Adam Lovejoy writes from Birmingham: Pardon me for asking but are David Cameron and the gang bent on bringing down the Conservatives?
I mean, everything we hear at the party’s conference in Birmingham proves that the general line of the current leadership is to make the Tories as unpopular as possible, not just among the general public but even party members. Common sense is thrown out of the window, politically correct stunts and gimmicks come thick and fast and the economic policy that has made things even worse is kept on track. Not to mention that savage cuts to welfare are announced while bankers are let off the hook. Whichever way you look at it, Cameron & Co are causing more damage to the Tories than both Labour and the Lib Dems could ever have done.
Take Chancellor George Osborne’s speech at the current gathering: there he was, banging on about how his policies benefit the British economy; telling everyone that he is not going to change his course which has not brought any results; and promising to cut benefits by another £10 billion. Now tell me this: how on earth will all this help the Tories become more popular? And how would silly gimmicks such as offering employees of small and medium companies shares in their firms that would not be subject to corporation tax in return for dropping their rights on unfair dismissal, redundancy pay and flexible working rights improve the Conservative Party’s standing in the polls? George seems to be working for the other side with such gusto that he should really think about coming up with at least some sensible proposals, to avoid blowing his cover. Such as, for example, mentioning that the bankers, who have bankrupted Britain and been bailed out with trillions of taxpayers’ money, should be forced to contribute more to the recovery.
And Iain Duncan Smith, the Works and Pensions Secretary, who has to do a round of interviews to explain how come Boy George dropped that bombshell about the 10 billion cut to the welfare budget, was not really sounding all that Conservative. IDS, who had done a lot to destroy the Tories back in his days as their leader, talked absolute rubbish about why benefits had to be cut. Not a word from him about putting a bit more of a burden on the money men who have ruined everyone and cutting their huge bonuses at nationalised banks. No, it’s the under-25s who are going to be losing their housing benefits whom IDS has targeted in his crusade for fairness and justice.
And then there’s this game that Dave is playing, promising a referendum on the membership of the EU one day and then ruling it out the next. That is a tactic obviously intended to piss off as many voters as possible, encouraging them never to vote for the Tories again. Difficult to imagine any other reason for Mr Cameron to tempt everyone with the possibility of a referendum and break his word than that he make the Tory party unelectable.
NHS reform? A sure way to lose millions of votes. Cutting down on police numbers? Another sure vote loser. Setting up free schools to redirect public money from state education? Labour are probably applauding this weird experiment, hoping it will lose the Tories another point or two in the opinion polls.
And let’s not forget the passion for overseas aid that PM Cameron and his front bench team uphold. Don’t they realise that this irritates the whole country? Just like that gay marriage thing that Dave and the boys support so unreservedly. Doesn’t anyone in the Tory leadership realise that they are splitting the party by pushing for same sex marriages? To be honest, the devotion to overseas aid and gay marriages on their own proves beyond all doubt that the New Tories, who have hijacked the leadership of the party, are actually working for the enemy.
And then there’s Mr Cameron’s obsession with Tony Blair. I am sorry, but it’s the same as Dave saying: I work for New Labour. How can a conservative politician have any respect for a left-wing opportunist who only managed to cling on to power by hiding behind politically correct causes and by depending on the support of the publicly funded BBC and The Guardian newspaper?
If only Nigel Farage of UKIP had stepped down and let some decent bloke run his party. Dave and his mates would be out of business at a moment’s notice.