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Sensible… indeed inspirational… words from a Tory MP? WTF?

I cannot understand how a sensible coherent guy like Steve Baker managed to get into Parliament as a Tory MP…

Just watch this and then lament that a clueless jackanapes like David Cameron is running the Conservative Party and not this guy.

12 comments to Sensible… indeed inspirational… words from a Tory MP? WTF?

  • Antoine Clarke

    I cannot understand how a sensible coherent guy like Steve Baker managed to get into Parliament as a Tory MP

    Shhhh…. Don’t tell Dave!

    It helps that he was in the RAF and he represents High Wycombe (former HQ of Bomber Command).

  • David C

    Steve Baker is extremely sound on the importance of looking after the most vulnerable in society. I’ve heard him speak on two occasions about it. On one occasion he was booed at the start, as some members of the audience thought he was going to support welfarism. It’s refreshing to hear a politician start from the statement that the most important thing that a society can do is to look after its weakest members, and then go on to explain how socialism doesn’t do that. There are a few others tory MPs who get it, but not enough to even consider joining the party.

  • Julie near Chicago

    If you guys don’t want him…we could use him over here. :>))

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  • Kevin B

    I don’t watch much telly, or any telly news, so can anyone tell me if an interview like that, with those sorts of premises would be shown on BBC or ITN or even Sky, rather than Russia Today?

  • Paul Marks

    There are quite a few sensible Conservative members of Parliament – sadly I expect “call me Dave” to launch a de facto purge at some point.

  • Funny, that Julie. We could use him over here, too!

  • Stephen Willmer

    He is properly articulate. As a piece of presentation, that was an impressive performance. It’ll be interesting to see how he does with a Today Programme presenter, although I’m not sure it’d wise even to step into that arena.

  • Perry Metzger

    He’s apparently a known “very rebellious” backbencher – presumably since he fails to conform, he will never advance to a more prominent role in the Conservative Party. Of course, if he did conform, we would no longer care if he became a front bencher. Such is the nature of politics.

  • Julie near Chicago

    I see what you mean, Liberal Vision. Maybe we could clone him.

  • In answer to Kevin B:

    “I don’t watch much telly, or any telly news, so can anyone tell me if an interview like that, with those sorts of premises would be shown on BBC or ITN or even Sky, rather than Russia Today?”

    No, well certainly not on the BBC. How sad is that!

  • hysteria

    Pretty good effort – some obvious editing may have cut-out a few stumbles ? But the bottom line message is good. I guess a key question for us is what practical steps are to be put in place to achieve the rhetorical objectives. But hearing a politician at least articulating this message is refreshing. We need more like this….