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Sounds good. Sorry I missed it.

It was good - I just happened to catch it. I was almost convinced that Andrew Marr thought it was good too...

Ed, as the Tory party demands a referendum on the revived EU Constitution, please could you give a permanent and prominent link to this E-Petition which demands a referendum on the revived EU Constitution?


Which as far as I can see could only help to reinforce the Tory campaign.

Yes Denis, I will - why not write an article for YourPlatform about it?

I don't suppose there's a link to it online?

Half of cohabiting couples split up by the time a child is five but it's only one-in-12 for married couples.
We need a cultural change in favour of parenting, fatherhood and marriage.

Good to hear that Cameron apparently said something worthwhile, but how does this square with some of his previous statements on 'alternative lifestyles'

My own view is reflected in one of the few worthwhile things Major ever said. We should understand a little less and condemn a little more.

Responding to criticisms of Sayeeda Warsi on alleged homophobia and support for talking to extremists, David Cameron says that it should be welcomed that the Conservative Party has a British Muslim around its top table.

If he's happy with this woman exhibiting 'homophobia' does that mean that Christian conservatives will be able to express their own views on the subject in future without fear of censorship or persecution?

Tory T you really ought to watch the whole programme, because having watched the interview with Alistair Campbell first, in which he comes across as extremely arrogant and forceful, at any rate very negative, so that David Cameron coming on afterwards seemed like a breath of summer fresh air, people will remember THAT. Marr seemed relaxed as well, and his questions about policies etc: were answered in a pleasant explanatory way, DC was not trying to dominate the proceedings.

Sorry Denis - ignore my earlier post - I've just remembered I had already commissioned a piece on the referendum from one of our new daily columnists. My apologies and I hope you'll approve of it...

That's fine, Tim - I was just about to reply that I'd willingly write an article, but as the Labour manifesto promised a referendum on the EU Constitution, and we all know that the new treaty is the EU Constitution in all but name, it follows that we must have the referendum they promised, and if you installed a conspicuous link to the petition then it would add to the pressure to get that referendum.

You can watch the programme via the BBC's website, Mr Cameron appears about 38 minutes in.

They've got a separate feed with just the Cameron interview on - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/6281350.stm

Thanks both.

David Cameron is always wearing that blue shirt! Or does he have lots of the same kind? Fortunately he doesn't wear it with that also well-used lime green tie!

What should Cameron be condemning Tory T?

I watched Cameron's interview and it was pretty good. I think the sought-after Middle England types would quite warm to Cameron if his face and moderate voice/attitude were plastered across our screens a lot more.

I think the only thing that could go wrong for the Conservatives is if there are any more terrorist attempts or, God forbid, actual killings. I hate to go all party-political over such an issue, but it's the only thing that Brown can trump us on.

You may be right EML but the terror thing may backfire on Brown if like with the doctors business the immigration reflects bad border controls.

if like with the doctors business the immigration reflects bad border controls.

Well since Non-EU foreign doctors did not require a Visa before 2006 you could say it was a problem

Since the FCO has outsourced Visa and biometrics checking in India to a local Indian company you might think the Government is neglecting its obligations

When the Head of Interpol states that the British do not even check immigrants against Interpol's database you can work out how lax everything is


The fact is the country has been and is still run by bungling amateurs

bluepatriot @ 19.08 - I was going to post this tomorrow on the main thread to reach a wider audience, but as I think it answers your sentence, so here it is!

An article in the S. Telegraph today, entitled ' UK 'fails to check immigrants on Interpol's lists of suspects' !!

According to Ronald K Noble, the secretary general of Interpol, 'Britain is failing to check would-be immigrants against a global database of suspected terrorists, 'putting UK citizens at risk.''

'At the same time, the FO came under fire from travel industry insiders for contracting-out vital security checks on immigrants to a private company based in India.'

'Mr. Noble also cast doubt on Gordon Brown's pledge last week to share a 'watchlist' of potential terrorists with other countries. The Interpol chief said: 'British citizens might be surprised to find that this watchlist announced by your Prime MInister last week has not been sent to Interpol.'

One could be forgiven for being fairly cynical about politicians - at least Labour politicians, these days!

Excellent stuff on family breakdown being the great cause of our social ills including teenage pregnancy, addiction, failing schools, high crime rates and large prison populations. At least DC is facing up to the facts on this, such as “Half of cohabiting couples split up by the time a child is five but it's only one-in-12 for married couples.” Compare this with the opposition of Harriet Harperson and many other Labour people to promoting marriage, so determined are they to promote all other lifestyle choices other than the one (traditional marriage) that benefits children and society the most!

“We need a cultural change in favour of parenting, fatherhood and marriage.” Again, excellent! However for this to mean anything, we must promise to repeal all laws, and new ones currently threatened by Labour if they are passed, that bring state interference in family life and restrict the right of parents to discipline their children. It is mainly in the family, the basic structure of society, that children learn right and wrong.

As for Sayeeda Warsi’s “homophobia”, alleged because she dared to question the Government’s policy of promoting homosexuality in schools, and said promoting homosexuality undermines family life, perhaps it’s more acceptable for Muslims to say such things than Christians or anyone else who holds the traditional view. But her ideas on terrorism as reported by the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom (linked in Editor's report) are worrying, especially if such ideas of appeasement are party policy – are we to be Churchillian or Chamberlainian in response to this threat?

The Conservative Party is just guilty as the government when it comes to the security issue of those here on work permits. I, like many others, have repeatedly warned members of the shadow cabinet about the, at best, incompetence of the Home Office in the administration of work permits, but they refused to look into it.

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