I’m not into the cult of personality, but today I just couldn’t resist posting a profile of one of the most determined, right wing and youngest amongst the local Conservative ranks. It is none other than Momma Grizzly herself, Rachael Bates. Why her and why today? It is Rachael’s 22nd birthday.
Rachael’s political hero is Daniel Hannan MEP. Immediately you will get an insight to her right-wing views. She describes Daniel thus: “He has great vision, is spot on about almost everything, is a fantastic orator and is just a lovely guy”.
Rachael graduated last year from that hot bed of Conservative activism, Sussex University, and immediately started working for the newly elected Conservative MP for Hove, Mike Weatherley, one of several bright young activists who support him.
Away from politics, Rachael loves going to the Pav Tav (usually for Guerilla Rocks) and to Belushi’s Below for their fantastic rock and metal night, Abandoned. (I have no idea what I have typed and whether it makes any sense to anyone else. It certainly is alien to me).
Rachael is a Big Society kind of girl: “Charity is extremely important to me. I have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of Childreach International. The charity that I champion the most is Help for Heroes. I will never be seen without my Help for Heroes armband”. (Is a Help the Heroes armband essential dress for Belushi’s Below and Abandoned?).
This next view will not go down at all well with Labour activists at all. She says that the opposition politician she admires most “despite disagreeing with a lot of the decisions he made, it has to be Tony Blair. His strength, determination and devotion to what he believed was right for the country are something I admire very much.” Rachael, you must be one of the last two people in Britain who thinks what he did (Iraq, Afghanistan, George W Bush, etc) was right. The other person is …. Tony Blair.
In May’s local elections Rachael is standing for election in Hollingdean and Stanmer. As a Conservative candidate she has absolutely no chance of winning (I know, that’s harsh, especially on her birthday, but it is the truth). But this does not stop Rachael Bates. She is clear about what her priorities would be if, IF, she was elected: “My main priority is to keep council tax low so that hard-working people can have more of their own money in their pockets. I am passionate about letting people run their own lives rather than the government dictating to them.”
She goes on: “Parking is an issue that I find is a massive problem that needs to be addressed, as is the issue of travellers.” So not compassionate conservatism here. A true follower of Daniel Hannan. “I am keen to continue working closely with the two fantastic universities in Brighton and to encourage a good relationship with students and their neighbours.”
Her political ambition is to successfully represent the people of Hollingdean & Stanmer and to make Brighton & Hove’s council tax one of the lowest in the country. How depressing. Nothing about making Brighton and Hove a better, fairer place to live. It is a good thing, then, that she won’t be elected.
But she has expressed one political ambition that I can’t fault her on, and that is to appear on the Brighton Politics Blog! So, happy birthday, Rachael. I am glad that I have been able to be part of fulfilling the only ambition that you will achieve this year.
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