Opinions

Jobs, jobs and more jobs, should be the Executive's priorities.

David Cameron recently made a welcome economic announcement forNorthern Ireland, emphasising many of the themes which NI Conservatives have stressed over the past year or so; building a shared future, boosting the private sector and improving infrastructure.

NI Conservatives flying 'true colours'

A couple of years ago the Belfast Telegraph conducted the True Colours survey, with the aim of establishing whether the average voter in Northern Ireland lies to the right, left or centre of the traditional political spectrum. Not surprisingly it found that, as a rule, our opinions on society and economics are moderate and a little to the right of centre.

New Year, Time for New Thinking

Bill Manwaring writes in today's Belfast Telegraph, arguing that the Stormont Executive must move beyond the politics of carve-up.

Columnist's predictions prove wide of the mark

Alex Kane’s ego must be bruised - for weeks he’s been telling anyone who might listen that Northern Ireland Conservatives would be cut out of decision making about the future of centre right politics here - but still, his latest column is not reasoned analysis; it is an anti Conservative rant.  Aside from the hysterical tone there are a number of points which need to be addressed and corrected.

Government has steered our economy away from disaster

Councillor Tom Smith recently gave full vent to DUP ‘little-Ulster’ nationalism, in a letter supposedly critiquing the government's economic policy and accusing it of conspiring to benefit the rich, by removing the 50p tax band.  Anyone with an ounce of concern for the UK’s national finances realises that the current government has steered our economy away from disaster with its prompt action to tackle the deficit.  

Government making sure armed forces in good nick

Harry Stephenson is right to praise the bravery of the armed forces in his letter to the Belfast Telegraph, dated 7 September, but he is wrong to accuse the government of neglecting its military.  The UK is rightfully proud of punching above its weight in the international arena and events in Libya have proven, once again, that our forces are among the very best in the world.We currently spend £35 billion on defence annually.  By 2015 the government will still spend that amount of money.  That means the UK has the fourth largest defence budget in the world.  There is an ongoing process to make sure that our armed forces remain at the highest possible level: streamlined and prepared for the challenges of the modern world.  By the end of that process the UK will have a nuclear deterrent, a brand new fleet of submarines, a state-of-the-art aircraft carrier, new destroyers and new fighter jets. The government is giving the British military the backing it needs and deserves.  The prime minister is hugely proud of the job the armed forces did in Libya.  In conjunction with Liam Fox at the ministry of defence, David Cameron will ensure that our forces are prepared for any challenges which may confront them in the future.