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Laura Perrins:  Vote Ukip, get Labour. Dave’s version of the politics of fear


The Conservative party have decided to stop insulting its core vote, calling them bigots and fruitcakes, only to threaten them instead. Do not vote for Ukip, we are told like naughty little school children, or you will get Labour instead.

Grant Shapps (whose surname conveniently rhymes with tw..) in particular has been taking to the airwaves to issue this dire warning. You can threaten all you want, Conservative elite – it will not work.

First, it is the height of hypocrisy for the Tories to moan about the ‘politics of fear’ by Ukip only to rely on the fear of a Labour government instead. It is me or the other guy, hollers Dave. You know what Dave, I am willing to take my chance with the other guy (by voting Ukip) if it gives us a chance to tell you that you no longer represent us.

What, pray tell, could Labour do that will be worse than the Cameroons? Will they abolish the institution of marriage that serves children, and turn it into one that caters to adult sentiment? You already did that. Will they bring in a full-time mother penalty? You already did that by removing child benefit. Will they pour more money into the childcare industry? Probably, but then Cameroons will do that also.

What are the Tories offering next term? My husband and myself can pass on our whooping great pension pot tax-free to the kids? This would be attractive if we had such a pension pot to speak of. However, we would rather have the opportunity to send the kids to grammar school but you are sternly opposed to their expansion and re-introduction.

Labour might tax homes above £2million. Although I am opposed to this on principle, as it will never affect us in practice I am willing to take our chances. As for the middle-class tax-cut, as this is uncosted, it is not going to happen.

What the Tories do not understand is that middle-class traditional families expect a disadvantage under Labour. We can prepare for that. What we do not expect is to be spat at by the Tories – who allegedly represent us. So you will have to excuse me if I withhold my vote.

Your policy on Europe is laughable. Every European lawyer in the land knows you will not get any meaningful reform on free movement of persons. But we do know that you will offer some ludicrously small change as ‘reform’ and campaign to remain in the Union on that basis. Do you take us for fools? Don’t answer that.

You spread fear that Labour will trash the economy. Perhaps they will, but a calculated gamble tells me that Labour will be so grateful for gaining power, and so fearful of being seen as spending-crazed communists like their last administration,  they will not cause too much damage overall. Anyway, you have borrowed more in this term than Gordon Brown in his entire tenure.

The Tories should stop ridiculing people for expressing some fear over the future. From their lofty elevated tower up on Mount Pompous, the millionaires tell all to shut up over immigration. But people are fearful for their jobs, their families, and their homes. Unless you address this, it is time to start the resignation speech.

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