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The Conservative Party: Where do we go from here?

Discussion in 'Speaker's Corner' started by Gigabit, Jun 10, 2017.

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  1. McPhee

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    This describes so many political ideas. Like pretty much any time someone points at Scandinavian countries. Why can't we have a society like theirs? Simple. This country is full of ass holes. And that is something which would take decades of sustained effort to change (i.e. ain't going to happen).
     
  2. chrcoluk

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    Not a bad response Rroff, and I do agree there is always a chance more radical stuff happens later after his feet are under the table, but given the failures we have now and the direction the tories are going in personally I think the chance should be given, if he goes too radical I expect he would lose his first election and not last more than 5 years. We have had 40 years of right/centre right politics which has led to some quite bad imbalances in the system that needs a left wing government to put back in check. If we had 40 years of left wing I would likely be advocating a right wing government for the same reasons.
     
  3. Rroff

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    Personally I find it quite frustrating as I think someone like Corbyn but with a good pragmatic grounding would do a lot of good for the country but there doesn't seem to be anyone within Labour currently like that who also has any chance of rising to a leadership position.

    For instance if Corbyn had his way he'd get rid of our nuclear deterrent tomorrow while what we really need is someone who'd work towards ensuring that we had an efficient, money well spent, appropriate deterrent while also working towards a theoretical world where such a deterrent wouldn't be necessary with improving foreign relationships, etc. (and more actively working with other countries to minimise proliferation).
     
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  4. efish

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    Human nature is a metaphysical concept (also seriously contested in philosophy and science) as an appeal to nature is a rhetorical tactic. A is natural (therefore it is good) B is unnatural (therefore it is bad and certainly wrong)

    Such things require judgement they are not known and obvious facts and should not be treated as such.

    A different form of this type of argument was deployed to support the idea that language had to be a God Given as it required reason.

    All that is required is a desire for change. People have to make up their own minds and that may look different from my own thoughts and ideas, but you hope things change for the better.

    (edit) p.s. thanks Rroff it forces me to have think: I think the issue may be that in this system of thought, an ethical value (an abstraction) is not considered 'successful' until it becomes 'naturalized' and then deployed as a 'fact.' The issue here that the relationship between biology and the origin of abstract reasoning is a work in progress rather than a matter of fact or common sense.

    Where do we go from here? Alter how we think about the nature and relationship of things. Reason it out.
     
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  5. a1ex2001

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    This is why we don’t have a strong leader type model old JC can try all he likes to get rid of the nuclear deterrent but it won’t Pass even with a labour majority.
     
  6. Scania

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    Glad Stewart is gone, he talked a lot of sense but ultimately was a remainer and therefore would to my eyes have been May Mk2.

    The remaining field though, blimey, not much inspiration there tbh.

    I still think any of them would be a better PM than Corbyn, but that’s far from praise on any of them.

    I’m hoping Johnson proves everyone wrong and turns out to be the leader we need, I can’t see it though.
     
  7. garnett

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    I agree. We need Boris or Gove. Someone who nobody can deny is a Brexiteer.

    Whatever flavour we get, Brexit is going to be a shambles, and if the UK is to protect itself from the leveraging of ignorance that caused it, the endeavour needs to be unshirkable.
     
  8. BowdonUK

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    I think the next leadership vote result is coming at 1pm today.
     
  9. Nitefly

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    I think Brexit is going to be the final chapter in our current culture of toxicity.
     
  10. robfosters

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    Javid out. Gove now in second place by 2 votes. That will be a good battle tonight. Let the begging begin.

    Over half of tory MP's now backing Boris. Boris would rather Hunt in the final two, so his team might be trying to push some votes for Hunt to ensure he beats Gove.

    It's all very conniving and underhand isn't it?
     
  11. Stretch

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    Boris will try to fix it so it's himself and Hunt, but there are enough people who dislike Boris that they might wish to see him squirm.
     
  12. BowdonUK

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    I think the question a lot of Conservative MP's are wondering is who is best to take on Corbyn. Boris is the only one who as been Mayor of a left wing place, London, and at the time appeared to do very well. Anyone else, Gove or Hunt have no experience.

    I'm not sure how Hunt voted on May's deal but we know Gove was the first MP to back her plan, giving it validity (a conspiracy mind might think the meeting was planned like that before hand).

    I think if its Boris vs Gove then it's obvious Gove is going to be taking personal jabs at Boris. This won't go down well with the Tory members. So unless he accepts he's the weaker candidate, he needs to stick to his own ideas and policies.
     
  13. VincentHanna

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    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/arti...son-s-brexit-plan-mps-aren-t-really-listening

     
  14. ron3003

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  15. robgmun

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    The clue is in the language used "one a committed Brexiteer, the other a pro-European moderate"

    Making out the pro-European out to be sensible one while the other isn't, classic liberalist propaganda
     
  16. Rroff

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    Don't think it that unfair - a good proportion of leave people are committed and will never take another position while there are plenty of pro-European people who aren't married to Europe and will listen to a convincing argument as to why leaving would be a good idea if such existed - which so far no one has been able to present.
     
  17. efish

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    Yes. But if you want to term it propaganda then committed Brexiteer's deploy it as well. I distinctly recall Boris recently stating his ambition for office: to 'achieve Brexit/ then presenting what the post Brexit future will be/ 'the conservative party will hold the center ground' i.e represent, main- stream and moderate opinion (ye old neoliberal classic).

    What would you term only presenting one half of a story and seeking to only find fault with a position you don't agree with?

    The identification that both conservative leaver and remain share a wider political identity i.e. classical liberal perspective. May be in part be true or at least does not seem unreasonable to assume from what they say.

    It would explain why both sides are using the same buzzwords or 'propaganda' if you prefer this term.

    The observation you make is true. How you seek to use that truth is more complicated than you suggest.

    Like the statement 'we all know what Brexit means and what we were voting for.'
     
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  18. StriderX

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    Eh, no, if you think Brexit ends in October or next year or the next 50 years, you're being naive.

    People will be talking about this politically for the rest of their lives, as a club to beat people with regardless of what side you're on, you will be an enemy to someone.

    This is the second chapter of toxicity frankly, after allowing the Tories to be in office, plenty of chapters of bigoted hatred, vile abuse, violence to go, so either one side capitulates and loses every argument they will ever have again, or we fight this for the rest of this countries existence.
     
  19. efish

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    edit. sorry.
     
  20. V F

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    You've got a crystal ball have you? You don't even know what'll happen by October let alone the next two years or even 50.
     
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