I have had quite a few messages asking why I have not posted a blog for a few days, my apologies for this. I have been very busy campaigning in the run up to the most important general election in a generation. What a week it has been though, we have had some people getting the ‘Clegg factor’ with his rapid increase in the polls, we have had Gordon on the campaign trail around the country and we have had David Cameron followed by a chicken then egged at a college in Cornwall. Obviously when I say we have had him followed and egged, I don’t mean the Labour party!
So the second leaders debate is almost here, the Daily Politics doing a daily debates on policies from most departments and with the battle buses going round the country, election fever is in full swing. I would like to write though about something which I have blogged about previously, and that is the two faces of the Conservative party and David Cameron.
Most of us have watched that dreadful interview Cameron gave to GT Magazine, if you haven’t click here. Not only did David Cameron ask for the interview to start again from scratch due to him making a complete mess of it, but when asked about gay rights, he appeared to say one thing and his fellow Conservative’s in Europe say something completely opposite. Cameron didn’t appear to know what his Tory MEPs knew about the legislation Lithuania had introduced which was effectively their version of Section 28 that had been brought in, in Britain under Thatcher. When it came to MEPs voting to condemn this legislation, the Conservative MEPs abstained, they did not even bother voting for something which was extremely homophobic. Yet Cameron insists the Tories have changed and they are ‘gay friendly’.
On climate change, David Cameron stated “the environment is one of our top priorities” yet back in Europe his MEPs say climate change is a myth, they even voted against aiming for the 30% reduction target by 2020.
On health and the NHS, something I have again blogged about many times. You have David Cameron stating they are the party of the NHS, yet one of his top Tories, Dan Hannan MEP called the NHS a 60 year mistake. Cameron has still refused to condemn Hannan’s comments. In January I published an article, about a meeting Cameron had held in his private office in the House of Commons with a group seeking full privatisation of the NHS.
It appears that on the issues I have just talked about that these are the same old Conservatives. You have Cameron saying one thing to us in Britain, yet his Conservative MEPs say the total opposite in Europe. Don’t be fooled!
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