"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Monday, 5 October 2009

More From the 'Get Britain Working' Debate

Lord Freud is the Shadow Minister for Welfare and while I'm sure he's a perfectly amiable & capable chap I don't want to see the Conservatives if/when in govt thinking that just because Labour got away with unelected Ministers, they can do the same.

Who are 'The Bright Ideas Trust'?  Whoever they are they've introduced a Young Entrepreneur Academy concept.  Read my

Cameron: No more lobbyists, no more unelected Ministers.

Gove spoke well, as always, but his applause was for saying what was 'unacceptable' in the present system  rather than what the Conservatives would do.  He re-confirmed Ken Baker's announcement and talked of vocational training and reform but, apart from the Technical Colleges, I couldn't detect any other reform.

Willetts announced three costed proposals: more apprenticeships; something about carpentry where he was the first (and I hope the very last) person  to link in Osborne's phrase about 'fixing the roof' (God help us all thought the audience as sporadic, short-lived applause broke out).  Like Gove, Willetts said nothing beyond Baker's speech.

Warsi (another unelected Minister parachuted in) spoke of 'friendly faces, someone to listen, bringing back people's confidence'.  A network of franchised 'Work Clubs' to be established where people can meet, exchange skills, find local opportunities, voluntary work & have'local community support'.  She also said the Cons are committed to a nationwide network of voluntary organisations, 'Work Together', inspired by Barak Obama.

Ken Clarke: 'Targeted help' with the contributions of James Dyson and David Freud.  How long before James Dyson is Lord Dyson of Hooverville?

Osborne:  No NI tax for first ten people employed in a new business for 2yrs.

All very well, all very upbeat but some parts are more Labour than Nu-Labour and others were empty rhetoric.

This surfeit of pleasures was swiftly followed by a speech from Cameron in which he put up a good fight to get himself elected.  If there are any videos available I'll post them because I just don't trust any politician & have possibly not given a fair picture.   I want to trust them but when it comes down to the wire there's been too much deceit, too much profiteering at our expense and not only from Labour.


  1. Trust? Politician?

    These are two words that should never be seen together unless the intention is to convey the message 'Never trust a politician'.

  2. You're right Edgar, some of the words were fine but the deeds will probably not match up to the words. We've learned a very hard lesson & it will take more than sweet-talk to regain a semblance of trust in Westminster. On today's showing, the Cons have a long way to go.

  3. > Osborne: No NI tax for first ten people employed in a new business for 2yrs.

    Daft idea, just setup a new business every 10 years? Some already do for "tax" purposes.

    I should be an EASY vote to target, yet they miss.

  4. It's the first day ACO and I'm hoping for better policies - so far not so good.


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