Peter Reynolds

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Tim Farron Conducts His Last Hymn.

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May 21, 2017 at 9:23 am

Theresa May Isn’t Strong, She’s Cowardly, Evasive And Weak – And I’m A Tory!

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As a member of the Conservative Party, I am horrified with the dishonest and manipulative way in which Theresa May is running her election campaign.

She was a terrible Home Secretary with an appalling record of failure in every policy area.  However, I accept that she was the inevitable choice for leader when both Boris and Michael Gove bottled out.  Also, as I’ve written before, we needed someone stubborn, obstinate, pig-headed, intransigent and incapable of listening to get Article 50 triggered in the face of the anti-democratic Remaniacs.  She did a good job of that but now we need a real leader, someone who can actually implement her empty words about a “country that works for everyone” – which Ms May neither really means nor is she even capable of achieving.

Her refusal to engage in any proper debate is pathetic and brings shame on the Conservative Party.  Her bluster, barking and abusive style at PMQs is nothing to do with debate and not only is she refusing to take part in any TV debates but she’s avoiding any contact at all with real voters. It’s quite clear why – she’s an intolerant, abrasive and charmless person who really can’t deal with any dissent or disagreement. Her conduct in the Home Office where she ruled with an iron fist and micro-managed everything demonstrates this.  It’s not ‘strong’ to evade debate, to silence your opponents and to use government authority, power and facilities to undermine them.  In fact, on this last point, it’s probably unlawful as a misuse of government resources.

It’s ironic but also prescient that it was Ms May who named the Tories “the nasty party”, for that is exactly what she has achieved.  I’m also reminded of Ann Widdecombe’s remark about Michael Howard, “there is something of the night about him”.  This catches the spirit of Ms May very well.  I find her sinister, threatening and spiteful.

She’s clearly had intensive media training as Margaret Thatcher did but it hasn’t made her more appealing. True she seems to have controlled that dreadful sideways movement of her jaw and some of her worst gurning but her recent pitches to camera are nauseating: patently insincere, contrived and awkward.

The entire basis for this election is dishonest.  As PM, Ms May already has an indisputable mandate based on the EU referendum, endorsed by several votes in Parliament and by the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act 2017.  It is utter nonsense to suggest that the result of this election will strengthen her hand. The only reason she has called it is political opportunism and why you can’t really blame her for that, as a Tory I object to her seeking to create a what is effectively a dictatorship.  I even have concerns that the real reason she wants this personal mandate is so that she can start to reverse the UK towards her personal position as a Remainer.  She may choose to accept a far softer Brexit than we voted for and with a big majority there is nothing we will be able to do about it.

Never forget, the political class, the Westminster ‘elite’ are in despair at losing their long-term retirement/second career/super pension plan arrangements.  The EU offered them all a permanent role with a lavish, protected lifestyle funded by taxpayers.  They desperately want it back.

I cannot vote to support Theresa May.  I will remain a member of the Conservative Party because its fundamental principles of individual liberty, responsibility and small government are what I believe in.  I may well be on the liberal, even libertarian wing of the party but it is Theresa May who is out of step, not me.  Her leadership is cowardly, evasive and weak.  I shall either be abstaining or voting tactically and that could even mean that I vote Labour for the first time in my life.

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May 7, 2017 at 2:01 pm

CLEAR Medicinal Users Panel. Fifth Delegation To Parliament.

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Vicky Hodgson, Kate Stenberg, Roland Gyallay-Pap, Lynee Featherstone MP, Peter Reynolds, Penny Fitzlyon, Richard Tong, Jonathan Liebling

Vicky Hodgson, Kate Stenberg, Roland Gyallay-Pap, Lynne Featherstone MP, Peter Reynolds, Penny Fitzlyon, Richard Tong, Jonathan Liebling

Today a further delegation from CLEAR met with Lynne Featherstone, the new Home Office minister with responsibility for drugs policy. She is the Liberal Democrat MP for Hornsey and Wood Green and was appointed to replace Norman Baker after he resigned in November 2014.

We invited Jonathan Liebling, Political Director of the United Patients Alliance (UPA) to accompany us and he gave eloquent testimony about his own use of medicinal cannabis.  UPA has been doing excellent work in running a series of meetings up and down the country bringing medicinal users together.  We hope there will be further co-operation between UPA and CLEAR.

Jonathan spoke about using cannabis to help with anxiety and depression, as did Kate Stenberg who has also used cannabis to deal with a chronic pain condition.  Vicky Hodgson spoke about treating her scoliosis, COPD and cluster headaches. Roland Gyallay-Pap, related how he produced cannabis oil when his mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and the great help it gave her with sleeping and eating in the final months of her life. Penny Fitzlyon talked about treating her MS with cannabis and how she has now been refused Sativex.  It was obvious this had a big impact on the minister.

She listened to each of us very attentively and we all felt that she had taken genuine interest and understood our arguments, particularly about enabling UK patients to import Bedrocan medicinal cannabis.

We also presented Ms Featherstone with a pre-publication copy of the paper ‘Medicinal Cannabis: The Evidence’, which we have produced at the request of George Freeman MP, the Life Sciences minister.  This is a literature review of the existing evidence on medicinal cannabis.  It makes a powerful argument for the transfer of cannabis from schedule I to schedule II so that it may be prescribed by a doctor. Currently the paper is being peer-reviewed and we hope that it may itself be published in a scientific/medical journal shortly.

CLEAR has also recently delivered a briefing on medicinal cannabis to Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats.  We shared this with Ms Featherstone as well.

With the General Election fast approaching, all MPs, including minsters, are about to go into campaign mode. Nick Clegg is to cover drugs policy in a speech a Chatham House later this week. There may yet be further developments, specifically on medicinal cannabis as the election campaign unfolds.  What is certain is that the new Parliament will represent a real opportunity for change and we have high hopes of real progress.

Straw And Blair. Rifkind And Cameron. New Labour And The Bullingdon Club.

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Straw

Straw

Resign immediately Jack Straw. Go away, in shame. Remove yourself from public life. Wait until the Chilcot report comes out when, perhaps, if there is any justice, you will be put in front of a court.

This is the sham, the deceit that was New Labour. Straw and his chum Blair are the personification of corrupt, privileged Britain. They are also charged as fraudsters and war criminals.

And take the disgraced knight Rifkind with you. He of the arrogance that breeds a Cameron to sit atop the Westminster elite. Nothing to offer except their sense of superiority and a life dedicated to self-service.

Rifkind

Rifkind

Revolution is brewing in the United Kingdom. Government’s contempt for Parliament. The subversion of Magna Carta by a Lord Chancellor who disgraces the title. The ever-widening gap between rich and just-managing. The contempt for the electorate by the Westminster elite is returned with interest.

I fervently hope that in the General Election of 2015, the British people seize control and change our nation for the better with a dramatic verdict.  We need another Conservative Liberal coalition but with the Tories severely hobbled and a strong showing from the minor parties.  We need some healthy debate, dissent and disrespect for the old ways.  We need some UKIP MPs, some Greenies and some Welsh and Scottish nationalists.

Let’s make it a gentle revolution but we need riddance of the old guard.  We need new hope and a new standard of integrity from our politicians.

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February 23, 2015 at 10:34 pm

I Agree With Nick But I’m Voting For Dave

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In the last general election I wrote “no suitable candidate” across my ballot paper.  In the European elections I voted UKIP.

Fundamentally I’m a Tory but if I became prime minister tomorrow, I’d implement the following policies on Friday:

  1. Withdraw our troops from Afghanistan
  2. Nationalise electricity, gas, water, telephone and broadband provision
  3. Introduce the Lib Dem’s £10,000 tax policy
  4. Introduce the Lib Dem’s policy on the separation of retail and investment banks
  5. Start a phased withdrawal from the EU retaining a free trade policy.
  6. Legalise all drugs.  Introduce strict regulation and taxation
  7. Break off diplomatic relations with Israel until it ends the Gaza blockade and stops new settlements.

It is sad but true that a Lib Dem vote is a wasted vote.  Not only that but it is extremely dangerous.  It could result in the very worst possible outcome to this election if there is no overall majority but Labour has the most seats and Gordon Brown remains prime minister.  This would be an unmitigated disaster of horrendous proportions.  If this happens then I predict at least as much chaos as is happening in Greece.  In fact we could well be in for riots in the streets whoever wins.

The only hope for the future, far from perfect that it will be, is a Conservative government.

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May 5, 2010 at 6:50 pm