The Death Agony of British Toryism
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"...fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity."
"Many asylum-seekers are already left destitute by the Government's incompetence and these penny-pinching cuts will make life harder still."
"Britain's proud record of providing sanctuary to the oppressed is undermined by forcing people to get by on £35 a week. The easiest way to cut the asylum budget would be to let asylum-seekers work to support them. It is ridiculous that the Government will not even consider this for people who have waited months for a decision. Ministers have managed to create a system that is both inefficient and inhumane."
"The Department for Work and Pensions said even the poorest pensioners in the UK were better off than those living in other countries."
"This report is further evidence of the mess Labour have made of motoring taxes.
Their attempts at disguising retrospective car tax hikes as green taxes has backfired. Dressing up revenue raisers designed to plug the enormous black hole in Gordon Brown's public finances as green taxes fools no one and leaves road users aggrieved."
You can be sure that Peter Mandelson is asking these questions. He also knows that Labour's greatest minus is Mr Brown and the Tories' greatest plus is Mr Cameron. He can do something about the former and not the latter. He may see an assassin's logic here, and act with incredible speed to save the party, which, in his weird way, he loves. I wish I could be sure that the Tories were ready.
“My approach to the City is not one of hostility, or of obsequiousness. I recognise its importance. But it needs ‘tough love’, not the freedom to run amok.”