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Have you watched Telegraph TV’s new politics programme, Right On? It’s well worth twelve minutes of your time. It’s perfect for the internet: lots of short, fast-moving segments, well presented and also, of course, right-of-centre.

The strongest segment of what is intended to be a weekly show is the Heffer Confronted feature.  Iain Dale, who is a natural TV talent, gets the opportunity to challenge Mr Heffer about his most recent column.  In this first edition Simon Heffer makes it clear that most MPs do not impress him.  He tells us that…

  • There are very few MPs with a public service ethic…
  • Most go into politics because they couldn’t get a job elsewhere…
  • That they couldn’t get a job playing a piano in a brothel…
  • That the Tory Party wouldn’t have him as a candidate because it’s now full of SDP and neo-socialist views…
  • That he wouldn’t want to be bossed around by a bunch of "thickos"…

Ann Widdecombe describes Heffer’s performance as pig-ignorant.  And, although within Heffer’s bluster there are some good underlying points about the emergence of a detached political class, he is a reminder of what the Conservative Party must never return to.  He’s angry.  He’s uncomfortable with modern Britain.  He is ungenerous to his opponents – putting the worst possible spin on their views.  He has no time for the need for a more balanced Conservative Party that takes social and international justice issues seriously.

David Cameron’s modernisation of the Conservative Party has occasionally made ConservativeHome uncomfortable, but if it was ever a choice between Hefferism and Cameronism we’d be 100% with Dave.

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