Monday, 29 December 2014

CF Astounded By Warsi's Controversial Israeli Tweets

Baroness Warsi, the former Conservative Party Chairman and Foreign Office Minister, has today controversially tweeted again about Israel and inter faith relations.

The outrage centred on her claim of 'vitriolic attacks ... from people self identifying as British Jews'. Warsi resigned from her post in the Foreign Office due to the Governments stance against the Terrorist organisation Hamas. She has also caused further controversy on Twitter when she attempted to justify the murders of Jewish people by terrorists.

Normal CFers have reacted with surprise at Warsi's comments. Sam Betz from the University of Kent also said 'Her support at all levels of politics has totally collapsed, and I think she’s the only one “shocked” by that. If you choose to side with a genocidal terrorist organisation over a liberal democracy, don’t be surprised when the people they want to murder don’t want to be associated with you any more.'

George Highton from NUCA told #ThingsElliottSays 'She shouldn't be surprised that she's come in for criticism. Her actions are appalling ... using her resignation to undermine the Middle East's only democracy. Her whole tenure as chairman was a farce.'

Baroness Warsi has also been condemned by leading Conservatives. Mark Clarke, who set up RoadTrip2015, posted on Twitter his reaction to Warsi's 'bizarre' tweet. This was greatly retweeted by journalists, CFers and other leading politicos on the centre right.

National CF Chairman, Alexandra Paterson, has also shown disapproval at what Baroness Warsi had tweeted. She told this blog 'Ordinary activists will have been appalled by her [Baroness Warsi's] comments over recent months.' She further stated referring to Mark Clarke's tweet 'the reason that Mark has created one of the strongest movements in the party is because he is in touch with activists as much as she is completely out of touch with them.'

Theodora Dickinson, the South East CF Chairman, has also backed Paterson telling #ThingsElliottSays 'I'm pleased to see senior members of the Conservative Party speaking out against Warsi's attack on the democratic state of Israel. She claims to have fought against anti-semitism, and to be a supporter of the Conservative Friends of Israel, but she has proved herself to be a reprehensible hypocrite.'

Further criticism also came from the Middle East studies director for Parliament Street, Stephen Hoffman, 'she has offended many people including Jewish people who do not think that high profile politicians should be spending their day job justifying terror attacks against individuals by groups like Hamas just for being Jewish.' He further added 'If Sayeeda wants to improve her relationship with the Jewish community she could start by apologising.'

It doesn't look like Baroness Warsi's tweets and her views on Israel have gone down well with the youth members of the Conservative Party.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Shapps Gets It Right - Get Rid Of The Non-Campaigners

Grant Shapps has got it right. Get rid of the non-campaigners.

An internal spat has erupted today in the Conservative Party when two of Theresa May's aides were dropped from the Conservative Party's candidates list because they did not campaign during the Rochester and Strood By-election. Their excuse, of not going because they were unsure of whether their role in government clashed with their role in Conservatives, was weak. The Newark by-election had previously proven that parliamentary aides can campaign for the Conservatives in their spare time.

It is likely that Mrs May's aide's just couldn't be bothered to campaign against Mark Reckless. Hardly the hallmark of a good Conservative Party activist never mind someone who wants to be a parliamentary candidate. Shapps is absolutely right to kick out those who don't want to bring about a Conservative majority government by hard work on the ground.

Shapp's tough but fair action contrasts with his predecessor Baroness Warsi who launched a 'purge of the right wing' on the Conservative Party candidates list. This was a stupid idea to 'purify' the Conservative Party resulting in only kicking out of great talent.

One of those right-wingers removed from the list by Warsi was Mark Clarke, who stood in Tooting at the 2010 General Election. However, Clarke went on to create the fantastic RoadTrip2015 movement. RoadTrip2015 has seen mass activist days across the country with up to 600 campaigners help out in target seats. Road Trip, along with Team2015, is seen also seen as one of the main reasons for the Conservative victory at the Newark by-election. RoadTrip2015 is and will continue to play a key part in the Conservatives attempt to form a majority Government.

Clarke was in agreement with Shapps actions earlier today on Facebook. Merit should come before being puritanical about Conservative ideology.

Warsi got rid of a lot of the hardworking campaigners during her time as Party Chairman. It is good to see that Shapps is encouraging campaigning, promoting talent, and getting rid of the deadwood.