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We need a Conservative Leader now


I used to be a big fan of David Cameron and was in the vanguard when he first appeared on the political stage as a leadership candidate in 2005.  I was an ardent supporter, persuading my fellow Party members to vote for him when I was the Chairman of the Ipswich Conservative Party and trumpeting his appeal to the local media.  Back in 2005, when the Conservative Party was on its knees, he was the best man for the job by far.

However, he and his cohort of advisers (Hilton, Letwin, Osborne and then later on Coulson) never seemed to grasp that the country in 2010 was a very different place to that in 2005.  We had gone from boom to bust and people were no longer attracted by the airy fairy policies of Blair and certainly did not see merit in the Socialism of Brown. This lack of understanding from Cameron meant he did not re-direct the ship before it was too late and he became the fifth Conservative Leader in a row to lose a General Election.

Instead of talking about the issues which now mattered to voters, like the economy (or the disintegration of ours by a Dr. G. Brown), crime, immigration, and education, he presented a policy at the Conservative Party’s manifesto launch which was untested, called The Big Society.  This and the terrible decision to take part in the TV debates sank the ship and we lost, again.

Enter a smerking Nick Clegg.  David Cameron, unnervingly, could cope with losing an election for his Party for the fifth time and decided to get into bed with the Liberal Democrats and formed the first Coalition since 1945.

By now, I was no longer a Cameroon but many warped members and MPs were and just to see David Cameron become prime minister was the pinnacle.  Please, the pinnacle of what?  Defeat.
The Liberal Democrats lost seats in the 2010 election and lost votes but now had multiple MPs in cabinet and Government ministries. This was a very unpleasant thing to witness and from my experience as a member of a coalition administration with the Yellow Peril for four years at Ipswich Borough Council I knew it was not going to work for the Conservative Party.

Some say, well, we didn’t have the numbers to sustain a minority administration and they are right. Which is why we should have formed a minority administration and then had a second General Election in October 2010 and by then Cameron should hopefully have worked out why he lost the election first time round and started talking about things which matter to the ordinary British citizen.  As Clinton said: “It’s the economy, stupid”.

But he and his inner circle didn’t do this and instead sold the Conservative Party down the yellow river and look at the consequences as a result:

1. Far too little cutting back of public spending, which still means we must borrow £150bn a year and is preventing our country’s economy from returning to growth.
2. Slashing of the defence budget to the point where we don’t now have a fully functioning air, sea and armed forces.
3. Dilution of the NHS Reform Bill which will ensure the vested interests continue to prevail and people die as a result of not being able to get the drugs and treatment they need as managers’ mortgages take priority.
4. Held back on cutting immigration to the tens of thousands not hundreds of thousands.
5. Providing £millions to corrupt dictators to buy private jets.

We desperately need leadership but we can’t get this in a coalition as the two sides, bound to each other, go in opposite direction and therefore end up no where.
Hard working British people need to feel proud again and not look around seeing their neighbours on benefits greater than their wage sitting around playing on their Xboxes and watching their flat screen TVs, whilst they go out to work early and return late.
These strivers need to feel safe and not wonder what would happen if some mad dictator decided to take a pop at us when we haven’t got the armed forces to repel such aggression.
We need to protect our British values and not see people take advantage of our weak immigration policy and civilised way of life.

We need to look after ourselves before trying to solve the world’s problems. From the economy to welfare to crime and education, we have enough problems of our own to deal with before looking for more problems to solve.

In Saturday’s Daily Telegraph it’s reported David Cameron wanted to import a US policeman to take over as the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in light of the resignation of Sir Paul Stephenson last month.  He was thankfully blocked from doing so by the Home Secretary, Theresa May. But it is a measure of the man that he thought this was such a good idea in the first place. It sums up his lack of regard for putting Britain and British people first. Have we not got at least one decent Chief Constable in the provinces? Perhaps the PM doesn’t think much of them. Does he not realise British culture, and especially policing culture, is very different to that of the USA? It would seem not.

On his return from his rightful break in Tuscany, Mr Cameron needs to step up to the plate.  We don’t want him to become the Conservative leader who lost two elections in a row.


Author: gavinmaclure

IT professional; political blogger, former Conservative councillor

3 thoughts on “We need a Conservative Leader now

  1. The 2010 election result might easily have been closer with Davis (who I supported) leading the Tories. The country could step away from Labour, but it was never going to make the big step to the right (in the non-political sense) all in one go.We have Gove and IDS and Pickles. Osborne is doing ok. Hard to see what could be done differently without wiping out the 30-somethings with the huge mortgages, that are our only hope for a recovery.Count your blessings. We could have had a Lib/Lab coalition.

  2. There was not a problem with the man, Cameron, but there was a problem with his policies. It was the policies which lost us the election.Lib/Lab coalition did not have the numbers. Hence why forming a Conservative minority government and going to the country again in October 2010 was perfectly feasible.

  3. The point about a Lib/Lab coalition was that with a leader dressing more overtly to the right, there would probably have been fewer Tory MPs.Apart from Clegg stealing Cameron's clothes, the primary reason for the failure to gain a majority was the lousy campaign. Policies had very little to do with it. Presentation and timing had a lot to do with it.

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