January 28th, 2013

Adam Afriyie Speech: “If I Were Prime Minister…”

Cereal choker Adam Afriyie might be insisting “there is nothing to see here”, but the man who would be king wasn’t always so keen on Dave. Last year he opened the Conservative Renewal Conference in Windsor, seen at the time very much as a “rebel Tory party conference”. Afriyie had some interesting things to say in his speech:

“If I were Europe Minister, I’d want to know how to regain control of our borders and secure our criminal justice system. If I were Chancellor, I’d be concerned about removing the age-old obstacles to growth. I’d want to release our risk-takers and wealth creators to generate the jobs and economic growth the country so desperately needs. If I were Party Chairman, I’d be concerned about the support base of my Party. I’d want to ensure that the policies adopted had been endorsed by the Party. And I’d want my Party to be motivated and ready to campaign, wholeheartedly, at the next election. And if I were Prime Minister, I’d want to be in tune with my Party and I’d want the right ideas for the country on Europe, taxation and the economy.

Invites have gone out for this year’s even more ambitious conference. Organisers insist “this conference is not about attacking the leadership unnecessarily; it is about providing Conservative solutions to the problems this country and the world faces and being a constructive and friendly critic of the leadership”. Of course it is Adam…


68 Comments

  1. 1
    Chris Bryant says:

    I would love a politician with no gag reflex

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    • 12
      Hissing Sid says:

      Would you Adam and Eve it?

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    • 13
      Anonymous says:

      Risk takers in UK economy seems to be UK tax payers, they are holding on to £850bn bank risk. We have ended up with the the system where risk are nationalised.

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      • 19
        Anonymous says:

        We have ended with a system even Stalin will be proud of. Workers in banks get every thing while investor lose almost every thing in the same banks. Or a system where capitalist retailers are going bust.

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        • 47

          It’s the bond holders I feel sorry for.

          Where is the adrenalin when you can’t lose…

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          • Anonymous says:

            Major shareholders in UK are pension fund, insurance, etc. Even UK government own shares directly / indirectly through banks. There are large number of write off government doesn’t recognize in its budgets / forecast.

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    • 14
      Anonymous says:

      How much wealth Fred the Shred created?

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      • 21
        Anonymous says:

        is a hugh shift coming…paper is not authentic. gold may not be real.

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        • 27
          Economist says:

          Bond collapse is likely imminent. Currency war already underway, JPY likely first to fall.

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          • Anonymous says:

            Under Osborne UK doesn’t have to worry about currency wars. UK £ is falling even against Euro.

            Foreign UK bond investors might be having a nice time with almost zero interest rate and falling £. For some it could be even -ve growth.

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          • Economist says:

            By fall, I meant the first currency to experience run away hyper inflation, not weaken.

            First signs are sort of there for the UK though at present. In the absence of real growth of corporate profits, stock market indices going up usually indicate.

            GBP weakening should be good for exports, but we all know the story there. When Tax figures come out after April is likely when all hell is going to break loose.

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          • Anonymous says:

            Economist, surprised to see someone with sensible economic view commenting on this blog.

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          • Anonymous says:

            Stock market going up has another reason as well, lots of them are not UK based business. As £ fall there value goes up.

            My worry is, soon we might end up wishing that UK has joined euro. If £ is falling against a basket case like euro then there is something really wrong with UK economy.

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    • 23
      Hac says:

      Clegg is a fucking hypocrite by sending his kid(s) to private school

      This type of bullshitting is why the country is fucked

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    • 24
      Con Artists. says:

      The Cons will continue to hemorrhage grass routes support whilst their biggest failure continues his pro EU pro gay marriage and pro anything but conservative values crusade, or should we say cruise.

      And so we will get more of these rumours and potential challangers showing their hand as Con MP’s realise they will convincingly lose the election under troghing trougher spineless idiot Dave…

      UKIP will continue to garner support as people educate themselves and see through the EU and LibLabCon lies, mistruths and hypocrisy.

      The fact is the UK would have MORE influence on trade standards outside the Little EU (see Bookers blog in the telegraph on sunday), the fact we could control our borders, the fact we don’t want to be shackled to a failing projet, the fact we don’t want to be part of a federal union and lose our sovereignty.

      This will all become clear to everybody except CaMoron…

      Vote UK Independence Party and save yourselves.

      The troughing dinosaurs LibLabCon are dead.

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        Wrong sort of routes/roots/rewts says:

        “Grass routes” will be what the new train set will use.

        “Grass roots” is what are getting their act together to ditch the traitorous PR geek.

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  2. 2
    Moussa Koussa Mark 5 says:

    You managed to find someone worse than chuckka

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  3. 3

    I had thought the stories were planted by someone trying to smear his reputation, but sadly it seems he’s quite capable of doing that himself.

    I hope when that gathering happens this year he’s got a less vague, cliche-based, “I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony” set of aims.

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  4. 4
    Gordon Brown says:

    Can I be Tory leader? Or any leader? I still have a lot to offer.

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  5. 5
    The men in suits says:

    No comment, just yet.

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  6. 6
    Owen Jones says:

    Eastleigh Lib Dem MP Chris Huhne has entered not guilty plea to perverting course of justice over speeding points pic.twitter.com/4MnYgeUI

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    Mike Newland says:

    He wants the right ideas. That’s good enough for me!

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  8. 9
    Anonymous says:

    Have a look at his manifesto for what he’ll deliver between 2015 and 2020 if he was PM (page 17 of http://www.2020conservatives.com/Downloads/20_20_Vision.pdf)

    “It is the morning of the 7th May 2020. Over breakfast, Mr and Mrs Jones, happily married for 50 years with three children, are reflecting on the past and their hopes for the future. reflecting on the difficult years of 2010-2015, they now know Britain is on the right track. Britain is topping the world economic tables for competitiveness and unemployment is low. The most striking development is that it seems the whole world wants to invest in the UK.

    Mr and Mrs Jones have a large proportion of their savings in bonds. Not Government bonds—which are no longer issued— but in interest-bearing bonds from mutuals, cooperatives, social enterprises and private businesses. Their oldest child, John, is a successful ‘Life Science’ entrepreneur. He is hiring 20 top class science graduates and another 20 apprentices from the local technical college. He happily invests his profits in research and development…. Her husband is an orderly at the local hospital trust. Nobody can remember if it is private or public; it is just a good hospital and they both hold a stake in its future. Their youngest, David, is a perpetual student and high- tech entrepreneur. Like so many others, he is also registering his own IP with the Online Intellectual Property Office….
    ….Mr and Mrs Jones seldom see politicians on Tv. The only political stories appear to be about tax reductions, high-tech exports and the massive trade surplus. Britain is confident, dynamic and at ease with itself. The only criticism Mrs Jones has is that “the Conservative Government failed to raise the tax-free threshold to £25,000. It’s such a disincentive for lower earners.” However, Mr Jones reminds her of the days of “those awful tax credits, national insurance contributions and year-end tax returns.” Mrs Jones reflects on this, adding, “at least we know where we stand with a 20 percent flat tax.” “But,” Mr Jones says, “never trust a politician, I very much doubt they will get the flat rate down to 15 percent by 2025 as they promised.” “True,” adds Mrs Jones, “but we can’t expect too much, now that Parliament only sits 16 weeks a year.”

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    Anonymous says:

    So it turns out his contribution to the 2020 Tories vision for 2020 manifesto was actually the launch of his leadership bid. If elected in 2015 then by 2020 he’ll deliver this utopia:

    “It is the morning of the 7th May 2020. Over breakfast, Mr and Mrs Jones, happily married for 50 years with three children, are reflecting on the past and their hopes for the future. reflecting on the difficult years of 2010-2015, they now know Britain is on the right track. Britain is topping the world economic tables for competitiveness and unemployment
    is low. The most striking development is that it seems the whole world wants to invest in the uk.
    Mr and Mrs Jones have a large proportion of their savings in bonds. Not Government bonds—which are no longer issued— but in interest-bearing bonds from mutuals, cooperatives, social enterprises and private businesses. Their oldest child, John, is a successful ‘Life Science’ entrepreneur. He is hiring 20 top class science graduates and another 20 apprentices from the local technical college. He happily invests his profits in research and development. His business benefits enormously now that the Government only accepts electronic invoices. The uk online services industry has cornered the market for electronic invoicing standards. electronic invoicing alone has added about 0.5 percent to GDP. Their daughter, Mary, is a successful maths teacher on the road to promotion. Her husband is an orderly at the local hospital trust. Nobody can remember if it is private or public; it is just a good hospital and they both hold a stake in its future. Their youngest, David, is a perpetual student and high- tech entrepreneur. Like so many others, he is also registering his own IP with the Online Intellectual Property Office.

    Mr and Mrs Jones seldom see politicians on Tv. The only political stories appear to be about tax reductions, high-tech exports and the massive trade surplus. Britain is confident, dynamic and at ease with itself. The only criticism Mrs Jones has is that “the Conservative Government failed to raise the tax-free threshold to £25,000. It’s such a disincentive for lower earners.” However, Mr Jones reminds her of the days of “those awful tax credits, national insurance contributions and year-end tax returns.” Mrs Jones reflects on this, adding, “at least we know where we stand with a 20 percent flat tax.” “But,” Mr Jones says, “never trust a politician, I very much doubt they will get the flat rate down to 15 percent by 2025 as they promised.” “True,” adds Mrs Jones, “but we can’t expect too much, now that Parliament only sits 16 weeks a year.”

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  10. 16
    Truth hurts says:

    Guido really has a problem with black people, does’nt he.

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  11. 17
    Timur says:

    Good on Adam for all of this. Dave needs a bit of shaking…

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  12. 22
    Anonymous says:

    guido just has a problem with people full stop.

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      the savant10.4 highway patrol says:

      Hey Gweed

      Your Sunday Star article that I saw said it was facebook-liked by ONE person .

      That’s what I call laid back Sunday morning cool man !!

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    Speech Watch says:

    He does lay out his terms for Europe later in the speech when providing a reminder of what his interpretation of Conservative values are:

    ‘- The defence of sovereignty through an EU relationship based on economic cooperation, not political subservience.’

    There is nothing said about responding to the peoples demands on EU membership. So no real difference from Cameron, possibly closer to Miliband’s thinking.

    However, he also states previously:

    ‘- A commitment to individual liberty, self-determination and equality of opportunity,’

    The ‘equality of opportunity’ is the wrong language when he likely meant ‘meritocracy’. Relevant as it clouds where he stands vis-a-vis individualism / collectivism: This language sounds too much like recent PC / liberal left dogma.

    Comes across as a closet Fabian, so would not be any different to Cameron.

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  14. 31

    I chocked on my cereal this morning.

    Seems they have put those little plastic toys back in the boxes.

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  15. 33
    Taxfodder says:

    Another Day another scammer…

    Vote me into a lucrative job and, and all your dreams will come true….

    Gets in….does bugger all!

    Next Please…..

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    • 44
      albacore says:

      He almost sounds something like a real, live Tory
      This will not end well! It won’t arf turn out gory
      Dave must tolerate not even faux dissension
      String the heretic up before the convention!

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  16. 50
    Anonymous says:

    Adam who?

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  17. 53
    Mubarak Salah says:

    The media interest in Adam Afriyie seems like a distraction for the Conservative party at this present time. I think caution is the key in ensuring the party remains united whilst under this coalition government. The issue of Europe and Cameron’s late speech on this matter is the most likely reason why Afriyie has been put in the spotlight.

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  18. 57

    What is his name?

    I’ve forgotten it already.

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  19. 62
    One of Major's Tory Bastards says:

    Seriously, who did write that? It can’t have been an adult surely?

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  20. 63

    ““this conference is not about attacking the leadership unnecessarily” Ah, that word “unnecessarily” – how one word can sometimes speak volumes.

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  21. 65
    Edinburgh can stick its auto suggestions up its delusional scrounging arsehole says:

    Who is this idiot? Never heard of him. Is the Barack of the Conservative Party? Sad.

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  22. 66
    Brown out and pay me damages says:

    The Tories have lost the plot. What a smarmy tosser.

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  23. 68

    I like this guy. I’d vote for him.

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