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Dave finally comes round to my way of thinking


Now Coalition is bad David Cameron says

Now Coalition is bad David Cameron says

Well, well, the Conservative Party leader, David Cameron, has today “made it known” to the Daily Telegraph he now doesn’t want to enter into a second Coalition Government should the Tories fail to secure a majority in next year’s General Election and will commit to this in the Conservative Party manifesto for 2015.

I’m delighted Mr Cameron should say this. I never wanted the Conservatives to enter into a Coalition in the first place back in 2010. It was a grubby deal done for the sole purpose of David Cameron being able to tick off “been Prime Minister” on his to-do list – and, of course, so smirky Nick Clegg could slip into power via the back door. The Lib Dem leader actually LOST seats in the 2010 General Election but Mr Clegg still ended up as Deputy Prime Minister.

But I wouldn’t trust David Cameron. His views blow like the wind, just like a certain Mr Bliar’s did. Whatever the focus groups want, Mr Cameron will slot straight in behind. It seems the general public don’t like Coalition Governments much, with a poll by Ipsos MORI last month showing that 65 per cent of voters believe that a second hung parliament would be bad for Britain. This is hardly surprising as our entire political system, endorsed by the Great British electorate over centuries, is deliberately geared so we don’t end up with coalitions, like our European cousins are so fond of. The reason we ended up in this blue-yellow mish mash in Westminster is because the electorate still hadn’t fully warmed to the Conservative Party – borne out by the fact the Labour Party had imploded and still David Cameron wasn’t able to win a majority.

This is a shrewd move by the Prime Minister. He knows many of his Tory backbenchers hate having to share a bed with the yellow peril and thousands of his party members and activists are demotivated by the ease at which David Cameron brokered a deal with Nick Clegg. By painting a stark choice between either a Conservative Government or a Labour Government at the 2015 election, this may well help persuade Tories who have defected to UKIP over the last couple of years to come back to the fold to ensure Ed Miliband doesn’t end up with the keys to 10 Downing Street.

Not all so-called Conservatives were demotivated by their party forming a coalition with the Liberal Democrats. Apart from the obvious examples on the Tory frontbench like Michael Gove and George Osborne, many from the voluntary party were strong advocates of David Cameron’s decision to form a Coalition Government. I found this deeply suspicious and it helped me understand the difference between a true-blue Tory and those just along for the power-trip. But I expect these Coalition apparatchiks will, just like the change in direction of the wind, soon be flag wavers against forming Coalition Governments. The problem for them this time is we now know who they are.

Since I joined the Conservative Party in 2003, my goal has been for the Tories to form a majority Government. We lost a fourth general election in a row in 2010 (the Coalition apparatchiks said we won – what planet are they on?). I really hope the Conservative Party wins a majority in 2015.

Author: gavinmaclure

IT professional; political blogger, former Conservative councillor

3 thoughts on “Dave finally comes round to my way of thinking

  1. Were you yourself not part of a coalition on IBC? Why did Ipswich Tories jump in bed with the Lib Dems so quickly?
    Same reason as Cameron? They just wanted power by any means?

    • Alasdair – I wasn’t a councillor then so had no say. Many in the Ipswich Conservative Party were against it.

      But on an intellectual level, the two are not exact comparisons. There are tens of NOC councils across the country which just muddle on for four years; Minority Governments in Westminster don’t last much longer than a few months until the PM is forced to go to the country again. This is good as it encourages single-party Government, which is the system which works far better in Britain.

  2. I wasn’t a councillor at the time either, and I was one of the Tories that opposed it – though I know believe I was wrong to.

    Alasdair you are partly right about the need to grab power when the chance was there, but you misunderstand the motives. I had a stand up row with Dale Jackson in my front room where he insisted that I had “no idea what it was like to be patronised by thirty years of Labour rule.”

    Maybe that is something your group should keep in mind now. You may be on top for now, but electoral cycles change, and you could find yourself facing a more balanced position. Maybe your colleagues should be a little more conciliatory to your opposition, rather than expressing such hatred.

    Mind you given their behaviour this week, perhaps they deserve to be patronised for another thirty years.

    By the way, putting Bill Quinton into the Mayoralty just to get him out of being Chair of Planning is an abuse of the role of the Mayor. Can’t you find someone to be Mayor who actually knows how to Chair a meeting? Or, a big shock this, return the Mayoralty to a non partisan position and alternate the Mayor between the groups…

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