Conservative Party Leadership Contest: Some Thoughts

With the tearful resignation of Theresa May earlier this week I find myself thinking, who is going to be the next Leader of the Conservative Party? There are the obvious front runners. Boris Johnson of the floppy haired flip flop. Dominic Raab, Michael Gove, Andrea Leadsom, and maybe even Jeremy Hunt. All these names are being thrown around as favourites to take the helm. And whenever I hear any of their names being touted as a potential leader of our nation, I can’t help but cringe. In my humble opinion though, every person who has had a cabinet position since 2015 has been tainted, Brexit has divided the nation, but it has also tarred the top tier of government with a stench of infighting, immaturity and incompetence.

 

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So if the Conservative party is to move forward what they need is a complete fresh face, someone who doesn’t have ties to May or Cameron and hasn’t be contaminated by their cabinet colleagues. In essence what I’m saying is that the Conservative party need to find their very own Tory Jeremy Corbyn. Someone who party members can rally around as a breath of fresh air for the party.

A few names that spring to mind are Rehman Chishti, Lucy Allan, Jo Churchill, Richard Drax or possibly Matt Warman, all of whom would pose problems for the opposition parties in Westminster. But at the same time these potential candidates that I’ve mentioned could potentially be seen as compromise candidates, a place holder until someone better comes forth to take centre stage.

However if the Conservative Party do just go along with one of the front runners, its very likely that we’d see a Labour Government by 2022.

30 Before Thirty (Comics & Graphic Novels)

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I’m going to be thirty in just over 2 years and at this moment in time I’m OK with that (how I feel about it in 10 minuets is up for debate) but one of the things that I realised is that there are a fair few things I still want to accomplish whilst the career and social goals are somewhat out of my control things like films I want to see, albums I want to listen to and books I want to read are very much in my control, especially as I have 25 months to accomplish it. Here is a list of the Comics and Graphic Novels that I would like to have read by the time I’m thirty.

Grant Morrison’s 18 Days

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Camelot 3000

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Miracle Man: A Dream Of Flying

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All Star Superman 

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Preacher: Gone To Texas

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The Crow

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Sandman Preludes and Nocturnes

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Alan Moore’s: Saga of The Swamp Thing

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Marvel 1602

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Saga: Volume 1

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 The Order: Die Mensch Machine

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The Complete Scarlet Traces 

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Button Man

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Ronin 

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Superman: Whatever Happened To The Man Of Tomorrow 

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The Infinity Gauntlet 

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Amazing Spider-man: Kravens Last Hunt

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Promethea Book 1 

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Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus 

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Multiversity 

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Son Of Superman 

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Hellblazer: Original Sins 

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The Authority: Relentless 

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Hellboy: Seed Of Destruction 

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Doctor Who: Emperor Of The Daleks

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Death: The High Cost Of Living  

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JSA The Liberty Files 

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Alice In Sunderland 

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Daredevil Yellow

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The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch

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How many of these do you think I’ll get done before July 21st 2019?

In Defence Of Fox Hunting

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One of the biggest stories of the week is that The Right Honourable Theresa May, Member of Parliament for Maidenhead and Prime Minister of The United Kingdom Of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, has announced that she plans to offer members of parliament a free vote to repeal the Hunting Act of 2004.

The Hunting Act itself makes it illegal to hunt wild mammals with dogs in mainland Britain, thus making the old aristocratic past time of fox hunting illegal.

The Act itself was on of those things that went back and forth for years before being enacted under Tony Blair’s government, even though it kept getting blocked in the House of Lords. Many detractors of the bill say that they it is legislating away a part of the nations heritage, and with that I agree.

Now I personally am against fox hunting, but only for the poor little foxes getting torn to shreds by, what would otherwise be, pretty cute looking dogs (bloodhounds are one of the only dogs that I would actually like). Other than that I have no problem with “the hunt”, the pageantry,  a nice little horseback ride from through the country, a little boogie-woogie bugle music, the drinks, and the dinner, hell I even like the red tailcoats.

But this is one part of British heritage, “the hunt” has been taking place in Britain since Julius Caesar, Tacitus even wrote letters about it. It has been the pursuit of royals, aristocrats and the upper classes of England and Wales since before Christ. And like it or not it is a part of the heritage make up of the United Kingdom, people have been putting on spiffy red coats and taking out their hounds and horses to chase a fox, and unfortunately the ending is going to be the brutal murder of an innocent creature. That last little bit is why I couldn’t support it, and is one of the many reasons I couldn’t vote Conservative at this general election.

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But the murder of innocent creatures aside I’m not really for the ending of parts of our national heritage. But its interesting to see that a brutal blood sport will only be made legal if they are the pursuit of the upper classes. You don’t see the Conservative Party floating the idea of dog fighting, and you don’t see Theresa May suggesting cock fights, even though they are also part of our national heritage, so much so that a cockpit (cock fight arena) actually makes up part of St Fagan’s National Museum Of History in Cardiff. It seems a little bit hypocritical of Theresa May to say that she’ll bring back blood sports for the rich and aristocratic, but not blood sports for the everyday man, why is that? Probably because there are no votes in it for her.