Soundbytes: Thursday 12th February

Soundbytes:

VE Day 70th anniversary to be marked with three days of national celebration

Lib Dems reveal front page of Manifesto

Nigel Farage: No coalition with any of the main political parties

On this day:

On this day in 2001 postmen in Ireland were no longer allowed wear above the knee shorts as they were deemed ‘excessively erotic’.

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.”

Soundbytes: Friday 6th February

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On this day: 

On this day in 1918 Women first permitted to vote in elections, the first opportunity was 14th of December 1918.

Daily Thatcherite: 

“The spirit of envy can destroy; it can never build”

To celebrate The Margaret Thatcher Centre’s Inaugural Ronald Reagan Lecture we thought we would give you a bonus, Reagan quote today:

The American dream is not that every man must be level with every other man. The American dream is that every man must be free to become whatever God intends he should become

Soundbytes: Wednesday 4th February

Soundbytes:

Daniel Hannan MEP: The best answer to the West Lothian Question is localism

The chart that shows what happens to taxes after the election, whoever wins

Unless something changes soon, Scottish Labour is doomed

On this day:

On this day in 1953 sweet rationing ended in Britain!

Daily Thatcherite:

“People from my sort of background needed grammar schools to compete with children from privileged homes like Shirley Williams and Anthony Wedgwood Benn.”

Soundbytes: Monday 2nd February

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On this day: 

On this day in 1943, the last German troops in the Soviet city of Stalingrad surrender to the Red Army, ending one of the pivotal battles of World War II.

Daily Thatcherite: 

“I can’t bear Britain in decline, I just can’t.”

Guest Blog – Will Pope Benedict XVI promote freedom for Cuba like Pope John Paul II, Reagan and Thatcher before him?

By Megan Moore

On his visit to Cuba in 1998, Pope John Paul II said: ‘Called to overcome isolation, [Cuba] needs to open herself to the world and the world needs to draw close to Cuba, her people, her sons and daughters who are surely her greatest wealth.’

Less than a decade previously he, Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher had together helped bring about the defeat of the Soviet Union through staunch and uncompromising opposition to the evils of Communism, with the Holy Father providing spiritual leadership in complement to the statesmanship of Thatcher and Reagan. As such his words to the people of Cuba were a powerful witness to hope of the kind that had energised pro-democracy activists across the Soviet-tyrannised world and, most significantly, given birth to the Solidarity movement of his native Poland.

These words are now being quoted by the human rights campaigning group Una Cuba in a petition urging John Paul II’s successor, Pope Benedict XVI, to engage with pro-democracy activists on his upcoming visit to the country on the 26th March. They ask him to ‘bend the arc of the moral universe’, and ‘continue the Church’s historic tradition’ of aiding the oppressed. For Cuba remains a country in which the basic rights of citizens are routinely curtailed, dissidents are imprisoned, and economic freedom is barely existent. The current regime under Raul Castro may occasionally enact superficial ‘readjustments’, but at its core is a squalid denial of human dignity which would have been sadly familiar to Reagan, Thatcher and John Paul II. Continue reading

The Young Conservative Daily (Friday, 7 October 2011)

As the principal resource for younger conservative and libertarian activists, YBF publishes a daily post points you to stories that we think may be of interest. We will also share two quotes from the two brightest lights in the conservative firmament – Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher – each day. 

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On this day…

2001: The United States began airstrikes against the Taliban in Afghanistan. Camels cowered.

Daily Reaganite

“The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so.”

Daily Dose of Thatcherism

“Human rights did not begin with the French Revolution…[they] really stem from a mixture of Judaism and Christianity…[we English] had 1688, our quiet revolution, where Parliament exerted its will over the King…it was not the sort of Revolution that France’s was…’Liberty, equality, fraternity’ — they forgot obligations and duties I think. And then of course the fraternity went missing for a long time.”

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The Young Conservative Daily (Wednesday, 5 October 2011)

As the principal resource for younger conservative and libertarian activists, YBF publishes a daily post points you to stories that we think may be of interest. We will also share two quotes from the two brightest lights in the conservative firmament – Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher – each day. 

On this day…

1944: The Royal Canadian Airforce shot down the first German jet fighter over France

Daily Reaganite

“And I have to point out that government doesn’t tax to get the money it needs, government always needs the money it gets.”

Daily Dose of Thatcherism

“I came to office with one deliberate intent: to change Britain from a dependent to a self-reliant society — from a give-it-to-me, to a do-it-yourself nation. A get-up-and-go, instead of a sit-back-and-wait-for-it Britain.”

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  • If you enjoyed seeing YBF at the Conservative Party Conference then join us from 9-11 December 2011 at St Anne’s College, Oxford for YBF8.

The Young Conservative Daily (Tuesday, 4 October 2011)

As the principal resource for younger conservative and libertarian activists, YBF publishes a daily post points you to stories that we think may be of interest. We will also share two quotes from the two brightest lights in the conservative firmament – Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher – each day. 

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On this day…

1535: The first English-language Bible was printed.

Daily Reaganite

“I don’t agree that our nation must resign itself to inevitable decline, yielding its proud position to other hands. I am totally unwilling to see this country fail in its obligation to itself and to the other free peoples of the world.”

Daily Dose of Thatcherism

“Socialists cry ‘Power to the people’, and raise the clenched fist as they say it. We all know what they really mean—power over people, power to the State.”

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The Young Conservative Daily (Monday, 3 October 2011)

As the principal resource for younger conservative and libertarian activists, YBF publishes a daily post points you to stories that we think may be of interest. We will also share two quotes from the two brightest lights in the conservative firmament – Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher – each day. 

On this day…

1990: The German Democratic Republic (East Germany) formally ceased to exist, its territory becoming part of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Daily Reaganite

“Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.”

Daily Dose of Thatcherism

“My policies are based not on some economics theory, but on things I and millions like me were brought up with: an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay; live within your means; put by a nest egg for a rainy day; pay your bills on time; support the police.”

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  • Join YBF at the Conservative Party Conference where we have an exhibition booth in the Freedom Zone and we are hosting two roundtable discussions: one entitled “Free Speech, Privacy & Super-Injunctions” and one entitled “Revolting Students: Now Do You Believe Us?

The Young Conservative Daily (Sunday, 2 October 2011)

As the principal resource for younger conservative and libertarian activists, YBF publishes a daily post points you to stories that we think may be of interest. We will also share two quotes from the two brightest lights in the conservative firmament – Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher – each day. 

Right Click: Today’s Top Stories

On this day…

2009: Voters in Ireland were undemocratically ordered to the polls in a second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.

Daily Reaganite

“It was Mussolini’s success in Italy, with his government-directed economy, that led the early New Dealers to say ‘But Mussolini keeps the trains running on time.’”

Daily Dose of Thatcherism

“Pennies don’t fall from heaven, they have to be earned here on earth.”

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