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Nadine Dorries
So, just what exactly is wrong with being right?
Posted Wednesday, 19 September 2007 at 12:26

The left/right discussions bemuse me, in themselves they cloud the real meaning of politics and the role of government, which is surely to keep the people safe, well and educated. Controlling our borders I place under the heading ‘safe’.

If you are a free marketer and someone who passionately believes in localism - as I do - then local people should be empowered  to take control of their own environment and the rest should take care of itself.

The ‘is global warming a man-made or a natural phenomenon’ argument is irrelevant. If measures are put in place, and it is man made, then we have helped to make the planet cleaner. If it is a natural phenomenon, and we put measures in place, we have helped to make the planet cleaner – it’s a win win situation. 

What local authorities need, is enabling legislation which may, dare I say it, allow them to raise taxes from businesses, if they do not conform to a clean agenda. Before everyone shrieks in horror, no local authority is going to penalise any businesses that can’t afford it, because local authorities want local jobs in order for local people to be able to pay their council tax.

In today’s Guardian, Jonathan Freedland argues that David Cameron has tilted so far to the ‘left’ by talking about issues such as the environment, he has earned the right to er, tilt right.

Since when was the environment left?

Remove the environment from the discussion entirely.

I know what I want to hear David Cameron say at our conference, and it would be described as ‘hard right’. I want him to say what the majority of people say to me on a daily basis.

They want our borders closed, indefinitely, and the missing 500,000 illegal immigrants who have become ‘lost’ in the system to be rounded up and sent back to their countries of origin.

If that country of origin is one in which, should they return, their life will be endangered, then they would become genuine asylum seekers and have a right to reside; if that is the case, we should give generous and open hospitality with tolerance, as has always been our way.

We should place a limit on the time that Eastern Europeans who are already in the country have to stay, say a two year limit, unless they can bring proven skills which we need and become taxpayers from the time of entry.

This would free up the burden on the collapsing NHS; this would allow us to provide an NHS free at the point of use which can represent, once again as part of its values, genuine compassionate care. Compassion is something which many believe is no longer a part of the NHS ethos, as the demand for beds, and the ever increasing through-put of patients, requires nurses and doctors to treat wards as conveyor belts.

I would love to hear David Cameron announce that every hospital will launder uniforms on site and that it will become an instantly dismissible offence for hospital staff to be seen outside of a hospital in uniform. This would state that we would almost wipe out MRSA overnight and stop the endless deaths and disablements caused by bacteria which have thrived in an NHS where everyone is under pressure.

I want him to talk about discipline in schools and ensuring that the brightest children within society, from all walks of life, are encouraged and given the leg-up they need in order to enable them to progress to be the wealth creators of tomorrow. We will not just stop the closure of special schools, but go on to re-open many of those closed, in order to provide a safe environment for children with learning disabilities who need specialist help, which will aslo provide the centres of excellence and training in order that we can once again have the teachers with essential specialist skills.

I want to hear him denounce all evil within the world and hear him say that we are British, a Christian nation with a history of tolerance and compassion, and  one which will not stand by and allow Islamic fundamentalists to produce, and proliferate, a message of hate throughout our society.

I have to stop, coffee break over. I have to see the children from Samuel Whitbread Community College who are visiting Parliament, I can’t wait to meet them!

Samuel Whitbread

That’s the problem with blogging, squeezed in between other things, never enough time!

Matthew Dear said:
Responded: Wednesday, 19 September 2007
It's no concidence that the words 'conservative' and 'conservation' have the same root - Conservatives should be instinctive environmentalists, and something has gone wrong somewhere if they are not.
A Supporter said:
Responded: Wednesday, 19 September 2007
I'd like to see DC address these issues at conference, too. The environment, immigration control, the NHS, education, 'the Islamic question' and the protection of core British values are *the* main issues for many voters. I can't understand why Brown is being allowed to control the agenda to the extent that he does. Let's hope that the forthcoming conference is a turning point.
Ian said:
Responded: Wednesday, 19 September 2007
I don't believe the ordinary man in the street worries that much about political directions. I want a strong open honest government which listens to its people. Government should be there to mould a decent, caring and united society. Unfortunately a skill that seems to be lacking in the present incumbents called Labour.
A Supporter said:
Responded: Wednesday, 19 September 2007
Oh, and I forgot to include crime and social breakdown in the list. Plenty to get stuck into, DC.
Teddy boy said:
Responded: Wednesday, 19 September 2007
Smart blog Nadine. if David Cameron did what you asked he would walk the next general election. as you say, it's what every man, and woman, on the street wants to hear.
Silver Surfer said:
Responded: Wednesday, 19 September 2007
If I were DC I'd take a closer look at those pictures of the Northern Rock queues and start with a few policies that would appeal to the over fifties (the ones without the huge debts).Never mind the 2 million who marched on Whitehall and were ignored by Labour.A few thousand elderly withdrawing their savings was enough to frighten this government into action. Money talks.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Wednesday, 19 September 2007
Couldn't agree more.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Wednesday, 19 September 2007
You should be leader. I suppose because you talk common sense that means it aint gonna happen. Start talking b*****s and then you might stand a chance.
Responded: Wednesday, 19 September 2007
Well said you.Make sure David Cameron reads this.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Thursday, 20 September 2007
Let us see if you and your party have the guts now to say that its unstinting support for waging war upon Iraq was wrong, not pussy-footing around pretending that the real concern is the lack of planning for the aftermath. Sweet words Nadine, that you wish to see an "end to evil in the world", but let's see if you have a backbone.
Mark Wallace said:
Responded: Friday, 21 September 2007
"If measures are put in place, and it is man made, then we have helped to make the planet cleaner. If it is a natural phenomenon, and we put measures in place, we have helped to make the planet cleaner – it’s a win win situation." Not necessarily so, Nadine. If it is a natural phenomenon and measures are put in place that ride roughshod over individual freedom, hobble the free market and damage the economy then we have damaged ourselves for nothing. It is a win-win if you're a socialist - the silver bullet justification for state control and high taxation. Also, you're assuming that the measures put in place will actually help the environment. Look at the EU's Carbon Trading Scheme, which has been disastrous. As a conservative surely you agree that the state tends to do things badly?
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