Here is the latest nomination in our series highlighting people David Cameron should consider appointing to the House of Lords.
If you would like to nominate someone, please email Jonathan Isaby with your suggestion, ideally including key arguments for the nomination as well as biographical information. The sources of nominations will be treated confidentially where requested.
No. 41: Janet Daley
Cllr JP Floru writes:
"When Janet Daley speaks the Left is terrified. Her defence of aspiration inspires. Her common sense is admired by those who pay the price of socialism through NHS waiting lists, bad schools, and unsafe streets.
"As a Berkeley student, she rebelled against the suppression of free speech. When she emigrated to Harold Wilson’s socialist paradise her Left-wing illusions were shattered. She was shocked by a working class which saw ambition as “putting ideas into one’s head”; by Left-wing intellectuals who ridiculed upward mobility as bourgeois sentiment; and by an upper class differentiating through secret customs. Janet Daley is a meritocrat who wants Joe Bloggs to shine – a sentiment which was turned into popular policies under Margaret Thatcher.
"Being plunged into the darkness during the Winter of Discontent made things very clear for Janet and many others. She understood that when the population is pushed into state housing dependency, self reliance goes out of the window. She highlighted how the state health service resulted in shortages for all. She sees the disappearance of discipline in the classroom as the result of a permissive education. When Islamic fundamentalism shows its totalitarian aversion for human rights and freedoms, she calls it fascism.
"Janet challenges the Left’s dogmas in numerous articles and media appearances. She wants to liberate ordinary people from the shackles of the state. For this she deserves the ermine."
You can read Janet Daley's blog here on the Daily Telegraph website.
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