While musing about the nature of modern politics I remembered an encounter I had with the then council leader of a Home Counties’ District Council. A Conservative fellow of honest repute who when asked by my good self whether he would consider standing for Parliament after his service “running” the district council replied thus: “No. I control a bigger budget than I ever would as an MP”.
It was at this moment that my membership and association with the Conservative Party officially died its final and very terminal death. Since that day 7 or 8 years ago I have always wondered why right-wing types vote for the Conservative Party and having analysed all the data have come to following conclusion. Tory voters who vote for the Conservative Party are the political equivalent of heroin addicts. Trapped in an unbreakable spiral unaware of the damage they do to themselves and society.
Oblivious to the reality going round outside them they go through life in a dreamworld of Conservative induced certainty never knowing what the effect of their actions really are. It doesn’t harm anyone, really, does it?
Well, actually it does. It now ensures that we have no choice between the 3 main parties and because of this they are pretty much free to say what they want during an election campaign knowing full well that if they change their mind they will (a) probably not lose that many votes and (b) it doesn’t matter anyway as the other lot would have done pretty much the same thing anyway.
I mean, look at this current Conservative government and compare with the last illustrious government.
Defence: Identical in approach but worse in effect.
Benefits: Marginally better in some future years assuming economic indicators come true.
Health: Don’t Ask. It takes real skill to come out with a policy that everyone hates and will be so watered down so as to be not worth implementing other than to save the face of the implementer.
Environment: Identical in most respects but a lot worse in others.
Foreign Policy: Same silly wars, sucking up to dictators when it suits and some silly Foreign Secretary.
Home Affairs: Identical but fewer police and weaker sentencing.
Treasury: Borrowing getting worse again and acceptance of the high tax regime of the Labour Government.
I admit that the current PM is not a sociopathic spineless freak who hides in the toilet every time something bad happens but this fellow does seem to think that being PM mainly involves dreaming up some ridiculous policy, giving it his full backing and then hanging the relevant minister out to dry when everyone with an IQ over, let’s be generous here, 25, points out that the policy is laughable.
So, naturally the Conservative voters on seeing the approach of the government are deserting the party in droves and wondering where the hell the party they knew and put up with went. Nope. Support has remained constant if not up from the last election. Which can mean only 2 things; the entire population (save for nutters like myself) are New Labourites with a common goal of living in a high tax, high maintenance country or a large chunk of Conservatives voters will put voting for the party before their political beliefs. And I reckon it is the latter.
Drift through the comments section of the Telegraph and you will find the same measly arguments cropping up. UKIP was a wasted vote, what other choice is there, at least it is better than the alternative, better Cameron than Milliband etc, etc. Well I think not. And I think that the Conservative Party would be a hell of a lot better off it all its normal voters gave it the heave-ho for one election. 15% vote share type of effort. It would force out the entire bench-warming party loyalist Trotskyites and refresh the party from the bottom up. It would also give the party back to its grass root members.
And the fear that the other lot would get in? Take a look at their policies – would it really matter if we had a New Labour Government led by Cameron or Milliband for 4 or 5 years? The only other option would require much harder work. Reform the Tory Party as an entity separate in thought, in being, in action, in philosophy and intent and do it quickly.