This is taken from an email that I received today:
“One of my favourite United States Presidents is Harry Truman. He succeeded Franklin Roosevelt at the end of the war. He was an extremely decisive President, but what many people didn’t recognise was that he was also an extremely well-read person and a keen student of history. One of his favourite maxims was “the only thing new in the world is the history you don’t know”. It is true that most people forget the lessons of history, even the most recent ones, and Ed Balls and Ed Miliband must be earnestly hoping the British people will forget their experiences of the last Labour government, the results of it – in particular the fact that these two men were the closest advisors to a Labour Government that wrecked our economy and totally undermined our finances.
I was Conservative Party Chairman in the 1983 election, and one of the most controversial decisions which is always argued about is the theme of the national election campaign and the slogan. Eventually, we came up with the slogan: “Britain is on the right track – don’t turn back!” The circumstances of 1983 and 2015 might seem superficially different, but they are fundamentally the same. The Thatcher Government in 1979 took over an economy which was in a critical state: a country totally dominated by the trade unions, who had a total grip of a range of fundamental industries, and who had literally closed the country down with their Winter of Discontent.
Although Labour denies this, it’s acknowledged throughout the rest of the world that the Thatcher Government took Britain on a different course, and restored our reputation at home and overseas. When I went to Russia in 1989, the Politburo were queuing up in the hope of getting a meeting, because minister after minster asked me how you turn round a failing Country!
In 2015, we find our Government in a similar position, but well-down the road of recovery thanks to the hard work of the British people, and achievements of which any Conservative Government would be proud. The IMF, OECD, the World Bank and many experts recognise Britain’s outstanding economic performance today. Only the Labour Party, with its collective loss of memory, quibbles.
Your efforts on the doorstep and in the shopping parades and streets are vital. I would like to thank you for what you are doing as part of Grant Shapps’ volunteer network Team2015, and would ask that you join them on Saturday 11th April for an action day in Brighton, Kemptown to support our great candidate candidate Simon Kirby in his campaign.
Can you join the team?
They will be meeting at 10:00am sharp at Aqua House, 370 South Coast Road, Telscombe Cliffs, East Sussex BN10 7ES before heading out for an action-packed campaigning stint, including a well-deserved thank you drink.
Book your place here: http://www.team2015.co.uk/ssbrik11apr
There is a clear choice. Ed Miliband offers a path only to chaos and £3,028 more taxes on every working family. But we Conservatives offer continuing policies that have been proved to work. Make sure you play your part in reviving Labours’ collective memory.
The Rt. Hon. the Lord Parkinson
P.S Please don’t forget to RSVP: http://www.team2015.co.uk/ssbrik11apr”