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Every time there was an election as a kid, some wiseacre in my class would say so-and-so (Wallace or Nixon were the usual culprits) would make the kids go to school on Saturday.  I usually suggested that was balderdash and no one was fooled.

Hence I laughed so hard when I read this article in the Guardian (UK):  Schools should open at weekends!  I checked to see if it was the Onion!  It is not.  It’s why the Tory party is in so much trouble.  I realize the article was to cover breaking down educational barriers for the poor but I think it’ll have the effect of making the Conservative Party look a bit ridiculous.

The answer to the Tories woes is stated well by Norman Tebbit, the Lord Tebbit of Chingford, a prominent Tory leader.  His commentary in the Guardian is telling.  Highlights:

David Cameron has the brains to turn the tables and come back to win. But he has to inspire the electors to believe he would make a difference not over the trivialities of dress sense or political asylum for African homosexuals, but the management of the debt and spending crisis which threatens to overwhelm the country, our relationship with the EU, the crisis of unintegrated foreign communities, and the regulatory nightmares built on human rights and health safety legislation implemented by politically correct officials. There is material galore to bring voters out, but it has to be used with courage and flair. There is not much time. Another five years of NuLab would threaten the very survival of the country we have known. And what then?

I agree with Lord Tebbit.  The Conservative Party needs to assert Britain’s sovereignty, get off the climate change kick, insist on democracy in Europe.  They can do it.  This article suggests it is not likely.  Even the apparent assertion in 2009 Cameron made is hardly reassuring:

Mr Cameron has promised a referendum in the UK if the ratification process has not been completed across the Union by the time a Conservative administration comes to power, but today he declined to say what he would do if ratification is complete and the Treaty is in effect by that time.

It’s easy to say what to do:  Britain gets out until there is a referendum.  How hard is that to say?  I am afraid I would have to support a different party:  the UKIP.  I’d be running, if they let me, in some obscure riding somewhere (probably northern Scotland!) trying to explain why Britain is important.  Tebbit again:

On the differences between UKIP and BNP, ‘assegai’ is wrong again and ‘Garrinche’ and ‘Christopher aus trier’ are right. Their natural bedrock voters are very different, because the BNP is a socialist party and UKIP is a conservative party. That is why Farage is standing at Buckingham and Griffin at Barking, not the other way around.

The BNP is a racist political party; the UKIP is a liberty party.  The EU does not believe in liberty as illustrated by this story concerning Nigel Farage’s comments concerning the EU President.  Farage is apparently to be reprmanded.  Here is part of his remarks:

“I don’t want to be rude,” he began.

“But you know, really, you have the charisma of a damp rag and the appearance of a low grade bank clerk.”

To loud protests, Mr Farage continued: “The question that I want to ask and that we are all going to ask is: who are you? I had never heard of you; nobody in Europe had ever heard of you. I would like to ask you, Mr President: who voted for you? And what mechanism – I know democracy is not popular with you lot – what mechanism do the peoples of Europe have to remove you? Is this European democracy?”

Excellent question; David Cameron should ask this very question as well.  The UKIP leader asserts that the answer is for the UK to leave the EU. 

”The plain fact is that the easiest way, perhaps the only way, to solve the problems of the economy and immigration is to leave the EU.”

But the European politicos who run the EU support the punishment of Farage:

Martin Schulz, the German leader of Socialist MEPs, called on Mr Farage to be reprimanded and demanded his resignation.

“It would be better, if Mr. Farage laid down his mandate, if the EU and the European parliament please him so badly,” he said.

Farage might have been in poor taste but the EU is not a libertarian institution.  It should be US foreign policy not  to give it any aid or support.

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)


  1. interesting take on an issue I have had a great interest in for some time having lived in the UK. Advice though, if you are thinking of running in an obscure constituency, UKIP isnt exactly popular there. You'd have to factor in the Scottish nationalists but thats a whole different debate.Remember Tebbit is a Thatcherite…and yes a referendum is easy to say but its the pulling OUT of the EU thats the problem. The diehard UKIPS worry about Cameron and what he says (does he mean it?)Call me Dave is ThatcherLite and remeber the UK voting system.Why the US would give aid to the EU is beyond me (apart fromthe usual reasons)


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