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display: block; height: 40px; margin: 0px auto 10px; text-align: center; width: 400px;" /></a><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2787283052819380346-3096791711065049673?l=www.torybear.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.torybear.com/2010/12/and-so-it-came-to-pass.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Harry Cole)3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2787283052819380346.post-2460560734605756987Sun, 05 Dec 2010 18:35:00 +00002010-12-05T18:35:02.555ZNUSAaron Porter's Message to All Students<object height="400" width="500"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/vFxBhWuLK-Y?fs=1&amp;hl=en_GB"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/vFxBhWuLK-Y?fs=1&amp;hl=en_GB" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="500" height="400"></embed></object><br /><br /><i>"I'm stuck between the rock of never having the political career I dream of, and the hard place of actually having opinion..."</i><br /><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">Via <a href="http://thethirdestate.net/2010/12/aaron-porters-message-to-all-students/">The Third Estate</a>.&nbsp;</span><i> </i><br /><br /><a href="http://my.yougov.com/register.aspx?referral=987774b8-2858-4cdc-8f54-90a60007564f" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5378378282498684354" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/SqPWjVQCdcI/AAAAAAAAC1w/CwA2yuH8olE/s400/yougovad.png" style="cursor: pointer; display: block; height: 40px; margin: 0px auto 10px; text-align: center; width: 400px;" /></a><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2787283052819380346-2460560734605756987?l=www.torybear.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.torybear.com/2010/12/aaron-porters-message-to-all-students.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Harry Cole)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2787283052819380346.post-1052666086618168061Fri, 26 Nov 2010 12:41:00 +00002010-11-26T12:41:59.179ZYBF 7 - TB's Last SpeechIt's that time of year again when the Young Britons' Foundation hold their annual conference, this year it's going international with a delegation from the States coming too.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/TO-qtJbfzqI/AAAAAAAAEIQ/s03o0Bu4ebQ/s1600/ybf.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="182" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/TO-qtJbfzqI/AAAAAAAAEIQ/s03o0Bu4ebQ/s400/ybf.jpg" width="400" /></a></div>TB will be speaking, probably for the last time under such&nbsp;pseudonym, and the whole weekend is always a good laugh as well as a brilliant chance to hear and learn from the brightest and biggest names on the right.<br /><i><br /></i><br /><i>Get your tickets and find out who else is speaking etc <a href="http://www.ybf.org.uk/2010/10/11/ybf7-annual-activist-training-conference/">here</a>.</i><br /><br /><a href="http://my.yougov.com/register.aspx?referral=987774b8-2858-4cdc-8f54-90a60007564f" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5378378282498684354" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/SqPWjVQCdcI/AAAAAAAAC1w/CwA2yuH8olE/s400/yougovad.png" style="cursor: pointer; display: block; height: 40px; margin: 0px auto 10px; text-align: center; width: 400px;" /></a><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2787283052819380346-1052666086618168061?l=www.torybear.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.torybear.com/2010/11/ybf-7-tbs-last-speech.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Harry Cole)3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2787283052819380346.post-7661829347221123823Fri, 12 Nov 2010 12:17:00 +00002010-11-12T12:33:12.112ZAaron's Warped RealityAaron Porter has rambled on once again about the <a href="http://www.labourlist.org/aaron-porter-fund-our-future">"tiny minority</a>" of trouble makers, that included his own NUS committee members. The following were witnessed or photographed at the riot outside Millbank<br /><br />Mark Bergfeld, NUS NEC<br />Vicki Baars, NUS LGBT Officer<br />Sean Rillo Raczka, NUS NEC Mature Students’ Rep<br />Alan Bailey, NUS LGBT Officer<br />Kanjay Sesay, NUS Black Students' Officer<br />Matt Bond, NUS Disabled Ctte<br /><br />One question Aaron. Does this look like tiny?<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/TN0ubROXIII/AAAAAAAAEII/Su3hTs_Lssk/s1600/tiny.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="310" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/TN0ubROXIII/AAAAAAAAEII/Su3hTs_Lssk/s640/tiny.jpg" width="500" /></a></div>The NUS President is clearly delusional if he thinks he is not to blame for what happened. He's clearly been hanging out too much with other delusional "it wasn't me guv" types, like disgraced expenses crook and former Labour MP Shahid Malik who he invited on the march:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/TN0vjFFVikI/AAAAAAAAEIM/LVrSOAQsdFA/s1600/crook.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/TN0vjFFVikI/AAAAAAAAEIM/LVrSOAQsdFA/s1600/crook.jpg" /></a></div><br /><i>Just do the right thing Aaron and man up.</i><br /><br /><a href="http://my.yougov.com/register.aspx?referral=987774b8-2858-4cdc-8f54-90a60007564f" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5378378282498684354" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/SqPWjVQCdcI/AAAAAAAAC1w/CwA2yuH8olE/s400/yougovad.png" style="display: block; height: 40px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; margin-top: 0px; text-align: center; width: 400px;" /></a><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2787283052819380346-7661829347221123823?l=www.torybear.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.torybear.com/2010/11/aarons-warped-reality.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Harry Cole)8tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2787283052819380346.post-6282913814275994546Thu, 11 Nov 2010 15:20:00 +00002010-11-11T18:01:15.411ZCF Splits on PorterA pretty pathetic statement from CF concerning yesterday's riot at CCHQ. Ben Howlett who has boasted before of his closeness to Aaron Porter refused to call from him to go despite the pleas of his executive. The official wet line is:<br /><blockquote>"As representatives of the Conservative Party's student organisation we<br />welcome the NUS' comdenation of those individuals who hijacked yesterdays<br />protest and committed serious acts of violence and mindless vandalism<br />during yesterday's protests. We now look forward to them taking swift<br />action against those NUS officers who played their part.<br /><br />"And we call on the leaders of the NUS to recognise the fact that the vast<br />majority of students, who did not attend yesterdays’ protest, do believe<br />that those looking to enter university should share in paying for the cost<br />of their tuition."</blockquote>However <a href="http://www.thehilleyblog.com/2010/11/porter-should-resign.html">Vice Chairman Clare Hilley</a> has stuck the boot in:<br /><blockquote>"Hollow sound bites and pathetic excuses from the organisation’s President Aaron Porter speak volumes about just how out of touch the NUS is with it’s members. The only way to draw a line under this tragic state of events is for its current President to do the right thing and step down."</blockquote><i>Those officials look set to be named and shamed....</i><br /><i><br /></i><br />Update: Ben says he want Porter to go, he just didn't seem to have put that bit in the statement.<br /><br /><a href="http://my.yougov.com/register.aspx?referral=987774b8-2858-4cdc-8f54-90a60007564f" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5378378282498684354" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/SqPWjVQCdcI/AAAAAAAAC1w/CwA2yuH8olE/s400/yougovad.png" style="cursor: pointer; display: block; height: 40px; margin: 0px auto 10px; text-align: center; width: 400px;" /></a><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2787283052819380346-6282913814275994546?l=www.torybear.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.torybear.com/2010/11/cf-splits-on-porter.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Harry Cole)10tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2787283052819380346.post-5873984054909130673Thu, 11 Nov 2010 07:07:00 +00002010-11-11T08:35:54.436ZAaron PorterNUSPressure Mounts on NUS President Aaron Porter<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/TNui8i9TGFI/AAAAAAAAEIE/Cn7kngAnRJQ/s1600/porter.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="467" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/TNui8i9TGFI/AAAAAAAAEIE/Cn7kngAnRJQ/s640/porter.jpg" width="500" /></a></div>This letter landed in TB's inbox this morning and he is sure that the ringleader of yesterday's fun and games - the President of the National Union of Students - Aaron Porter a) did not sleep well last night, and b) will face the wrath of those students who wanted to protest peacefully.<br /><br />Aaron Porter's appalling planning of yesterday's protest has left the already bruised reputation of the NUS in tatters and to suggest that Mr Porter could be allowed to oversee another such demonstration is laughable.<br /><br />He was in charge, and as soon as it went wrong he did a runner, sending a mere tweet, spinning that it was just a<a href="http://twitter.com/AaronPorter/status/2383503236800512"> couple of bad eggs</a>. <i>The truth is there were thousands of students he could not control.</i><br /><br />It was immediately clear that he could not, and had not, properly briefed the police with exactly who he had invited, and in many cases bussed in, to his big day.<br /><blockquote><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;">Aaron Porter</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;">President of the National Union of Students</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;">4th Floor 184-192</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;">Drummond Street</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;">London NW1 3HP</span></div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;">Andre Walker</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;">████ █, ██ ████████ ██████</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;">London</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;">████ ███</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;">10th November 2010</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;">Dear Mr Porter,</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;">I want to bitterly complain about the behaviour of yourself and your staff. I attended today’s protest as a civil servant and a Birkbeck College student. My efforts to join you were met with abuse and threats of violence. I think the level of violence and intimidation is well known to you so I will not elaborate further.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;">In my view, you should resign as you failed to properly control your event. I am appalled by the fact that you left the scene and spent time conducting media interviews while you should have been taking responsibility for the violence and hatred you unleashed. It was also sad to see that your cowardice in this matter was followed by your stewards, all of whom had retreated when the risk to the public was greatest.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;">I think that in this difficult period real leadership is best displayed by having the decency to admit you were wrong and accept the consequences. Can you imagine the NUS limping on with you in charge?</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;">Should you wish to discuss this with me personally my number is 07███ ███ ███.</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;">Yours in sadness,</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;"><br /></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;">Andre Walker</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;">Birkbeck College Student</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;">Postgraduate Journalism</span></blockquote>TB feels it could be a tricky day for Mr President, he spoke to him briefly yesterday in the Sky News studios and Mr Porter was&nbsp;adamant&nbsp;he was not going to blame the police. If that is the case then who else could possibly be responsible for such a spectacular cock-up? The police say they were not warned. <i>Why not Aaron?</i><br /><i><br /></i><br /><i>Can Aaron Porter be sure that no NUS hacks were involved in the destruction of Millbank Tower and 30 Millbank?</i><br /><br /><a href="http://my.yougov.com/register.aspx?referral=987774b8-2858-4cdc-8f54-90a60007564f" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5378378282498684354" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/SqPWjVQCdcI/AAAAAAAAC1w/CwA2yuH8olE/s400/yougovad.png" style="cursor: pointer; display: block; height: 40px; margin: 0px auto 10px; text-align: center; width: 400px;" /></a><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2787283052819380346-5873984054909130673?l=www.torybear.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.torybear.com/2010/11/pressure-mounts-on-nus-president-aaron.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Harry Cole)18tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2787283052819380346.post-6805307001166054968Tue, 09 Nov 2010 18:00:00 +00002010-11-09T18:08:10.060Z9th November 1989<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/TNmNuwgr01I/AAAAAAAAEIA/tcpgEGhPZso/s1600/wall.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" height="374" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/TNmNuwgr01I/AAAAAAAAEIA/tcpgEGhPZso/s640/wall.jpg" width="500" /></a></div><br /><i>Freedom baby.</i><br /><i><br /></i><br /><a href="http://my.yougov.com/register.aspx?referral=987774b8-2858-4cdc-8f54-90a60007564f" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5378378282498684354" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/SqPWjVQCdcI/AAAAAAAAC1w/CwA2yuH8olE/s400/yougovad.png" style="cursor: pointer; display: block; height: 40px; margin: 0px auto 10px; text-align: center; width: 400px;" /></a><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2787283052819380346-6805307001166054968?l=www.torybear.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.torybear.com/2010/11/9th-november-1989.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Harry Cole)1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2787283052819380346.post-547007203701987548Sat, 23 Oct 2010 13:17:00 +00002010-10-25T15:48:23.293+01:00Defending NadineTB swung by BBC Breakfast this morning to discuss the fact that despite being cleared by the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Nadine Dorries is still being subjected to a vitriolic and partisan hounding online, especially from the more scummy, stalkerish elements of the otherwise maturing left-wing blogsphere. Nadine claimed that she changed the names and locations of constituents she discussed in order to protect their privacy and her own. <i>Funnily enough the BBC though this worthy of their airtime.</i><br /><br />The quality is appalling, but someone managed to grab a recording of the discussion with lefty, but a nice one, Zoe Margolis:<br /><br /><object height="400" width="500"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/peD_lG5nsW8?fs=1&amp;hl=en_GB"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/peD_lG5nsW8?fs=1&amp;hl=en_GB" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="500" height="300"></embed></object><br /><br /><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;">Take note though Andrew Marr, not a basement dweller in sight. Though it's that sort of blogger keeping the attacks up.&nbsp;To those that say this isn't a left on right attack are wrong. It's precisely because of Nadine's views, that some might regard as controversial, that the left can whip themselves up into such a frenzy about her. But they are running out of attack lines, and funny how quiet they are about the accused fraudsters facing trial from their own side of the political divide.&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;">Funny though that despite the countless attempts to bring her down, Nadine managed to increase her majority in May. Something that along with her clearing by John Lyons is driving the local Labour Party and freaks many miles away in places like Guildford mad. <i>She remains a popular local MP and would frankly be better ignoring the online nutters...</i></div><br /><a href="http://my.yougov.com/register.aspx?referral=987774b8-2858-4cdc-8f54-90a60007564f" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5378378282498684354" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/SqPWjVQCdcI/AAAAAAAAC1w/CwA2yuH8olE/s400/yougovad.png" style="cursor: pointer; display: block; height: 40px; margin: 0px auto 10px; text-align: center; width: 400px;" /></a><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2787283052819380346-547007203701987548?l=www.torybear.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.torybear.com/2010/10/defending-nadine.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Harry Cole)7tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2787283052819380346.post-841149117428319266Wed, 20 Oct 2010 15:23:00 +00002010-10-20T16:24:35.179+01:00Educaton Educaton Educaton IIThere are few things more likely to get TB out of his awful blogging lull than a chance to take the piss out of his old student union. Once again Edinburgh University Student Association, or EUSA to their friends, have excelled themselves in their fightback against the machine.<br /><br />Those evil ConDems are threatening to raise tuition fees. The comrades are being called to arms to fight these evil education cuts. Put perhaps the hacks should spend more time in the library than stabbing each other in the back for their quest up the greasy poll and attempts to find a safe Labour seat or Green Party candidacy:<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/TL8JNhOMUiI/AAAAAAAAEH8/qpuOnqwESdU/s1600/eusa.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="316" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/TL8JNhOMUiI/AAAAAAAAEH8/qpuOnqwESdU/s640/eusa.jpg" width="500" /></a></div>If ever there was proof the 50% target was too high. <i>Labour would be proud after their </i><a href="http://www.torybear.com/2009/10/eduction-eduction-eduction.html"><i>similar mare</i></a><i>.</i><br /><br /><a href="http://my.yougov.com/register.aspx?referral=987774b8-2858-4cdc-8f54-90a60007564f" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5378378282498684354" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/SqPWjVQCdcI/AAAAAAAAC1w/CwA2yuH8olE/s400/yougovad.png" style="cursor: pointer; display: block; height: 40px; margin: 0px auto 10px; text-align: center; width: 400px;" /></a><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2787283052819380346-841149117428319266?l=www.torybear.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.torybear.com/2010/10/educaton-educaton-educaton-ii-eusa.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Harry Cole)5tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2787283052819380346.post-3551545900060795028Mon, 18 Oct 2010 13:44:00 +00002010-10-18T14:44:44.814+01:00Best Campaign Ad Ever No.145<object width="500" height="400"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/TLfbtduLaho?fs=1&amp;hl=en_GB"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/TLfbtduLaho?fs=1&amp;hl=en_GB" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="500" height="400"></embed></object><br /><br /><a href="http://my.yougov.com/register.aspx?referral=987774b8-2858-4cdc-8f54-90a60007564f" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5378378282498684354" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/SqPWjVQCdcI/AAAAAAAAC1w/CwA2yuH8olE/s400/yougovad.png" style="cursor: pointer; display: block; height: 40px; margin: 0px auto 10px; text-align: center; width: 400px;" /></a><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2787283052819380346-3551545900060795028?l=www.torybear.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.torybear.com/2010/10/best-campaign-ad-ever-no145.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Harry Cole)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2787283052819380346.post-3178656937026369336Sun, 03 Oct 2010 11:38:00 +00002010-10-03T12:38:26.171+01:00Conference Pride Tonight<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.conservatives.com/Get_involved/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/Conference/Conference%202010/conf-pride.ashx?w=420&amp;h=62&amp;as=1" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="47" src="http://www.conservatives.com/Get_involved/~/media/Images/Content%20Images/Conference/Conference%202010/conf-pride.ashx?w=420&amp;h=62&amp;as=1" width="320" /></a></div>A message from Conference Pride which is happening tonight. 21.30 - 03.30 at Nightingales Club, 18 Kent St.<i> Tickets available in the ICC lobby or from anyone clad in a rainbow t-shirt...</i><br /><br /><a href="http://my.yougov.com/register.aspx?referral=987774b8-2858-4cdc-8f54-90a60007564f" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5378378282498684354" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/SqPWjVQCdcI/AAAAAAAAC1w/CwA2yuH8olE/s400/yougovad.png" style="cursor: pointer; display: block; height: 40px; margin: 0px auto 10px; text-align: center; width: 400px;" /></a><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2787283052819380346-3178656937026369336?l=www.torybear.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.torybear.com/2010/10/conference-pride-tonight.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Harry Cole)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2787283052819380346.post-7120346197494191388Wed, 29 Sep 2010 15:44:00 +00002010-09-30T16:49:51.046+01:00TB on the FringeTB is looking forward to hitting up Birmingham especially after missing out on Manchester. <i>His accommodation will make you laugh.</i><br /><br /><a href="http://www.fringelist.com/">FringeList</a>&nbsp;is a service that lets you track who is going to what Fringe events and whats on etc. You can also sign up for text reminders for events.<br /><br />Checkout&nbsp;<b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"><a href="http://tory.fringelist.com/">tory.fringelist.com</a></span></b><br />for a full range events or<br /><br /><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"><a href="http://tory.fringelist.com/torybear">tory.fringelist.com/torybear</a></span></b><br /><br />for what TB will going to. <i>Sign in with Twitter to do your own calender...</i><br /><br />Drop him a line if you fancy a beer. TB will be speaking at the Freedom Zone one morning (details to follow) and don't forget to book your ticket for the TB/YBF conference kick off party on Saturday night <a href="http://www.ybf.org.uk/">here</a>.<br /><br /><i>See you in Brum.</i><br /><br /><a href="http://my.yougov.com/register.aspx?referral=987774b8-2858-4cdc-8f54-90a60007564f" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5378378282498684354" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/SqPWjVQCdcI/AAAAAAAAC1w/CwA2yuH8olE/s400/yougovad.png" style="cursor: pointer; display: block; height: 40px; margin: 0px auto 10px; text-align: center; width: 400px;" /></a><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2787283052819380346-7120346197494191388?l=www.torybear.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.torybear.com/2010/09/tb-on-fringe.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Harry Cole)1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2787283052819380346.post-9216056956452314840Tue, 28 Sep 2010 09:18:00 +00002010-09-28T10:18:22.246+01:00Will Ed Descamisado It?The Labour Party website <a href="http://www2.labour.org.uk/leadership-countdown">thinks so</a>. As did his campaign <a href="http://www.torybear.com/2010/05/tale-of-two-launches.html">launch</a>:<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/S-7MhCbAvoI/AAAAAAAAEBU/WE826UwNUDs/s400/junior.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="275" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/S-7MhCbAvoI/AAAAAAAAEBU/WE826UwNUDs/s400/junior.jpg" width="400" /></a></div>Will Red Ed go jacketless today? <i>TB reckons its the sort of cheap stunt he'd try...</i><br /><br /><a href="http://my.yougov.com/register.aspx?referral=987774b8-2858-4cdc-8f54-90a60007564f" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5378378282498684354" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/SqPWjVQCdcI/AAAAAAAAC1w/CwA2yuH8olE/s400/yougovad.png" style="cursor: pointer; display: block; height: 40px; margin: 0px auto 10px; text-align: center; width: 400px;" /></a><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2787283052819380346-9216056956452314840?l=www.torybear.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.torybear.com/2010/09/will-ed-descamisado-it.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Harry Cole)1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2787283052819380346.post-6527829002771377624Mon, 27 Sep 2010 16:21:00 +00002010-09-27T17:54:50.286+01:00CF Election Results - Howlett WinsShocking that only 200 votes were cast. 18k members. Nice. So with an overwhelming mandate the winners are:<br /><br /><b>Chairman:</b> Ben Howlett (Howlett 113, Cox 60)<br /><b>Deputy (membership):</b> Clare Hilley (Hilley 73, Cooper 47)<br /><b>Deputy (political):</b> Alexandra Swann (Swann 139, Khan 33)<br /><b>Appointed Officer</b> - James Deighton (Deighton 72, Sullivan 70)<br /><br />Two women and a gay guy at the top. Without quotas. Without enforcement, without special patronising identity officers. Eat your heart out Labour. Gutted about Patrick Sullivan missing out by two votes. Good luck to the new team.<br /><br />Though the massive drop in turn out needs investigation - <i>someone has cocked up here.</i><br /><br /><br /><a href="http://my.yougov.com/register.aspx?referral=987774b8-2858-4cdc-8f54-90a60007564f" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5378378282498684354" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/SqPWjVQCdcI/AAAAAAAAC1w/CwA2yuH8olE/s400/yougovad.png" style="cursor: pointer; display: block; height: 40px; margin: 0px auto 10px; text-align: center; width: 400px;" /></a><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2787283052819380346-6527829002771377624?l=www.torybear.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.torybear.com/2010/09/cf-election-results.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Harry Cole)26tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2787283052819380346.post-7876096695765564493Mon, 27 Sep 2010 14:44:00 +00002010-09-27T16:06:09.857+01:00Labour Conference Responds to IMF News"The International Monetary Fund has said Britain's economy is "on the mend" as it backed budget tightening measures taken by the coalition Government." Wonder what Labour will have to say about this <a href="http://www.imf.org/external/np/ms/2010/092710.htm">excellent news</a> for the UK:<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/TKCtizVGO9I/AAAAAAAAEHw/jE0JCbegjaA/s1600/comical_ali.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="296" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/TKCtizVGO9I/AAAAAAAAEHw/jE0JCbegjaA/s400/comical_ali.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><i>Hmm.</i><br /><a href="http://my.yougov.com/register.aspx?referral=987774b8-2858-4cdc-8f54-90a60007564f" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5378378282498684354" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/SqPWjVQCdcI/AAAAAAAAC1w/CwA2yuH8olE/s400/yougovad.png" style="cursor: pointer; display: block; height: 40px; margin: 0px auto 10px; text-align: center; width: 400px;" /></a><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2787283052819380346-7876096695765564493?l=www.torybear.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.torybear.com/2010/09/labour-conference-responds-to-imf.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Harry Cole)2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2787283052819380346.post-7727001959189136974Thu, 23 Sep 2010 15:36:00 +00002010-09-23T16:36:08.278+01:00Conference Kick Off<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/TJtz1G5H3sI/AAAAAAAAEHo/7FpvM_jZkOQ/s1600/tb.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/TJtz1G5H3sI/AAAAAAAAEHo/7FpvM_jZkOQ/s320/tb.jpg" /></a></div>It's conference time kids and that means its karaoke time. This year TB has teamed up with YBF to kick the Conference off in style in the VIP lounge of Bar Risa next door to the ICC. Full details are here. You can reserve songs when you <a href="http://www.ybf.org.uk/2010/09/22/get-your-free-cocktails/">buy a ticket</a>. The list is growing - you've already missed the chance to sing:<br /><br />“Don’t go breaking my heart”<br />“Lets stick together” <br />“Things can only get better”<br />“My way”<br />“The look of love” Dusty Springfield<br />“Same old brand new you” A1<br />“Knowing me, Knowing you” ABBA<br />“Take a chance on me” ABBA (Iain Dale?)<br />“Nothing is gonna stop us now” Starship<br /><br />Get your tickets <a href="http://www.ybf.org.uk/2010/09/22/get-your-free-cocktails/">here</a>. <i>Will be a laugh.</i><br /><br /><a href="http://my.yougov.com/register.aspx?referral=987774b8-2858-4cdc-8f54-90a60007564f" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5378378282498684354" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/SqPWjVQCdcI/AAAAAAAAC1w/CwA2yuH8olE/s400/yougovad.png" style="cursor: pointer; display: block; height: 40px; margin: 0px auto 10px; text-align: center; width: 400px;" /></a><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2787283052819380346-7727001959189136974?l=www.torybear.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.torybear.com/2010/09/conference-kick-off.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Harry Cole)1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2787283052819380346.post-4235853434518911196Tue, 21 Sep 2010 16:28:00 +00002010-09-21T17:30:06.368+01:00The Right People Back CoxYou may have noticed this advert on various political blogs:<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://img834.imageshack.us/img834/4445/coxad.gif" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="62" src="http://img834.imageshack.us/img834/4445/coxad.gif" width="500" /></a></div><br />Well look out for it if you havent. It's an advert for Craig Cox, a very sound, very ambitious and motivated Conservative. <i>TB is backing Craig to be the next chairman of Conservative Future.</i><br /><br />The Tories are in power now, no longer does CF have to be mere leaflet fodder for associations. No longer does it have to be about traipsing up steps and knocking on doors. Now CF has a chance to be a genuine political, ideological and motivational force and it needs a&nbsp;ideologically&nbsp;sound leader.<br /><br />Ben Howlett is a great guy and TB thinks he will probably win this election. Ben has shown organisational skills that would have been brilliant leading CF in opposition. But now is the time for CF to make some noise, a loyal Cameroon councillor is the last thing the Tory youth wing needs.<br /><br />They need a leader who is willing to speak out against the government, not a cheerleader. A leader who has learnt the tough lessons of how hard the left will go to smear and lie and distort, a leader who has cut their teeth and isn't afraid to learn from mistakes. For too long CF has been scared of fighting, too scared of breaking party line and too scared to really make a difference.<i> But with the right figurehead all that can change.</i><br /><br />Though TB is no longer a member and does not have a vote he would urge you all to take a look at Craig's <a href="http://cox2010.co.uk/#/the-message/4542405406">manifesto</a> and <a href="http://cox2010.co.uk/">website</a> and put that cross next to his name.<i> It's time CF had a kick up the ideological backside and Craig is the man to do it.</i><br /><br /><a href="http://my.yougov.com/register.aspx?referral=987774b8-2858-4cdc-8f54-90a60007564f" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5378378282498684354" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/SqPWjVQCdcI/AAAAAAAAC1w/CwA2yuH8olE/s400/yougovad.png" style="cursor: pointer; display: block; height: 40px; margin: 0px auto 10px; text-align: center; width: 400px;" /></a><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2787283052819380346-4235853434518911196?l=www.torybear.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.torybear.com/2010/09/right-people-back-cox.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Harry Cole)6tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2787283052819380346.post-5177521779450695424Tue, 21 Sep 2010 11:07:00 +00002010-09-21T12:07:36.096+01:00Coalition BuddiesWhat was that about no electoral pact at the next election?<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/TJiRwK7nYaI/AAAAAAAAEHI/_wsFOMLwYj0/s1600/coalition.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="283" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/TJiRwK7nYaI/AAAAAAAAEHI/_wsFOMLwYj0/s640/coalition.jpg" width="480" /></a></div><i>It seems the University of Nottingham freshers didn't get the memo...</i><br /><br /><a href="http://my.yougov.com/register.aspx?referral=987774b8-2858-4cdc-8f54-90a60007564f" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5378378282498684354" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/SqPWjVQCdcI/AAAAAAAAC1w/CwA2yuH8olE/s400/yougovad.png" style="cursor: pointer; display: block; height: 40px; margin: 0px auto 10px; text-align: center; width: 400px;" /></a><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2787283052819380346-5177521779450695424?l=www.torybear.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.torybear.com/2010/09/coalition-buddies.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Harry Cole)3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2787283052819380346.post-131026334665233463Mon, 20 Sep 2010 12:33:00 +00002010-09-20T13:38:18.689+01:00CF Elects - TB's EndorsementsWith just seven days to go, the only contest to be less exciting than the Labour leadership battle will finally draw to a close. Though it turns out TB is no longer a member of the Tories and thus illegible to vote (news to him but hey) he thought he would endorse a couple of candidates in the Conservative Future election. <i>A bit like Sarah Palin without the money or the Jesus lovin'.</i><br /><br />Firstly for Appointed Officer&nbsp;<a href="http://sullivansdiary.blogspot.com/">Patrick Sullivan</a> is easily the most qualified candidate. TB has known Patrick for years and he really does have the best interests of the Party at heart. A formidable presence on the CF scene, there are few out there who have given up more time and personal contributions to various by-election and local campaigns. This video also tickled TB:<br /><br /><object height="385" width="480"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/iOyNauKE5xA?fs=1&amp;hl=en_GB"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/iOyNauKE5xA?fs=1&amp;hl=en_GB" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="480" height="385"></embed></object><br /><br />Secondly CF Wales isn't the most exciting of organisations but it is under threat of being taken over by a Tory Reform Group loon who <a href="http://www.crashbangwallace.com/2010/08/11/double-standards-in-wales/">advocates</a> an increase in public spending and describes those attempting to save public money as "dicks". The sooner Zahid Raja wakes up and realises he is in the wrong party the better. These quasi-socialist NUS NIMBYs need to be kept as far away from the Tory greasy poll as possible. <a href="http://www.votetucker.co.uk/">Grant Tucker</a> is your man for Wales. TB met him down at Spring Forum and he's a good guy. <i>Unlike his opponent who has more in common with Ed Balls than any Tory...</i><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/TJdSmUYwc0I/AAAAAAAAEG4/BKivRXf2wjI/s1600/swann.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="157" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/TJdSmUYwc0I/AAAAAAAAEG4/BKivRXf2wjI/s400/swann.jpg" width="500" /></a></div>Deputy Chairman (Political) is an easy one. Loyal readers will know TB has always had a soft spot for <a href="http://www.alexandraswann.co.uk/">Alexandra Swann</a> and who wouldn't want her leading a protest...<br /><class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/TJdUaC_DLwI/AAAAAAAAEHA/0ijhtA7xmTY/s1600/hilley.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/TJdUaC_DLwI/AAAAAAAAEHA/0ijhtA7xmTY/s320/hilley.jpg" /></a>As for DC (Membership) TB is somewhat torn. Hampsheir is a top lad,&nbsp;<a href="http://oliver-cooper.com/">Oliver Cooper</a> is a sound man, very sound, but then <a href="http://www.thehilleyblog.com/">Clare Hilley</a> has been a member of CF for the best part of a decade and proved time and again her ability at organising London based campaigns. TB doesn't understand why the libertarian ideologue Cooper isn't standing for the Political role which would suit him much better and he would easily win. Clare and TB have had their differences over the last year or so, but there is no doubting she is the best candidate for this particular job, and that slogan was always going to come in useful one day...<i> Don't be silly, vote for Hilley.</i></class="separator"><br /><class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><i><br /></i> And as for Chairman.. <i>well you'll have to wait and see about that one.</i><br /><br /><br />A full list of candidates standing can be found <a href="http://www.conservativefuture.com/events/cf-elections-2010/">here</a>.<br /><br /><a href="http://my.yougov.com/register.aspx?referral=987774b8-2858-4cdc-8f54-90a60007564f" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5378378282498684354" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/SqPWjVQCdcI/AAAAAAAAC1w/CwA2yuH8olE/s400/yougovad.png" style="cursor: pointer; display: block; height: 40px; margin: 0px auto 10px; text-align: center; width: 400px;" /></a></class="separator"><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2787283052819380346-131026334665233463?l=www.torybear.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.torybear.com/2010/09/cf-elects-tbs-endorsements.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Harry Cole)7tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2787283052819380346.post-4265420295367369330Wed, 08 Sep 2010 13:17:00 +00002010-09-08T14:34:26.569+01:00Movement for Strange<i>Undercover at David Miliband’s eve of voting rally. </i><br /><br />I never like answering my phone in my sleep and especially not to a shrill and excited voice, unfathomable for the early hour of a bank holiday Monday. Yes I was definitely coming, yes I knew where it was, and no I didn’t need any help getting there.<br /><br />This was the third time someone from David Miliband’s hyperbolic Movement for Change had been in touch that weekend. Despite answering with my real name, they would ask to speak to “Alex” every time, but I’d long given up putting the phone on the desk for thirty seconds while I went to “find him”.<br /><br />The event was meant to be a culmination of training “future leaders”, a “wonk school” if you will. Out of mere curiosity at what the enemy were up to, I signed up on the website with my legal name Alexander for more information back in July. I was now being pestered at alarming rate. The sense of desperation at getting as many people as possible to Miliband’s rally was starting to show. The event was meant to be a congregation of all the activists the campaign have trained over the summer - allegedly over a thousand, but I for one had certainly not achieved my level one community organiser’s badge.<br /><br />Most normal people wouldn’t choose to give up hours of their bank-holiday weekend to go mingle with Milband’s new model army, but with ten days of stubble and a Che Guevara t-shirt to mask me, what was the worst that could happen?<br /><br />My mind was made up by a final reminder text, to which I replied “do I need to bring anything?” The reply of “just enthusiasm” made me cringe and yet somehow feel hopeful at the same time. “Enthusiasm” and the Labour leadership race have rarely been seen in a sentence together. I printed out my ticket and was asked to write my own unique ticket number, 505, on it, but a frantic follow up email asked me to change that to 1005. What a masterful piece of spin, curiously first used by another movement for change, the Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (the German Workers' Party who would soon become the Nazis).<br /><br />Despite being an obvious right-winger, hanging around Westminster enough, you end up meeting hacks and pole-climbers of all parties, so with a last check of my new side-parting, I put my flatmate’s glasses and entered Westminster’s grand Emmanuel Centre and approached the desk. Of course there was no record of ticket 1005. Given I knew the coordinator at one of the desks further down, having to spell out my surname wasn’t particularly helpful. Eventually I was found and ticked and given a little green sticker. No one would give me an answer to what the orange ones were for, but the micro-managing had begun.<br /><br />I was quickly sent upstairs, guided past a silent brass band, and as a proud member of Lambeth Constituency Labour Party herded into the South London section of the audience. Strangely my constituency comrades hadn’t seen me around before, but that wasn’t to stop a friendly chit-chat ensuing. I was new to the constituency of course, but my neighbour on the left didn’t seem particularly involved either. He hadn’t had any Community Organiser training either, nor had the person next to him, or his mum, or in fact anyone sitting around me.<br /><br />Scanning around the room there was undoubtedly an impressive turn out, but as even Miliband supporters noted there was a distinct lack of young people. The room was full of “Future Leaders” most of whom were much older than their hopeful messiah. The surroundings could not be more appropriate. For someone trying to escape the title of being heir to “St Tony”, the home to the Emmanuel Evangelical Church, was a interesting choice of venue. Everywhere the eye looked was a combination of Miliband’s elongated slogans and overt new-age Christianity. Bringing Labour together, Leading Labour to... redemption?<br /><br />The atmosphere had the feel of a church congregation full of anticipation. Jim Murphy gave a panto style warm up, the audience fully embracing the “Are you ready... I can’t hear you” banter while stylish female spinners and handlers looked on from the corner of the stage with awkward, embarrassed smiles.<br /><br />As the pre-game warm up continued the brass band played, the rainbow flags were waved and various handpicked Miliband supporters were paraded across the stage to cheers. A dire duet by MPs Willie Bain and Stella Creasy who narrated the story of the Labour Party like teachers at a school play was not enough to dampen spirits. The fervour amongst the audience was growing, with a rapturous response every time the word “ConDem” was mentioned. I was beginning to think this could turn into a Mid-West evangelical roof raiser, with people having visions and speaking in tongues, running up and down the aisles at any moment. And then it did.<br /><br />One man stood up singing, shouting, screaming and began to run toward the stage, suddenly whole rows of black women were singing and clapping and screaming “we want David”. It was a practiced routine and a whole block of the audience knew the words to their song. Suddenly I realised what the orange stickers meant. It seems the Movement for Change has been working rather closely with London Citizens, a grassroots community group that have come under attack from being left-wing extremists but also have had praise heaped upon them by no less than David Cameron and Steve Hilton.<br /><br />Suddenly the “grassroots” effect began to tarnish, clearly Miliband was taking a leaf out of the Obama book, this was a “movement” not a rally, this was about ordinary people not him, yet he needed the help of a well-funded and well organised group to flood his “movement” with room-meat. The facade had slipped and given the speed at which a glamorous blonde staffer was running around, the team knew this. She ran so fast to the back of the room to work out what to do, that her DM4Leader badges were peeling off her silk dress.<br /><br />Order was restored and suddenly there was piano playing a ConDem ballard. Sob stories by Assistant Regional Inclusion Managers for unions were told over what sounded uncannily like the “Lonely Man” theme from the end of The Incredible Hulk. One man actually said the ConDem cuts were going to kill him.<br /><br />And then suddenly there he was, David, the golden child. He actually kissed a baby as he walked in less than three feet from where I was standing. He had the pointing-at-people-you-pretend-to-know-in-the-audience trick down to a tee and I even got to touch the chosen one’s hand. No religious experience for me, though I did feel a little breathless from the unending standing ovations and cheering and wooing during the speech. When in Rome.<br /><br />We were treated to Miliband’s vision, a vision of the “Good Society” where people, not politicians were in control. Communities were going to be empowered, localism rules the day, but this was not the Big Society. Don’t you dare even think this could possibly be an overlap with the evil ConDems. No this was different, this was Miliband’s Jerry Maguire “help me help you” moment. It was as if Cameron had talked about the Big Society in 2005 when he was standing for leader rather than deploying it as a last minute election grenade that he forgot to pull the pin on.<br /><br />It was a competent speech, polished, no notes and even attempted a little self-deprecation about the justified mocking he had received for his “how to organise a drinks party” briefing. The joke was on David though, through his desperation to not be seen as a micro-manager and instead an empowerer, he managed to show just what a micro-manager he is.<br /><br />Impressive at first, the whole Movement for Change is a fraud, a room full of community organisers who weren’t just there because Miliband had empowered them; they were Community Organisers and charity workers while he was still carrying bags for Tony Blair. Where were these thousands personally trained by the Movement for Change? It was telling that he ended his speech begging the audience to join Labour.<br /><br />It was clear he wanted it to be an Obama style event, swaths of the audience were waiting for an Obama style event but, cometh the hour, the man was nowhere to be seen. In the end it was nothing more than a tacit endorsement for David Cameron’s Big Society which his speechwriters have clearly had a selective browse. The Good Society, the Big Society, whatever you want to call it, if Miliband wins, there is hope that common ground can be found on the reining in of the state. This all could have been said without the charade though.<br /><br />A hack I knew, had started to make intrigued eye contact, I began to think my game was up, and besides the show was drawing to a close. I made a dash for the exit. As I stood outside reading the confirmation I had been rumbled on Twitter, a man clocked my Che t-shirt. “You don’t see many of those anymore, we’ve all got them though.” A Chinese man next to him, with a green sticker on, said “the best thing my father ever did was sign me up to the Labour Party and the Chinese Communist Party on my 16th Birthday.”<br /><br />It was no surprise that these old-timers felt more comfortable outside smoking than with the stage-managed intensity inside and conversation quickly turned to great left-wing leaders. It was a deeply surreal experience for me to hear Chairman Mao praised in such lavish term, Castro had to be expected though. Thankfully there wasn’t much expectation that David Miliband would join these greats, a mere shrug when I asked. He could give the Chinese Communist party a run for their money on the organisational front though.<br /><br /><a href="http://my.yougov.com/register.aspx?referral=987774b8-2858-4cdc-8f54-90a60007564f" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5378378282498684354" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/SqPWjVQCdcI/AAAAAAAAC1w/CwA2yuH8olE/s400/yougovad.png" style="cursor: pointer; display: block; height: 40px; margin: 0px auto 10px; text-align: center; width: 400px;" /></a><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2787283052819380346-4265420295367369330?l=www.torybear.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.torybear.com/2010/09/movement-for-strange.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Harry Cole)16tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2787283052819380346.post-1120665183423388262Wed, 08 Sep 2010 11:30:00 +00002010-09-08T12:30:12.809+01:00PMQs Thoughts - Clegg Getting GoodAfter his dreadful first outing at PMQs, Clegg has grown into the role. It wasn't as if his opponent was up to scratch though. Straw was slow and sluggish and wasted six questions on one vague accusation from drug addled, booze soaked, hack with an axe to grind. <br /><br />Though clearly wanting nothing to do with the Coulson stuff, fate interceded and&nbsp;Clegg found himself slamming the party of "the dodgy dossier, cash for honours and Damian McBride" It was a cutting and well delivered put down. One line that was clearly being saved for Dave was the fact that Brown had called Coulson the day he resigned from the News of the World to tell him he had done the honorable thing and had told him he would go on to great things. The Labour front bench were suddenly quiet and could do nothing but shrug. <i>Funny how quickly their opportunist fit has unravelled. </i><br /><br />Nice to have PMQs back and as entertaining as the ding dong was, we learnt nothing. Labour wasted their one chance this week to hold No10 to account, instead deciding to waste it on political point scoring and hysterical rants. Some have said Labour have realised they are in&nbsp;opposition&nbsp;this week and they better get used to it.<i> With a performance like that they are going to be there for a very long time.</i><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue;">Clegg 5</span></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;">&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: red;">Straw 1</span></span></b></div><br /><br /><a href="http://my.yougov.com/register.aspx?referral=987774b8-2858-4cdc-8f54-90a60007564f" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5378378282498684354" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/SqPWjVQCdcI/AAAAAAAAC1w/CwA2yuH8olE/s400/yougovad.png" style="cursor: pointer; display: block; height: 40px; margin: 0px auto 10px; text-align: center; width: 400px;" /></a><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2787283052819380346-1120665183423388262?l=www.torybear.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.torybear.com/2010/09/pmqs-thoughts-clegg-getting-good.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Harry Cole)2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2787283052819380346.post-1350987711057576235Tue, 07 Sep 2010 13:25:00 +00002010-09-07T14:25:17.300+01:00CCHQ's Fax Pas<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/TIY9NN5UKUI/AAAAAAAAEGw/sOTT2qhgaCM/s1600/cooper.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/TIY9NN5UKUI/AAAAAAAAEGw/sOTT2qhgaCM/s320/cooper.jpg" /></a></div>There was some confusion last night about Oliver Cooper. Well more than ususal levels at least.&nbsp;Rumour spread that he had nominated himself for Chairman of Conservative Future at the eleventh hour and this true gossip quickly spread. However when the nominations were published last night it seems he missed the deadline. <i>As thought CCHQ...</i><br /><br />Though after a mild fuss and documentary&nbsp;evidence that&nbsp;the papers had been faxed well before the cut off of noon yesterday was presented, it seems there was a change of heart and the nomination was accepted.<br /><br />And what was the cause of the problem?<br /><br /><i>Well it seems someone at the slick, well oiled, election winning operation, had forgotten to put any paper in the fax machine...&nbsp;</i><br /><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small;">The election results will be announced on the 27th September once a suitable brewery has been found for the celebrations.</span><br /><br /><a href="http://my.yougov.com/register.aspx?referral=987774b8-2858-4cdc-8f54-90a60007564f" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5378378282498684354" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/SqPWjVQCdcI/AAAAAAAAC1w/CwA2yuH8olE/s400/yougovad.png" style="cursor: pointer; display: block; height: 40px; margin: 0px auto 10px; text-align: center; width: 400px;" /></a><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2787283052819380346-1350987711057576235?l=www.torybear.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.torybear.com/2010/09/cchqs-fax-pas.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Harry Cole)2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2787283052819380346.post-6014676523437447178Mon, 06 Sep 2010 14:40:00 +00002011-01-31T20:55:25.374ZHilley Running for Deputy<a href="http://theblueguerilla.blogspot.com/2010/09/clare-hilley-to-stand-for-cf-deputy.html">TBG</a> got to scoop.<br /><br /><i>Full list published at 5pm apparently.</i><br /><br /><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_dBaf7_ZSa8o/TUchjWaAhJI/AAAAAAAAClY/lMK6_1FD-d0/s400/torybear-med-trans.png" style="cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 89px; height: 106px;" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5568456355460711570" /><a href="http://my.yougov.com/register.aspx?referral=987774b8-2858-4cdc-8f54-90a60007564f" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5378378282498684354" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/SqPWjVQCdcI/AAAAAAAAC1w/CwA2yuH8olE/s400/yougovad.png" style="cursor: pointer; display: block; height: 40px; margin: 0px auto 10px; text-align: center; width: 400px;" /></a><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2787283052819380346-6014676523437447178?l=www.torybear.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.torybear.com/2010/09/hilley-running-for-deputy.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Harry Cole)4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2787283052819380346.post-5128192655106267930Mon, 06 Sep 2010 09:50:00 +00002010-09-06T10:51:41.606+01:00Cooper Seeks Keys to Office<a href="http://oliver-cooper.com/">Currently going for deputy</a> but sees an opening. He will split the rights vote if he continues his key message that he is sound. <i>Good news for Cameroon Howlett.</i><br /><br /><a href="http://my.yougov.com/register.aspx?referral=987774b8-2858-4cdc-8f54-90a60007564f" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5378378282498684354" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/SqPWjVQCdcI/AAAAAAAAC1w/CwA2yuH8olE/s400/yougovad.png" style="cursor: pointer; display: block; height: 40px; margin: 0px auto 10px; text-align: center; width: 400px;" /></a><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2787283052819380346-5128192655106267930?l=www.torybear.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.torybear.com/2010/09/cooper-seeks-keys-to-office.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Harry Cole)2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2787283052819380346.post-7692359236022533037Sun, 05 Sep 2010 19:15:00 +00002010-09-05T20:19:45.999+01:00Cox StatementTB seems to have kicked things into action. These statements were meant to be coming out tomorrow morning apparently:<br /><blockquote>Today it has been announced that my former opponent, Simon Cavalier Jones, has pulled out of the race to be the next CF Chairman. In addition, it gives me great pleasure to note that he is throwing the whole weight of his campaign team behind Cox2010.<br /><br />Firstly, I would like to thank Simon for really contributing to the debate about CF's future. He has shown himself to be truly committed to the future of our party and the election campaign so far has been a testament to this. Work for anyone in the current climate must be a priority and I think, though being a difficult decision, Simon has shown great maturity in coming to his conclusion and I wish him the best of luck in his new job.<br /><br />The fact that Simon has chosen to support me means that one thing is absolutely clear: Cox2010 is the best choice for CF. It has the right values in which to shape CF, it has the determination to succeed, and it has the support to match to act as. <br /><br />CF is no longer purely in the mindset of winning elections. The Conservative Party is now in government. As a result, as I have said all along, we need to act as an effective pressure group within the party to make sure that we are listened to seriously. That means taking a firm line in opposing the AV referendum, avoiding at all costs the introduction of a grad tax, supporting young people starting up businesses, and making sure CF is a force to be reckoned with. <br /><br />We must not forget that CF is also a body that needs to foster a sense of fun, and we must be clear that we are all young people. Although politics is important, we must always remember that CF is a place to meet new people, make new friends and have some decent banter. Cox2010 has always encouraged this mindset, and, tempered with my experiences at Nottingham, CF will continue to offer the best there is.<br /><br />Simon Cavalier Jones has now supported my campaign to become the next Chairman of CF. He, and his campaign team, are now fully on board and helping Cox2010 in anyway they can. I urge you all to follow Simon's lead and support the only campaign that has the experience, dedication and values to make CF an even better organisation. That campaign is Cox2010.</blockquote><br />It will be interesting to see how Howlett plays this. He can't ignore it and the SCJ backing brings a northern team and infrastructure to the London based Cox campaign. If Cox wants to take advantage of it, this could be just the shot in the arm that his campaign, and this race, so desperately needed. And that's meant with no offence to Simon. TB wishes him well in the new job. <i>Oh and thanks for lunch.</i><br /><br /><a href="http://my.yougov.com/register.aspx?referral=987774b8-2858-4cdc-8f54-90a60007564f" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5378378282498684354" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_xbFrx50EjMc/SqPWjVQCdcI/AAAAAAAAC1w/CwA2yuH8olE/s400/yougovad.png" style="cursor: pointer; display: block; height: 40px; margin: 0px auto 10px; text-align: center; width: 400px;" /></a><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2787283052819380346-7692359236022533037?l=www.torybear.com' alt='' /></div>http://www.torybear.com/2010/09/cox-statement.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Harry Cole)2