Soundbytes: Wednesday 26th March

Soundbytes: 

On this day: 

 in 1969: & start their week long ‘bed-in’

Daily Reaganite:

“We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and ‘slipped the surly bonds of earth’ to ‘touch the face of God.’ “

YBF US Summer Trip – sign up now!

US Summer Conference

Saturday 18th July – Saturday 1st August 2015

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The Reagan-Thatcher US Summer Conference Programme is the flagship series of international conferences made available to British conservative activists.

Staying at Marymount University, with direct access to Ballston Metro station, students have a chance to:

  • visit the White House and the US Supreme Court
  • receive a guided nighttime tour of the National Mall (taking in the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Reflecting Pool and memorials to the fallen of World War II, Vietnam and the Korean War)
  • experience American culture by going to see a Washington Nationals baseball match, attend a cigar reception hosted by YBF supporters, go shooting, drink and smoke indoors and eat too much
  • visit George Washington’s Mount Vernon
  • receive a private tour of Congress and attend a bespoke YBF Congressional Rally addressed by prominent US Congressmen and US Senators
  • undergo day-long interactive public speaking and media training workshops led by a former speechwriter to the Reagan & Bush Administrations and a media coach to current and former Presidential candidates
  • hear from scholars at the Heritage Foundation, Cato Institute, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Leadership Institute, America’s Future Foundation, Media Research Centerand Campaigns & Elections magazine.

In week two, students move to George Washington University in Washington DC itself. They will then have the opportunity to network with hundreds of college students from across the United States and to hear from leading conservative speakers such as Newt Gingrich, Fred Barnes, Michael Reagan and George Allen at the Young America’s Foundation National Conservative Student Conference.

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Places are strictly limited. Preference is given to those who have attended a previous YBF Activist Training Conference and/or the YBF Parliamentary Rally.

You can learn more about the US Summer Conference Programme here and you can complete the application form, which needs to be returned by 24 February 2015, here.

The details and application form are here and here. Please complete the form and send it to India Brummitt, india@ybf.org.uk

Soundbytes: Tuesday 17th March

Soundbytes: 

On this day: 

The means of defence against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.” James Madison, born 1836.

Daily Thatcherite: 

“I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.”

YBF US Summer Trip 2015 – sign up now for a once-in-a-lifetime experience

US Summer Conferences

Saturday 18th July – Saturday 1st August 2015

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The Reagan-Thatcher US Summer Conference Programme is the flagship series of international conferences made available to British conservative activists.

Staying at Marymount University, with direct access to Ballston Metro station, students have a chance to:

  • visit the White House and the US Supreme Court
  • receive a guided nighttime tour of the National Mall (taking in the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Reflecting Pool and memorials to the fallen of World War II, Vietnam and the Korean War)
  • experience American culture by going to see a Washington Nationals baseball match, attend a cigar reception hosted by YBF supporters, go shooting, drink and smoke indoors and eat too much
  • visit George Washington’s Mount Vernon
  • receive a private tour of Congress and attend a bespoke YBF Congressional Rally addressed by prominent US Congressmen and US Senators
  • undergo day-long interactive public speaking and media training workshops led by a former speechwriter to the Reagan & Bush Administrations and a media coach to current and former Presidential candidates
  • hear from scholars at the Heritage Foundation, Cato Institute, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Leadership Institute, America’s Future Foundation, Media Research Centerand Campaigns & Elections magazine.

In week two, students move to George Washington University in Washington DC itself. They will then have the opportunity to network with hundreds of college students from across the United States and to hear from leading conservative speakers such as Newt Gingrich, Fred Barnes, Michael Reagan and George Allen at the Young America’s Foundation National Conservative Student Conference.

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Places are strictly limited. Preference is given to those who have attended a previous YBF Activist Training Conference and/or the YBF Parliamentary Rally.

You can learn more about the US Summer Conference Programme here and you can complete the application form, which needs to be returned by 24 February 2015, here.

The details and application form are here and here. Please complete the form and send it to India Brummitt, india@ybf.org.uk

Soundbytes: Monday 16th March

Soundbytes: 

On this day: 

1933: President gave his 1st fireside chat radio broadcast. 

Daily Reaganite:

Democracy is worth dying for, because it’s the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man.

David Cameron’s interview with the Buzzfeed is nothing new

The Prime Minister isn’t the first Conservative leader to get to grips with new media

David Cameron is preparing to have a chaterama with the BuzzFeed tonight. Hashtags, “casual settings”, live-streaming on Facebook – golly, isn’t the Prime Minister modern and bold and innovative?

Not really. People who study these things point out that politicians have never been shy of new technology that might connect them to voters. Dr Nicholas Allen, senior lecturer in politics at Royal Holloway, notes that “prime ministers have always sought to engage with new forms of media, and rightly so.”

Tim Bale, professor of politics at Queen Mary University of London and a historian of the Conservative party, points to five other moments that show the Prime Minister’s big interview with the BuzzFeed is nothing new:

“Stanley Baldwin, for instance, was the first effective user of broadcasting and film.

Stanley Baldwin addresses the nation in 1935

“Winston Churchill, while he made hardly any appearances on TV managed to make his speeches work on radio as well as they did in the Commons.

Churchill in January 1950 mucks around as he records an election message

“Harold Macmillan, after a distinctly dodgy start, eventually got the measure of television.

Macmillan stars in a 1955 party political broadcast

“Margaret Thatcher was the first politician to make a point of making appearances on easy-listening Radio 2 and apparently non-political TV shows.

Thatcher gets asked to jump at the end of a TV interview

Read the full article here: http://bit.ly/1LixEeq

ISLAMOPHOBE OF THE YEAR: THE WINNERS!

Each year, the Islamic Human Rights Commission vote on their ‘Islamophobia awards’. Douglas Murray describes them as a “British Khomeinist organisation”, though worryingly the awards are also endorsed by the likes of Rowan Williams and Peter Oborne.

We thought you might like to know who the Islamic Human Rights Commission considered the most Islamophobic. This year’s proud winners:

  • Theresa May – Islamophobe of the Year: according to Muslim news website5Pillars, the Home Secretary “beat her ex-cabinet Tory Party colleague Michael Gove to the prize, has been a driving force behind the introduction of yet more repressive legislation targeting the Muslim community”
  • Maajid Nawaz – UK Islamophobe of the Year: confusingly, they have a second ‘UK’ award, which goes to the Quilliam Foundation’s LibDem candidate Nawaz, who is a “poster boy of Islamophobes, regularly appearing in the media to demonise Muslim organisations”
  • ‘American Sniper’- Islamophobic Film of the Year: described as a “jingoistic apology for an illegal combatant who revelled in the killing of Iraqis”
  • Fox News – Media Islamophobes of the Year: “a major source of misinformation about Islam and Muslims”
  • Charlie Hebdo – International Islamophobes of the Year: the main award goes to the French magazine which was victim to a terror attack at the hands of Islamic extremists.

Soundbytes: Wednesday 11th March

Soundbytes: 

On this day: 

On this day in 2004, 191 people are killed and nearly 2,000are injured when 10 bombs explode on four trains in three Madrid-area train stations during a busy morning rush hour. .The attacks, the deadliest against civilians on European soil since the 1988 Lockerbie airplane bombing.

Daily Reaganite: 

Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit

Soundbytes: Tuesday 10th March

Soundbytes: 

On this day:

Happy birthday to the , which opened in 1906

Daily Thatcherite: 

“I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.”