Kabeer Kher, Reform UK candidate for Mid Norfolk

Kabeer Kher is the Reform UK Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Mid Norfolk.  We spoke with Kabeer about his decision to stand.

“I was born in Northern Ireland where I grew up above the family pub. I went to University in Glasgow to study international business”

Can you briefly introduce yourself to our readers?

My name is Kabeer Kher.  I was born in Northern Ireland where I grew up above the family pub. I went to University in Glasgow to study international business. After graduating I worked for BT, ran a business for several years, followed by a career in financial services. I settled in Norfolk in 2015 where I live with my wife and 2 children.

“I decided to join Reform UK when our genius Prime Minister decided to ban UK Shale Gas in the middle of the worst energy crisis since 1973”

What made you decide to stand for Reform UK?

I decided to join Reform UK when our genius Prime Minister decided to ban UK Shale Gas in the middle of the worst energy crisis since 1973. I realised in that moment that the Conservative Party has absolutely no idea how to look after the interests of the people in this country.  When I read the policies for Reform UK, I felt like I had found my people and that it was time for me to step forward and do something to change this country.

You’re the Spokesman for Mid Norfolk what’s made you decide to represent this area?

Mid-Norfolk is where I have lived for the last 9 years. My wife’s family are from here and my parents and siblings have since moved here with their family.

“The most pressing concern for Mid-Norfolk is flooding…. The government’s decision to stop dredging rivers is exacerbating the issue”

What do you see as the big concerns for the constituency and what issues do you hope to champion?

The most pressing concern for Mid-Norfolk is flooding. My parents have been directly affected by the flooding in Attleborough in 2023 as a result of house building on flood plains. The government’s decision to stop dredging rivers is exacerbating the issue. I would like to see a ban on building houses on flood plains, and a part nationalisation of the water companies to end the profiteering at the expense of local people. I would also like to see much more investment in nuclear energy so we achieve energy self-sufficiency instead of wasting billions on wind farms and solar farms which only work intermittently and do not last anywhere near as long as nuclear power plants.

For those eager to help, how can they get involved in the campaign?

For those who want to joint my campaign they can find me on Facebook at Reform UK Mid-Norfolk or on X @KherKabeer / Reform UK Mid-Norfolk or email me at [email protected].

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Anthony Mack, Reform UK candidate for Clacton

Anthony Mack is the Reform UK Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Clacton.  We spoke with Tony about his decision to stand.

“I worked as a black cabbie for several years before building up and owning a very small fleet of black cabs that I rented out to other drivers. At the age of 40 I decided to sell up and go on to fund my studies and become an integral psychotherapist”

Can you briefly introduce yourself to our readers?

My name is Tony Mack.  I am a Psychotherapist, a husband, father and a grandfather I now live in Clacton, although I grew up in the east end of London in Bethnal Green. Visiting and staying in caravans, Butlins and chalets etc in Clacton, Jaywick Sands, Walton on the Naze, Frinton, St Osyth’s and other wonderful places during summer holidays and weekends throughout my childhood.

After leaving school at 16 I did a few various jobs until my first child was born in my early 20s and I decided to do the knowledge of London to become a Black Cab Driver I completed the knowledge in a year and 2 days and became one of the youngest black cab drivers in London at the time of getting my badge at 23. It was then that I realised that far from being unintelligent as I was led to believe by my early schooling and the education system at the time, somewhat the opposite was true. I worked as a black cabbie for several years before building up and owning a very small fleet of black cabs that I rented out to other drivers. At the age of 40 I decided to sell up and go on to fund my studies and become an integral psychotherapist.

Psychology and politics have always been an interest of mine growing up working class with a relatively poor background and after my own battles with depression and addiction in my late 20s (I have been clean and sober myself for 25 years) I started working with others in the addiction field (as a volunteer) it was one of the motivators for me to move into the psychological field as a career. 

After qualifying in 2010 and setting up my own private psychotherapy practice in London several years ago I have had a rich and rewarding career.  I consider it a privilege to be able to make a difference in the quality of life for so many over the years and am proud of my achievements. I was lucky enough to realise a childhood dream of mine and own a house by the beach in Clacton several years ago. Upon witnessing the desperate provision for mental health and the rates of addiction and other mental struggles of the population in Clacton I decided to create Clacton coastal mental wellbeing C.I.C.

Which aims to improve the mental health of the Tendring area with immediate free access to psychological therapies and classes. My family, my clinical practice my charitable works and now my political endeavours mean my life is rich full and meaningful.  I want my children and grandchildren to grow up with the opportunities I have had and that this great country and society of ours have given me.

“I now believe the Conservatives have broken Britain and Labour will destroy Britain. Every aspect of our country its institutions and our society are in complete chaos”

What made you decide to stand for Reform UK?

As a Brexiteer and believing in the sovereignty and autonomy of Great Britain , it was a natural choice for me.  I am a traditionally ‘small c’ Conservative, who believes in personal responsibility empowerment and growth.

I have become absolutely disillusioned with the state of our country and its successive governance over the last 30 years.  This is to the extent that I now believe the Conservatives have broken Britain and Labour will destroy Britain. Every aspect of our country its institutions and our society are in complete chaos and at breaking point.

I believe Reform UK offer the only credible alternative to the incompetent Westminster bubble we call our parliament.

Only Reform offer a way to end the present decline in our culture, our public services, our standard of living and quality of life. Only Reform can save us from this ideological abyss we are facing. Only Reform can give our great country back its future. So my children’s children can grow up in a Great Britain that we all know and love. We face an existential threat as a nation and only Reform UK has the plan the courage and the will to make Britain Great again.

“I and my party will fight tooth and nail for every resident and every business in this great constituency.  A representative who is accessible who understands the struggles that people face in their daily lives”

You’re the Spokesman for Clacton what’s made you decide to represent this area?

I am privileged to represent Clacton in fact it is the only area I wanted to stand in .Because I live here and love the place . Clacton to me still represents some of the greatest aspects of British society.  People help each other communities are strong and conscientious we have some of the greatest beaches in Britain.

Clacton always has for me evoked what Britain is.  Although not without its problems and problem areas it is still full of conscientious, hard-working, fair-minded, caring decent people.  It literally still embodies all the wonderful things about growing up in our great country.

We are British and proud of it people care about each other it is a wonderful place that like every other area of Britain is in crisis.I want to stop the rot and make Clacton the great place it once was and should be. I feel it has been let down in both local and national representation over the last decade or more. Clacton needs a people’s champion, Clacton deserves one of its own to represent it in Westminster. I and my party will fight tooth and nail for every resident and every business in this great constituency.  A representative who is accessible who understands the struggles that people face in their daily lives and is prepared to do whatever it takes to defend and improve our constituency and our way of life 

“I want to end the endless waste of Tendring District Council, I want to make the basic services functionable again”

What do you see as the big concerns for the constituency and what issues do you hope to champion?

There are many issues in Clacton as there are all over the country. But I want to bring zero tolerance policing to Clacton so everyone can go about their business peaceably. I want to improve the crumbling infrastructure, the roads and public transport. I want to end the endless waste of Tendring District Council, I want to make the basic services functionable again. Our rubbish, our transport, our roads, our small businesses, our town centre, our streets, all have room for improvement we need to get the basics right before we spend a single penny on any vanity or EDI projects. Make Clacton work again and clean it up.

Make sure Clacton’s services are fit for purpose, we have pockets of areas that have open drug dealing, rising crime, absent policing, poor medical provision, poor social services, and poor basic services. It has got to be changed.

For those eager to help, how can they get involved in the campaign?

I can be contacted/followed on:

Email: [email protected]

Facebook: Reform UK Clacton

Facebook Group: Reform UK Clacton

X/Twitter: @AMack30294

Instagram: Anthonymackreformuk

TikTok: @tonymackreform

April Discussion: Is it time for England to dissolve the union?

Join us on Wednesday 17th April for our drinks and discussion on the topic: Is it time for England to dissolve the union?

St Patrick’s Day is a Bank Holiday in Northern Ireland, St Andrew’s Day is a Bank Holiday in Scotland, with the overlooked St George’s Day rapidly approaching we ask: Is it time for England to dissolve the union?

The Barnet formula ensures public spending is higher in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland than England.  The SNP are in power in Scotland, Sinn Féin in Northern Ireland, and the new Welsh First Minster in his acceptance speech talked of “unprecedented hostility towards democratic Welsh devolution from a UK government determined to undermine, frustrate and bypass the Welsh government and this Senedd…. As well as leaving Wales with less say over less money, it is deeply corrosive, wasteful, and undemocratic.”

The UK has been the most successful democratic union of nations in world history.  It is responsible for the Industrial Revolution and defending Europe from tyranny.  For all the problems of the world’s largest ever Empire, it heads the Commonwealth of Nations.

The Union has majority support in the United Kingdom, but devolution has dissolved the strength of support.  Approaching the 23rd April, we invoke the Spirit of St George and ask: Is it time for England to dissolve the union?

What do you think?  Come along Wednesday 17th April at 7pm for our discussion.

We want your input come along with your ideas and thoughts. 

This is part of our #ThirdWednesday drinks and events, we hold these in association with Dick Delingpole’s #ThirdWednesday Libertarian drinks club, and POLITICS in PUBS a group of people from across the political spectrum who value the freedom to question and to speak openly.

Join us Upstairs, Whispers5 High St, Purley CR8 2AF on Wednesday 17th April, from 7pm.

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THE LUNACY OF NET ZERO AND THE UK’s POLITICAL PARTIES POLICIES

By Jerry Wraith

“Why are the Conservative, Labour, Lib Dem, Green and SNP parties and many civil servants so keen to destroy the UK economy, knowing that net zero is unachievable”

SUMMARY

This note aims to expose the fallacy of net zero and how the current main UK political parties are all promoting the myth. It will examine how certain factors have contributed to this situation by comparing the effect of CO2 on global temperature and the UK’s contribution. In all the hype of human activities supposedly increasing global temperatures and the claimed deleterious effect on the earth’s climate, the actual effect of achieving net zero on the earth’s temperature is rarely mentioned, because it is insignificant.

This statement can be seen to be supported by two graphs of the effect of CO2 on global temperatures which are presented and discussed. These graphs produced by the IPCC and eminent professors Dr William Happer, of Princeton University and Dr van Wijngaarden, of York University, Canada, are referred to as (H&vW) and IPCC in the discussion that follows.

The H&vW graph indicates that the current solution to the so-called global warming to reduce global human CO2 to pre-industrial emissions by all the countries in the world may only reduce the global temperature increase by:

0.0036 of 1°C or 3,600 ppm of 1°C

So the UK should only reduce the global temperature after reducing its CO2 output to preindustrial levels by a derisory:

0.000036 of 1°C or 36 ppm of 1°C

It must be noted that the results presented in this note are estimated values interpreted from Figures 1 and 2 rather than absolute values. However, I believe that the results obtained are of the right order.

In addition, it should be noted that the results presented in this note obtained from the IPCC graph have been ignored as there is ample evidence, referred to in the text and in the Appendix, which show that the IPCC reports are unreliable as they are intended to vigorously promote the global warming fallacy at all costs and to avoid giving any impression of alternative views.

So the question is:

Why are the Conservative, Labour, Lib Dem, Green and SNP parties and many civil servants so keen to destroy the UK economy, knowing that net zero is unachievable and is already ruining the lives and livelihoods of many UK citizens and taxpayers? They are ignoring the best interests of the UK and are complying with the globalist agenda of the WEF, UN, EU and IPCC. If you agree then the remedy is in your hands, so:

NEVER, EVER VOTE CONSERVATIVE, LABOUR, LIB DEM, GREEN OR SNP AGAIN!

“Carbon Dioxide, (CO2) is a trace gas, currently accounting for about 420 parts/million (ppm) or 0.04% of the atmosphere. It is an essential part of our life”

Introduction

Carbon Dioxide, (CO2) is a trace gas, currently accounting for about 420 parts/million (ppm) or 0.04% of the atmosphere. It is an essential part of our life, as if it falls below about 150 ppm all vegetation will die and all life on earth with it. (See “Inconvenient Facts” by Gregory Wrightstone.) Satellite images have shown that higher levels of CO2 have increased global greening, which increases life preserving global oxygen levels. Commercial growers also pump CO2 into their greenhouses to vastly increase plant growth.

Unfortunately, CO2 is also a “greenhouse” gas, as it does affect the earth’s global temperature. It is this aspect of its attributes that has been picked on by the climate alarmists to use, quite wrongly, as a cause of concern by blaming increasing CO2 levels in the atmosphere caused by human sources for excessive global warming. This is called Anthropogenic Global Warming, (AGW), which the climate alarmists claim causes serious weather extremes and will melt the polar ice caps and flood vast areas of low-lying land, killing billions of people as a result.

But the earth produces CO2 naturally and over the past centuries CO2 levels have been much higher than they are today. (Wrightstone, “Inconvenient Facts, quotes a CO2 level of 2,500 ppm, 140 million years ago.) Hence their misguided aim to reduce CO2 to preindustrial levels at any and all cost, despite the fact that the IPCC states that anthropogenic CO2 is only about 3% of the annual total. In addition, water vapour, over which man has no control whatsoever, is by far the largest and most effective greenhouse gas.

The effect of anthropogenic CO2 on global warming and the earth’s surface temperature is discussed below as the hype on AGW is strangely reluctant to quote the temperature changes involved. This is likely because the temperature changes caused by AGW are so small that they would have no impact on the public and would also illustrate what a monumental scam was being played upon them.

Global Warming

Figure 1 is copied from a lecture given by Dr Tom Sheahan. For the full lecture view at:

“increasing global CO2 by 140 ppm has an imperceptible effect on increasing earth’s temperature. In fact, higher levels of CO2 have even less effect on increasing global temperature”

The figure, compiled by Prof Happer, and Dr van Wijngaarden, clearly defines the effect on global warming due to increasing levels of CO2. This shows that increasing levels of CO2 from the pre-industrial level of 280 ppm (parts per million) to the warming effect at today’s level of about 420 ppm is practically indiscernible. This shows beyond any doubt that increasing global CO2 by 140 ppm has an imperceptible effect on increasing earth’s temperature. In fact, higher levels of CO2 have even less effect on increasing global temperature. The graph is referred to as (H&vW) in the discussion below.

FIGURE 1

H&vW GRAPH

FIGURE 2, below is based on IPCC published information defining the effect on global temperature with increasing CO2. This graph is copied from Gregory Wrightstone’s excellent book, “Inconvenient Facts The science Al Gore does not want you to know”, It also confirms the shape of the H&vW graph above.

FIGURE 2

IPCC GRAPH

The implications from Figures 1 and 2 are presented in Table 1 below, which shows the total temperature change (ΔT) as CO2 rises from zero to 800 ppm. (NB The results have been scaled from Figures 1 and 2, so should be regarded as estimates rather than totally accurate values. However, the trend is clear regardless of the values presented. See the Appendix for additional information justifying FIG 1 and for ignoring FIG 2).

TABLE 1

TEMP RISE ΔT AGAINST CO2 ppm INCREASE: FROM FIGURES 1 AND 2

The main points to note are that:

The absolute minimum level of 150 ppm required for all vegetation and therefore all life on earth means a temperature increase, from zero ΔT at zero CO2, of 4.15 0C from H&vW and 1.81 0C from the IPCC.

The graphs have a fairly large difference of 2.66 0C at 100 ppm but they gradually converge at much higher concentrations.

The global temp increase at the 1830 pre-industrial level of about 280 ppm produced a total temp increase of 4.58 0C according to H&vW and a 2.85 0C increase according to the IPCC.

The current, (say 2024) level is about 420 ppm, an increase of 140 ppm over 194 years, or 0.72 ppm/annum.

The total temp increase due to the rise in CO2 to 420 ppm is approximately 4.7 0C (H&vW) and 3.5 0C (IPCC). This means that the global temp increase due to increasing CO2 from 1830 to 2024 is 0.12 0C (H&vW) or 0.65 0C (IPCC).

“As the UK only contributes 1% of the global human CO2 this means that the UK will only reduce the global temperature after reducing its CO2 output to pre-industrial levels”

BUT, the human contribution to this global increase, according to the IPCC, is 3% of the total. Hence, the current solution to the so-called global warming to reduce global human CO2 to pre-industrial emissions will only reduce the global temperature increase by:

0.0036 0C (H&vW) or 3,600 ppm of 1°C

Or

0.02 0C (IPCC) or 20,000 ppm of 1°C

As the UK only contributes 1% of the global human CO2 this means that the UK will only reduce the global temperature after reducing its CO2 output to pre-industrial levels by:

0.000036 0C (H&vW) or 36 ppm of 1°C

Or

0.0002 0C (IPCC) or 200 ppm of 1°C

So to produce this derisory 36 ppm, or 200 ppm of 1 0C effect on the global warming “crisis” the Conservative, Labour, Lib Dem, Green and SNP parliamentary parties are allegedly all intent on ruining the UK economy and are making the UK citizens lives a misery.

Also, it must be noted that increasing the current global CO2 level from 420 ppm to 600 ppm is 4.82 – 4.7, (H&vW) and 4.06 – 3.5 0C, (IPCC) or 0.12 0C (H&vW) or 0.56 0C (IPCC)

Hence, increasing the global CO2 by nearly 50% to 600 ppm from the current level of 420 ppm has a minimal effect on global warming. The global human contribution to that would only be:

0.0036 0C or 3,600 ppm of 10C (H&vW)

Or

0.0170C or 17,000 ppm of 10C (IPCC)

of which the UK contribution would be:

36 ppm of 1 0C (H&vW)

Or

0.00017 0C or 170 ppm of 1 0C (IPCC).

It should be noted the huge benefits to food production resulting from the increased CO2 which promotes world plant growth and agriculture. Higher CO2 concentration in the atmosphere increases food production and more life sustaining oxygen for all living creatures on earth.

The total global rise in CO2 from 1980, (335 ppm) to 2022 (420 ppm) was 85 ppm or 2.02 ppm/annum over the last 42 years. Hence, it will take the earth nearly 90 years to increase the global CO2 level to 600 ppm at that rate. This will only increase global temp by 0.12 0C (H&vW) or 0.56 0C (IPCC) at that level.

Assuming human emissions were 3% of the annual total of 2.02 ppm gives a global increase of 0.0606 ppm/annum. The UK share of that at 1% gives an annual UK emission figure of 0.000606 ppm/annum as the UK’s increase in CO2 over the last few years.

This means that it will take approximately 1,650 years for the UK to add just 1 ppm of CO2 to the global total.

The results derived from the IPCC graph are considered to be unreliable and are therefore being ignored. There is ample evidence that the IPCC’s reports and procedures are littered with examples of questionable practice, including many examples where the IPCC has ignored and supressed evidence that does not support their net zero agenda. Numerous publications, listed in the Appendix, describe in detail the many examples of the IPCC failings.

“the drive to net zero is totally unrealistic, totally unachievable and is going to cost the UK trillions of pounds to de-carbonise the grid together with all the other mandatory costs involved”

CONCLUSION

The current hysteria over the “so called” effect of rising CO2 levels causing disastrous increases in global warming, thereby causing melting of polar ice-caps, more extreme weather conditions etc., etc. is entirely unnecessary.

The current rise in global temperature of 4.7 0C, (H&vW), or 3.5 0C (IPCC), due to the current CO2 level of 420 ppm has already happened and the world is still carrying on as normal.

Increasing global CO2 level to 600 ppm will only add 0.12 0C or 0.56 0C to the global total and it will take nearly 90 years to reach that level at the current rate of increase.

This misguided rush to reduce global warming by reducing CO2 to pre-industrial levels is ruining the UK economy, its residents’ livelihoods, living standards and freedom of movement.

In addition, the drive to net zero is totally unrealistic, totally unachievable and is going to cost the UK trillions of pounds to de-carbonise the grid together with all the other mandatory costs involved.

Net zero is however, fully supported by the Conservative, Labour, Lib Dem, Green and SNP parties. as they are ignoring some basic evidence on the limited effect of CO2 on global warming which is described above.

So, why are the Conservative, Labour, Lib Dem, Green and SNP parties and many civil servants so keen to destroy the UK economy and the UK as an independent sovereign country?

For example, the drive to net zero has recently resulted in stopping steel production in the UK. Steel was invented in the UK and is an essential strategic commodity. Yet the government, supported by the other parties in parliament, are allegedly quite happy to abolish UK production of this essential material by closing all UK coal powered generating stations.

This is clearly ridiculous as 1,893 new coal powered generating stations are being built in the world. The total number in operation will then then increase from 3,743 to 5.636. Of these the EU has 465 existing plants and is adding 25 giving a total of 490 plants. The UK has only one plant still operating and that is being closed soon.

So, do you really agree that it is in the best interests of the UK to abolish steel making and throw thousands of skilled craftsmen out of work for the sake of saving 36 ppm of 1°C? The Conservative, Labour, Lib Dem, Green, SNP parties and many civil servants allegedly do! They are clearly adopting the diktats of unelected international bodies whose aim is to 7 impose their policies on the world. The 5 UK political parties listed above are therefore completely ignoring what is best for the UK ‘s citizens who have voted them into office. They are all therefore totally unfit to be represented in parliament, let alone governing the country in any shape or form.

If you agree that these parties are not representing our best interests the solution is in our hands. So,

NEVER, NEVER VOTE CONSERVATIVE, LABOUR, LIB DEM, GREEN, OR SNP AGAIN!

It is also incumbent on the PM, the government and all the climate change fanatics to explain how the UK’s 0.000165 0C (0.55 x 3% x1%) maximum extra contribution to global temperature over 194 years, or on average:

0.0000008 0C/annum

has endangered the earth so much that it justifies the net zero legislation and all the trauma that goes with it. In addition, it makes Rishi Sunak’s donation of £1.6 billion of taxpayer’s money to the UN’s Climate Change Fund a grossly stupid and irrelevant payment.

In addition, the Cabinet Office confirmed they had no record of ANY data whatsoever to support this payment. In other words, it was apparently an impromptu payment to impress other delegates and make Sunak look big in the eyes of the delegates at a COP meeting. Hence, he should be made to reimburse the UK taxpayers out of his own pocket for that amount of taxpayer’s money he threw away.

APPENDIX

THE ACCURACY AND FEASABILITY OF THE H&vW and IPCC GRAPHS

The two graphs presented in Figures 1 and 2 of the note are similar in shape but show different results. It is therefore necessary to examine which graph is more meaningful and accurate.

The Happer & van Wijngaarden results in Fig 1 can be justified by means of the following graphs which show excellent co-relation with measured results:

The figure below, is also copied from the lecture given by Dr Tom Sheahan at https://youtu.be/CqWv26PXqz0?si=taBgTQ3Lj8wTiLZ1.

With regard to the IPCC results, Andrew Montford’s excellent books “The Hockey Stick Illusion” and “Hiding the Decline”, which details the history of the “Climategate Affair” show how the IPCC operates. These and other books, (see list below) are essential reading to understand the workings and methods employed by the IPCC. These clearly show that the IPCC, and the authors of IPCC reports are quite willing to edit information and ignore results that do not fit in with their intention to promote global warming at every opportunity.

In addition, the graph below, copied from David Craigs excellent book “There is no Climate Crisis”, shows the results of IPCC estimates of global temperature increase over time This clearly shows the IPCC results are well over actual results.

Hence, in view of the above and more evidence of IPCC failings to represent real values it can be assumed that the IPCC results are not reliable and should be ignored.

References

Christopher Booker, “The Real Global Warming Disaster”, Continuum, 2009.

A.W. Montford, “The Hockey Stick Illusion”, Stacey International, 2010

A.W. Montford, “Hiding the Decline”, Anglosphere Books, 2012

Gregory Wrightstone, “Inconvenient Facts”, The science that Al Gore doesn’t want you to know, Silver Crown Productions Ltd., LLC, 2017

Bruce C Bunker, PhD, “The Mythology Of Global Warming”, Climate Change Fiction vs. Scientific Facts, Moonshine Cove Publishing LLC, 2018

M J Sangster,PhD, “The Real Inconvenient Truth”, Amazon, 2018

David Craig, “There Is No Climate Disaster”, Original Book Company, 2021

Ian Plimer, “Green Murder”, A life sentence of Net Zero With No Parole, Connor Court Pty Ltd., 2021

Dr Niall Mccrae, RMN, MSc, PhD, “Green in Tooth and Claw”, The Misanthropic Mission of Climate Alarm, The Bruges Group, 2023

I recommend you also watch Climate: The Movie. The film that lifts the lid on the climate alarm, and the dark forces behind the climate consensus.

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Margaret Thatcher Centre Freedom Festival

The weekend of Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th March 2024, saw the second Margaret Thatcher Centre Freedom Festival held at the University of Buckingham.

Following on from the inaugural event last year the two days consisted of a series of keynote addresses, panel discussions and a gala dinner with Jacob Rees-Mogg speaking.

As one might expect given current polling there was a somewhat sedated attitude among attendees and delegates.  Whilst the festival was non-partisan it was attended by a handful of MPs and many panellists were affiliated to the Conservative Party.  Most bemoaned the lack of achievement of 14 years of Conservative led government.  The two achievements referenced on multiple occasions were the PISA rankings in Reading, and of course achieving Brexit.  In the case of Brexit this has not been delivered for Northern Ireland, and what was delivered was despite rather than because of the Conservative Party’s corporate position.  Talk was often of reform, both of the Conservative party, especially in the case of candidate selection, and the party Reform, who many attendees would be voting for.  In a room at the Margaret Thatcher Centre, hosting an event named after Margaret Thatcher, for the most part the Conservative Party had lost the room.

Among the weekends highlights was Lord Frost’s keynote address in which he described what might be coined as Frost’s Four Freedoms:

  1. National Freedom – the right to run your own country.  The idea that a country has the right to be self-governing and that a country has a national demos.
  2. Free Speech – In a free country you must have the right to free speech.
  3. Economic Freedom – This is perhaps best described in a quote from Margaret Thatcher: “A man’s right to work as he will, to spend what he earns, to own property, and to have the state as servant and not as master — they are the essence of a free economy. And on that freedom all our other freedoms depend.” 
  4. Freedom to Transmit – A freedom to hand on our culture to the next generation.  Our belief that every individual is special, our cultural Christianity, the beliefs that allowed us to build western civilisation.  A freedom to build, own and hand on. 

On Economic Freedom it was pointed out this compares to the current government who have just introduced a Football Regulator.  After 14 years of Conservative led government, the state often sees itself as the master, and the people and their businesses as it’s servants.

In later discussions, we felt The Freedom to Transmit really is the freedom that encourages a culture that plants a tree in the knowledge that future generations will be there to see it grow, a culture that writes an ‘Established date’ sign on a business believing it will prosper for many years to come. 

Tim Montgomerie the founder of Conservative Home and UnHerd.com spoke of what went wrong in the 14 years of Conservative government, and summarised what the Right needs to do in 5 areas:

  1. Get rid of a lot of people who are currently Conservative MPs.  Too many Conservative MPs are simply in no way conservative.
  2. We need to be more gracious towards each other.  This may seem like it contradicts the first task, but once you have a conservative movement, you have to agree on basic principles, but not every last detail, and most importantly you need to work together.
  3. We often talk of ‘the State’ and ‘the Market’ but don’t talk about ‘Society’.  We live in communities, and in families.  Conservatism doesn’t spend enough time talking about our society.
  4. Cut the demand side of government.  We all know that the government is too big, but we always look at cutting the supply side of government the size of departments, spending etc.  We need to instead look at cutting the demand for government.  One way is to build a lot more houses, another is to rebuild the family.
  5. We need to do less politics.  Elections are too important, politicians have too much power.  We should all go to church, join clubs and get out more.

Some other general points made on the day were that we (the Right) need to get more people onto public appointments and quangos.  Conservative Home regularly publishes opportunities at https://conservativehome.com/public-appointments/.

Conor Burns MP made some suggestions of what the Conservatives should do in their remaining time in office.  This included continuing to sign the US State level ‘Memoranda of Understanding’, like that recently signed with Texas.  They also should focus on what the Conservative Party wants from a leader, rather than who they want as a leader.

The point was also made that we need to make the case for Free Markets, specifically:

  • Profit is a good thing.  Profit provides the dividends for our pensions.
  • Capitalism helps people live longer.  It is responsible for improving the lives of billions.
  • Competition drives up standards.

Podcast Episode 89 – Dr Jan Macvarish- Why Free Speech Matters

We recently held a public meeting in Purley and we were joined by Dr Jan Macvarish, the Education & Events Director of the Free Speech Union.

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Dr Macvarish is a researcher, writer and lecturer, and sociologist with a strong interest in family life.  She has conducted research into contemporary single living, teenage pregnancy, and parenthood.  She also stands for freedom of speech, freedom of thought, the reinvigoration of public life and protection of private life and is the Education and Events Director of the Free Speech Union.

You can follow her on Twitter and find out more at https://janmacvarish.wordpress.com/.

The Free Speech Union is a non-partisan, mass membership public interest body that stands up for the speech rights of its members and campaigns for free speech more widely.  Find out more at https://freespeechunion.org/.

Roger Clark, Reform UK candidate for Harrow East

Roger Clark is the Reform UK Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Harrow East.  We spoke with Roger about his decision to stand.

“My overarching feeling is that our politicians and most institutions of the state no longer represent us, are no longer fit for purpose”

Can you briefly introduce yourself to our readers?

Professionally I am an internal auditor. I have travelled a great deal. I find the world a fascinating place.  I’ve been increasingly unhappy over many years that the UK has been declining on multiple levels. My overarching feeling is that our politicians and most institutions of the state no longer represent us, are no longer fit for purpose, are no longer good for us, indeed are betraying us by causing our decline.

What made you decide to stand for Reform UK?

The world suffers excess population growth greatly increasing likelihood of conflict, poverty, energy and food insecurity, and famine. All are now beginning to occur in Britain. Many millions of people want to come to the UK. The UK needs to stabilise its population at 64 million (already excessive) by protecting its borders and reduce net entry to zero. It is failing to do this, on the contrary the UK government granted 1.2 million visas last year. The Tory government needs to be dismissed.

“The major parties won’t reform very much, and they don’t know how to do it and they lack the courage to do it”

What do you see as the big concerns for the constituency and what issues do you hope to champion?

There is rapidly growing pressure on all resources: schools, NHS, dentists, GP’s, housing, roads, open green space, policing (because of increasing crime), to name a few. These pressures are mainly caused by excess population growth.  Britain needs major reforms urgently. The major parties won’t reform very much, and they don’t know how to do it and they lack the courage to do it. The national issue I hope to champion personally is quite different – reform of the House of Lords which is a dysfunctional, overblown, costly, and ineffective outdated entity.

For those eager to help, how can they get involved in the campaign?

I will welcome help in leafleting. My email address is [email protected], and you can find out more at https://www.reformparty.uk/harrow-east-constituency.

Amy Gallagher, SDP Candidate Mayor of London – On Croydon

South Londoner Amy Gallagher is the SDP candidate for Mayor of London. Keen to that our next mayor represents all of London not just Zones 1 and 2 we asked Amy about our town and borough, Croydon.

“When I think of Croydon I think of the tram and the lively events and vibrancy”

What’s been your involvement with Croydon over the years and what are your memories of the borough?

I’ve been working as a mental health nurse in South London. The team I was working with would cover several boroughs and Croydon was one of them. I would often work in Croydon A&E and visit patients in the community. When I think of Croydon I think of the tram and the lively events and vibrancy.

The town centre has become very run down in recent years with the loss of much nightlife and many shops. As Mayor of London how would you address these issues?

I would end business rates for small businesses in order to help local high streets. I would also create a clean environment with beautiful architecture and add more green space.

“I also want to crackdown on anti-social behaviour and crime by improving the police force… prioritizing knowledge of the law and civil liberties”

Nothing improves streetscape and the public realm more surely than mature trees. I would allocate £25m to street tree-planting. I also want to crackdown on anti-social behaviour and crime by improving the police force. I will reinforce the highest standards of duty, personal probity, and conduct at all times, on and off-duty, prioritizing knowledge of the law and civil liberties, and increase the powers of the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC) to increase the trust of Londoners in our police force and hold them to account.

“I will establish a community volunteer network database where citizens can offer their skills for certain community support services (civic improvement, education, help for the aged, NHS, construction, environment, tourism guidance)”

From Crystal Palace and Norbury in the north to Coulsdon in the south, like London, Croydon’s localities differ greater. How would you see the Mayor of London’s office serving all of Croydon and indeed all of London?

I will rank London boroughs in terms of crime and publish a full and frank analysis of the kinds of crimes committed in specific boroughs and the profile of convicted criminals. Police will be fully supported in acting proactively within the law to prevent crime.

I plan to mobilise the vast energies and each boroughs’ citizens in the service of the community. I will establish a community volunteer network database where citizens can offer their skills for certain community support services (civic improvement, education, help for the aged, NHS, construction, environment, tourism guidance), and the GLA will fund a team of five to manage the program in each of the London boroughs (Budget cost: £22m)

“Box Park! There is such a great atmosphere there and great food!”

Off politics… Captain Sensible, Kirsty MacColl, Gabrielle, Des’ree, Stormzy, and now 6 Brit winner Raye just some of the talented singers from the Borough. Who’s your favourite Croydon lyricists?

Des’ree! I didn’t know she was from Croydon. I used to sing her songs when I was little. She was great!

Are you more likely to be found wandering Farthing Down or in Box Park?

Box Park! There is such a great atmosphere there and great food!

How can people find out more or get involved?

Check out the SDP (Social Democratic Party website), Join us at SDP London and vote for us!

https://sdp.org.uk/2023/12/18/amy-gallagher-announced-as-sdp-candidate-for-london-mayor/

Our manifesto for London will be published soon!

You can also find me on X/Twitter at @StandUptoWoke.

Martin Evison, SDP Candidate for Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend

Martin Evison is the SDP prospective candidate for Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend.  We spoke with Martin about his decision to stand.

“I am still active in writing and research, and volunteer as an English teacher for a charity working in Guinea-Bissau in West Africa, which helps build schools and promote education”

Can you briefly introduce yourself to our readers?

I’m retired – more-or-less – after a 40-year career in science and technology. A Shropshire lad, I first came to Newcastle in 1979, moving back for a second time in 2010—having studied and worked in New Zealand, Australia, and Canada in the intervening years. My career gave me experience of both the public and private sectors, and a return to the academic world led to work in the life sciences and forensics. I am still active in writing and research, and volunteer as an English teacher for a charity working in Guinea-Bissau in West Africa, which helps build schools and promote education.

“My motivation for involvement in politics is the chronic failure of the political system to respond to the reasonable expectations of the public”

What made you decide to stand for the SDP?

My motivation for involvement in politics is the chronic failure of the political system to respond to the reasonable expectations of the public, and the pressing need to pass on to future generations those core values of British culture and community for which preceding generations sacrificed so much. The SDP is the only political party that genuinely represents these values.

You’re the Spokesman for Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend what’s made you decide to represent this area?

I have lived in the Newcastle East since about 2010 and I am hoping to contest the redrawn Newcastle East in the next general election. I stood in the South Jesmond Ward of the existing Newcastle East in the local government elections in 2021 and 2023.

“People are not interested in futile NetZero and Diversity schemes. They want resources devoted to a better health service and care system”

What do you see as the big concerns for the constituency and what issues do you hope to champion?

The big concerns are much the same as they are in many constituencies. The cost of living is too high and there is a lack of affordable quality accommodation for the less well off. State-sector housing is particularly neglected. People are not interested in futile NetZero and Diversity schemes. They want resources devoted to a better health service and care system and want to see an end to open borders immigration and people trafficking.

For those eager to help, how can they get involved in the campaign?

Please email [email protected] and follow @SDPNorthEast on X.

Beverley England, Reform UK candidate for South Suffolk

Beverley England is the Reform UK Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for South Suffolk.  We spoke with Beverley about her decision to stand.

“I am a Brexiteer and like many, am furious that it has been ‘done’ in name only . . . what a waste of an 80 seat majority”

Can you briefly introduce yourself to our readers?

I moved to South Suffolk last year and I think it is important to live in the area you are to represent.  I enjoy the countryside, walking every day with my dog and the move gave me an opportunity to refurbish a neglected barn. My business, in commercial and high spec residential interior design, has been running now for over 30 years and clients have included the Houses of Parliament . . . remember that wallpaper at £200 per roll? – now there’s a story I can tell you!

My political interest increased over Brexit. I am a Brexiteer and like many, am furious that it has been ‘done’ in name only . . . what a waste of an 80 seat majority.

“The most worrying thing about the 2 main parties/uni party is that they will both implement Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) and Reform UK are against this. It is critical that everyone opposes this – once introduced, it is the end of our freedom”

What made you decide to stand for Reform UK?

Reform UK have all the policies which are common sense and which I believe in – conservatism with a small ‘c’ as Ben Habib says.  We desperately need an honest and transparent political party to represent the people and not greedy corporates with more of their ‘public/private partnerships’ – translated: fleece the taxpayer more and then more again. The most worrying thing about the 2 main parties/uni party is that they will both implement Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) and Reform UK are against this. It is critical that everyone opposes this – once introduced, it is the end of our freedom.  A state-controlled money token, which can also be time limited so the people on benefits can never have savings and it is my suspicion that Universal basic income (UBI) will be the first thing paid via CBDC.  Already in the EU, it is illegal to spend in cash more than E1,000 – according to Christine Lagarde you are then ‘in the grey zone’ and you will be fined or jailed . . . this is all the social credit score system like in China – communism via the back door.  

“Sudbury council literally experimenting with people’s livelihoods by running a 2 month ‘experiment’ (their word) in the centre of Sudbury to create an outside cafe culture, taking away parking”

What do you see as the big concerns for the constituency and what issues do you hope to champion?

A big concern for South Suffolk is the proposed pylon infrastructure across the county – 92% of the power is required for London and the South East, so it should be run off shore NOT across swathes of countryside.  Of course, this is all part of the ‘climate change’ and Agenda 2030 nonsense, which Reform UK are opposed to – we want an open debate on climate change as there are no peer reviewed papers proving that humans are causing an increase in CO2 emissions and in any case it is a greening gas not a pollutant . . . everyone has forgotten that we learnt about photosynthesis at school – I am old enough to remember but possibly it is not taught now as it does not fit the agenda.  

There are other more regional concerns, such as Sudbury council literally experimenting with people’s livelihoods by running a 2 month ‘experiment’ (their word) in the centre of Sudbury to create an outside cafe culture, taking away parking and pedestrianising most of Market Hill.  This will directly impact the footfall for existing established business with escalating costs amidst a recession . . . all to sell a few cups of tea in the sunshine . . . should we ever see it.  Commercial incompetence at its height – I wonder how many councillors have run their own business?

For those eager to help, how can they get involved in the campaign?

Help is needed! We have a team of 22 now for leaflet distribution but we need a lot more.  I can be contacted via email: [email protected], and can be found on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Sponsorship for printing costs would be great – this is now adding up to quite a substantial sum, so if there are a couple of businesses out there who like our policies, please do donate to printing costs.