Reasons not to be apathetic 2: David Cameron

April 20, 2010

I live in a seat where the Conservative party are spending a great deal of money and time trying to convince the people who will be hit hardest by this recession, that losing their basic public services, at the time they need them most is an ‘invitation to govern’.

This is not just anti-tory sentiment. The politics of individualism is a necessary force in politics. We should always strive to strike the balance between the individual and the state. Ensuring free market principles help our private sector flourish, and that the state invests in society as a whole, is a difficult balance to maintain. It is a balance which depends on honest debate and a healthy opposition. Cameron doesn’t offer that.

When Osborne says ‘protect the wealthmakers’; he doesn’t differentiate between the companies who make wealth for themselves, and keep it offshore, and the companies who truly offer Britain something. Jobs with wages that aren’t so low, they have to be subsidised by tax credits and housing benefit. Companies who pay tax, who distribute money round the economy, rather than sucking the life out of it. Companies who haven’t rigged the market so badly, that British businesses don’t have a hope of competing.

How precisely does Britain compete in a global economy, if it refuses to invest in its population- demonising them instead, and blaming them for the failures of big business?

This man is happy to bow down to Christian right wing lobby groups and place abortion at the centre of his political campaign. Sod that it will hurt the handful of women each year, who have to make the heartbreaking decision to terminate a pregnancy post 20 weeks. His Shadow Home Secretary, allows himself to be publicised by one of the most homophobic, hateful lobby groups that exist at the moment, while Cameron gives interviews in Attitude-hoping that we won’t notice his hypocrisy.

If I wanted the christian right wing, and business interests to dominate my economy, I would have moved to the US under George W Bush.

This political manifesto appears to be the bastard child of a Sarah Palin and the Daily Mail, and should be enough to jog anyone out of political apathy. Especially if they live in an area the Conservatives are targeting.

‘Broken Britain’? I suppose the mechanism which allowed banks to suck a trillion quid out of the economy is faulty-but it isn’t beyond fixing. I am not sure pouring millions into a £3 bribe for women to stay married, will do it though. It wasn’t single parents and immigrants who broke Britain, and I am not sure a platform of ‘small government big business’ will fix it. But Cameron’s lot are angry that Brown called Goldsmith Sachs ‘morally bankrupt’- not at Goldman Sachs for being thus.

THis election shoudl have been a shoo in for Cameron. But his manifesto is one of the most dangerous, hateful, ignorant manifestos to be released by any party in recent years. You can’t pretend to shed the toxic aspects of the Conservative brand, and hope that noone notices you have actually based your entire manifesto around them. There is a reason the Conservatives are limping along in the polls- and Cameron and his platform is that reason.

My vote isn’t worthless now, but it might be after Cameron has completely turned us over to the forces that have brought us to our knees. While the global recession was unexpected, Mr.Cameron has wasted no time in exploiting it as an opportunity to finish what Thatcher never dreamed of. At least she had the decency to say there is ‘no society’.



  1. “Place abortion as the centre of his campaign” -really? Because I’ve not heard much of that. The main question appears to be how soon the cuts should be implemented and to what level. That’s mainly what I hear. I think it interesting that you say Cameron doesn’t offer an honest debate and then spend the rest of the blog throwing as much dirt in his direction as you can muster!

    You like big government, I don’t. But until we break out of this cycle of Labour in the pockets of the Unions and Conservatives in the pocket of Big Business we’re *never* going to have that honest debate!

  2. I certainly remember the broken society bit, I’m not so sure I remember this being mooted as the cause of our economic problems. That would be/is ridiculous – it tends to be the other way around if at all. The cause was the government failing to regulate the financial services industry 🙂

    I’m not saying the Conservatives aren’t trying to win votes from that Christian-right electorate as you term them; I just don’t see how it’s part of some orchestrated plot which was the tone I (perhaps mistakenly) got from the post and it’s certainly not a central part of the Conservative platform. I don’t agree with lowering the limit but I also don’t agree that somehow the discussion is closed. They have a point of view which I disagree with – it doesn’t make them evil.

    The real reason I believe the Conservatives aren’t miles ahead, and they should be, is probably similar to that which somehow allowed John Major to win an election despite leading a deeply unpopular party; people have no idea how the Conservatives would do – they do at least ‘know’ the Labour party.

    • YOu didn’t mistakenly get the tone that it was an organised lobbying attempt by a network of Christian Right Wing Lobby groups. THat is clearly documented. That is precisely what it was.
      THe bringing of those religious values, was only one campaign move stolen from the Republicans. The demonising of the poor- the insistence that the biggest problems britain faces at the moment are of ‘broken britain’- and implying that public services need to be slashed for people’s own good- and because they are the cause of a deficit-a deficit which is entirely down to the recklessness of the one sector that Cameron won’t slag off? Osborne pledging to protect the wealthmakers on Radio4, weeks after telling banks they WERE the wealthmakers. Purlease. This entire election platform is one big Republican rip off, and is not only morally bankrupt- but suicidal economically(although admittedly not for a very small number of people).

      John Major won that election, because like it or not the Conservatives at that point still appeared more fit to govern, than Labour. It was precisely that election that preceded Labours reassessment of their own values- and only in 1997= did the British public think Labour were ready to govern. People have every idea how the Conservatives will do- this is an election manifesto which is economically to the right of Thatcher. Basic understanding of the country we live in, and the policies he has outlined, says what this will do. The fact that his education policy has teachers already threatening to strike. That economists are lining up to say how foolhardy their strategy is. People DO know how it will be under the Conservatives- dress it up as ‘anti-big govt’ and ‘broken britain’ as much as he likes- people not stupid.

      Not only that, but people DEMANDED an overhaul of the labour party before they would elect them. Cameron has only faked that- and you cannot present a manifesto that is to the right of Thatcher, as compassionate-and expect voters to swallow it. George W BUsh was the last person to use the compassionate conservatism platform successfully. This is a very different time. It would odo Dave Cameron some good to look at his poll ratings. They are not about people being unsure about the Conservatives. Unsure is the one thing that they are not.

      • “Demonising the poor”, “morally bankrupt”, “to the right of Thatcher” – it’s exciting rhetoric that plays well to the Labour faithful but personally I think it counter productive.

        We’re never going to agree are we? But I’ve enjoyed the exchange of views.

      • Would you like it in context of specific policies? Perhaps we could start with incapacity benefit? Or possibly quotes from Cameron and Osbornes speeches? Morally bankrupt is I think, an accurate way to describe what our banking industry have done, and are doing. Derivatives that allow them to bet on the failure of economys, after helping them conceal the scale of their deficit? I think morally bankrupt is a fair way to describe that. As is having a platform which justifies the public service cuts which result from the banking crisis, on the basis that they were the cause of britains problems in the first place- just at the point where people come to need those services, because of the fucking banking crisis. And my statement about the current conservative manifesto was nothing but a statement of fact. THe plans that sets out are economically to the right of thatcher-under any economic analysis. It transfers more from the public to the private sector than has ever been attempted, a change that cannot really be undone.

  3. 13 years out of power is a long-ish time. The world has changed a lot – and most of us now have access to the Internet and can check stuff out for ourselves if we have the interest and inclination. We’re empowered and informed and that tends to make people more liberal and empathic. Bad things for a party that bases itself largely on making ever so slightly wealthier that people it approves of at the expense of the people it doesn’t. Taking from the poor to give to the slightly richer – Robin Hood having some kind of breakdown.

    What Cameron seems to offer is him as a modern front to a party that has barely moved its stance since the 90’s. You know when a car manufacturer is planning on ending a model and they give it fancy paint and a CD player and hope you won’t notice it’s a 15 year old design? That’s how they seem to me – the Conservatives – stuck in a different age and baffled by modernity. Their ‘modernising’ aims are to modernise from 1995 to 1998. It might be at least in the right direction but it’s not going to work. Give me 21st century policies for a 21st century world, recognise the speed that the world changes at and how the hopes and aspirations of people have morphed beyond recognition in the last couple of decades, or clear off.

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