Friday, 23 January 2009
ConservativeHome are running a series of posts at the moment discussing possible candidates to be given peerages under a tory government. It seems the
Thursday, 22 January 2009
You may remember Tory Bear going after the PlaneStupid eco-rahs a while back. Now Sister Bear has given them two barrels in a this week's Spectator. My Lords, Ladies and Gentleman welcome to the age of the
"Chief among the Champagne Swampies is Tamsin Omond (Westminster, Cambridge, daughter of a baronet), the Heathrow protest pin-up and founder of Plane Stupid. In her wake follow other equally glamorous Swampies: actresses like Miranda Richardson and Emma Thompson; then the pop-star contingent headed by Chrissie Hynde.
They’re the rich, often famous or aristocratic eco-activists who found a purpose in life saving the world from global warming, and as the recession eats away at less affluent people’s green resolutions, they’re becoming ever more noticeable."
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
He would happily have chewed of his paw than have to sit through another NUS extraordinary conference in Wolverhampton, but word is reaching Tory Bear from various hacks that today's conference has been hijacked by Student Respect. They have have taken over the stage in a protest about Gaza and are apparently refusing to sit down and generally being very naughty.
Update: Apparently the trots went wild and stormed the stage, bringing procedings to a somewhat aprupt end. The Governance Review vote was pushed forward and passed. NUS reform is finally done.
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Obama trounced McCain. It was inevitable and Tory Bear is over it. Regardless of his own political beliefs the inauguration of Barack Obama will be a pretty incredible thing to watch and TB has a six back of Bud cooling in the fridge. Washington is preparing for its $170 million party and the world is waiting with baited breath.
Just in case anyone thought it was all inauguration balls and dancing in the streets today, from Noon there, 5pm here Obama is the leader of the free world and let's take a peak at some of things he promised in order to get himself through the door:
- Close Guantanamo BayJune 2007
- “Unrestricted rights” regarding travel and money remittances to
- CubaAugust 2007
- Stand firm against CAFTA - August 2007
- Remove all troops from
- IraqOctober 2007- BrokenDecember 2008
- Face-to-face talks with
- IranNovember 2007
- Amend NAFTA - December 2007
- No action against
without Congressional approval - IranDecember 2007
- Get our troops out by end of 2009 - January 2008
- No permanent bases in
- IraqJanuary 2008
- Unshakable support for
- IsraelMay 2008
$30 billion in aid - IsraelJune 2008
- Switching focus to
- PakistanJuly 2008
- Switching focus to
- AfghanistanJuly 2008
- Universal health care by end of first term - May 2007
- Ethics reform (restrictions on lobbying) - June 2007
- Merit pay for teachers - July 2007
- Sign Freedom of Choice Act - July 2007
- Net neutrality - October 2007
- Lobbyists “won’t work in my White House” - December 2007- BrokenNovember 2008
- Health care benefits for vets - December 2007
- Financial aid to homeowners ($10 billion) - January 2008
- Credit card bill of rights - January 2008
- Will create searchable earmarks website - February 2008
- No public financing - February 2008- BrokenOctober 2008
- Small business support - February 2008
- Gay employment bill - April 2008
- Raise cap on payroll tax for 3% of earners over $102,000 - April 2008
- Raise $97K cap on payroll tax exempting earnings under $250K - April 2008
- Roll back Bush tax cuts - April 2008- In jeopardyNovember 2008
- Regulating oil industry (Enron loop) - June 2008
- Helping college student loans (a $4,000 tax credit to help pay tuition and fees in exchange for 100 hours of community service. The campaign said the program would cost $10 billion a year) - June 2008
- $10 billion for early childhood education - June 2008
- 10% “universal mortgage credit” to homeowners who don’t itemize on their tax return - June 2008
- $150 billion a year for ten years to reduce dependency on foreign oil - June 2008
- Give American mayors more spending (”National Infrastructure Reinvestment Bank” at a cost of $60 billion over 10 years) - June 2008
- Windfall profits tax - July 2008- BrokenDecember 2008
- No NASA cuts - August 2008
- 1 Million Plug-in Hybrids by 2015 - August 2008
- Shuttle after 2010 - August 2008
- $1000 energy rebates - August 2008
- Will go line by line to check for unnecessary spending - September 2008
- Tax cuts for 95% of Americans, anyone under $75,000 October 2008
- Not a single tax increase for Americans making under $250,000 - October 2008
- Raise minimum wage to $9.50 - November 2008
- 2.5 million jobs by January 2011 - November 2008
- Appoint Republicans to Cabinet - November 2008- KeptDecember 2008
- No smoking in White House - December 2008
- Taxes done in less than five minutes - No date
Hat-Tip to the
James Harrison proudly
James, or Jammy as he is apparently known to his friends, goes on to slag off LGBTory - the Conservatives official gay rights movement that has been personally endorsed by DC, Boris and other shadow cabinet big wigs, (TB will get round to writing about the reshuffle as some point FYI.) The organisation has over 300 members and plenty more supporters within the party and as Anastasia Beaumont-Bott, its head honcho, said when TB ran this video past her a moment ago - "I don't remember seeing any representation from the Scottish Lib Dems at last years Pride Scotia, or even the Lib Dems at Pride London. LGBTory exists not to create further divisions but to remind people you do not need to be gay to fight homophobia."
While it may seem like a good idea to bash the Tories again and again over Section 28, maybe "Jammy" should get his own house in order first. It's fair to say that LGBTory is the only gay movement within any of the political parties that is actually doing anything and actually registering on the radar with young members of the LGBT community. James asks "Why would you be a Conservative and gay? They hate you!" well Jammy, TB has news for you, Conservatives believe in freedom and right to live the life you want to lead, so it makes perfect sense that the Party is the natural home for anyone who wants to subscribe to that ideal.
As for his borderline homophobic comments well TB will let you be the judges on that one. Gay Christians also come under fire in his close minded little world... Wait for the classic at the end where he claims because he is a liberal he won't just slag you off because he disagrees with you politically. Hang on a sec, if this isn't Jammy slagging something off then hell hath no fury if you really piss him off!
What a horrible little man.
Monday, 19 January 2009
They must be taking this whole let's get online thing very seriously over in the red camp. Which old face has suddenly appeared on Facebook in the last couple of days?
Well if it isn't the King of Spin himself! His wall says he is planning on attending the European elections in May.
TB wonders in what capacity!?
Sunday, 18 January 2009
Who could forget this cheeky mashup:
Saturday, 17 January 2009
Student hack Oliver Mundell (son of the Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland,) is a big force on campus and is branching out in new ways to help students.
Friday, 16 January 2009
TB is rather annoyed he couldn't make it to last night's launch of
In a new inititve DC will be taking questions at the first ever online policy launch. Head over
Won't get that on LabourList!
Thursday, 15 January 2009
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It was billed as the students of Scotland rising up against the the tyranny of Israel. The socialists were there, as were the hippies, as were two very sinister looking chaps dressed up in full Hamas gear, but in the end the Edinburgh University on campus Gaza protest was a bit of a damp squid. 60-80 unwashed hippies turned out with some pretty half hearted chanting, meanwhile streams of students poured past the protest barely batting an eyelid and in doing so gave their tacit consent to Israel's quest for a sustainable peace in the middle east.
Lothian and Borders police should be ashamed of themselves. In response to TB's suggestion that freedom of expression was apparently still alive and well in this country, PC plod replied - "well I don't like swearing." Since when was the law in this country determined by the will of an individual copper?