) towards a reporter at London Spin. This should not be tolerated within our ranks. If it had been set up by the Labour Party, then fair play. tBg and ToryBear have never posted any personal information about people without permission and don't use smear tactics against other CF members - and never will.
tBg and ToryBear are here to serve CF with light hearted discussion, jokes, in depth debate (or at least attempt to) and hold branches, Chairs' & CCHQ to account when serious questions are raised about them. Posts on both sites never go LIVE without comprehensive investigation into the story.
Monday, 11 August 2008
Has anyone sighted Monkey With a Blue Rosette? His last post was on July 15, when he had to state he was not dead. He also sounded pretty uptight and in trouble, as follows:
"I had to fake my death in order to comply with an important project, the details of which I cannot reveal at the moment. I will be returning to England soon, as I'm abroad (where, I cannot say, as that's classified). On my return, I will explain (if I get permission) why I had to fake my own death, what I've been doing and my future as the number one commentator on Conservative beastiality! ...
Now, does anyone know the North Korean word for bribe?"
If anyone is heading to North Korea shortly, email tBg and he will send you some missing primate flyer's for you to stick around Pyongyang.
He kept this quiet. It seems CF Chair' Michael Rock will be swimming at the Olympics. His personal best results to this day are as follows:
100m Butterfly 52.28 (08) BR (YES, that's a British Record)
200m Butterfly 1:56.92 (08)
100m Butterfly 53.66 (07)
200m Butterfly 1:56.72 (07)
tBg thought he was looking a bit fit these days. ;)
It's that time of year again. Peterborough is holding it's annual Park Ward Hog Roast. CF'ers are encouraged to attend this event which sees a whole hog getting the roasted treatment & booze coming out of your ears.
Last time tBg was there the entertainment consisted of a 13year old boy who thought he was a cross between Jesus Christ and Mark Owen. Needless to say, tBg and another CF'er drunk Punch until the sound drowned out and all we could hear was our own laughter. However, it is all good fun and one hell of a bank holiday feast.
Contact for this event is Peterborough City Council Leader, John Peach - firstname.lastname@example.org.
tBg is also aware of a massive beer festival on that weekend in Peterborough...
You just won't get this sort of comedy anymore. The video (Def Comedy Jam, 1980's) relates to the first time tBg watched Bernie Mac, and loved him ever since. The comedian spent years as a stand-up before breaking into Hollywood. Bernie Mac, whom starred in films such as Charlie's Angels and Transformers also starred in his own TV show, died of complications from pneumonia.
Sunday, 10 August 2008
John McCain has offered his wife to a topless beauty pageant. The shock announcement came while he was on some boring stage in South Dakota.
McCain said: "I was looking at the Sturgis schedule, and noticed that you had a beauty pageant, so I encouraged Cindy to compete". Although Cindy is a rather apt name for a model, tBg doesn't think she would be best pleased with this announcement. This is a whole new realm in political campaigning, never before has a candidate offered to let his wife go topless for votes.
It just goes to show how disjointed and rudderless McCain's campaign is. Does this guy actually have any researchers?
Saturday, 9 August 2008
It seems a comment left on this website has caused outrage in some sections. tBg understands that the comment is upsetting for ABB. It is also true that tBg reprimanded the comment as much as he could without censoring it.
As ToryBear reported, tBg received this email from ABB last night. tBg allows all comments without moderation adhering to our belief in freedom of speech thus not reflecting tBg's view in any way. Our statement of intent is reflected in the quotes on tBg's banner. tBg believes that this is essential and organic, i.e. For every bad comment, you will have comments of support. However, one partiucular sentence about ABB's sex life does contain accusations which are untrue and quite frankly nobody's business even if they were true. What other people get up to in that sense has nothing to do with what CF is about.
Nor is this true...
tBg has never mentioned ABB and Richardson is the same sentence until now. Though different in language, tone and rather tongue in cheek, this is still an untruth. Should it be removed? tBg doesn't think so.
tBg believes the comment on this site reflects the disgraceful attitudes that exist in parts of out ranks toward human sexuality and other differences. tBg actually believes human sexuality is fluid and not necessarily gay or straight etc. We should know these bullying tactics exist in order to fight them. We can't fight horrible attitudes if we don't know about them.
tBg is a fan of ABB, tBg believes her to be a very lovely young lady with a bright future in our Party. tBg also asks you all to play nicely.
Friday, 8 August 2008
Thursday, 7 August 2008
tBg is receiving news this morning of emails, approaches by officials, meetings and rumors about the next set of CF elections. tBg doesn't yet have anything concrete, but tBg wants to alert you all about the wheels being in motion for two particular CF'ers.
tBg has also received news that Matthew Richardson is not running for Chair', but backing another candidate.
More to follow...
Tuesday, 5 August 2008
Never mind the air quality, or fear of terrorism, it's the Chinese people that are in desperate need due to their own Communist government.
There was talk of some countries boycotting the Olympics, which would of ruined many athletes Summer. However, shouldn't the real questions and concern be with Chinese people whom have lost their homes (without compensation) due to the creation of Olympic institutions and stadiums. Or their inability to protest against their ruler because the leaders demand them to conform, and when they do protest those people suddenly disappear.
The influx of the free media in China is turning into bit of a nightmare for the regime. tBg understands a Sky News reporter received these text messages yesterday - "Today, between three and four thirty, two groups of us were handcuffed and forced into police cars with no number plates," read one. Another wrote: "They forced a group of us out the back door and into a waiting bus. Now I've been held illegally for forty hours."
tBg will be following the Chinese regime very closely for the next month. tBg will expose the disgraceful treatment of it's citizens.
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