A week is a long time……….

Firstly, let me thank all the people who have sent messages of support during the time since last Friday. I’ve had letters and emails from all the active Residents’ Associations in Surbiton Hill and many Borough organisations and individual constituents expressing sympathy and thanks.

We move on. The Conservative Party in Westminster has gone into coalition with the  Liberal Democrats for the welfare of the country, and because they couldn’t form a stable government on their own. My views on the Liberal Democrats are well known. All views are, however, open to be modified by experience and I hope that experience of  Messrs. Clegg, Huhne, Laws, Alexander and Cable in office will lead to a modification on my part.

I wish the Coalition government well.  Let us hope that the Lib Dem ministers will put national interest before party interest and that the party itself will grow up at last! So far, so good – but but there will inevitably be strains in both parties in the months and years ahead.

However, our country faces very grave difficulties – graver than many have been willing to acknowledge, so, in Churchill’s words ‘Let us go forward together!’


About pauljohnston

Elected as Conservative councillor in Surbiton Hill, Kingston upon Thames in 1998. Re-elected 2002 and 2006. Former parliamentary candidate in Lancashire and Birmingham. Ceased to be a Councillor (temporarily?) in 2010. Active among Residents' Associations in Surbiton Hill and among residents in social housing generally. Former teacher of History at St. Brendan's College Bristol and Head of History and Politics at the London Oratory School. Worked with Sutton Trust running summer schools for sixth formers at Oxford University from 1997-2000 aiming to improve uptake of places from pupils from state schools which sent very few applicants to Oxbridge.
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