Elgar’s musical metaphor 

Sol Gabetta made her BBC Proms Debut on the opening night 2016.

Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor is truly a wonderfully enchanting piece. It is emotional. 

I always say that music needs to either make me move or move me. This piece certainly moves me. 

In contrast to Vivaldi’s four seasons, the Cello Concerto is positively autumnal. It stirs so many emotions and has been s fitting accompaniment to so much of my life right now. It’s positive yet pensive. 

It could be a fitting soundtrack to government right now (sorry I had to mention it somewhere), in light of the Brexit deal, I feel there is much to be positive about l, we just have to be patient.

This piece of music makes me feel very much the same. There are sparks of excitement and joy, interleaved with thoughtfulness.

I never said my blog posts would make sense 😉. I hope you enjoy them all the same.

Why it’s ok… To change your mind on the EU…

For as long as I can remember I have been a Brexiteer. 

I joined the Conservative Party shortly before the European Parliament Elections in 2009. One of the first politicians that I met was the fabulous Miss Emma McClarkin MEP. I met Emma at a European Hustings at the University of Derby. I was in a lift with a fellow activist; Emma and our local PPC Stephen Mold.

I went on to work with Emma quite closely from that moment on and asked Emma to become Honorary president of East Midlands CF whilst I was Regional Chairman.

Emma taught me just how undemocratic the EU was. She demonstrated over time how federalised they were becoming and that was not a place that I wanted to be.

During the referendum campaign I told people that Emma, along with Andrew Lewer MBE MEP was the person I trusted more than anyone on Europe. If Emma and Andrew wanted to leave then that was good enough for me.

Anyway back to the point. 

As eurosceptic as I have always been, we Torys have a habit of putting the national interest before our own and so at #cpc15 in Manchester I gave an interview in which I said that I would wait for the outcome of the negotiations. 

Even Miss McClarkin said that we needed reform and as such if we got reform we should stick with it.

I truly believe that all of us would have supported credible reform but the truth is that the #Brexit negotiation terms that Stephen Crabb announced in his leadership bid last week were the reforms that David Cameron should have been fighting for prior to the referendum. 

Now I’ve been fairly vocal in my support for Andrea Leadsom to become leader and ultimately Prime Minister.

Andrea is a family centric Thatcherite who believes in free trade, low tax and Great Britain. She shares all the same Tory core values as me.

Andrea has been torn apart over the fact that she changed her mind on Europe.

The fact is that I agree with Andrea that the EU became unreformable.

I am making the case that it is Okay to change your mind. We are Conservatives and collectively we do what it needs to protect Britain. Andrea was a Brexiteer and I’m proud to support #Andrea4PM #Leadsom4Leader

Time for change?…

As a political activist there are only really two lines that parties can use to evoke any kind of political change.

1. let’s stay on course (predominantly can only be used if you are in government.)

2. it’s time for change (this one is the main line for parties in opposition)

As a relative newcomer to party politics I fought the 2010 general on the battlefield using the time for change line. It seemed to work.

We formed a bizarre “Con-dem” coalition government and we were fairly limited in what we could do.

In 2015 we sort of used a mixture of the two lines. We needed to keep the Tory Common Sense but we needed a full on conservative government.
So enough of the political history lesson… To my point…
In the wake of the brutal murder of Jo Cox MP up in West Yorkshire, I now feel it’s time to reinforce those most important of British Values: Democracy and respect.

The truth is that it’s “Time for change” again. It’s time for change in traditional party politics. 

It’s right and proper that we each have different views and that we are able to express them. However it’s time to be able to disagree without being disagreeable. 

To paraphrase Mrs Thatcher: “I do so enjoy it when they get personal, it means that that don’t have a single political argument left.”

But joking aside let’s keep the politics political. It really is time to change.

In memory of Jo Cox MP on what would be her 42nd Birthday.

Is the next generation of Tory voter actually the working man?

I often, during the 2015 local elections was asked on the doorstep “Have you got a proper job?” 

I thought, what a curious question to ask a local candidate, but it’s an important question and I’ve come to realise in my 7 years in politics that it is a real consideration for voters, locally here in my native Derbyshire. 

The truth is that all three of the Conservative candidates in my ward (incidentally, now all three Councillors) work in fairly blue collar jobs in the logistics industry.

I speak to many people in the work place, inevitably when they find out what I do, the conversation turns to politics.

The question is: “Why are you a Tory?…” My response “… And I believe in low taxation, giving you more money to spend from your hard earned wages…”, always sparks an unexpected response.

Around two thirds will say: “That’s why I voted Tory for the first time…” 

Previous generations of workers were trade unionists and staunch Socialist workers, but as a colleague said to me last week, “I’m a worker, so I voted Tory… My dad hates me”.

That’s why I support the Conservative trade unionists and why I believe raising the personal allowance was absolutely the right thing to do.

I can say that the next generation of Tory voter actually the working man.

Strike a chord?

I am a unionist.

After all is said and done I am a card carrying member of the Conservative and Unionist Party. I believe in unionism but not in militancy. 

I especially abhor strike action. I do not see that it gets anything done. I have been in a volunteer role, covering for picketing workers, so this proves the point that there will always be people to fill the void.

My biggest issue however is that Trade unions are becoming the fourth sector. Union stewards should be workers first. For a union to have a CEO and a management structure is abhorrently wrong. 

Let’s look at the junior doctors strike…

The doctors aren’t interested in reaching an agreement or a compromise. Nor are they interested in putting safety first. If they were they’d be negotiating rather than striking. 

The public sector needs a troubled group. In the last decade it was teachers, now it’s doctors.

But how many agree with what the doctors say and do? Today we saw a RTC on the M1. Is there sufficient medical cover to deal with it.
In my opinion the trade union bill didn’t go far enough.