The Week That Was

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Five Must Reads

 

1. SUN NATION: Tom Tugendhat MBE MP - We Were Not 'Occupiers'

“Not only are these remarks ignorant and ill-informed, they are deeply disrespectful to those who served in Afghanistan at the time and to the friends and families of those who lost their lives in the conflict.

“Furthermore, and perhaps most absurdly, they recognise the authority of the Taliban, violent extremists who murdered thousands across the country, as more valid than the lawful government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the UN recognised, democratically elected government of the Afghan people. 

“More sadly still, it ignores the courage of our allies in the Afghan Armed Forces alongside whom we served and in support of whom too many died.”

 

2. EVENING STANDARD: Zac Goldsmith is Right - Transport is an Essential Service

"Zac Goldsmith's call for Transport for London to be classified as an 'important public service' in the Government's Trade Union Bill makes sense. It also shows that Mr Goldsmith understands the extraordinary levels of disruption which can be caused by a strike on London's transport network."

 

3. CONSERVATIVE HOME: Paul Goodman – Why Osborne is Right to Aim for a Surplus

"The economy isn’t a mathematical model.  It is a part of what human beings do – and since what we do isn’t predictable, what it does isn’t so either. The basic point remains: Britain needs to live within her means.

"The sum of his opponents’ case is: don’t worry – it won’t happen.  If you’ve any sense, you won’t be so complacent.  Neither should he be."

 

4.SPECTATOR: Tony Abbott - Australia Diary

"Successful leaders need judgment, temperament, energy, self-belief – and, the quality that Napoleon valued above all in his generals, luck."

 

5. THE TIMES: Melanie Phillips - The gap between rich and poor doesn’t matter

"Relative poverty is a meaningless concept. It replaces compassion with the politics of envy.”

 

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Hero of the Week 

Conservative Way Forward's 'Hero of the Week' is medal-winning Lieutenant Colonel Tom Tugendhat MBE MP, who this week wrote a letter (see above) to Jeremy Corbyn urging him to condemn Labour's Director of Communications, Seamus Milne.  

“Not only are these remarks ignorant and ill-informed, they are deeply disrespectful to those who served in Afghanistan at the time and to the friends and families of those who lost their lives in the conflict."

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