Wednesday 26 April 2017

Losses and gains

Sad to lose Eric Pickles, glad to lose David Ward  (and Malia Bouattia


  1. "Pickles was first elected to Bradford Council in 1979.[9] From 1982 to 1984, he chaired that Council's Social Services Committee, and then, from 1984 to 1986, he chaired the Education Committee.[16] Between 1988-90, he served as leader of the Conservative group on the council."

    Did he really not know what was going on in that area at that time?

    1. He was chair of the Education Committee when Ray Honeyford was hounded out of his job and career.

      Cannot forgive Pickles for that.

    2. Thanks for the reminder. Yes, I knew there was something and that was it!

      The Honeyford Incident was really when multiculturalist pro-Sharia got a rocket boost, once every professional could see that their career was on the line if they stood up against Sharia. It was a key victory for the left-Islamic alliance (remember SWP and Labour activists were strongly involved in persecuting Honeyford for his sensible attempt to hold back the influence of Sharia in his school).

      That, together with the Rushdie affair (why was never a single pro-Fatwa speaker ever prosecuted for their incitment to violence against Rushdie?), was a major wrong-turning for this country.

  2. Pickles is past his sell-by date. But there don't seem to be any young actual conservatives lining up to replace him or anyone else. The new ones all seem to be to the Left of Cameron.

  3. Andrew Neil slipped into faux obtuse mode when the subject of David Ward came up on Daily Politics today, refusing to see any connection between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism.

    Warsi was on the same programme. She is quite extraordinary in the way she has perfected the art of speaking without saying anything or expressing an opinion. She believes the Prevent strategy isn’t working, but she can’t tell us in what way or how it could be improved. Similarly, she sidestepped her objections to British nationals serving in the IDF by saying it should apply to any non-British army. Neil’s attempts to press her on these issues was half-hearted to say the least.


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