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We're you thinking what the Conservatives were thinking? Did you believe the Lib Dems were the real alternative? Is Labour moving forward not back? This blog will focus on all things political. It will be irritating, agitating and maybe just maybe it will get you thinking.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Time for Tory Radio

You may have noticed there havent been as many posts as normal on the blog. The reason is that I have been busying myself setting up interviews and the likes for when TORY RADIO is finally launched. Make sure you don't miss our on this great podacst!

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Just to be difficult...

After being challenged by Iain Dale I only managed 6 categories - but I do like to be different!

Seven things to do before I die
Visit every continent
Learn to fly
Get married (oops – 3 days time)
Work for myself
Break a world record
Publish a book
Hold a baby Orangutan

Seven things I cannot do
Tolerate fools
Drive without moaning at others
Admit I’m wrong quickly
Live without emails anymore
Write neatly
Be serious for too long
Sit still and do nothing

Seven things that attract me to England
Green fields
Different accents
The seaside
Fish and chips
Football on a Saturday
Cricket matches
Our sense of humour

Seven things I often say
Oh man!
Your mamma!
Indicate you fool
Nice one
For Gods sake
Yeah I know (in the style of Little Britain)

Seven songs I love
Common People
Misshapes Mistakes Misfits
American Pie
Midnight train to Georgia
Winner takes it all
Scenes from an Italian restaurant
Don’t stop me now

Seven movies I watch over and over again
Good Fellas
Blazing Saddles
Mad Max
Coming to America
Nutty Professor
Shawshank Redemption

Well I don't live in Bradford!

According to a survey highlight on BBC news online Bradford has earned the unwanted title of Britain's fattest city. I assume they didn't come round my street in Chesterfield then! Hmmm - maybe I need to start thinking about doing at least a bit of training for this London Marathon!

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

The Right Grinds to a halt

No its not the right wing of the Tories under the Cameron revolution, but the right sided hand rail on the escalator in Portcullis House. Nearly sent me A over T. Do not fear! Engineers are on the case!

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Please be seated.....but not yet

Now my recollection may not be what it used to be - or is it that I am so gobsmacked that I cant remember the exact words that made up the "story" in the Daily Mail on Saturday.

Apparently, not only has a certain fire service paid considerable amounst of money for reclining seats for the firemen to sit/sleep in (do nurses on call get such luxury?) - but apparently they arent allowed to use them until.... wait for it.... they have been trained to do so.

Surely everyone knows that blokes need no training using either reclining seats, remote controls, or opening bottles....... no those vacuum cleaners are another story.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Radio Ga Ga?

The Guardian diary have picked up the imminent (well not hours away - give me chance) launch of Tory Radio today.

Hugh Muir writes,

"There comes a time when every invention comes into its own. Radar in the second world war; television during the coronation. Rejoice, then, about a meaningful use for the MP3 player with the advent of Tory Radio, a weekly podcast of interviews and news covering the progress of the Cameroonian revolution. It will be informative and modern, incisive and modern, provocative and ... well you know. This is surely what the iPod was destined for. Think about wandering down a country lane as John Redwood explains macroeconomics. Sheer bliss."

Sheer bliss indeed!

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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

May I draw your attention to

A little something that is going to be launched properly post honeymoon.....


Scandals (not sandals) a plenty - and not just Lib Dems

Spurred on by my "new entry at number 19" position in Iain Dales top 25 political blogs I decided to do a little update on my time in Portcullis House today. I had a good chat with a current Labour MP who informed me that at the 97 election there was an agreement between Labour and the Tories to keep a story of a similar nature to the Oaten one out of the papers - as someone high up in both parties could have "come a cropper" (my words not theirs). My political history leaves me with absolutely no clue who they were on about, but it did intruige me.

I do wonder how many scandals are stored up for just the "right moment".

Two of my skeletons were being the second youngest candidate in the 97 election - for Jimmy Goldsmith, and also backing Lord Archers Mayoral campaign - not sure if they both equate to errors of judgement.

One good piece of judgement is getting married in 10 days time! And if you're reading this Julie - don't we have wedding songs to choose?

That will be me in the dog house again...... I probaly wont be allowed near a computer until after my honeymoon now!

Friday, January 20, 2006

Bright idea?

Apparently the All Party Group on climate change are going to recommend that in an effort to encourage the use of energy efficient bulbs, taxes on those which are less efficient should gradually rise.

So a pensioner can soon look forward to paying more for their light bulbs - along with increases in electrcity prices.

Now here's a bright idea... why don't we look at ways of producing energy efficient light bulbs cheaper - and encourage their use that way....
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