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REPRISE OF YOUNG TURKS OF THE TORY PARTY SERIES IN ONE PLACE!

This is for the benefit of the Before It’s News readers who might be interested in the Young Turks of the Tory Party series:

KWASI KWARTENG

If you superficially examine the web page of Kwasi Kwarteng in his (successful!) run for MP you might think he’s a Labour or LibDem candidate.  Never conservative.  He’s not your typical Tory MP candidate in a winnable district (if you want to be a national politician in the UK, you start by being interviewed by the party leaders and if they like you your reward is a riding that is unwinnable to see how you do.  If you do better than expected, you get a better riding.  By your third try you may win.  If you don’t believe me, read Margaret Thatcher’s memoirs.)  Kwarteng had run twice before for parliament and had not been successful.

But Kwarteng is a Conservative.  His story shadows a son of immigrants who became Governor of Louisiana.  Kwasi’s parents were born in Ghana.  They immigrated to the UK and shortly after that, Kwasi was born.  Both his parents went to college and his mother is a barrister.  She qualified just after Kwasi was born but stayed home with him until he was seven.  Kwasi went to Cambridge on a scholarship he won at 13 and ultimately earned a Ph.D in British History.

He was a “company analyst” (Chairman of the Bow Group, a respected UK conservative think tank) and a journalist; he is now working on a book about what Kwasi calls the “global legacy of the British Empire.”  (I quote his website that was apparently plagarized by the Ghana site).  His favourite politician is Winston Churchill and he is as he put it “still single, I’m afraid.”  My advice to the new MP is:  Don’t worry.  I had more dates when I ran for delegate than ever before!  And I lost!  He won!  (Of course praying about it and trusting in Christ is the best way to find the right mate!)

Here’s what Kwasi did when he won:  He praised his predecessor:

Before the Liberal Democrat outburst, [where their campaign workers called Kwarteng a “scumbag”], Mr Kwarteng had been praising and defending Mr Wilshire over his expenses scandal.

He said: “He was a very loyal and hard working MP for Spelthorne and nothing has been proven against him. He leaves with no smear or smirch against him.”

That’s what I would call gracious.  Some powerful names like and admire Kwarteng.  One is the shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer (shadow means he’s the Tory counterpart for the real Chancellor, similar to the Secretary of the Treasury and may well be the real one in a few days), George Osborne, said this about Kwarteng:

“Kwasi is a great asset to the party. He has a lively mind, lots of energy and would make a fine MP!”

Kwasi Kwarteng said this about why he is conservative:

I believe that people should be allowed to work hard and save their money. I think in modern Britain, too many people expect something for nothing.

He wrote an article with this title:  Rap Music, Goat Curry, and Why Crying Racism Won’t Help Beat Black Crime.  Kwarteng’s thesis is that family breakdown, limited educational chances and welfare programs have been factors in the increase of black-on-black crime in the UK.  It’s amazing.  Try this:

Through flawed ideology and a failure to promote traditional values, the Left made the situation for all those at the bottom of the heap far worse – whatever the colour of their skin.

Wow.  Might Kwasi Kwarteng come here and train our politicians?  I’d love to meet him!  I promise I’ll take him personally to Williamsburg but he might debate what would have happened if we had lost the Revolution!  And I might lose!  He may someday come visit President Bobby Jindal as the Prime Minister of Great Britain!

SAVID JAVID:

If you liked Kwasi Kwarteng, you’ll love Sajid Javid.  I want to have lunch with all the new young Tory MPs who will be a force for the right in the future in the UK!  Here’s some info about the new MP from Bromsgrove (Warning: it’s enough to cause me to have a midlife crisis!):

Sajid Javid is the first Muslim elected as a Conservative MP.  He was a bank Vice President at 24 (Chase Manhattan Bank) and was “headhunted” (that is no more a word than “fundraised”!) by Deutsche Bank.  I assume that means Javid was recruited.  He left DB as a “senior Managing Director”.  Javid has left banking but was quoted as being a “businessman and private investor.”  Javid was born in the UK (the son of a bus driver), is  married and has four children.  He also went to Cambridge and studied both economics and politics.  He already knows more than many officeholders in the USA!

His beliefs and platform are nothing short of extraordinary.  This this nugget from Javid’s article “Capitalism is Essential to our Properity and Liberty”:

 Critics of “Anglo-Saxon capitalism”, like President Sarkozy, claim that the Thatcher and Reagan reforms of deregulation and privatisation laid the seeds for the current crisis.  If this idea continues to gain ground, it will become harder for us to sell the public sector reforms we need, in order to create choice in, for example, education and health.

The reality is, of course, that it is these very reforms that led to 30 years of wealth and freedom on a huge scale.  Even after accounting for the current recession, British and American people have left the last decade a lot wealthier than when they entered it.

My readers might like this too!

We need to cut wasteful government spending and get the budget deficit under control, to re-discover that cutting taxes can lead to a rise in tax revenues, and to reduce regulations faced by businesses.  Crucially, we need to take powers back from the EU – because if we don’t, we may find that no matter how hard a Conservative government works to promote open markets and choice, we’ll find state intervention coming in through the back door.

How about this:

More reasonably, critics can argue that modern finance contributed to the crisis.  Some banks took extreme risks, and the balance of risk and reward was skewed throughout the financial chain.  Yet, these failures can’t be blamed on deregulation alone.  We all now know that the US, UK and European central banks deliberately kept interest rates too low for too long, leading to a boom in virtually all asset prices.  The wall of money looking for a home from Gulf and Far East foreign exchange reserves pushed up asset prices too.

But heavier regulation is not the answer.  Countries, such as Japan, with more highly regulated financial systems did not manage to avoid the crisis. Instead of more, we need smarter regulation.  George Osborne’s plan to end tripartite banking regulation, for instance, is on the right track.  The proposed EU financial reforms are on the wrong track.  (emphasis mine)

Can we trade some of our liberals for Javid and Kwarteng (and the other young turks I’ll write about)?  Wow!  Even though Javid defended the Lehman Brothers bailout, he still argues that capitalism is the best method to allocate needed resources.  Try these items from his web page:

I BELIEVE in freedom for responsible individuals, guaranteed by the rule of law and administered by an independent judiciary. Over the last 13 years, many of our hard won civil liberties have been eroded. As a result, we are not any safer, just less free.

Amen!  (If I can say that about a Muslim!)  Want more – there’s more:

I BELIEVE in free enterprise, fostered by a low tax, low inflation economy – with sterling as our national currency.

Javid rejects the euro; not bad for a former DB executive!

I BELIEVE that we should build a world class education system that gives every child the best possible start in life. We need to restore school discipline, adopt a grading system that actually means something, teach our children British history as well as the basics, and rid ourselves of the “everyone must win a prize” culture.

Amen again!

I BELIEVE in a responsible immigration policy. Immigration can be of real benefit to the UK, but only if properly controlled with its impact on the economy, public services and social cohesion taken into account. We should have an annual cap on the number of immigrants based on our need, and adopt a far tougher approach towards illegal immigration. People who settle here should respect the British way of life, culture and traditions, and be required to learn our language. For too long we have championed an ideology of multiculturalism which has created divides rather than broken them down.

The bold and italic emphasis is mine!  Hurrah!  I hardly think his opponents will call Javid a hater.

I BELIEVE that we are a sovereign nation with a proud history, and that we must fight all attempts to undermine our national independence. I support a free trade relationship with Europe, but I am against the Lisbon Treaty and want to see the return of these powers back to the British people.

Let’s hope his party does not sell him out!

Savid Javid quoted his heroine, Margaret Thatcher, in saying the goals of good government is to “roll back the frontiers of the state.”  Go for it; it takes great dreams to achieve great things.  Watch for this guy; he’s going places.

LOUISE BAGSHAWE

This young turk of the new Tories has something in common with this blogger:  We are both published writers.  While Louise Bagshawe is published (a number of novels!) and my novel is yet unpublished, I do have several scholarly and legal practice related articles.  When it comes to royalties, there’s no comparison!  This is her literary web site:  http://www.louisebagshawebooks.com/

Louise Bagshawe is a writer of so-called “chick-lit” (their term not mine) novels.  She has been compared to Jackie Collins in style.  She joined the Conservative Youth at 14 but admitted to a flirtation with Tony Blair for a short time.  She explained her apostasy here:

I got suckered by Tony Blair – he talked about low taxes, Tory spending levels, and he paid tribute to Thatcher, while our party was dissolving in in-fighting and flirting with the Euro via the ERM. But millions of Tory voters were similarly deceived – and we can’t demonise the mistake of the very people we want to win back.

I guess it worked:  She was appointed to run for Parliament as a Tory.  She went to Oxford (Here’s a hint:  If you want to be an MP, it helps to go to Oxford or Cambridge) and studied Early English (think Beowulf) and at the age of 22 was a published novelist (I think I feel a midlife crisis coming on!) as Bagshawe explains in the Times:

I sent my sample chapter to 13 agents, signed with the best one, and on my 22nd birthday I got a book deal with Orion. There was no way you could write novels and take two flights a day, so I quit Sony. For a 22-year-old girl, sharing a dingy flat in Swiss Cottage with holes in the plaster, my new contract seemed like a hell of a lot of money. My first book, Career Girls, was a bestseller, as were the following seven, including the latest, Sparkles. I have now sold more than 2m books. All of them feature strong women.

She was angry with the Conservative Party for a reason I agree with:  They sacked her heroine Margaret Thatcher.  Even during her dalliance with Tony Blair, she kept a postcard of her beau ideal pinned to the side of her monitor with Blu-Tac.  “I never stopped being a conservative; but I thought Blair was one too.”

But Tony Blair let Louise down.  History may report this as one of his greatest blunders!  She explains:

Blair was a Eurofanatic. He soon exhibited the anti-civil liberties streak that is now out of control. He let Gordon Brown raid the country’s pensions so that now we’ll all have to work longer; he instituted chaos instead of a fair immigration system.

I couldn’t have said it better myself; that is probably why Bagshawe is published and I am not!  But gradually Bagshawe became a practicing Catholic (she calls herself a Christian as well) and decided she could not do racy scenes anymore.  (Hurrah!)

Eventually, I realised that my personal moral code meant that I could not write any more passionate scenes. But conventional wisdom says they sell novels. I didn’t know how my publishers would take it; I remember having a stiff drink and then ringing them up. But they were very supportive, and my sales actually jumped.

Praise God!  Taking a stand for principle!  (What’s she doing in politics?)  Bagshawe is now a writer and regular colummist (The Tories are clever to play to the strengths of their supporters!) for a website:  ConservativeHome (http://conservativehome.blogs.com)

Bagshawe is pro-life (a position much more courageous in the UK than in the US) and takes an interesting position on civil unions:

 I support civil unions as conferring valuable civil rights, but I would advocate extending civil unions to those not in a romantic relationship, such as, for example, elderly relatives living together who wanted to buy a house. I believe marriage should have a specific and uniquely privileged place in British society.

Perhaps a review of why older persons will not marry (it’s taxation and pensions) might be an issue for the new MP.  But it is vaguely libertarian and clever.  She also supports foxhunting, is against the death penalty but believes that a life term should mean life not “five years” as she put it (Thanks to former governor George Allen for abolishing parole in that former UK colony Virginia!) and if it takes more prisons, so be it!

On education Bagshawe is mildly innovative and well-meaning:

 It would be my job as an MP to help fix the mess Labour has made of our schools so that other parents do not face such a choice. I am a school governor, and the daughter of a grammar school girl from the East End who went to Oxford and wound up Chairman of her County Council (as well as bringing in the lowest council tax in the country, well done Mum!). The dumbing-down of Britain and the loss of discipline in our schools is endemic. Urgent reform of the syllabus, teaching, and expulsion powers is called for. The recent education reform bill is a (very) small step in the right direction, but we need to go much further.

I’d say, fix the Labour mess with vouchers!  But her position as she puts it is a “(very) small step in the right direction” but the Tories need to go much further!

Bagshawe is a Euroskeptic:

I support an EU that is a free trade area, not a slow shift towards a U.S.E. I would certainly favour repatriating some powers, including judicial and fishing/agricultural, but I think you must negotiate in good faith. Threats at the outset is not the way to go. David Cameron is, I believe, pragmatic as well as a true Conservative, and the public responds to that. The contrast to Tony Blair is stark – the man never met a Euro initiative he didn’t like. He surrendered our rebate without so much as a whimper.

She writes in the ConservativeHome on the day Britain lost its sovereignty:

Tomorrow, in full defiance of his manifesto promise, Gordon Brown will sign the European Constitution. Spitting on the voters, whom polls show demand their promised referendum, Brown breaches the latest and most important of New Labour’s promises. His strategy is clear; he hopes that the Conservatives will shrink from the fight, rather than expose old divisions over Europe; that the sham debate in Parliament (irrelevant once the Constitution is signed) will bore the voters to death, and that Murdoch, the Sun and the Mail and Telegraph will wave the white flag.

Is there something about the Left that hates the people’s will?  It’s because the Left seldom can win an election on the facts.  Let us hope her new Leader does not jilt her much as Tony Blair did.

Louise Bagshawe’s position on George Bush 43 is similar to mine:

I strongly supported George Bush in the last election, and I must confess I am now hugely disappointed with him. No reform of the tax code, no WMDs, no plan to win the Iraq peace.

Rah for her!  that’s why I am for Ron Paul.  On taxes, the novelist writes the story well:

George Osborne has talked about the power of Ireland’s cuts in business taxation, and I imagine the party’s policy groups will be looking very hard at the Irish miracle. The Telegraph helpfully listed 80 of Brown’s tax rises, and the country clearly needs tax relief. Brown’s reputation for fiscal prudence is fiction – and I know fiction! We have false levels of high employment because the public sector is bloated under Brown. It is a question not of “if” but “when” the time will be right – as it was for Mrs. Thatcher, my own political heroine.

I am glad Mrs. Thatcher lived to see that she inspired a generation to follow in her political footsteps.  Go for it, Louise!  I’ll leave you with her new rock band, now that the new MP has small kids:

In my house today Top of the Pops is the Wiggles, the ace Aussie band for the under-fives.

Amen!  I had to proof this blog twice!  I can’t have a fellow writer too criticial of my efforts.  Maybe she’ll recommend me to her publisher!  I’ll be curious to see what Cabinet post Bagshawe has someday, probably in the Government of my next young turk:  Rory Stewart.

RORY STEWART:

What sort of office would this candidate be asked to run for in the United States:

A deputy governor in Iraq, decorated for that service with a high honor, military officer and diplomat, chairman of the board of a charity designed to preserve the ancient cultural treasures of Afghanistan and a professor at Harvard.  Did I forget he walked from Turkey to Bangladesh across Afghanistan and wrote two books?

At the very least a state-level job such as Lieutenant Governor or perhaps Attorney General, certainly Congress and maybe US Senate.  If he were elected, it would be whispered of even higher office almost immediately.  No, its not Scott Brown.

Well, it happened in the UK last week.  Rory Stewart, the deputy governor of a Iraqi state during occupation, a military officer and diplomat (is an Officer of the Order of the British Empire which is one of Britain’s highest decorations for his service in Iraq), and a published author was elected an MP for Penrith and the Border riding after winning with 53% of the vote!

Stewart’s not done yet:   He also was a tutor for Prince William and Harry and had just finished a stint as a Harvard professor.  Brad Pitt has purchased the film rights to his adventures!  And he’s younger (born January 3, 1973) than Governor Jindal!

But the story’s not finished.  Stewart’s also the Executive Chairman and board member of a non-profit foundation determined to save Afghan historical treasures:  The Turquoise Mountain Foundation.  From the website:  “Turquoise Mountain’s aim is to revive Afghanistan’s traditional crafts, and to regenerate Murad Khane, a historic area of Kabul’s old city known for its rich cultural heritage.”  Wow.  Talk about multiculturalism.  This is true respect for the culture of others that multiculturalism is a cheap counterfeit of.  Stewart also walked, that’s right, WALKED from Turkey to Bangladesh, a two year trek narrated in another book, “The Places in Between”; that is the book Pitt has the rights for.  Stewart was the British Representative in Montenegro in the 90s just prior to the Kosovo conflict.  Julian Glover at the Guardian says this:

An observer could be forgiven for wondering whether Stewart has ­entered some kind of unconscious competition for the most astonishing obituary of his generation.

Stewart lives a life of astonishing activity:

Can a man who debates and dines with presidential candidates, is a friend of the Prince of Wales and has to dash back from Penrith for supper with Michael Bloomberg – the mayor of New York City – hack it as a backbencher?

I think I better lay down until that midlife crisis goes away…

Now that I am up from my underachieving ways (although the true test of any achievement is not what humans think but what Christ thinks:  “Well done, good and faithful servant;…enter into the joy of your master.” [Matthew 25:21 (RSV)]), I’ll start with the brief post on Rory Stewart about Afghanistan where I agreed with him in regard to the troop level in Afghanistan.  Stewart expresses my feelings on the war.  It’s time to cut back and stop nation-building.  A small troop level is acceptable to find bin Laden (Why we won’t adopt the Ron Paul position:  Issue the letter of marque and reprisal on bin Laden!) is acceptable along with training the Afghan forces but this nation-building is unnecessary and we can no longer afford it.

What’s his platform, Sanders?  Let’s start with Afghanistan:

Jason Zengerle at the New Republic described him as a “T.E.Lawrence of Afghanistan” (T.E.Lawrence was Lawrence of Arabia) and speculated on his war position:

And yet, for all his obvious ambition, Stewart believes the key to any successful U.S. policy in Afghanistan is modesty. “What muddling through is really about is recognizing that we don’t have all the answers,” he says. “It’s not as if we have some amazing high modernist ideology that we’re kind of engineers of the human soul or central planners who are going to come out and create an ideal state. We don’t have that ideological certainty, we don’t know what we’re trying to do, nor do we actually have the power. We don’t have the kind of authoritarian weight to impose this on another country. Nor do we have the knowledge.” He continues: “In that kind of situation, you’re much better off making small, incremental steps which are reversible. You can try something, if that doesn’t work, you can back off and try something else.”

Sounds like a humble foreign policy to me.  A humble foreign policy is what Bush 43 called for and Ron Paul endorsed.  Nonintervention is certainly in favor these days.  Stewart says our intervention is “actually provoking the Taliban”; He is quoted thus:

In Stewart’s view, we need fewer troops and less commitment. A bit of practical help, rather than a vision. A return to pre-2004.

“What happened after that was a murmur from people who felt disappointed that we hadn’t created a gender sensitive, multi-ethnic, centralised state.

“Generally what happens when you push a boulder up hill is that as soon as you let go it rolls down again.”

Hurrah!  I agree.  Recall that post-Taliban Afghanistan nearly caused the execution of a follower of Christ for talking about Jesus.  Our intervention probably saved his life.

Stewart also believes that withdrawal will not increase the terrorist potential:

Stewart warns that increased activity is just drawing us into a counter insurgency. He also doubts the final fruits of our work — a democratic nation. Most startlingly counterintuitive of all, he denies that Afghanistan is even much of a terrorist threat in the first place.

“We need to get Afghanistan into proportion. We have become fixated and Afghans have connived in this. A senior Afghan politician said to me: ‘Rory please stop calling Afghanistan a humanitarian project. We must be the number one terrorist threat in the world because if we are not, the West will stop giving us money.’ It is a crazed, co-dependent relationship.

Stewart should know as the foundation chairman and diplomat.  For more, read this Bill Moyers transcript.

So, Sanders, what are Stewart’s other positions?  Might he be a liberal?  Perhaps.  He was not even a Conservative Party member when he applied to be an MP.  But I am not the first blogger to add the initials PM to OBE and MP to Stewart; Paul Waugh at the Evening Standard said as much.

Here’s a start reminiscent of Wendell Willkie:  “I’d rather be an effective, respected, serious member of Parliament, than I would a kind of Prime Minister who was seen as an apparatchik,” Stewart told kansascity.com.

Stewart then uncorks a hint in the kansascity.com article that if, say Governor Jindal said out loud, would immediately stoke White House buzz:

“There’s not much point in being prime minister for the sake of being prime minister, but I think this is a very interesting opportunity to see if it’s possible to take the risk – because I think it is a huge risk – to try to be a little bit more honest and explicit.”

As for Stewart being a liberal, he was briefly a Labourite.  He told Julian Glover of the Guardian that he is less skeptical of the EU than most Tories:

Questions have also been asked about why he has chosen the Tories rather than Labour; after all, he was a member of the Labour party as a teenager and he diverges from the Tory line on Iraq, Afghanistan and some aspects of the European Union. But he seems at home ideologically with his new party. He shows a Cameronesque irri­tation with government: “Excessive regulation, red tape, all the stuff people complain about. You have got more hope with the Tories of having people who speak that kind of language; you can say that sort of thing without them getting defensive . . . I found student politics when I was at university a bit uncomfortable,” he says. “I think the Conservative party has changed and I have changed.”

But what he says about the EU is more nuanced and intriguing:

He even praises aspects of the EU, as few Tories do these days. “The world isn’t one way or ­another. Things can be changed very, very rapidly and can be changed by someone with sufficient confidence, sufficient knowledge and sufficient ­authority.”

Maybe it will be Prime Minister Rory Stewart with sufficient authority to take on the EU!  That seemed to be Glover’s take on it:

Quite possibly he imagines himself to be that person. One thing that is not in doubt is his self-confidence.

That would be fine by me.  I too admire this new MP (Lunch perhaps with the other young turks and this writer?  I’d start saving my money for a trip to London!) and I must say that if David Cameron was willing to have these sorts of people in his Parliament, that says a lot about him that is favorable.  I would say Stewart might be just a typical ambitious politico except he seems to have tremendous integrity and honour.  Perhaps even a Churchill for his time.  The UK could certainly use a Churchill these days.  We’ll see what happens…

 

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About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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