Historically, if you were a woman, chances were you were conservative. Women were the life-blood of the Conservative Party, their foot soldiers, organisers, campaigners, and their volunteers. The only woman British Prime Minister came from the Conservative Party and she had nothing but disdain for the feminists (the feeling was mutual). Yes, men were front of house – but the interests and needs of women drove policy.
Now if you are a woman you are much more likely to vote Labour. Although I do not believe women are a single group the reasons for this are complex but no doubt the ‘equality by numbers’ agenda is attractive to many.
The Conservatives in a desperate and pathetic attempt to win women back have competed with Labour on the equality agenda as defined by Labour. It has been a catastrophic mistake as well as grossly unprincipled. Women are still far more like to vote Labour.
The one group of women who are more likely to vote Conservative are those who hold broadly conservative values. They have been completely ignored. Sure, they do not have problem with cohabitation for a period of time but they do eventually want to get married. They would much prefer to care for their children at home for at least the majority of the time.
The fact is that women who are married with children are much more likely to vote Conservative than Labour. There may be less of these women around than previously but they are still out there in significant numbers and young women have more in common with their grandmother’s generation than their mothers when it comes to family life.
But the Conservative Party has ignored these women in the relentless push to get more mothers to leave their children in nurseries and go out to work. This policy of separation is not only anti-child but is an assault on conservative philosophy.
If children are away from their families for too long it has an emotional and behavioural impact as a recent Oxford study has demonstrated. They become too peer orientated. And it is more difficult for families to pass on the cultural and moral store to the next generation. That includes passing on conservative values. Conservatives are digging their own graves.
The party line was that childcare costs were stopping these mothers from working. But we now know from the Governments own survey that 71% of families who care for their children at home, do so because they want to. In fact of the middle-class women who do work, a majority said they would like to work fewer hours if they could afford to. This group, likely Conservative voters, have been abused by their own representatives.
All the cowardly elite had to do was promote conservative values such as marriage and caring for your child at home. All they had to do was not penalise marriage in the tax system, and not penalise families who care at home. They have failed abysmally on each count.