Wednesday, 19 November 2008
We have always been the low tax Party ... and so it was great to hear the Leader talk about fiscal responsibility and permanent funded tax cuts with the Conservatives. We are in a recession right now, but we want recovery as quickly as possible. We therefore need to start managing public spending better so that we can get the economy back on that road to recovery.
As a Party, we are now not going to match the Labour unsustainable spending plans for 2010 and beyond. It is not affordable. We need to stop the growth in spending or there will be huge tax rises in the years to come.
There is a clear choice between Labour and Conservative. Labour with more economic mismanagement and the same old short-term policies....or the Conservatives with a long-term vision which is more responsible, more balanced with new ideas for the future.
Sunday, 9 November 2008
We marched to the War Memorial on Twickenham Road, led by the Pride of Moray pipe band. It is now 90 years after the end of the first world war... and young and old were there today to remember the many men and women who gave their lives for their country ...
"When you go home, tell them of us and say -
For your tomorrow we gave our today."
The service finished with singing:
Our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home.
May all those who are serving their country right now be kept safe and return home soon to their loved ones.
How important it is for us to support our troops and the work they do.
Photo: Mary laying a wreath at the War Memorial on Twickenham Road
Saturday, 8 November 2008
So what will the Prime Minister do now? Will he be brave enough to call an election in June 2009?
He has managed to recover a little in the polls over the last few weeks as some people think he has has shown leadership over the economic crisis. But how mistaken they are.
- Public borrowing has gone out of control
- He did not save in the good times so we have no reserves to support us now
- He created the Monetary Policy Committee and the Financial Services Authority but did not give them the power they needed to hold Banks to account
- Pension funds have been raided
- Government expenditure has increased dramatically since Labour came to power
- So much money has been wasted on failed government projects
The British people deserve change ...and a change for the better.
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
I watched the results as they were coming in and then listened to Obama's victory speech at 5am. I was moved. It felt like a special moment in time. America was making history. Obama had actually defied history, achieved the impossible and made dreams come true. This had been the dream of so many people, including Marthur Luther King when he made his famous speech "I have a dream...". Many thought it would never happen.
But what Barack Obama has done, is given his country renewed hope and optimism. His response to the challenges that lie ahead has been, "yes we can". He has united so many Americans by getting them to believe in themselves, believe in change and believe that they together can make their country better.
America has proven to the world that it is a nation eager for change. We now need to do the same. We need change for the better in Great Britain.