Oh the delicious irony

If anyone wants to understand why it is the Conservatives are not doing much better in the polls under David Cameron, a piece in the Telegraph goes some way to explaining it.  For it tells us that Britain has become more conservative in both politics and economics, according to the annual British Social Attitudes Survey.

The problem for the Tories is that while people are becoming more conservative (small c) the Conservative party is becoming less conservative.  The Tories and the electorate are passing each other on the road, going in opposite directions.  While the Heir to Blair continues to make his party more like blue Labour with each passing week in the hope of securing ‘centre ground’ votes, the voters are rejecting the centre ground and moving to the right:

The public have said “enough is enough” when it comes to wealth redistribution and no longer has an appetite for tax increases and raised spending on key services such as health and education.

Views on market forces and laissez faire is even stronger now than it was under Margaret Thatcher, the report concluded, and blamed the shift on New Labour repositioning itself towards centre politics.

Cameron thought Tory unpopularity was all to do with policy and set about reversing the party’s position on low taxation and pledging to spend more on public services.  The problem is that he wrongly identified the reason why people turned against the Conservatives in the 1990s.  It was to do with the ERM debacle, the Tory wets pushing us further towards European integration with Maastricht and sleazy personalities acting in arrogant fashion. 

Because Cameron refuses to accept that policy was not the problem and is determined to advance towards consensus politics, despite poll after poll showing people supporting Tory policies until they discovered it was Tories offering them, many people are now wondering what the point is of supporting the Tories today.  Especially as it is clear they are determined to pursue the same harmful approach as Labour, which has resulted in a catastrophic impact on the public finances and the efficiency of service provision.

Make no mistake, a lot of people still think the Conservative party is conservative and will vote for them this year in the hope they will rebuild Britain like Thatcher did in the 80s.  But after a term of a Cameron government with its social democract agenda and refusal to address the issues people feel strongly about, we will see many more people desert the party in search of a genuine conservative alternative.

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8 Responses to “Oh the delicious irony”

  1. 1 subrosa 26/01/2010 at 1:02 pm

    Perhaps by the end of a one-term Tory government, those wishing for an English parliament may have their act more together and become a party to be reckoned with. Either that or UKIP cleans up their act.

  2. 2 Jackart 26/01/2010 at 1:36 pm

    “Blue Labour” is a phrase which usually gets blogs expunged from my reader, and kicked off my links. Do you really think Cameron and the Tories are as bad as Labour? Really? Honestly?

    What do you think of the Genuinely radical education proposals, or the aspirations of IDS’s benefits policy work? Do you think that anyone could magic away the deficit or threaten to do so AND be elected?

    The Conservatives are conservative. You’ve just bought the Frothing UKIP/Labour line, and mistaking consensus-building rhetoric for a lack of conviction.

  3. 3 MikeTW 26/01/2010 at 2:40 pm

    It is unfortunate that I live in Tunbridge Wells and therefore am ‘represented’ by Greg Clark, the Shadow Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change. I should think he is in one of the safest seats in the country in the turmoil which will be the next General Election.

    However, despite having voted Conservative in every election since the 1960’s, I am not giving my vote to a party that believes that anything about the AGW religion is based on scientific fact. This year all of my family have decided to vote for UKIP. It may prove to be a futile gesture in the overall scheme of things, but if more people voted according to their own conscience and not just blindly for a party, maybe they would be better represented in Parliament.

  4. 4 jameshigham 26/01/2010 at 3:00 pm

    This is the whole problem we’re facing. He has caused a major problem, Cameron. Conservatives would like to be all onside, all working towards the one goal – getting rid of this socialist excrescence and yet we are at odds with each other. The fault lies with Cameron’s backers such as Clarke who have pushed him this way and suggested that megalomaniac is the way the British people will admire and respect him. I believe he’s trying to be another Churchill in the making.

  5. 5 JohnRS 26/01/2010 at 3:30 pm

    The very sad point about the impending General Election is that people will vote for the Conservatives knowing in their heart of hearts that they arent conservative at all, but hoping that they might be.

    They’ll do this as the alternatives are 5 more years of decay, debt and destruction of the UK or a pick’n’mix collection of fanatics of various persuasions, socialist fellow travellers and nutjobs.

  6. 6 AM 26/01/2010 at 3:43 pm

    Jackart, as a regular reader of your blog I understand your views and respect them. But as someone who has worked within the Conservative party for years and finally walked away in frustration and disillusion, I think I’m commenting from personal experience.

    Most Conservatives are conservative. But the fact is some are not, particularly the leadership. I certainly haven’t bought any line from UKIP and less still from Labour. The problem is that consensus-building demonstrates a lack of conviction. It is a cop out from believing in something and arguing for it.

    It is the lack of effective opposition and absence of principle that made me leave the party. So in their own way, because of the shallow leadership, the Conservatives are as bad as Labour. If they weren’t they might have still got my vote. Now, no one will get it.

  7. 7 jameshigham 26/01/2010 at 5:28 pm

    I’ve now put you up in a drop down menu on my front page and I’m going to ask AA this evening if we can put this menu up at the AA site too.

  8. 8 Kenomeat 26/01/2010 at 8:44 pm

    I am a newcomer to this blog but have now made it a “favourite”. Excellent article.
    Cameron has had the opportunity to display his patriotism but has instead shown his true colours. His ditching of Howard’s policy for leaving the CFP and his banning of Better Off Out supporters from his front bench team are the actions of a man who will put the EU first before his country. Add to this his embracing of the gay movement, his refusal to give a commitment to a drastic curb on immigration and his refusal to support grammar schools and we see the kind of PM we will get this summer.

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