"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."

Sunday, 28 February 2010

Cameron Speech To Conference + Videos

Note: updating live

Cameron's speech is only five minutes in but he's come out fighting, passionate and without notes. "The British public does not hand out election victories on a plate - quite rightly too."

He goes on to contrast the stability of the Shadow Cabinet with the "chop & change" length of tenure of Labour Ministers.
Labour "locked in a dangerous dance of death."

The British people have many questions: First of all, what sort of Party are we?
The Party of the NHS; the environmental Party; Green, black, muslim - Nick Griffin "ghastly piece of filth". More than sixty women MPs if elected.

Tolerant, compassionate, brilliant, multiracial country. We are ready to serve you. This Conservative Party has made it's choice and it's never going back.

People power not state power. Aspiration and opportunity for all. Giving people more power & control over their lives.

The economy: Brown thinks he's the 'economy man' wants people to think he's an economic genius. What sort of genius is it that wrecks the pension system, complicates the tax system, we will tear his economic record apart, piece by piece.

Embraced the salesman tag - a salesman will be needed to get the message out to the world that the country is open for business again.

Not just a stronger economy but a stronger and richer society. Will have the most family-friendly Party manifesto in political history. The culture of advertising to children must change too - no more trashing family values.

Radical in reforming schools and the welfare system. Teach children British history. If you need benefit support you will get it; if you need work we will help you. If you can work but choose not to, you cannot go on claiming benefit as before. Britain's pensioners have been told by Party after Party that pensions will be linked to earnings rather than prices but we can look them in the eye and say we will do it. That's a promise.

Put the govt on a diet. Cut House of Commons, freeze Ministers' pay after cutting it 5%. Regional Development agencies - the whole lot is going.

Immigration is too high and will be cut.

Need to be frank and radical. The country needs a sense of optimism. Being a citizen of Britain is more than just paying taxes but being part of something bigger than yourself. We have the leadership, the values

Every day Brown is running this country is another grey day for Britain.

He finished on a rousing-the-troops style high note.
No doubt about it, he comes across better than Brown, Darling, Balls & Co. A bit of a curate's egg of a speech - not enough on the EU (his remarks on RDAs received the loudest cheers) or on immigration, simply asking us to trust him. Good on the economy/welfare system/education. There was a gratuitous reference to Nick Griffin - completely irrelevant in the context of his speech. *Sigh*. I'll post the full transcript and any videos as soon as possible but in the meantime I'm going to sit back with a cup of tea and watch the media trash it.

UPDATE: This is what the BBC is showing at the moment as well as giving plenty of airtime to Yvette Cooper to set out Labour's 'policies':

From ITV, on reforming the House of Commons and cleaning up politics:

Also from ITV, on why the Conservatives must fight back:

The Mail on Sunday has the most comprehensive account of the speech so far - complete with pics of demonstrating socialist worker scum that will remind you of the old days. All that's missing are the police horses. They sat on their backsides and let this government systematically and deliberately destroy the country, only getting off them to confront the BNP. I'd put them on the first boat out of here.


  1. He's a big girl's blouse and the Tories look to be slipping off the scale.

    5 more years of Brown?

    Cameron has a lot to answer for. The most incompetent and corrupt government since Nero and nobody out there trusts Cameron. They do not know what the hell he stands for.

    Of dear, oh dear.

  2. You're an SNP'er aren't you, Bugger? I should imagine you'd be quite pleased to see another rubbish Labour govt elected - Cameron's a Unionist plus the Cons have said they'll deal with the issue of Scottish MPs voting on English-only matters :-)

  3. Cameron's a chancer. I think the English should look elsewhere for a leader 'cause he ain't it.

  4. Hi Scunnert - many people are (UKIP/BNP/LibDem) but the worst thing possible would be for Brown to be re-elected. Wales/Scotland are pretty much a given for Labour, unfortunately.

  5. I am not and never have been a member of the SNP, so there!

    The SNP MPs at Westminster have never voted on matters which solely concern England, that is the province of Labour, Tory(well the one of them) and Libdums who regularly vote on such matters.


  6. I watched as much of his speech as I could stomach, GV, he's no Conservative and he refuses to talk about the issues right at the top of the Tory grassroots agenda - he's a fucking chancer, Tony Blair MkII, and a fucking Europhile to boot. (I wish someone would boot him right up the fucking arse!

    YouGov has the Tory lead down to 2% today - God help us if Brown gets in again - Cameron has me in total despair to the point that I wonder why the fuck I bother blogging. We're fucked no matter which lot wins this election.

  7. Thanks for clearing that up, Bugger.

    I share your worries Spidey but Cameron's never hidden his views on the EU. He lumbered himself with the 'heir to Blair' tag and it serves him right - he completely missed the mood. The question is, do those who don't want another Brown govt hold their noses and vote for Cameron in the hope of getting the Cons in as the only viable alternative to Labour under the current system, or do they go for broke and vote with their consciences/hearts - ie BNP/UKIP/Libertarians/Independents etc

    I'm with you on the blogging thing - I had a few days mulling it over after the Czechs ratified the Lisbon Treaty last year.

  8. I really would like to vote with my conscience, GV, but I know that would only allow Brown's communist dictatorship back in through the back door, so I will be holding my nose this time - next time will be a different story, though.

  9. Will there be a 'next time'? For sure if Labour are returned the voting system will be changed even more in their favour. You could be right - vote Conservative but harry them from the start - it might work.


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