Tuesday, 13 November 2007

Local Tories to reject Hastilow resignation?

If this BBC report is correct, the Halesowen and Rowley Regis Conservative Association ought to have met last night to debate whether to accept Nigel Hastilow's resignation, proffered after he committed the sin of expressing agreement with Satan Enoch Powell. Apparently, there was serious disquiet within the association regarding the fact that the Tory Party's top brass had compelled Hastilow to resign for expressing views which are shared by a very sizable number - indeed, probably a majority - of the general public (and, presumably, by many in the Halesowen and Rowley Regis Tories as well), and it was quite possible that the local party association might reject his resignation. If they should do so, then Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ) has threatened to bring the seat "under special measures", and, presumably, to impose their own candidate. Quite how they expect to win a marginal seat by initiating a conflict with the local activists, I don't know.

Personally, I'm hoping that the local association stands up to the central party, and refuses to accept Nigel Hastilow's resignation. I am in full agreement with what Nigel Hastilow said (and, indeed, with what Enoch Powell said), and I consider it to be both disgraceful, and an indicator of the extent to which the Tory Party has allowed the liberal-left to impose its definition of "acceptable debate" upon political debate as a whole, that he was compelled to resign over this. So come on local Tories: stick two fingers up at the Cameronites, and dare them to do their worst!

1 comment:

JuliaM said...

"Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ) has threatened to bring the seat "under special measures""

Well, there's a vote winning strategy!

God, Cameron is a cretin...