The Conservative Home Manifesto – Tuesday 17th May 2011

The newspapers today have two main political stories. First the enshrining of the Military Covenant in law and then the legal requirement to give 0.7% of our annual GDP to developing countries. The Military Covenant idea is attacked for not being detailed enough and being impractical. The idea goes back to Pericles who argued that soldiers should believe that their country is worth fighting
for and that those values will include looking after their veterans. The idea is good but the opposition and the media are treating it as rubbish. It’s a  classic case why we should pay attention  to the Biblical imperative not to cast pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

Meanwhile The Times includes a column by Tim Montgomerie, co-founder of the  Centre for Social Justice and it includes the following: “Family, school, and work were the three routes out of poverty and to the good life”. More can be found on

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