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hitchens believe the cons. here have lost the plot. he may well be correct.

Peter Hitchens is so conservative he doesn’t recognize the current Tory Party (Cons.) as being conservative at all.  Quite a few others who think the same btw.  And usually with good reason.  Anyway, not my place to harp on about the Tories here, that’s Peter’s job, and a good one he does.

Are the Tories lying to us again? Just ask Mandy!

By Peter Hitchens

How good to see that Mandy Rice-Davies is still very much around. Mandy is the most perceptive political thinker of our age, and her wisdom has never been so badly needed.

As an 11-year-old schoolboy, more innocent than it would be conceivable to be today, I was baffled by the Profumo affair.
What was a call-girl? Or an osteopath? Why would anyone want to go to an all-night Soho drinking club? (I still don’t know the answer to that one.)
But amid the yellowish swirling smog of scandal, Mandy’s pert features and her quick wit appealed to me far more than the smouldering mystery of poor Christine Keeler.

I was immensely delighted by her riposte to a barrister who informed her that some peer or other said he had never met her. She replied simply: ‘He would, wouldn’t he?’

This was a person who knew how the world worked. Much later she is said to have described her life as a ‘slow descent into respectability’, which deserves to be true, even if she didn’t actually say it.

Alongside Otto von Bismarck’s advice,

‘Never believe anything until it has been officially denied’,

I have made Mandy’s piece of wisdom about people telling obvious lies because it suits them my watchword during four decades of scribbling on the backs of advertisements, my chosen trade.

If it fits, it’s true. And my goodness, how it fits the Conservative Party Conference just ended. I mean, during decades in full power, and during the past three years in coalition, these Tories have had so many chances to crack down on crime, rip up the Human Rights charter, rescue marriage and remove us from the EU.

Have they lifted a fat finger to do so? Not once. They’ve been too busy legalising same-sex marriage.

But now, with an Election approaching that they will certainly lose, all these things are suddenly being pledged. Do I believe that David Cameron, Chris Grayling or Theresa May really expect (or want) to wake up on the morning of May 16, 2015 and find themselves with the power to do the things they promised last week? Of course not.

Their private polling tells them that they are as likely to land on the Moon that day. But they do have a tiny, pitifully remote hope of forming another coalition with the Liberal Democrats, and it is that which fills their heads.

If only they can save enough seats for a second pact, then they will keep the chauffeured cars, the grandiose offices, the unctuous officials, the large salaries and pensions, and the other baubles that are all they really care about.

And for those baubles, they will abandon everything they pledged to you last week. Mandy’s Law applies as ever. You only had to listen to them to know that they would say that, wouldn’t they?

He also has this to say and he does have a legitimate point to make on the subject.

Why criminals aren’t punished

People who want to get rid of what’s left of our drug laws always make a great fuss when senior policemen join their side, as if this were a hugely important surprise.

In fact, the police have been prominent in this campaign for years. There are two reasons. One is that the senior ranks of the police are crammed with Left-wing social science graduates.

The other is that the police reasonably see no point in arresting people when they know the Crown Prosecution Service and the courts will not punish them. An arrest, under current rules, can ruin a constable’s whole day.

As the retiring magistrate Alan Bissell rightly pointed out last week, we have pretty much abandoned the idea of punishment. Almost all crimes, from drugs to burglary and rape, can now be squared away with a ‘caution’, and marked as solved.

It’ll be murder next, once there are so many killings that the police can’t keep up with them either.

HITCHENS


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