View from Westminster - May 10, 2012

First published in MP's View - Mark Garnier

AS is often the case with a weekly column, by the time the words I write are published, the big news will have happened.

This week, it is the Queen’s Speech, the day in which the coming year’s Parliamentary agenda is announced.

There is, as ever, a fair degree of speculation with what will be in it, but there are, for me, certain red lines that I feel are incredibly important.

The last couple of years have been spent dealing with the two huge problems inherited from the previous government: the chronic state of the public finances; and the shattered economy, struggling under a broken banking system and fatally wounded Euro zone.

Of course, dealing with these problems is well under way and there is simply no option to tackling them head on (where we can).

But whilst there has been a great deal over the last couple of years that is far more than just fire fighting – education reform, handing power to local communities, establishing the European referendum lock, changing the way parliament works to allow more input from backbenchers, working to help businesses and entrepreneurs – for the future, I want to see how we can all be sure that the future will be better than the past.

I want to know that our kids will get a job. I want to know that someone in Wyre Forest setting up a new business will have the best possible chance of success, creating new jobs. And I want to know that our public services will be run better, and more efficiently, than they have up to now.

In short, I want those who are strivers and hard workers to be confident that they will be supported, and not held back by a something-for nothing-culture that they are asked to pay for.

The local elections last week told me that this is important for people as well.

A year ago, in the face of stinging budget cuts, the electorate told us “we understand what you have to do”. This year they said “we may understand what you need to do, but we will not tolerate incompetence or irrelevance.”

Murdoch-Gate, jerrycan blunders, pasty (and other) tax own-goals are avoidable and it is right that people speak up against this. But it is also important that what the government does is relevant and frankly, gay marriage and House of Lords reform may be important to some people, but for the vast majority, it is simply a signal of self indulgence by someone who is out of touch.

With House of Lords reform being, apparently, on the radar for a hundred years, the Whitehall adage “if you can’t fix it, it ain’t broke” has never been truer.

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5:32pm Wed 9 May 12

Jon D says...

It's Wednesday afternoon, it's comedy time as one of Mark's interns at the Safari Park is tossed a typewriter and told to get on with it. Well what has this weeks monkey accidently come up with? "there are, for me, certain red lines that I feel are incredibly important" - now if Mark's own hand had written that it would have been a lie as there is only one red line for Mark and that is 'nothing get's in the way of my career, least of all my despised constituents'.
"problems inherited from the previous government...the shattered economy". Not true Garnier's monkey, as Mark will tell you the economy was growing well when the Tories came to power only for that growth to be extinguished by cutting too far & too fast which even one of your fellow monkeys could have told you always sends the economy back into a recession.
"I want to know that our kids will get a job" - yes but only with worse conditions so they work longer for less as Mark is desperate to repatriate worker protections back to Europe.
"I want to know that our public services will be run better, and more efficiently, than they have up to now" - that's why Mark wants to transfer them to the voluntary sector in the Big Society.
Gay marriage not relevant? Hmmm, I wonder if Mark's a homophobe or is it just his monkey?
This blog is a joke. Next time toss the typewriter to the walrus enclosure see if they can come up with anything better. Too many lies, getting a bit stale.
It's Wednesday afternoon, it's comedy time as one of Mark's interns at the Safari Park is tossed a typewriter and told to get on with it. Well what has this weeks monkey accidently come up with? "there are, for me, certain red lines that I feel are incredibly important" - now if Mark's own hand had written that it would have been a lie as there is only one red line for Mark and that is 'nothing get's in the way of my career, least of all my despised constituents'. "problems inherited from the previous government...the shattered economy". Not true Garnier's monkey, as Mark will tell you the economy was growing well when the Tories came to power only for that growth to be extinguished by cutting too far & too fast which even one of your fellow monkeys could have told you always sends the economy back into a recession. "I want to know that our kids will get a job" - yes but only with worse conditions so they work longer for less as Mark is desperate to repatriate worker protections back to Europe. "I want to know that our public services will be run better, and more efficiently, than they have up to now" - that's why Mark wants to transfer them to the voluntary sector in the Big Society. Gay marriage not relevant? Hmmm, I wonder if Mark's a homophobe or is it just his monkey? This blog is a joke. Next time toss the typewriter to the walrus enclosure see if they can come up with anything better. Too many lies, getting a bit stale. Jon D
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5:52pm Wed 9 May 12

Stephen Brown says...

Mark says:
"The last couple of years have been spent dealing with the two huge problems inherited from the previous government: the chronic state of the public finances; and the shattered economy, struggling under a broken banking system and fatally wounded Euro zone."

Frankly, I must have missed all of this hard work he and his government are engaged in because public debt has gone up, unemployment has gone up, the banking sector is still strangling the economy and the euro is nosediving not helped in part thanks to Camerons jiggy in out in out dance on the euro rescue package.

Mark must be spinning so fast he's made himself dizzy and don't remember what's actually happened. Still, it don't matter because if he doesn't remember or it's inconvenient he will make it up - like on the caravan tax - say one thing do another.

The government is so devoid of ideas all it can come up with is more worker bashing to 'boost' the economy. Then, last but not least, half hearted lords reform and proposals on gay marriage that can't even find favour among some of its own MP's.

Out of touch? Yes, that's right Mark but it's you that's out of touch not the people you are supposed to represent.

Here's a tip for you Mark - it is broke and it is in need of fixing. But it is getting obvious to many now that you and yours ain't the ones to fix it 'cus you either ain't got the tools or ain't looking hard enough to find them.
Mark says: "The last couple of years have been spent dealing with the two huge problems inherited from the previous government: the chronic state of the public finances; and the shattered economy, struggling under a broken banking system and fatally wounded Euro zone." Frankly, I must have missed all of this hard work he and his government are engaged in because public debt has gone up, unemployment has gone up, the banking sector is still strangling the economy and the euro is nosediving not helped in part thanks to Camerons jiggy in out in out dance on the euro rescue package. Mark must be spinning so fast he's made himself dizzy and don't remember what's actually happened. Still, it don't matter because if he doesn't remember or it's inconvenient he will make it up - like on the caravan tax - say one thing do another. The government is so devoid of ideas all it can come up with is more worker bashing to 'boost' the economy. Then, last but not least, half hearted lords reform and proposals on gay marriage that can't even find favour among some of its own MP's. Out of touch? Yes, that's right Mark but it's you that's out of touch not the people you are supposed to represent. Here's a tip for you Mark - it is broke and it is in need of fixing. But it is getting obvious to many now that you and yours ain't the ones to fix it 'cus you either ain't got the tools or ain't looking hard enough to find them. Stephen Brown
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8:25pm Wed 9 May 12

Shibdrift says...

"Tossed a typewriter"? - Yeah,threw it straight at my head just as I was peeling my banana!! And for what, a promise things will be better in the future. Heard that when I was dragged out of the jungle! Next time give the typewriter to the walrus, because if any sense comes out, then pigs will really have wings!!!
"Tossed a typewriter"? - Yeah,threw it straight at my head just as I was peeling my banana!! And for what, a promise things will be better in the future. Heard that when I was dragged out of the jungle! Next time give the typewriter to the walrus, because if any sense comes out, then pigs will really have wings!!! Shibdrift
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11:03pm Wed 9 May 12

kidderlord says...

So now we know - the Gay population of Wyre Forest are simply "SELF INDULGENT"- so thats another group of people this man, who should be writing copy for the BEANO it is so funny, has now alienated. HE also seems happy for unelected peers, many of whom are cronies of Cameroon and co, and claim massive parliamentary allowances , to be able to continue and be part of the legislature. Lets face it the Lords is also a dumping ground for national figures they want to get rid of, such as out of safe seats, to send other cronies into the House of Commons, or be appointed to top jobs. Again, trhose of us who think reform is needed are self indulgent according to Gringer. Marcus Hart must be rubbing his hands in glee every time this man speaks, as everytime he opens his mouth, Marcus is one step closer to be the "Torags" candidate at the next General Election.
Still we shouldnt get downhearted as Murk will change his view again this time next week and will set up a petition to support Gay Marriage like he has to save the Caravans from VAT- watch out Gay Pride - if you see a middle aged man with curly hair and a self satisfied grin walking around, dont trust him!
So now we know - the Gay population of Wyre Forest are simply "SELF INDULGENT"- so thats another group of people this man, who should be writing copy for the BEANO it is so funny, has now alienated. HE also seems happy for unelected peers, many of whom are cronies of Cameroon and co, and claim massive parliamentary allowances , to be able to continue and be part of the legislature. Lets face it the Lords is also a dumping ground for national figures they want to get rid of, such as out of safe seats, to send other cronies into the House of Commons, or be appointed to top jobs. Again, trhose of us who think reform is needed are self indulgent according to Gringer. Marcus Hart must be rubbing his hands in glee every time this man speaks, as everytime he opens his mouth, Marcus is one step closer to be the "Torags" candidate at the next General Election. Still we shouldnt get downhearted as Murk will change his view again this time next week and will set up a petition to support Gay Marriage like he has to save the Caravans from VAT- watch out Gay Pride - if you see a middle aged man with curly hair and a self satisfied grin walking around, dont trust him! kidderlord
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11:17pm Wed 9 May 12

Gobby Robby says...

Basically the government haven't put much into the Queen's Speech because they've run out of ideas. Already. They just wanted to get into Parliament as they think they're born to rule. Now they're standing around saying "what do we do now?". For me this more than anything means a vote of no confidence should be put before the House.
Basically the government haven't put much into the Queen's Speech because they've run out of ideas. Already. They just wanted to get into Parliament as they think they're born to rule. Now they're standing around saying "what do we do now?". For me this more than anything means a vote of no confidence should be put before the House. Gobby Robby
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10:36am Thu 10 May 12

HowardM says...

Nothing much to add to the fine points made above, which I endorse - except - the national debt was just over £800bn when the Tories came into power (in terms of the GDP it was less than it was when Labour took over from the Tories previously). It percentage terms of the GDP it was lower than Greece, France, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Italy etc, many of the Euro Zone big players. Now, after the Tories austerity programme, it is over £1000bn (£1 trillion) that is 20% worse than when Osborne was let loose on the state piggy bank. Then Mark has the timerity to claim (page 4, subsection 6, para 2 of this weeks Tory Party line to feed the plebs) that "its all Labours fault!" Marks a banker - with the observations he regularly trots out on here on finance most weeks is it any reason the country is skint and Cameron, Osborne and that Lib Dem bloke (forget his name!) are making such a pigs ear of everything they do. The men in the grey suits at Tory Party Central Office must already be preparing the "night of the long knives!"
Nothing much to add to the fine points made above, which I endorse - except - the national debt was just over £800bn when the Tories came into power (in terms of the GDP it was less than it was when Labour took over from the Tories previously). It percentage terms of the GDP it was lower than Greece, France, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Italy etc, many of the Euro Zone big players. Now, after the Tories austerity programme, it is over £1000bn (£1 trillion) that is 20% worse than when Osborne was let loose on the state piggy bank. Then Mark has the timerity to claim (page 4, subsection 6, para 2 of this weeks Tory Party line to feed the plebs) that "its all Labours fault!" Marks a banker - with the observations he regularly trots out on here on finance most weeks is it any reason the country is skint and Cameron, Osborne and that Lib Dem bloke (forget his name!) are making such a pigs ear of everything they do. The men in the grey suits at Tory Party Central Office must already be preparing the "night of the long knives!" HowardM
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10:36am Thu 10 May 12

walkerno5 says...

This just in - Equal rights and representative democracy "self indulgent" claims Tory MP.

How long would it bloody take to get gay marriage in for heavens sake? It's self evidently the right thing to do, ignore the bigots and you could do it in a sodding afternoon!

Lords reform is more difficult but grasp the nettle - someones got to do it eventually. There are enough MPs dossing about collecting the cash and doing very little legislative work, get a cross party committee together and get the job done.

If these losers can't focus on more than two or three things at a time, we're going to need to build a better bunch of losers.
This just in - Equal rights and representative democracy "self indulgent" claims Tory MP. How long would it bloody take to get gay marriage in for heavens sake? It's self evidently the right thing to do, ignore the bigots and you could do it in a sodding afternoon! Lords reform is more difficult but grasp the nettle - someones got to do it eventually. There are enough MPs dossing about collecting the cash and doing very little legislative work, get a cross party committee together and get the job done. If these losers can't focus on more than two or three things at a time, we're going to need to build a better bunch of losers. walkerno5
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4:28pm Thu 10 May 12

Red Flag Dan says...

Mr Garnier's personal view is that "gay marriage.....is simply a signal of self indulgence."

Is that also the official view of Wyre Forest Conservative Association and/ or the WFDC Conservative Group?
Mr Garnier's personal view is that "gay marriage.....is simply a signal of self indulgence." Is that also the official view of Wyre Forest Conservative Association and/ or the WFDC Conservative Group? Red Flag Dan
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5:27pm Thu 10 May 12

Gobby Robby says...

I should imagine it is. This is the party of the disgraceful Section 28 legislation after all.
I should imagine it is. This is the party of the disgraceful Section 28 legislation after all. Gobby Robby
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8:23pm Thu 10 May 12

Rob Ireland says...

It's noticeable that Mark's monkey doesn't include 'caravan tax' as one of the budget own goals. Probably because Mark has been shooting himself in the foot on this one, trying to claim he's fighting for his constituents when his absence from the 'rebel' lobby was plain for all to see. Ambition trumps principle every time.
It's noticeable that Mark's monkey doesn't include 'caravan tax' as one of the budget own goals. Probably because Mark has been shooting himself in the foot on this one, trying to claim he's fighting for his constituents when his absence from the 'rebel' lobby was plain for all to see. Ambition trumps principle every time. Rob Ireland
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9:15pm Thu 10 May 12

Mary79 says...

So based on his voting in Parliament and his columns; we have established that Mark does not want the gay vote, the reform vote, the poor vote, the workers vote, the caravaners vote, the pasty eaters vote, the environmental vote, the disabled vote, the pensioners vote, the health service vote, the eurosceptics vote (bit mixed on that last one as it's another ifbutmaybe for him).

Does that leave anyone but the rich and and bankers whose vote he wants?

I would look forward to a humiliating defeat for him at the next election because he has just about managed to alienate nearly everyone else. But is that going to happen because I missed out the majority who cannot be bothered to find out what he actually stands for when voting.
So based on his voting in Parliament and his columns; we have established that Mark does not want the gay vote, the reform vote, the poor vote, the workers vote, the caravaners vote, the pasty eaters vote, the environmental vote, the disabled vote, the pensioners vote, the health service vote, the eurosceptics vote (bit mixed on that last one as it's another ifbutmaybe for him). Does that leave anyone but the rich and and bankers whose vote he wants? I would look forward to a humiliating defeat for him at the next election because he has just about managed to alienate nearly everyone else. But is that going to happen because I missed out the majority who cannot be bothered to find out what he actually stands for when voting. Mary79
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9:23pm Thu 10 May 12

Red Flag Dan says...

David Cameron span gay marriage as proof of how much his party has changed under his leadership.

He even said,“I don’t support gay marriage despite being a Conservative. I support gay marriage because I’m a Conservative”.

Now they are dropping it.

Most Tory MPs are far to discreet to speak out against it, but not our Mark!

It looks like Garnier has caught himself in a bear trap and his protests conform to the caricature of Tories as a bunch of homophobic old ****, longing for a better yesterday.

The Tories are still the nasty party, and don't let anyone tell you anything different!
David Cameron span gay marriage as proof of how much his party has changed under his leadership. He even said,“I don’t support gay marriage despite being a Conservative. I support gay marriage because I’m a Conservative”. Now they are dropping it. Most Tory MPs are far to discreet to speak out against it, but not our Mark! It looks like Garnier has caught himself in a bear trap and his protests conform to the caricature of Tories as a bunch of homophobic old ****, longing for a better yesterday. The Tories are still the nasty party, and don't let anyone tell you anything different! Red Flag Dan
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12:28am Fri 11 May 12

kidderlord says...

STOP PRESS AN asbo is being prepared to serve on a middle aged curlied haired local politician for repeatedly playing loud music and repeating the same song over and over - the song is by Brittainy Spears - "OOOps I did it again". Local residents have been seen in local record shops asking for copies of Frank Sinatras "I did it my way" containing the words "And now, the end is near" and the track from the Sound of Music - "So long farewell, adieu adieu adieu.." I understand Howard Martin has received several copies of Cliffs "Congratulations" and told to keep them for 2015.
STOP PRESS AN asbo is being prepared to serve on a middle aged curlied haired local politician for repeatedly playing loud music and repeating the same song over and over - the song is by Brittainy Spears - "OOOps I did it again". Local residents have been seen in local record shops asking for copies of Frank Sinatras "I did it my way" containing the words "And now, the end is near" and the track from the Sound of Music - "So long farewell, adieu adieu adieu.." I understand Howard Martin has received several copies of Cliffs "Congratulations" and told to keep them for 2015. kidderlord
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11:32am Sat 12 May 12

Mr Jupiter says...

The Queen's speech is completely irrelevant anyway, it is based upon the delusion that the British Government has any powers to make policy, it doesn't.

All this government's policies, like all the last government's policies and undoubtedly all the next government's policies are or will be made either in Europe, or dictated from Washington.

None of this stuff Cameron-Clegg promotes is their own idea. For example these shifts toward localism (subsidiarity) are entirely driven by the EU and all the cuts are dictated by the IMF.

I'd much rather hear from the organ grinders myself, but there was nobody from Goldman Sachs available for comment.
The Queen's speech is completely irrelevant anyway, it is based upon the delusion that the British Government has any powers to make policy, it doesn't. All this government's policies, like all the last government's policies and undoubtedly all the next government's policies are or will be made either in Europe, or dictated from Washington. None of this stuff Cameron-Clegg promotes is their own idea. For example these shifts toward localism (subsidiarity) are entirely driven by the EU and all the cuts are dictated by the IMF. I'd much rather hear from the organ grinders myself, but there was nobody from Goldman Sachs available for comment. Mr Jupiter
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2:14pm Sat 12 May 12

Stephen Brown says...

I too think policy is actually dictated by global financial barons and media dons.
I too think policy is actually dictated by global financial barons and media dons. Stephen Brown
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3:37pm Tue 15 May 12

Tom_K says...

Firstly, if Mark thinks the tax measures proposed in the budget are a sign of incompetence and irrelevance then maybe he shouldn't keep voting for them.

For him to suggest that equality is a "signal of self indulgence" is utterly outrageous. He has used this weekly post to support Middle East dictatorships, to mislead about his position on the Caravan tax and many other things, but none have made me as angry as that one sentence. I imagine that Mark also feels that women wanting the right to vote was also self indulgent? He certainly wasn't keen on women having the right to choose an abortion when he voted with Nadine Dorries' attempt to restrict access to abortions last year.

Mark's comments in this blog are all the more shocking for me when he replied to my email about marriage equality saying he would vote in favour, adding "you make a strong argument for and the case against is both weak and bigoted". I think that we can all see that Mark's case against same-sex marriage is weak and by his own definition bigoted.
Firstly, if Mark thinks the tax measures proposed in the budget are a sign of incompetence and irrelevance then maybe he shouldn't keep voting for them. For him to suggest that equality is a "signal of self indulgence" is utterly outrageous. He has used this weekly post to support Middle East dictatorships, to mislead about his position on the Caravan tax and many other things, but none have made me as angry as that one sentence. I imagine that Mark also feels that women wanting the right to vote was also self indulgent? He certainly wasn't keen on women having the right to choose an abortion when he voted with Nadine Dorries' attempt to restrict access to abortions last year. Mark's comments in this blog are all the more shocking for me when he replied to my email about marriage equality saying he would vote in favour, adding "you make a strong argument for and the case against is both weak and bigoted". I think that we can all see that Mark's case against same-sex marriage is weak and by his own definition bigoted. Tom_K
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3:59pm Tue 15 May 12

Tom_K says...

Red Flag Dan is absolutey right, Cameron uses LGBT rights to say the Tories have changed. Mark did himself in an email to me about equal marriage he said "The Tory party is changing (here, at least). The right wing fanatics are a dying breed and the new intake, in the main, are much more modern and broad minded. Who knows: maybe we will be able to draw you in one day!" It would appear that as one of the "new intake" Mark isn't quite as modern and broad minded as he'd want us to believe. I'm certainly not going to be 'drawn in' by their posturing on equality.

Another interesting quote to not is on Mark's website where he claims he is "working for ALL Wyre Forest on EVERY issue". It would appear that he forgot to add "except for the self indulgent LGBT community".
Red Flag Dan is absolutey right, Cameron uses LGBT rights to say the Tories have changed. Mark did himself in an email to me about equal marriage he said "The Tory party is changing (here, at least). The right wing fanatics are a dying breed and the new intake, in the main, are much more modern and broad minded. Who knows: maybe we will be able to draw you in one day!" It would appear that as one of the "new intake" Mark isn't quite as modern and broad minded as he'd want us to believe. I'm certainly not going to be 'drawn in' by their posturing on equality. Another interesting quote to not is on Mark's website where he claims he is "working for ALL Wyre Forest on EVERY issue". It would appear that he forgot to add "except for the self indulgent LGBT community". Tom_K
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