Back to work for party conference season – and announcing a new side hustle
Apologies for the lack of new blog posts in the second half of September (save one to be published shortly over at Leave HQ). For the past week-and-a-bit my wife and I have been on a much-needed holiday in Greece, visiting the islands of Paros and Santorini, our old favourite.
Fortunately it doesn’t seem as though I missed a whole lot, other than Theresa May wasting taxpayer money travelling to Florence to give people the same vague, woolly pseudo-aspirational fluff that she normally transmits from London, and of course Donald Trump’s new War on Football and the NFL.
I like to make use of these short breaks in blogging to pause and reflect on how I can best proceed going forward, and I have decided to write a short book over the next few months. I shall self-publish (most likely on Amazon) and the subject shall be the future of British conservatism – assuming that some kind of future for right-wing politics is even possible in contemporary Britain. I will be drawing largely from past articles on this blog, but also adding in new material, contemporary developments and daring to venture a few predictions and pieces of advice (all of which will no doubt be proven hilariously wide of the mark very soon thereafter).
Assuming that I publish around Christmastime or early in the new year I can also be reasonably confident that various hacks from the Telegraph and Spectator will be making eerily similar points and claiming them as their own (or at least to be self-evident truths) within a few short months, to great acclaim from the Westminster media bubble. Unless, of course, Jeremy Corbyn has already become Prime Minister by that point and/or the Brexit talks have collapsed, in which case all of this will have come too late and we will have far bigger things to worry about than the establishment media’s freezing out of the independent political blogosphere.
My forthcoming e-book will not be available in all good bookstores – or even in very bad ones, for that matter. A copy will not be kept at the British Library, or any other copyright library. Or the bargain bin at your local charity shop. But it will be insultingly cheap and hopefully not too boring.
But who knows, my verbosity does often tend to get the better of me, I’ve never written a book before and I don’t have an editor or any experience of working with one. So if the whole thing turns out to be unfathomably awful you have my advance permission to protect my fragile ego by telling me how great it is while not reading beyond the Contents page.
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I will ask Santa to get me a download of the book.
Since you are planning to use Amazon have you thought of calling your book – The Kardashians – a Conservative perspective?
Might get a few extra downloads?
OK call me a cynic.
Being serious – I like your stuff, put your magic socks on and get writing, you do have something to say.
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Ha, thank you. I’m planning to do a small print run too, so I have some handy gifts with which to infuriate all my lefty friends and family! 😉
I like your Kardashians idea – as far as I’m concerned, no promotional stunt is too low…
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Sure, deal! It might be the unexpected best-seller, not predicted by anyone. Talking of Greece, look what happened to Captain Corelli’s Mandolin; I can see your film rights being sold right now at an exorbitant price! (Did I tell you Sam that I’m a hopeless optimist!)
Seriously, if you have the time and can afford to do it, then I think there is a need for someone to spell out just what a mess Brexit has become and why. Why did the Conservatives fail to get to grips with the whole issue, why are/they so distant from the “people”? That question could be directed at the Labour Party too. So…. what is the future for the Conservative right? I remember sometime after Tony Blair was elected, thinking, there’s an end to the Conservative Party for sure.
But then TB handed it to GB and sowed the seeds of electoral defeat in 2010. And here we are again, in another merry-go-round. And that’s what it is Sam – so don’t despair. What goes around, comes around, as the soothsayers tell us. You know I’m not a Tory but I am a fervent Brexiteer, which is why I enjoy your blogs so much
OK, down to the business of why conservatives are not currently winning the argument, or so it seems. Partly due to a weak leader, strange choices she made like appointing Bojo as a Foreign Secretary. (Just to keep hhim out of mischief?) Was Mrs. Thatcher popular because she enabled the ordinary folks of Dagenham or wherever, to buy their own homes? Yes! She also played the role of Mother well, like Mutte Merkel is doing right now. (I always thought it was the upper classes with their nurseries and nannies who subscribed to that sort of power). And likened herself to a housewife, with her weekly budget and Mr. Micawbers theory of financial management.
But at the end of the day, I just think that all political parties are in trouble – the vox pop has taken over.