Election 2010: Richard Drax tells of his hopes

Richard Drax

Richard Drax

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RICHARD Drax spoke to the Dorset Echo of his hopes for the future after sweeping aside Labour’s Jim Knight with a majority of 7,443 in Thursday’s election.

Mr Drax told how he celebrated with his Norwegian wife Elsebet and met fellow Tories at the Conservative Club in Weymouth after the result in the early hours of Friday morning.

And he again threw the proposed new Portland schools academy into doubt.

Have you had the chance to celebrate?

“It’s been a busy, interesting and exciting time “We had a small do at the Conservative Club at 6am where I said thank you to all our team.

“We all met up for a bacon bap and a drink.

“My wife has been a great support like all wives are. And it’s been straight into the thick of it as we have to sign up in Westminster and get our passes and a laptop.

“We get shown a temporary office and guidance on how to behave and what to do. It’s a bit like school but all as you would expect with the administrative stuff.”

Were you surprised at the 9.3 percent swing from Jim Knight to you with 22,667 people voting Conservative in South Dorset?

“I was obviously pleased with the result. I’m also well aware of the people who did not vote for me and who are disappointed.

“I’m going to work for the benefit of all. I will do my utmost to represent everybody, whatever their political creed. To represent South Dorset is a huge privilege.”

What was the turning point?

“I’ve worked hard and met lots of people and got involved in lots of issues to help many people as a prospective MP after they came to me for help. I think that certainly helped.

“If a prospective MP turns up and hopes to win on a national swing, they are going to lose. It was very much a team effort to get out there. As I’ve said I think we played with a straight bat going around and having public meetings. I showed my face and spoke to people and I think people said ‘Well this guy is ‘what you see is what you get’.

Will you be speaking to Jim Knight as you start your role as MP?

“I will speak to Jim and thank him for what he’s done for South Dorset. I intend to ask him if there’s any causes he would like me to take on and more importantly what the constituents have asked him to take up.

“I’m not the sort of guy to say ‘Ya boo sucks’. I’ve won but now it’s time to move on. It’s a foolish man who thinks he has all the answers.”

I understand you don’t expect to be in a Conservative cabinet if David Cameron gets to form one?

“I think as someone on my pay grade I’m not expecting it but clearly it’s not my decision.

“My hope is that we get something created that the country needs as we are in dire economic circumstances – far worse than I believe Labour has let on. I suspect we will get a coalition government but between whom I don’t know. I hope it’s between us and someone.

“As for proportional representation I emphatically think it would be wrong for this country. It’s wrong for Gordon Brown to say the system is broken so let’s have PR. I say: ‘No Mr Brown you broke the system by your behaviour’. Our constitution is in very good nick.

What priorities have you got for South Dorset?

“The difficulty I have got as far as priorities are concerned is that until we know who the government is it’s hard to know who to report to.

“If we had a stonking majority I could say ‘we are an Olympic town we desperately need money.’ That does not mean I’m not going to try because I will. But I’ve a nasty feeling we are going to find out this country is literally on the point of collapse as our debt is so serious.”

Are you looking to press ahead with the Portland schools academy?

“My view is if we can get money for the island then that’s fantastic.

“There’s one side that wants a four to 19-year-old all-in-one academy. What the majority would accept is that they do need money for the secondary school but the autonomy of the primary schools must be respected. But where’s the money? Let’s wait and see if there is a government that says ‘here is £20million’.

“At the moment we have a promise which was so disingenuous. For Ed Balls and Mr Knight to promise the island this money when Mr Balls was nothing more than a Labour candidate at the time was very wrong. We now have to sit back and see what government we have got and find out what money – if any – we have.”

How do you see the area developing a legacy from the Olympics?

“We’ve got the sailing academy and that’s a huge legacy. And I know the academy is working to make it more available to everybody.

“We have the relief road and though that was always going to come many would argue it could be ‘too little too late’.

We are working to ensure we have a super-speed broadband link for all companies here.”

Do you see that helping to attract businesses here?

“I’m sure not having fast broadband puts people off.

“The county council has been working for us to attract businesses that are going to provide jobs. We’ve got to ensure the business playing field we create in this county is attractive for businesses to stay in the UK.

“Many are leaving for tax reasons.

“I’m a traditional Tory in the sense of having less state and less tax and to deregulate.

“We’ve got to allow business men and women to create the wealth and jobs and not the state.”

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10:08am Mon 10 May 10

CHEVAL says...

Hmm, didnt one of the contributors say that Mr Drax had no interest in Weymouth and Portland? Prove me wrong, Mr Drax. let the Academy go ahead- Portland needs and deserves it, its been forgotten about for far too long. Please dont ignore the honest, hardworking and poor.
Hmm, didnt one of the contributors say that Mr Drax had no interest in Weymouth and Portland? Prove me wrong, Mr Drax. let the Academy go ahead- Portland needs and deserves it, its been forgotten about for far too long. Please dont ignore the honest, hardworking and poor. CHEVAL
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10:12am Mon 10 May 10

CHEVAL says...

Sorry, should have added , please lobby hard for it( The Academy) ,like Jim did for the road.
Sorry, should have added , please lobby hard for it( The Academy) ,like Jim did for the road. CHEVAL
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11:27am Mon 10 May 10

highbloodpressure says...

If you like fox hunting, own acres of land, read the Telegraph/Mail, still worship Thatcher, are set to inherit a fortune, plan to send your kids to public school or plan to set up your own school or you are a brick layer, then he's your man. Personally I don't feel represented by a man who probably doesn't know the price of fuel and food, has no interest in the NHS or state schools nor understands the anger people feel about the disgraceful behaviour of city bankers.

security word...thus-hate !!!
If you like fox hunting, own acres of land, read the Telegraph/Mail, still worship Thatcher, are set to inherit a fortune, plan to send your kids to public school or plan to set up your own school or you are a brick layer, then he's your man. Personally I don't feel represented by a man who probably doesn't know the price of fuel and food, has no interest in the NHS or state schools nor understands the anger people feel about the disgraceful behaviour of city bankers. security word...thus-hate !!! highbloodpressure
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12:19pm Mon 10 May 10

I REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY DON'T LIKE THE NEW ECHO WEBSITE says...

How many times does a fox actually get caught when being hunted? Also, I think most foxes in Dorset live near my house (judging by how often I see wandering around).
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I would love to send my children to public school- I want the very best for them, and smaller class sizes and children that have actually been raised correctly would help. If I can set up my own school that will benefit my children and other children (providing they were happy to concentrate, respect the teachers, the other pupils and themselves) then I think that is a good idea.
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I am sure that Richard Drax knows how much petrol is- yes, he is wealthy but even the mega rich begrudge paying for things.
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Alternatively, we could ask Gordon Brown to keep borrowing billions of pounds to prop up the economy.
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It is basic common sense- we cannot afford to keep our bloated country running. It would be like earning £400 per week- but living a lifestyle that cost £700 per week. Eventually, something has to give- look at Greece!
How many times does a fox actually get caught when being hunted? Also, I think most foxes in Dorset live near my house (judging by how often I see wandering around). . I would love to send my children to public school- I want the very best for them, and smaller class sizes and children that have actually been raised correctly would help. If I can set up my own school that will benefit my children and other children (providing they were happy to concentrate, respect the teachers, the other pupils and themselves) then I think that is a good idea. . I am sure that Richard Drax knows how much petrol is- yes, he is wealthy but even the mega rich begrudge paying for things. . Alternatively, we could ask Gordon Brown to keep borrowing billions of pounds to prop up the economy. . It is basic common sense- we cannot afford to keep our bloated country running. It would be like earning £400 per week- but living a lifestyle that cost £700 per week. Eventually, something has to give- look at Greece! I REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY DON'T LIKE THE NEW ECHO WEBSITE
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12:19pm Mon 10 May 10

lucycoop says...

CHEVAL: why do you think we NEED an academy on Portland? Our primaries are out perfoming alot of the weymouth schools and i as a parent have many concerns over the proposed academy so rail roading it through NO Thanks. As for Richard Drax give them man a chance
CHEVAL: why do you think we NEED an academy on Portland? Our primaries are out perfoming alot of the weymouth schools and i as a parent have many concerns over the proposed academy so rail roading it through NO Thanks. As for Richard Drax give them man a chance lucycoop
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12:34pm Mon 10 May 10

Peter Gunn says...

Give the man a chance for God's sake, 7,443 voters can't all be wrong. Furthermore, he can speak the Queen's english and write joined up!
Give the man a chance for God's sake, 7,443 voters can't all be wrong. Furthermore, he can speak the Queen's english and write joined up! Peter Gunn
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12:53pm Mon 10 May 10

spoon says...

South Dorset is more than just Weymouth?

How much more money is going to be wasted 'going to Weymouth' ?

As for the Olympics.....need to find cutbacks there, too much money going to be wasted otherwise
South Dorset is more than just Weymouth? How much more money is going to be wasted 'going to Weymouth' ? As for the Olympics.....need to find cutbacks there, too much money going to be wasted otherwise spoon
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1:15pm Mon 10 May 10

JamesYoung says...

It seems to be a common assumption that Labour understands the working man. I disagree. Labour understands and promotes the benefits culture. It understands that the UK is now, due in part to it's own mismanagement, but also to globalisation and to policies of the Thatcher government, dependent on financial services - and the huge tax revenues derived from this industry are too critical to come down too hard on bonuses without global consensus. And so it has helped the lazy, and it has helped the greedy. But it has done little for the "working" man.

Labour has increased public sector employment by 13%. During that same period private sector employment rose by only 5.7%. Labour robbed all of us of our pensions. The poorest 5% of households now pay 7% of tax, versus 6.8% in 1997. Measures such as the child trust fund, which was supposedly going to end child poverty by giving poor children £500 - which they could access on their 18th birthday, and therefore did little to end poverty but did a lot to earn votes - cost a lot of money. Banning fox hunting but allowing a loophole whereby if a hunt "accidentally" catches a fox then it is ok, again delivered on an election promise but no attempts at enforcement were made.

You won't hear me say a bad thing about Jim Knight, because i believe he was one of the good guys. But i also believe that we now need a Tory government to sort the mess out. Because we are in a mess. It's estimated that the total public sector debt is between £80,000 and £100,000 per household. These numbers have doubled in real terms since Labour came to power. Of course people will say "it was a global problem" but Brown himself has admitted liability "by not acting to stop excesses in teh banking industry". Of course, that was also a lie - his part in the fiasco was played out back in 2001, when he took responsibility for governance of investment schemes from the Governor of the Bank of England and gave it to the FSA - a bunch of bureaucrats.

We are on the brink of a precipice. It will be tough for everyone and no doubt everybody will be gravitating back toward Labour in the next 5 years. But the alternative is probably that we end up like Greece.

The Tories have their faults (a love of fox hunting being one of them). But they do understand that Britain needs to be run as a business. Gordon Brown tried to run a massive pyramid scheme - investing billions in the public sector, and pointing at new hospitals and new schools as shining examples of Labour progress, whilst forgetting to mention that they had all been bought on the never-never (or PFI as they call it in government).

The random word generator has come up with a little message for Gordon Brown - "lose-jump".
It seems to be a common assumption that Labour understands the working man. I disagree. Labour understands and promotes the benefits culture. It understands that the UK is now, due in part to it's own mismanagement, but also to globalisation and to policies of the Thatcher government, dependent on financial services - and the huge tax revenues derived from this industry are too critical to come down too hard on bonuses without global consensus. And so it has helped the lazy, and it has helped the greedy. But it has done little for the "working" man. Labour has increased public sector employment by 13%. During that same period private sector employment rose by only 5.7%. Labour robbed all of us of our pensions. The poorest 5% of households now pay 7% of tax, versus 6.8% in 1997. Measures such as the child trust fund, which was supposedly going to end child poverty by giving poor children £500 - which they could access on their 18th birthday, and therefore did little to end poverty but did a lot to earn votes - cost a lot of money. Banning fox hunting but allowing a loophole whereby if a hunt "accidentally" catches a fox then it is ok, again delivered on an election promise but no attempts at enforcement were made. You won't hear me say a bad thing about Jim Knight, because i believe he was one of the good guys. But i also believe that we now need a Tory government to sort the mess out. Because we are in a mess. It's estimated that the total public sector debt is between £80,000 and £100,000 per household. These numbers have doubled in real terms since Labour came to power. Of course people will say "it was a global problem" but Brown himself has admitted liability "by not acting to stop excesses in teh banking industry". Of course, that was also a lie - his part in the fiasco was played out back in 2001, when he took responsibility for governance of investment schemes from the Governor of the Bank of England and gave it to the FSA - a bunch of bureaucrats. We are on the brink of a precipice. It will be tough for everyone and no doubt everybody will be gravitating back toward Labour in the next 5 years. But the alternative is probably that we end up like Greece. The Tories have their faults (a love of fox hunting being one of them). But they do understand that Britain needs to be run as a business. Gordon Brown tried to run a massive pyramid scheme - investing billions in the public sector, and pointing at new hospitals and new schools as shining examples of Labour progress, whilst forgetting to mention that they had all been bought on the never-never (or PFI as they call it in government). The random word generator has come up with a little message for Gordon Brown - "lose-jump". JamesYoung
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2:18pm Mon 10 May 10

k8ty says...

I just hope Mr Drax helps the people of Portland fight the possiblity of an all through academy. Education for 0 - 21??? Not good in my eyes. Like is said above Portland does need good quality of education - yes a sixth form and a better building for RMAC. But can anyone enlighten me as whats wrong with the primary education we have on the Island??
I just hope Mr Drax helps the people of Portland fight the possiblity of an all through academy. Education for 0 - 21??? Not good in my eyes. Like is said above Portland does need good quality of education - yes a sixth form and a better building for RMAC. But can anyone enlighten me as whats wrong with the primary education we have on the Island?? k8ty
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2:24pm Mon 10 May 10

k8ty says...

sorry I should have stated help the number of people/parents/carer
s/community who DONT want this Academy
sorry I should have stated help the number of people/parents/carer s/community who DONT want this Academy k8ty
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2:31pm Mon 10 May 10

highbloodpressure says...

The tories will and always have done, run the country for the benefit of big business owners, landowners, the already wealthy, the aristocracy and the selfish. Thatcher developed the "I'm all right, and sod the rest of you." society and tories have worshipped her since. Labour have certainly made many bad calls and Gordon Brown has a lot to answer for but to think that a Tory government will somehow put this world to right is to ignore the lessons of the last 50 years. Society is made up of many groups, not all of them able to prosper on their own, many in need of support and, sadly, some who will abuse the system. Recent history tells us that when bankers and the already wealthy abuse the system then whole economies will suffer. When the dodgy family round the corner abuse the system it will hardly amount to Lord Drax's claret bill.
The tories will and always have done, run the country for the benefit of big business owners, landowners, the already wealthy, the aristocracy and the selfish. Thatcher developed the "I'm all right, and sod the rest of you." society and tories have worshipped her since. Labour have certainly made many bad calls and Gordon Brown has a lot to answer for but to think that a Tory government will somehow put this world to right is to ignore the lessons of the last 50 years. Society is made up of many groups, not all of them able to prosper on their own, many in need of support and, sadly, some who will abuse the system. Recent history tells us that when bankers and the already wealthy abuse the system then whole economies will suffer. When the dodgy family round the corner abuse the system it will hardly amount to Lord Drax's claret bill. highbloodpressure
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2:54pm Mon 10 May 10

Sidney Hall says...

Draxxy says we have the legacy of the sailing academy. Not quite as useful as having a Royal Naval Base - which his tory pal Ian Bruce worked so hard to close.
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And Sealink.
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And Winfrith.
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Still a lot to make up for. Ice cream sellers and shower room attendants do not make up for the quality engineering that has been lost.
Draxxy says we have the legacy of the sailing academy. Not quite as useful as having a Royal Naval Base - which his tory pal Ian Bruce worked so hard to close. . And Sealink. . And Winfrith. . Still a lot to make up for. Ice cream sellers and shower room attendants do not make up for the quality engineering that has been lost. Sidney Hall
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3:12pm Mon 10 May 10

Dispirited says...

So Labour understands the working man. Then why does a working person without children, on the minimum wage approx 13 thousand per annum pay income tax on this.Whilst on the other hand a family with many children sometimes claiming 20 plus thousand in benefits pay zero. Why do pensioners pay income tax on pensions they have worked all their lives for. Was Labour thinking of the working man when they withdrew the 10 per cent tax rate which benefited low earners. Labour have cultured a society whereby one is penalised if one works and penalised even more if one saves. I've no doubt that under the conservatives the working mans position will remain the same dammed if they do and damed if they don't. But at least lets get rid of the hypocrisy that Labour is for the working man.
So Labour understands the working man. Then why does a working person without children, on the minimum wage approx 13 thousand per annum pay income tax on this.Whilst on the other hand a family with many children sometimes claiming 20 plus thousand in benefits pay zero. Why do pensioners pay income tax on pensions they have worked all their lives for. Was Labour thinking of the working man when they withdrew the 10 per cent tax rate which benefited low earners. Labour have cultured a society whereby one is penalised if one works and penalised even more if one saves. I've no doubt that under the conservatives the working mans position will remain the same dammed if they do and damed if they don't. But at least lets get rid of the hypocrisy that Labour is for the working man. Dispirited
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5:28pm Mon 10 May 10

heinrich says...

So Labour is for the working
man,why then did Brown and
Prescott persuade labour and
the unions to adopt Thatchers
pensions policy?They threw out
a demand to return to the Link and pensioners have been living
with the consequences to this day.All the three parties promise us they will return the
link between wages and pensions in the future they wont admit that Thatcher broke the link and Labour adopted
her policy as Part of Labour policy
So Labour is for the working man,why then did Brown and Prescott persuade labour and the unions to adopt Thatchers pensions policy?They threw out a demand to return to the Link and pensioners have been living with the consequences to this day.All the three parties promise us they will return the link between wages and pensions in the future they wont admit that Thatcher broke the link and Labour adopted her policy as Part of Labour policy heinrich
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7:44pm Mon 10 May 10

JamesYoung says...

@highbloodpressure : do you own a house? do you know anybody that owns a house? do you own any shares? do you know anyone who owns any shares?

Thatcher made big mistakes, but she also made decisions that, whilst unpopular, were necessary. Britain had to change.

One of those changes was that everyone in Britain could get to own a home. And shares in our utilities.

Now maybe Thatcher should have foreseen some of the problems that this would bring. But she couldn't see into the future.

It is Brown and Blair that have presided over the sell off of industries that even Thatcher thought should remain private. It is Brown and Blair that presided over the housing boom, over the increases in personal debt (needed perhaps to hit Brown's supposed growth).

At the core of Conservatism lies the notion that you should be able to benefit from your hard work. That hard work and enterprise should be encouraged, not penalised. What people forget is that the rich get rich through hard work. Most of those rich people dont work alone. They employ staff, bring prosperity, generate tax revenues.

All of this of course assumes that Labour favours the working man. But the rich have got richer and the poorer have got poorer. Theory divorced from reality.
@highbloodpressure : do you own a house? do you know anybody that owns a house? do you own any shares? do you know anyone who owns any shares? Thatcher made big mistakes, but she also made decisions that, whilst unpopular, were necessary. Britain had to change. One of those changes was that everyone in Britain could get to own a home. And shares in our utilities. Now maybe Thatcher should have foreseen some of the problems that this would bring. But she couldn't see into the future. It is Brown and Blair that have presided over the sell off of industries that even Thatcher thought should remain private. It is Brown and Blair that presided over the housing boom, over the increases in personal debt (needed perhaps to hit Brown's supposed growth). At the core of Conservatism lies the notion that you should be able to benefit from your hard work. That hard work and enterprise should be encouraged, not penalised. What people forget is that the rich get rich through hard work. Most of those rich people dont work alone. They employ staff, bring prosperity, generate tax revenues. All of this of course assumes that Labour favours the working man. But the rich have got richer and the poorer have got poorer. Theory divorced from reality. JamesYoung
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8:01pm Mon 10 May 10

biggestoaf says...

So, according to this Richard Drax is dead set against electoral reform. But shadow schools secretary Michael Gove says there is "unanimous" support among Tory MPs for offering the LibDems a referendum on electoral reform. Confused? You will be!
So, according to this Richard Drax is dead set against electoral reform. But shadow schools secretary Michael Gove says there is "unanimous" support among Tory MPs for offering the LibDems a referendum on electoral reform. Confused? You will be! biggestoaf
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8:04pm Mon 10 May 10

Willow21 says...

Though not a labour supporter, I recognise that Brown's achievements are somewhat greater than the owners and character assassins of the Sun and Mail would have us believe.
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Yes, Brown made mistakes.. show me a Prime Minister who hasn't, and I'll call you a liar! But he is a man of ideals and intellect who earned international respect, and whose achievements will be better judged by history.
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Here, for readers of the Mail and Sun, is a different perspective.
http://tinyurl.com/3
4vpalz


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I also believe that Mr Drax is wrong about the need / desire for the electoral system to be revised so that parliament becomes more representative of the electorate..
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Feel free to make and debate your case here, Mr Drax.
Though not a labour supporter, I recognise that Brown's achievements are somewhat greater than the owners and character assassins of the Sun and Mail would have us believe. . Yes, Brown made mistakes.. show me a Prime Minister who hasn't, and I'll call you a liar! But he is a man of ideals and intellect who earned international respect, and whose achievements will be better judged by history. . Here, for readers of the Mail and Sun, is a different perspective. http://tinyurl.com/3 4vpalz . I also believe that Mr Drax is wrong about the need / desire for the electoral system to be revised so that parliament becomes more representative of the electorate.. . Feel free to make and debate your case here, Mr Drax. Willow21
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8:13pm Mon 10 May 10

Willow21 says...

Interesting observation from JameYoung:.

Thatcher should have foreseen some of the problems that this would bring. But she couldn't see into the future.
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So Thatcher's excuse is not applicable to anybody else - or perhaps not to anybody who is not a Tory?
Interesting observation from JameYoung:. Thatcher should have foreseen some of the problems that this would bring. But she couldn't see into the future. . So Thatcher's excuse is not applicable to anybody else - or perhaps not to anybody who is not a Tory? Willow21
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9:17pm Mon 10 May 10

Dispirited says...

We currently have three parties vying for superiority with the bottom of the three calling all the shots. With PR we will have many more small parties all shouting for their piece of the cake. PR will make no difference to the electorate they will always come 2nd to the party. Its the mentality of politicians and party activists that needs to change.
We currently have three parties vying for superiority with the bottom of the three calling all the shots. With PR we will have many more small parties all shouting for their piece of the cake. PR will make no difference to the electorate they will always come 2nd to the party. Its the mentality of politicians and party activists that needs to change. Dispirited
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11:18pm Mon 10 May 10

The obscure says...

It is quite appropriate that mr drax should represent Dorset in parliament given that he owns half of it.
The people will get what they deserve. We should all worry if lord snooty cameron and his cronies form the government. Well those of us that need schools, hospitals and the like.


Security quote is accurate
tear very
It is quite appropriate that mr drax should represent Dorset in parliament given that he owns half of it. The people will get what they deserve. We should all worry if lord snooty cameron and his cronies form the government. Well those of us that need schools, hospitals and the like. Security quote is accurate tear very The obscure
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2:39pm Tue 11 May 10

weypaul says...

The real story of this election has changed. The real story is the liberal hookers and the death of PR. As is now apparent, the bulk of the labour party is even less keen on PR than the Tories (remember, it will hurt Labour most of all the parties).
The liberals, on the other hand, have shown themselves to be no better than political prostitutes.
The Tories have offered a referendum on AV, no more than that. They have not offered to campaign for it. Does anyone think the public wants more power to go to the little, self interested parties after this fiasco?
One good outcome of all this is that the liberals - who have behaved on the national stage in the same way they behave on the local stage - will be wiped out at the next general election. Byeeeeee!!!
The real story of this election has changed. The real story is the liberal hookers and the death of PR. As is now apparent, the bulk of the labour party is even less keen on PR than the Tories (remember, it will hurt Labour most of all the parties). The liberals, on the other hand, have shown themselves to be no better than political prostitutes. The Tories have offered a referendum on AV, no more than that. They have not offered to campaign for it. Does anyone think the public wants more power to go to the little, self interested parties after this fiasco? One good outcome of all this is that the liberals - who have behaved on the national stage in the same way they behave on the local stage - will be wiped out at the next general election. Byeeeeee!!! weypaul
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