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My Conservative Vision

This is, in a few points, what I feel the Conservative Party should strive for:

  • Although perhaps a bit out-dated, my view is that the Conservatives should get back to what made the people vote, the Right wing. I’m sick of hearing about centre-right and centre-left, there is only one truly central Party, I happily concede, and that is the Liberal Democrats. It is my personal belief that if, as a party, we fully embraced what we have always believed, then we would go even higher in the polls! However, this view seems somewhat out dated and I believe that the days of ‘politics’ as it should be (Right vs. Left – not Centre vs. Centre) are long gone, until the voters get bored of hearing much of the same from both parties (as Brown often copies Conservative policy).
  • The subjects that have been at the front of every Conservative members mind since the day they joined – Law and Order, Immigration, Education, Public Services, Tax, Foreign Policy, a Free Market, and, perhaps most importantly, traditional Family values.
  • Let’s make Britain great again! Is it too much to ask that we stand up to America? Under Thatcher we had a close relationship with America and yet still managed to stand our own ground instead of there’s. In addition to this, the EU! Why are we lapdogs to the nations that do not even compare to us in terms of political stability?! Again, under Thatcher, we were strong, has nobody ever heard “We have not successfully rolled back the frontiers of the state in Britain, only to see them re-imposed at a European level, with a European super-state exercising a new dominance from Brussels”?
  • We are not Tony Blair, as much as I admire the man for the way he completely re-invigorated the Labour Party, we are not Labour, and whats more, we shouldn’t want to be! We are the Conservatives, we are the Right, and we should demonstrate that we are Right in every policy area, not only to ourselves, but to every constituency that we have the slightest chance of winning!
  • Finally, let’s stop trying to run away from the Thatcher years! They were the most successful Conservative years in the history of politics, and we should be proud of them, rather than trying to run away from them. There’s No Turning Back, but there is a Conservative Way Forward.

11 Comments »

  1. I like this.

    Comment by Praguetory | January 14, 2008

  2. Definately my way of thinking…. sadly I think we are becoming a minority.

    Comment by Dan | January 19, 2008

  3. Hello, I just saw your post on CF diary, to become an area chairman you must apply to the incoming NME and they interview and then appoint you.

    I hope that that is ok. My brother is in Stockton North and is looking for a branch, get in touch and I will give you the details.

    Matt

    Comment by Matthew Richardson | February 18, 2008

  4. The Thatcher years were indeed some of the most successful in modern conservative party history. However, are you aware of the damage caused to the party’s reputation and why some distance between the negative consequences of the Thatcher government’s reforms and the modern conservative party is important?

    Comment by Daniel | July 18, 2008

  5. It’s only important because the left use Thatcher as some sort of joker card when they have their backs against the wall, of course she made mistakes, everybody does. But I believe that Thatcher didn’t damage the Party’s reputation as much as is mooted, rather, a Party that refused to support their most successful leader damaged their image, just as Labour did with Blair.

    Every government has its negative consequences, but no-one can say that the Conservative Party suffered during the Blair years because of her. Rather, it was because we didn’t have a clue and we elected Hague as leader too early. Blair was unstoppable, as just about everyone knows, and we were never going to win an election against him.

    Comment by Joseph Gibson | July 18, 2008

  6. I don’t think she made many mistakes. I think her reforms were necessary, but the damaging consequences of those reforms did alienate some moderate voters. The Conservatives, after quite a politically unusual decade, had gained a tough, radical, right-wing image, which was inevitably going to lose favour as the political climate become more moderate.

    This is why the party’s continued commitment to specific tax-cut pledges was a mistake after our devestating defeat in 1997. William Hague’s promise of £8bn in tax-cuts were un-costed in the sense that it was unclear where the money was coming from. People thus felt that the Conservatives might cut public services, as was the perceived track-record of the party in office. Hague, of course, was probably not going to win the election, but this tax-cut pledge did not help. Michael Howard made a similar error, which over-played tax-cuts and undermined any attempt to show commitment to the public services. Cameron, thankfully, has learnt from these tactical errors.

    In practical terms, this is an example of “running away from Thatcher”, if you must put it like that. Though, it is more a necessary re-alignment with the political climate for the Conservative party.

    Comment by Daniel | July 19, 2008

  7. I agree to an extent, but i’d add that because we didn’t have any way of countering Blair, we did what anyone else would do and reverted to type. I think that might be what Labour will do after Brown – elect someone quite left wing who is ‘what the Party stands for’.

    I also think it’s too early to say if Cameron has learnt from anything, as he doesn’t have anything at the moment. He does well in keeping his cards to his chest, but still, many people are growing frustrated and see us as a Party of empty words. Which I hope we’re not.

    Comment by Joseph Gibson | July 19, 2008

  8. I agree with your analysis of what will happen to Labour. When party’s revert to their more extreme principled positions they are often out of office. Political parties naturally have to move slightly away from their ‘comfort zone’ issues in order to reach out to a wider electorate.

    On your second point, I would say that the fact that Cameron is keeping his cards close to his chest, suggests that he has learnt. His position on tax, as I understand it, is that a Cameron government would hope to reduce the burden of tax, but can;t promise anything specific until the financial circumstances are clear. I think this is a perfectly good position to be in. I think most people believe that a Conservative government would try and cut tax. However, what they want some reassurance that a Cameron government would not make irresponsible cuts.

    I would also add that our pretty excellent lead in the opinion polls suggest that the public aren’t too bothered about ’empty words’. Though, in actual fact I think we’re getting a clear idea of a Cameron government’s over-arching themes.

    Comment by Daniel | July 19, 2008

  9. *However, what they want is some reassurance….

    Comment by Daniel | July 19, 2008

  10. I agree with you a lot actually, although the numerous people I have spoken to here in the Labour heartland (I live in the North East) all seem to be saying that Labour are truly hopeless at the moment, but that they just can’t trust Cameron – and I think that is something we might struggle to overcome. Cameron and Osborne do come across as being quite smarmy, but if the policies are good i’m sure this won’t matter.

    I really do hope that the Conservatives go a bit more right wing, because I struggle to comprehend what would happen with even more centralised politics in this country, look at the last 11 years (or you could extend that to 18!)

    Comment by Joseph Gibson | July 21, 2008

  11. Hey everyone just wanna say hello and introduce myself!

    Comment by Nofsoonof | November 16, 2009


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