Friday, 30 November 2012

Cameron is a caretaker, not a proprietor

Our recent loss in Corby, alongside a number of disappointing Police & Crime Commissioner election results across the country, should encourage the entire Conservative party family to reflect on what needs to be done before the 2015 General Election. One of the finest election winning machines in the history of global democracy is, at present, in a very sorry state.

Having been our leader for the last seven years, David Cameron has, too often, chosen to set himself against his party, and the generally poor state of morale amongst local activists is increasingly reflected in ever more depressing election results. The recent appointment of Lynton Crosby offers some hope that the party is being opened up a bit more, and is a sign of encouragement.

But despite this one step in the right direction, the Prime Minister has proven to be a rather disappointing custodian of our party. His decision to describe his personal commitment to gay marriage at the 2011 party conference as not being despite his political convictions, but rather in consequence of these has driven a dangerous wedge between Mr Cameron and his activists. In the fifteen months since that speech, that divide has grown wider. The irony that, in making those comments, he was expressing the value that he attached to inter-personal commitments is not lost on many of those party members who, in frustration, feel that they have had enough: our leader has presented himself as detached, with his threat to drive various policies through irrespective of the concerns of the wider political family imperilling our chances in 2015.  

And for those who are feeling increasingly semi-detached from their party, they can cite the need for a more robust line on Europe to bring the policy of the party back into line with the instincts of our electorate and the membership; the shambles of an energy policy which will impose eye-watering costs upon an already failing economic recovery, at the insistence of our so-called coalition partners; and the monumental disaster which has resulted in a derisory ambivalence to the progressive weakening we have seen in our construction sector.

The fact remains that David Cameron is not the proprietor of the Conservative party; he is its caretaker, and however proud he is of his ability to detach himself from the needs and concerns of party activists who are in touch with every community in our country, unless he can reverse the emaciation of our political machine,  his own prospects look increasingly fragile, and, with it, the chances of a majority Conservative government able to replace the nonsense of the last fifteen years with a narrative resonating with the long-standing instincts of our country is imperilled.

I believe that it is only by drawing breath, changing course, and reconciling with the widest possible right-thinking audience that the Prime Minister can avert that car crash. He – and his circle – needs to recognise that they do not have all the right answers, all of the time. They also need to acknowledge that good management is vital to the process, and that particular commodity has often been in short supply.  The Conservative support base has a lot more to offer than the cabal hidden away in the bunker around the leadership have been willing to engage with to date. Trust us, David, we really do need (and want) to win the next election: and, what’s more, if you can find a way to work with your own party, we can still do it.

15 comments:

  1. No you can't win it, you never won the last one. Now you've overstepped the mark on the nhs you'll be another 10 years out of power. The energy bill is the only sensible thing for a long time and will create a lot of employment, thats the thing you slag him off for... talk about out of touch

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  2. Brian, Have you and your colleagues forgotten that you have not won an election outright since 1992 when Lord Patten was in charge of that particular election campaign? It appears that many of your back bench colleagues such as Peter Bone are more resembling a British Tea Party and urging an ever rightwards drift when electorally the population prefer a more centerist approach. I would suggest that as Mr Cameron mentioned the other day in the HoC on another matter "you get with the programme..."

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  3. I suggest you look at this man's expenses claims
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mps-expenses/5553901/MPs-expenses-Tory-claims-57000-to-rent-flat-from-own-company.html

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  4. THe more right wing the party goes, the less votes it gets. Cameron brought the party to the nearest it got to a win since Major, the years of hard rhetoric on Europe, immigration etc failing to dent Labour landslides at all.

    As for gay marriage, it's an excellent test of those who are truly for a small state and freedom. After all, why should the state interfere in private lives like that?

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  5. By Holly Watt and Robert Winnett Last Updated: 4:18PM BST 25/09/2009A Conservative MP broke parliamentary rules by claiming more than £50,000 in taxpayer-funded expenses to rent a flat from his own company.

    Brian Binley claimed £1,500 a month to rent the flat for more than three years, despite House of Commons rules forbidding MPs from renting properties from themselves or their companies.

    The Daily Telegraph can disclose that Mr Binley’s rental claims were first flagged up by parliamentary officials in April 2006, but the payments were not stopped until April of this year [2009]

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  6. Digesting the Binley view is like being asked to eat uncooked thistles as a side dish to Cameron's vaguely nutritious badly cooked main course. The real power that politicians have is to screw things up and what the Westminster world really needs a savage dose of competence not self interested blether.

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  7. Well said Brian, I couldn’t agree more with you and today’s Daily Mail’s article:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2241229/Political-class-tune-public.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

    POLITICAL CLASS OUT OF TUNE WITH THE PUBLIC - Published 30 November 2012.

    UKIP together with other minority parties are increasingly gaining voters support because the two main parties have stopped listening to UK voters’ opinions and no longer represent British voters.

    Cameron & Osborne don’t even listen to their own back-bench MP’s so what chance do ordinary voters have of being listened to? The Tory party certainly doesn’t represent TRADITIONAL right-wing CONSERVATIVES and hasn’t for a very long time.

    The elites & the nanny state think they know what is best for us – at some point they could have a rebellion on their hands and that is not good news for anyone apart from the bullies & the corrupt.

    Also in response to some green activists, I repeat that in my belief, green issues are worthy causes but our economy is paramount.

    Global political influence from nations is derived from their global economic status – regardless that some basket-case EU countries would disagree. Thus we will eventually witness global influence regarding all manner of social and environmental issues become more powerful and out-spoken from the east than the west.

    ECONOMIES MATTER to all nations and ultimately they speak loudest.



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  8. I totally agree with Peter Hitchen's article in today's Daily Mail:

    THE GOOD SHIP 'TORY PARTY' IS FINISHED


    If Conservative MP's do not throw Cameron & Osborne & Co overboard, make a sharp right-turn and embrace traditional core values then the party is indeed finished forever.

    Millions of UK voters do not have a main-stream political party to represent their 'conservative' values.

    The Tory MP's and the 1922 Committee seem to be playing some sort of dare game - how long can the issue be ignored?

    Get a grip before it's too late.

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  9. Also in today's Daily Mail I read in the article:

    Now the new police chiefs appoint their friends as deputies - on up to £68,000 each.

    Adam Simmonds in Northamptonshire (you can be assured that I DID NOT vote for him), the newly appointed Conservative Police Commissioner has appointed 4 'assistant commissioners'- using a title given to senior officers in Scotland Yard - on £65,000 each. His new assistants include his election agent, an established Tory activist called Kathryn Buckle. (Disgusting abuse of power - already!)

    These Police Commissioners have a pot of money each to set budgets and priorities within their areas; the more they spend on their staff the less they will have for frontline police.

    So Northamptonshire is already losing out to crime - I am appalled by this government - they were supposed to be reducing the public sector, not adding manically to it.

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  10. I would just like to say that I very much appreciate MP Peter Bone and wish that he was my representative in Northampton North (I would actually be inclined to vote Conservative if that was the case & he was backed by a similar minded Cabinet).

    In response to anonoymous, the electoral population in this particular household would definitely prefer a MUCH MORE rightward approach and from viewing other on-line comments boards we are not alone.

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  11. When the average number of days taken off work sick in the private sector is only 6 how can the 24.4 days for civil servants in the Foreign Office be justified?

    The belt tightening hasn't started yet, has it?

    It will have to come at some point in time - either now or in 7 years time.

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  12. Theresa May seems to think that the 'thought police' need to have even more powers to intrude into peoples personal internet/email connections/correspondence.

    Call-me-Dave's government really is doing a passable impression of Blair, although I suspect that Mr Slippery has a way to go to truely match the ultimate Mr Slippery.


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  13. Apparently Britain’s families are the ‘most taxed on the planet’, according to the charity CARE.

    Traditional British families with just one earner, like mine, are paying more tax than anyone else in the world and after tomorrow’s Autumn Statement from Osborne no doubt it will be even more.

    I wonder why the UK economy is not too great, could there be a connection?


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  14. Boris has quickly become another Tory let-down -
    UKIP for me.


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  15. http://hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk/2007/10/the-tories-are-.html

    Peter Hitchen’s Blog is so interesting and he has been so ahead of his time; I am utterly convinced that the demise of the Tory Party really is needed to enable another more representative party to arise from the ashes.



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