Advice to David Cameron

Time to listen, Dave

And before you ask “Does the Prime Minister need your advice, Helmer?”, let me say — he certainly needs advice from somewhere, so let’s start here.

Benedict Brogan in the Telegraph  points to the short-lived surge in Tory fortunes when Cameron dramatically announced his EU veto — even if it was eventually overtaken by events.  The Tory Troops are equally heartened by Cameron’s tough talking to Argentine President Kirchner.  Let’s hope he delivers.  To paraphrase a comment of Ronald Reagan, “I knew Margaret Thatcher, sonny, and you’re no Margaret Thatcher”.

Brogan writes “MPs wondering how to achieve a victory in today’s darkened circumstances want compelling measures that can be described in a few crisp words on the doorstep”.  So my mind turned to the things that the Tory Party might do.  And there are some ideas.

Growth strategy:   Offer employers’ National Insurance holidays for young new hires.  Have a bonfire of the regulations (as you promised).  And scrap those Quangoes you promised to cull.

Personal tax: Raise thresholds for the low-paid.  Tax breaks for families.  End the death tax.  Reduce the top rate of income tax.  Meet the cost of tax reductions from the economic growth they stimulate.

Housing market:  End stamp duty on house sales.  End the death tax (it went down a storm at that Party Conference).

Immigration:  Get real.  And send foreign criminals home automatically, without recourse to the courts.  And don’t pay them compensation.  Ever.

Defence: Find the funding for proper armed forces.  And don’t fire military personnel days before they qualify for their pension.

Policing:  Make the police force a crime-fighting force, not a social service.

Welfare: Restrict payments to those in genuine need through no fault of their own.

University admissions:  Base them on academic merit, not social engineering.

Energy and fuel bills:  Scrap proposed increases in petrol duty.  Make radical cuts in renewables subsidies.  More generally, scrap the Climate Change Act, keep the coal fired-power stations open, and tell Brussels that its renewables targets are irrational and unsustainable.

And the elephant in the room?  Give us an EU Referendum.  And let it be an In/Out referendum.  You are right to tell Alex Salmond not to muddy the water with a “Devo.Max” option — so why do you want a similar option in an EU referendum?

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17 Responses to Advice to David Cameron

  1. Of course you are totally right. On every single point.
    But you haven’t tackled the real question which is this: why has Mr Cameron changed? In opposition, he would have agreed warmly with every single one of the points above. They are right.
    So why is he betraying his Conservative heritage and going against his own conservative beliefs? Put the other way round: it is like, say John Prescott joining the House of Lords.

    This is in no way a rhetorical question. It is quite a serious one actually. I would very much like to hear your views when you have time!

    What he is doing is quite fatal. He is splitting up the Right into a mass of fighting factions. We will never be able to put our ideas into practice if we are not all pulling in the same direction, and, at the moment, we seem to be led by someone who is deliberately pulling in the wrong one!
    With its weasel promises of Prosperity for All Without any Pain, and with the terribly unfair electoral boundaries and the total corruption of postal votes, it honestly is beginning to look like a landslide for Labour in 2015.

    • Pericles says:

      Mr. Stallard and I must have been watching different channels.

      Mr. Heath has never seemed to me to be anything but a fifth columnist working for the European Union and the environmentalist lobby ;  for the life of me I cannot imagine – despite his occasional utterances about things like burning QUANGOs – his ever having agreed with Mr. Helmer’s points.


  2. First thing to do is ditch the Lib Dems.

  3. George Tynesider says:

    resounding yes to every suggestion., but Cameron and his bunch of time servers don`t have the bottle to carry them out. Like many of his predecessors, Cameron has proven himself to be dishonest, Saying what he thinks the electorate want to hear whilst in opposition, then being afraid to fulfill his promises once elected. Problem is, does anyone honestly believe that there is a person with integrity and courage out there, who would be prepared to see these proposals through, come what may.

  4. Wilfred Aspinall says:

    Roger all your points are correct but forgive me by adding a few others.

    The government appears to recognise that the construction sector is the chance to revitalise the economy. It is the largest employer in the UK. Nevertheless it does need encouragement, confidence to invest and the government needs to make investment too.

    The 52 pages to change the Planning Guidelines from a negative to a positive assumption must be welcomed, Messrs Osbourne and Pickles set out their store. However the guidelines were watered down and now most LA Planning Departments have spent the last few months using the previous 3000 pages of guidelines to interpret the new ones. Result business as usual.

    LA Councillors need to take control and scrap the delegated authority process

    VAT on labour intensive activity such as renovation work, adjustments on buildings for the elderly and disabled, on developing energy efficiency in buildings could attract a reduced VAT rate of 5%. Can be agreed under EU legislation.

    The £80bn recently announced by the Bak of England as available on a very low interest rate, some should be used to build more homes (employment surge and confidence in the housing market). Of course the low interest rate should also be passed on too. In addition spending departments could enter into joint ventures with the private sector to build better roads, improve hospitals, schools, transport infrastructure such as air and rail. Give a boost to the industry, encourage the public and use the low interest rate to instil confidence. And of course allow the private sector access to low interest rate borrowing.

    These projects would all create jobs, and at the same time bring something to society.

    On top of all this the government should review public procurement procedure to make it less beurocratic, SME friendly. They should also review the Professional Indemnity Insurance and instead introduce Project Insurance. This might cut down on expensive activity from certain professionals and make considerable savings to the final building / construction costs

    Wilfred Aspinall

  5. Malcolm Edward says:

    Dead right. And there is much more that can be added to the advice list. Such as helping to prop up the eurozone, taking on up to £150 billion liabilities (as analysed by The Bruges group), whilst at the same time our debt is still increasing.

    It looks like Cameron is wanting to confuse and weaken the conservative cause and to keep the UK subordinant to the EU, even though he has an occasional errant streak.

    A big problem is that most conservative MPs are voting Cameron’s agenda through the HoC. Another big problem is that so many of the floating electorate, when they tire of the Conservatives then switch support to Labour – a worse version of what they don’t want. How does one get the message across that if one wants change it is no point continually voting for what you don’t want. This is the conundrum of today’s politics, and one that means that the governing pro-EU consensus faces insufficient challenge (at least where it matters – votes).

  6. machokong says:

    What the hell, is that it on immigration?!! I want to see deportations, lots, all the illegals and those who are here just because the ha a baby, I want them gone, I don’t care about their “Human Rights”, you get real!

  7. No one seems to have noted my unforced error — it was Lloyd Benson, not Ronald Reagan, who came up with that put-down of Dan Quayle. Sorry about that.

  8. Sean O'Hare says:

    Meet the cost of tax reductions from the economic growth they stimulate.

    Growth will come slowly. The cost of tax reductions has to come from dismantling the state machine,

  9. Sean O'Hare says:

    The most important advice I would give to Cameron is “resign immediately, go and go now, never darken our doors again.”

  10. ogga1 says:

    Cameron is pro E.U through and through, shades of Kim Philby.

    • George Tynesider says:

      But everyone knows that politicians speak with forked tongues, and Cameron is no exception, just ask the more than half million British Citizens whose pensions are frozen just because of where they choose to spend their retirement years. These unfortunates were heartened by both Cameron and Webb`s comments on frozen pensions when they were in opposition. Words like Ùnjust, illogican, and unfair`were commonly used. Now, both are strangely silent on the issue. Can you honestly believe anything that these people saý.

  11. Gail says:

    Oh boy! is that some food for thought for Cameron. Lets hope he’s hugry enough to think on it. You have to have your own house (or in this case Country) in order before you can do anything to help others.

  12. My advice to David “neo-Heath” Cameron is to admit his true political affinities by joining the Liberal (Democratic) Party.
    Brackets because democracy demands a referendum on constitutional changes.
    His “renewables” and CO2 stances also concur with the Liberals’ and bid foul to ruin us, chill us and darken our environment.
    The (real)Tories and UKIP Parties should amalgamate and choose a new leadership so as to represent their political views:
    do you agree and do you support Boris for Leader, with John Redwood for Chancellor?

    • Pericles says:

      Although for the time being it generates more noise than anything else, the debt crisis — something entirely of the politicians’ making, they having adopted some idiotic economic théorie de mode that, despite having built up sovereign debt over about a century, every-one had to pay everything back by when ever the next election was in the respective country — is not the greatest threat to or drain upon the World’s economy.

      Nor is the recently revealed behaviour of the banks’ barrow boys.  (What else did any-one expect to be the result of stuffing the dealing rooms with them ?)

      No ;  those rôles are filled by the anthropogenic-global-warming fraud, aimed at shutting down industrial society (especially in the West) and preventing the development of poor countries.

      Despite admiring Mr. Johnson (for his rounded personality as much as his manifest leadership qualities) and Mr. Redwood, I’m conscious of their having hedged their bets in this critical matter.

      Only those politicians whose position has been unequivocal – at least since they became aware of the fraud – are fit to lead the combined body Mr. Wardrop proposes.


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