Cringe is an understatement.
Simple question.. would you be seen dead in this?
I didn't think so.
As for your poll that has me ahead, well firstly I would like to say that I am flattered that there are those out there who think I’d make a good CF Chairman. However, I have so much on at the moment that the next round of CF elections seems a million years away. My main priority at the moment is getting on with doing my job. What I will say is that I am in the process of working on exciting new plans for electing Conservatives in our Students’ Unions and within the NUS, which should be great fun! "
TB likes the sound of this NUS stuff - always a fan of giving the left a good kicking, tough crowd though. A rather enigmatic response from Mr Sullivan especially given the rumour that he has his eye on the top of another organisation, much bigger than CF...
And other runners? News reaches me that a Craig Cox comeback is in the early stages of development and according one respondent Wed, 7/2/08 3:44 PM:
"Neil Martin is running next year - worse kept secret."
TB also had an rather amusing chat with Matt Richardson today about the prospect of another slate "Forward Together Again - Because CF deserves a second chance." Given that 66.2% of those polled responded saying they wouldn't vote for Matt again he better get back on the CF scene pretty pronto if it's going to be second time lucky...
Well seeing as the elections aren't until next April - possibly even next September it's going to be a long old race... You know where you will get the news first though. Happy days.
The last 24 hours has seen quite the flurry of activity at ToryBear HQ...
My inbox has been pinging nonstop with emails that range from support, to inquisitive "who are you!?" and then of course there is the standard damn right abuse.
And nice try to that ever ambitious bonnie lass who had a crack at tracing my IP address..
On this note I want to clear up a few things:
Firstly I am not John Moorcraft haha, nor am I on the Exec - I am a small blue teddy bear who likes to cuddle DC- the picture is a dead give away.
Secondly Tory Bear has no malicious intentions. It is my firm believe that CF has been over run by too many greased up little piglets who take themselves far too seriously and it is my number one goal to inject a sense of humour into the organisation.
Thirdly Tory Bear is not looking to create divisions or snipe from the side lines. I am an active CFer and have the best interests of the organisation at heart. At the same time there are some serious flaws that need to be highlighted and in order to protect the debate that I hope will emerge on this site, I will not be revealing my identity so not open myself to allegations of being part of this or that clique, or supporting this faction or that etc.
I hope this has cleared a few things up and that you enjoy the site... I will be publishing the first swath of results soon.
There is one of the rare and hard to get (ha) CF bottle openers up for grabs for the first person to tell Tory Bear which prominent CFer thinks girls pyjama bottoms and a bow-tie is a good look...
Have been playing around with the layout and design of the blog today, so sorry for any disruption this may have caused.
Cocked up the html so it might look a bit funny for few days but working on it...
Please take ten seconds to complete this survey of the CF Executive's performance so far...
It seems that CCHQ bad boy Michael Lunn (the civil service of Conservative Future,) has buried the hatchet with desert island tory Claire Hilley... On Facebook at least!
However on the other hand this is a bit of a spanner in the works, that is likely to flop spectacularly if Labour does not put up a candidate. David Davis has taken scalp after scalp as Shadow Home Secretary and the prospective Tory front bench is now significantly weaker. DD was our attack dog who could be relied upon to throw the punches.
I often lament of a lack of honour in this modern age, no great battles left to fight, nothing left to die for, so I can’t condemn David Davis and I will be there on the streets campaigning for him, campaigning against this tyrannical government. However I can’t help feel some reservations and sadness that the Shadow Cabinet will suffer and ultimately the image of the Party as a prospective government, with a leader in control, has taken a big big hit today.
People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.
This advert is totally and utterly unacceptable. Read between the lines - "if you don't pay your tax we will kick down your door and lock you up."
What the hell is happening to the nation that invented liberty and justice and freedom?
This is a time when our civil liberties are being rapidly eroded, this is the country where citizens can be arrested and detained without trial for longer than in any other European nation. Next it's ID cards, biometric passports and jumbo TVs in town centres.
The similarities to 1984 would be funny if they weren't a clear and present danger.
Welcome to Brown's Brave New World - when the state isn't mollycoddling us and wrapping us in health and safty bubble wrap it tries to scare the shit out of us with the rapid rise in shock tactic tv and press adverts:
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