BS enlightened by Conor Burns visit
The Political Society was visited by Conor Burns MP during lunchtime of 7th May in the lecture theatre.
Both Conservative and Labour parliamentary hopefuls wait anxiously for the announcement of the much anticipated exit poll, concluding, what was predicted to be the closest election campaign in a generation. On the left, many expect the losses of 2010 to be formulated into sweeping gains across middle England, paving the way to Downing Street for Miliband and Balls.
British Democracy is the envy of many around the world
Although our leader spoke publically about a Conservative majority, overwhelming numbers of Tories, disillusioned by the ambiguity portrayed by the polls, were simply anticipating a rerun of the last election, followed by the seemingly endless negotiations between ourselves and UKIP or the Liberals in the dark rooms of the cabinet offices, rather than the glorious celebrations in the garden of number 10. In fact, even Conor Burns, Member of Parliament for Bournemouth West, expressed his personal shock when the Prime Minister was returned to office during a visit to Bournemouth School on October 8th this year.
in 18 months to two years, this government will be the “most unpopular in living memory”, but over five years, opinions would change
Returning from the Conservative Party annual conference in Manchester, Conor eloquently explained the direction of the new majority Conservative government, convincingly rebutting persistent questioning from socialist adversaries on some of the most intensely debated topics of the current political climate.
During times of almost unparalleled international instability, uncertainty and insecurity our independent nuclear deterrent is of intangible importance, not only in maintaining the global power of the United Kingdom but also in safeguarding British jobs for the most hardworking Royal Navy technicians, a view which Mr Burns voiced his support for, stating Jeremy Corbyn was ‘Foolish to say when he would use trident’ as it would only deter other nations if ‘they know we may use it against them.’ He further said that Labour was ‘signing its own suicide note’ through the election of Corbyn to the leadership.
The Conservative Party has recently been criticised for the decision to cut tax credits for in work families, receiving disproportionate broadcasting time by the BBC during the conference event. However instead of being a policy aimed solely at removing insidiously the benefits of the poor, these moderate reforms shall ensure that our welfare system continues to function efficiently for those who need it and desperately rely upon it. The previous system, brought in by the last Labour government, was costing the taxpayer £4 billion per year, whilst being simultaneously tied to the bureaucratic nightmare needed to sustain it. David Cameron’s response was wholly logical: cut taxes for those in the lowest paid jobs, raise the minimum wage to a generous national living wage and remove the unnecessary bureaucrats employed to verify tax credit application and distribution, ensuring value for money for hard working British people.
Conor explained the need to transform Britain from ‘a high welfare, high tax economy to a low welfare, low tax economy’ yet also mentioned he intended to ‘intervene to mitigate the impacts of tax credit cuts in more serious circumstances.’
Mr Burns was then questioned regarding British foreign policy in the Middle East, condemning the Russian forces for their support of the 21st Century’s most belligerent and barbaric dictators, whilst also voicing his personal concerns amidst intensifying debate on Western intervention.
The subject of Israel surfaced once more, catalysed by Jeremy Corbyn’s intent to befriend members of Hamas and Hezbollah, imposing sustained daily terror systematically on the Israeli population to promote the perverted ideology that a strip of land, occupied and settled by Jewish peoples for two millennia, should be cleansed and occupied unlawfully by Palestinians. Describing Israel as ‘a beacon of democracy in the Middle East,’ Conor convincingly argued for the continued survival of the Jewish state, emphasising Israel’s tolerance of different peoples. ‘Be a Christian and live in one of those other countries. Be gay and live in one of those other countries’ he said, to bring to light the void of security that would transcend the Middle East, should the state of Israel be assimilated into a neighbouring Islamic dictatorship.
Conor Burns has established his reputation as a hardworking, dedicated and realistic Conservative MP throughout the coalition years and his open, honest and pragmatic style of discourse was not only of value to those present when he visited, but also for British politics in general. With the public becoming more and more disenfranchised with the Westminster establishment, perhaps his relatable and captivating style can revitalise political participation in Britain and be the savior of our great British democracy.