What a week

It wasn’t my intention to make this a weekly BLOG but it seems to be drifting that way, at the moment evenings are more than a little busy.

The proper campaigning has started and it looks like it is going to be a hot one.


I wrote a piece for The Voice about education, read it here. This an important area which does not get the attention that it deserves, a good education system is the foundation for everything else and at the moment it isn’t as good as it should be.

I know that Labour will say that I’m talking down the teachers or the children but I’m not. I know plenty of teachers who are very unhappy with the current state of affairs, the problem will not be solved by greater government intervention, the problem is government intervention.


Well done Paula. Paula’s marathon time was a little bit quicker that my marathon time. I ran (and walked) the London Marathon in 2002 and I can tell you that it is very, very hard work. This election campaign sometimes feels a bit like a marathon although I have a much better chance of coming first.


I think this picture says it all, be careful when you try to deceive as fate my highlight the truth. The rather unfortunate positioning of Tony’s fingers gives a different message to the one he intended.

I find it very interesting that a party which has so passionately jettisoned its socialist roots still has its manifesto in a “little red book”. Put “little red book” into Google and this is what you get. Not what Tony would want methinks.


I have received criticism that we are overplaying the immigration section of our manifesto, I don’t think we are but I always take criticism seriously (but not to heart). I now realise why this impression may be being formed, I attended a speech in Watford where Michael Howard was speaking in support Ali Miraj our candidate there.

The speech focussed on British attitudes to fairness, over regulation by government, political correctness and it culminated in a proud comment on our success in fielding more black and Asian candidates that either Labour or the Lib Dems. What was reported? The short passage about our immigration policy.

They say that politicians complaining about the media is like farmers complaining about the weather. You might not like it, but you can’t change it, so learn to live with it.

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