Opinion: You can put lipstick on a pig but it's still a pig and you can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change but it's still going to stink after eight years and the Tory Party can try calling the Labour Party the Nasty Party but the Tories firmly hold that spot on the British political scene.
This week unelected Tory Prime Minister Theresa May got a fairly easy ride at the party's annual conference. The mainstream media were kind and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn was brought into the conference, virtually, to take heat away from the Tories. The Conservative government continue launching personal attacks as they are in truth a fractured government and policies are failing.
Wednesday Theresa May made her maiden speech to conference as party leader.
Corbyn was under attack from all sides for daring to take a few days away with his wife after what for him must have been a gruelling Summer.
But when he did comment Wednesday on May's speech he was lambasted again.
But he was spot on.
Theresa May and the Conservatives have fanned “the flames of xenophobia and hatred” during the party’s annual conference, Jeremy Corbyn has said.
The conclusion of many political pundits Wednesday was the Tory Party have become UKIP.
But UKIP was always a right-wing political party and in tune with the Tories. It simply attracted a cross-section of voters because it appealed to people sick and tired of the European Union.
So ahead of any potential General Election the Tories are looking at a rebrand.
Once again they claim they are the party of ordinary people but don't be fooled.
Theresa May had a secret meeting with multi-billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch the week before conference.
The Nasty Party, a.k.a. the Tory Party, is still the Nasty Party only now it is waging war on "foreigners" in the UK and Mr Corbyn is correct when he says this will fan the flames of xenophobia.
Many people voted BRexit for many reasons. Those who did so hoping the country would halt immigration and send foreign residents "back" home are a minority and Mrs May has now invited them to join the Conservative Party.
Once a nasty Tory party, always a nasty Tory party.
Jeremy Corbyn's response in a statement is a voice of reason during increasingly dark days:
"Conservative Party leaders have sunk to a new low this week as they fan the flames of xenophobia and hatred in our communities and try to blame foreigners for their own failures."
"In the UK, a woman has agreed to take on the task of carrying out Brexit. Theresa May does not take her position as Prime Minister lightly. She has undertaken great reforms to reindustrialise her country, to improve the education system, to make the social system fairer" said French far-right extremist Marine Le Pen on September 21 as she approved of Britain's new PM.
The Conservative Party is going to back to its roots as a right-wing political party while trying to portray itself as centrist. It is all about securing votes in any up coming elections and if you fall for the hype more fool you.
The big-money Tory party machine ensures the party appears united and well disciplined. Looks can be very deceiving as we all know.
And as Theresa May reaches to floating voters it appears anything goes.
Op-ed: As the Tory Party conference gets underway unelected party leader and Prime Minister Thersa May took time out for an easy ride on BBC's Sunday politics Andrew Marr show.
Then it was all hands to the pumps at the Tory Party conference in Birmingham where a group of anti-Austerity activists held a protest rally close to conference.
The mainstream media is concentrating on bigging up the Conservative Party and spinning any remotely positive news into a heavenly fantasy but all is not well in ToryLand.
BRexit will be a huge feature of this week's conference at least in part because the party, its voters and its supporters remain divided on the EU.
One journalist hit the nail on the head after hearing political spin Sunday morning regarding "The Great Repeal Bill."
Sunday morning George Eaton tweeted "The Great Repeal Bill is simply the legislative version of "Brexit means Brexit"" and he is spot on.
Accused of being clueless with regard to BRexit in real terms Mrs May, already nicknamed DisMay by John Prescott and Mayhem by one of my friends, has opted for a catchy BRexit byline.
There is method in her actions.
It means Article 50 will be triggered in spring 2017, probably by late March.
Timing as usual in crucial.
Theresa May is working toward the country leaving the EU by spring 2019.
That means if the next General Election goes to a full term we will be out of the EU a little over a year by the time we get a chance to vote on Theresa May and her government.
With EU elections scheduled for May 2019 we will be out of that picture too.
The Great Repeal Bill will entrench all existing EU laws into UK law. Work on this bill is ongoing.
"This bill will overturn the 1972 European Communities Act that established the supremacy of EU law over Britain’s own legislation" reports the Sunday Express.
It will allow the government time to unpick and cherry pick EU laws in the UK.
Over a number of years expect some new laws put in place and some exisitng ones abandoned.
If we still have a Tory government it does not take a genius to guess which laws could be amended, repealed or just scrapped.
The Tory Party is good at showing a united party to the mainstream media and the world but that is often simply smoke and mirrors.
Look out for that this week and expect plenty of anti-Corbyn rhetoric at the Birmingham conference.
Photo credit Alan Mason from the anti Tory demo in Birmingham Sunday
When it is a large group of young male migrants British citizens worry about would be terrorists and more.
As the UK struggles to protect its borders many questions spring to mind. Why do all these migrants want to leave France and get into the UK? Welfare budgets have been slashed and the Tory government has tougher restrictions in place which affect British citizens.
But that will not affect illegals who may find they can live a life quite well using black market housing and work.
How come the authorities in France cannot prevent crowds of migrants entering the tunnel? Is policing in France stretched beyond sensible bounds or do some just simply want the migrants to 'clear off; anywhere as long as it is not in France?
British Home Secretary Theresa May will chair another emergency COBRA meeting to discuss the migrant crisis but finding a 'best way forward' is proving nigh on impossible.
Ms May has already committed the UK to spend £7m on improving security at the Channel Tunnel railhead in Coquelles, in other words in France but it could be money well spent in the long run.
With British military and police numbers cut securing our border at the tunnel entrance in the UK might not be easy but it is vital.
Wednesday there are reports that police overtime payments were out of control in 2014 as the service tried to plug the gaps left by government cuts. That is a crazy situation however you look at it. The Tory government's response that they have since tightened overtime rules is hardly reassuring.
Military budget cuts have left our armed forces also operating under full-strength. Government plans to reduce the number of full-time military personnel with a cheaper alternative, reservists, has stumbled since day one.
Young people in the U.K. it seems are not so keen or so desperate to sign up to be a part-time soldier with some perks and a lot of negatives attached.
Will this government ultimately roll out a form of National Service to fill the gaps? They may have to but if that happens they will try to sell it to we the people on vague reasons such as 'character building for young people' rather than admit austerity measures have savaged our military forces.
And Wednesday we learn that the targets for military cuts have been met three years early leaving a serious shortfall in personnel.
Col Kemp, a commander of British forces in Afghanistan, told the BBC News website: "To have already made the cuts by 2015, it shows confusion and targets that don't match up... it doesn't mean it's a good thing.
The United Kingdom has a mixed history; it is however known in modern times for its compassion.
But as British citizens are expected to suck up ever tougher austerity measures rolled out by Tory the government people want money spent at home not here and there around the world.
That leaves the migrants out on a limb and inevitable someone else's problem but whose?
Is it to keep we the little people in our place or does he expect civil disobedience in the near future or could it be to justify the £218,205 spent on buying and refurbishing the three water cannon from the German federal police?
Summer 2015 may yet prove volatile following the Tory election victory in May and with a series of strikes planned.
Protests in summer have obvious advantages to strikers but when workers feel at a loss how to make real and positive change they will take industrial action be it winter or summer.
Salaries, working conditions and pensions are just a few things under attack - all important issues though.
London's bumbling Tory mayor Boris Johnson said in 2014 he planned to use water cannon in the city of London if and when the need arises. As the Daily Mail so eloquently put it "Boris Johnson has bought a job-lot of three aged German water cannon for what he says is a knockdown price. Presumably the word 'Polizei' on each of these vehicles will have to be painted out. The London mayor told a radio interviewer yesterday [June 29] that he was prepared to be blasted by one of the cannon to prove they are safe. I do hope he's not being serious. He could be badly injured."
This writer hoped that last bit was tongue in cheek and that Boris would go up against the water cannon and sustain injuries. If that happened it would be lesson learned for Johnson.
The Daily Mail reporter continues by doubting that even enemies of Boris would like to see him ravaged by water cannon but why not? If he thinks they are suitable to use against strikers and British protesters let him test the equipment out at full throttle.
In 2014 the Mail quoted a man seriously injured by water cannon. "Dietrich Wagner, a 69-year-old retired German engineer, was hit in the face four years ago at a protest against the redevelopment of Stuttgart's main railway station. His eyelids were torn and some of the bones around his eyes fractured, causing his eyeballs to fall out of their sockets. He's now blind."
Still think water cannons are ok to use against British citizens Mr Johnson?
If he does it proves one or two things. Johnson is as stupid as he seems or he does not care on jot about those he represents, as after all he will represent some of those preparing to strike in the UK or stage protests.
To Britain's shame water cannon were deployed in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. Their use may have restored a semblance of peace but will have injured and alienated many.
Political pundits believe that Boris played to the hard core Tory supporters when he purchased the water cannon in 2014, also casting one eye to any future leadership battle in the Conservative party.
His main opponent for the job of party leader may be Home Secretary Theresa May so he wants to look the tough guy; perhaps May has her own reasons for stepping on Boris's toes this week.
David Cameron supported the purchase of the water cannons but in June 2014 Theresa May refused to be rushed on the decision. Alpha male Johnson made a pre-emptive strike and ordered the goods without her approval.
The coalition government looked set to authorise the use of the water cannon when 'needed' in the UK but by and large police commissioners distanced themselves and opposed the plan.
That said in January 2014 the Guardian reported "Chief constables are to press the home secretary, Theresa May, to authorise the use of water cannon by any police force across England and Wales to deal with anticipated street protests."
In the short-term the issue would water cannon be used against British protesters and strikers is resolved. However in the long term that could change. Johnson said this week police will continue to train on the water cannon and at some point in the future application for a licence to deploy the cannon can be sought again.
38 Degrees ran a petition which began -
Dear Theresa May, The Association of Chief Police Officers want to introduce the use of water cannon on mainland UK to disperse [austerity] protests. I believe you should deny this request so as to maintain the public's right to peaceful protest.
Follow this link to the petition now and it says SUCCESS and was closed Wednesday
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Deputy PM Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats helped prevent the bill becoming law but now that the Tories are in government with a majority one of their priorities is 'snooping'.
Back in 2013 Ben Hammersley, a Number 10 adviser to the Tech City project, said the draft Communications Data Bill could be turned from a force for good into something more sinister under future governments.
That observation remains pertinent.
Thursday the Independent reported May's intentions as the Anderson key official report was published; the "report echoed widespread criticism of the Communications Data Bill, but the home secretary is already pushing to have legislative powers instituted in the autumn".
Theresa May is hoping to push new legislation through before temporary powers expire in spite of the damning report.
"The report echoes previous criticisms that the proposed legislation is far too wide-ranging and puts too much power in the hands of the home secretary — instead recommending that the decision to look through people’s private messages should be made by a judge. The report says that “there should be no question of progressing proposals for the compulsory retention of third party data before a compelling operational case for it has been made out (as it has not been to date)” — directly contradicting the May’s argument for the legislation."
The Daily Mirror reported "independent reviewer David Anderson said the powers should go to senior judges." He said Theresa May should be stripped of powers to authorise snooping on emails and more.
The Anderson report calls for a radical overhaul of how surveillance in the UK is regulated and authorised.
A temporary increase in powers in July 2014 gained cross-party support after claims of real and present terorist threats.
David Cameron pointed out that fast tracking data laws in 2014 had nothing to do with the much maligned snooping charter but was instead plugging leaking holes in UK security which resulted from the European Court of Justice striking down existing powers.
However as some in the media asked, why now? That was the state of play for the previous three months so why the sudden urgency? We asked - Does it have links to security changes at UK airports demanded by the USA? - Is that in turn linked to missing FlightMH370?
As usual Cameron was not being honest. The claim that the temporary measure was nothing more than closing a few loop-holes left following an EU Court of Justice decision back in April 2014 was false; in truth DRIP, the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers, went much further.
The sun will go down on DRIP on 31 December 2016 and Theresa May is hoping she will have "legislation relating to the Security, Intelligence and Law Enforcement Agencies’ use of investigatory powers and to have that legislation enacted" before that date.
Theresa May will now try to push ahead with increased snooping legislation but that makes no real sense.
The killers of Lee Rigby were well on the radar of spy chiefs in the UK but that did not help them prevent his brutal murder of the streets of Woolwich.
How many other acts of terrorism are committed by people already known to spy agencies?
They can gather as much information as they want but unless they utilise it well it is a pointless exercise unless the government has another agenda.
Selling our information is possible with our current privatise happy government.
Government snooping powers are sold to the general public as protection against terrorist threats but they could be used for sinister means and that may already be happening.
GCHQ still using surveillance methods banned in US – Privacy International
Home Secretary on publication of the Anderson Report