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Dolan’s Digest: Wanted: A Tory leader with charisma and vision


AFTER a crippling set of local election results for the Conservative Party, it is clear that succession planning and damage limitation is now the order of the day.

The Tories, traditionally viewed as ‘the party of Government’ by the establishment and public alike, are now anything but. A dearth of ideas, policy and energy has sapped the life out of the party and will inevitably lead to a crushing defeat at the next General Election.

Beyond the local elections, you have only to look at the frequency and significance of Members of Parliament quitting politics or crossing the floor to realise that we are witnessing rats fleeing a sinking ship.

So far we know that 104 MPs will quit the House of Commons at the next election, the majority being Conservative, including Theresa May, Sajid Javid and Kwasi Kwarteng. Regardless of your opinions of the aforementioned, it is notable to see a significant part of previous Conservative Governments deciding that their times have finally come.

This exodus of Conservative backbenchers became even worse last Wednesday when Natalie Elphicke became the second Tory in as many weeks to defect to the Labour Party, branding the Government ‘tired and chaotic’.

With more defections rumoured around Westminster, the Conservative Party is on its knees, and its leadership can blame nobody but themselves.

Polls continue to predict a catastrophic General Election result, and even in the week that Rishi Sunak claims that he is confident his party can prevail at the ballot box, this looks like a theory that is unlikely to come to fruition.

It is now almost inevitable that Sir Keir Starmer will occupy Downing Street come the end of the year. While it is clear that he is being handed a poisoned chalice, with the economy and our global reputation in the doldrums, he will use the next few years to blame the state of the country on the Conservative Party.

He will be able to do this with some justification, given the failures of successive Governments and the inability for the establishment to allow Liz Truss to revolutionise the economy in a truly Conservative fashion. However, the plans the Labour Party have for the country will do far more damage than even Starmer could level at the Tories.

A party of big Government, high-tax and high regulation is not compatible with the entrepreneurial spirit that we need to boost the economy. We must focus on ensuring businesses and business owners can thrive, British people can access good quality jobs and thrive, and not pump endless money into failing public services and infrastructure at the expense of the people that live here.

While the Tories are now past the point of no return for the coming General Election, the future success of the party will be contingent on ensuring that its next leader is someone with vision and willingness to depart from the status quo. Someone with vision needs to emerge from the Tory ranks who has the strength of character and charisma to do what is right for the country, not what they think will be popular and engage in endless electioneering.

Only then will the Conservative Party return to Government – until then, we should prepare with endless U-turns and political posturing from Starmer and his party. 

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Simon Dolan
Simon Dolan
Simon Dolan is a British Entrepreneur.

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