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    David Burbage MBE was Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council from 2007-2016. This blog : Promoted by Geoff Hill on behalf of David Burbage and all other Windsor and Maidenhead Conservative candidates, all of 2 Castle End Farm, Ruscombe, Berkshire RG10 9XQ
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Posted by davidburbage on April 23, 2007

I have an affection for old words. Not too much to become an ‘affectation’, I hope! A link to the past, a sense of place, that can engender a warm feeling when you hear them used.

NuLabour (there’s a new word!) doesn’t like anything like this, of course. They tried to abolish the Lord Chancellor, they renamed the Department for Trade and Industry the “Department for Productivity, Energy and Industry ”  but soon changed their minds.

They can’t resist meddling with what works, and break systems that have evolved over years just because they have a some spanking new idea (like doctor’s training, GP contract, dentists, consultants contract, the whole NHS IT programme, ID cards, CSA – you name it they’ll ruin it).

The point of this post is really to support what David Cameron has been saying about the de-civilising of our society. He’s banging the right nail on the head on about reversing the negative nanny state approach, bringing back civic pride and responsibility, good behaviour, mutual respect (not some Politically Correct “respect agenda”, but old-fashioned politeness and civility). He’s been lambasted for the ‘hug a hoody’ phrase but he’s talking about simple stuff like strengthening families and communities, building a stronger country.

This is what Cameron said in January 2006

Unveiling his ideas in a statement delivered during a visit to Coin Street Community Builders in London, Mr Cameron said: “Tony Blair said that we should be tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime – and he was right. The trouble is, he’s been neither, and now it seems as if he’s given up any serious attempt to do tackle the underlying causes of social breakdown.”

I’ve strayed away from old words – but …

methinks that in a sennight or so there’ll be a leaving present for Mr Blair and his friends in the red team. For us, no more lollygagging.

2 Responses to “Methinks”

  1. Good luck for May 4th. How is it all looking?

  2. davidburbage said

    It’s going well, Marcus – hope Torbay runs good for you this year as I know your Councillors also have elections.

    Only 9 days to go!

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