Posts Tagged ‘Peter Lilley’

Kevin Meagher calms down after Conservative conference

08/10/2010, 11:58:41 AM

OK, my fists are now unfurled. I have emptied my soul of expletives and invective. Bad thoughts have passed. The rage has subsided. The television, though battered and bruised, will live on. I’m like this every October. For one week, my usually ultra-rational impulses give way to a visceral tribalism. Undiluted exposure to the Conservative party conference does that to me. It elicits a physical reaction as a mixture of loathing and, well, more loathing, rises in my throat.

It’s not one thing in particular. It’s the all-embracing awfulness of it. It’s the platitudinous “debates” – grainy facsimiles of actual democratic discussion. It’s the perfunctory applause and standing ovations (an unfortunate habit that Labour has adopted). It’s the lame jokes. The wretched, simplistic homilies with their sneery nouveau riche morality.

It goes without saying that the Conservative conference is a platform for banality. But it provides endless visual and aural stimulation to someone looking to have his basic political orientation rebooted once a year. That is important. Politics is not only knowing what you are for; it is knowing what you are against too. (more…)

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Nicola Blackwood MP – the heir to Peter Lilley

08/09/2010, 03:30:14 PM

Reported straight by the BBC at the time, the vocal outburst with which new Tory MP Nicola Blackwood celebrated her election has been strangely little remarked since.

We think this is a shame. Unlike most MPs, Ms Blackwood apparently trained as an opera singer. Which probably explains her unusual lack of reticence.

Peter Lilley’s sung party conference turns provided some of the most cringe-making moments of the old Tory era. Though he still sits (somewhat surprisingly given his sharp intelligence and massive experience) in Parliament, he is now an elder statesman. He rarely sings any more.

Perhaps Ms Blackwood, in which case, may take up the baton?

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