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Laura Perrins: What this Tory victory means for us social conservatives


Over dinner last night hubby told me about a colleague of his who had placed a large bet on the Conservatives gaining a shock victory. I laughed in his face.

No, no it will not be 1992 again, the polls are much more sensitive. Repeating what I heard from the pundits and pollsters before, it will be too close to call, I declared with confidence. Damn, I wish I had made the same bet.

I went to bed, put the election out of my mind and missed the exit poll. However when the baby woke at 4am for a feed I reached for the phone and that was the end of sleep for me.

It looks like the Conservatives can govern alone with a spectacular and enjoyable defeat for the Liberal Democrats. What can we take from this victory for the Conservative Party? I am no fan of the ultra-liberal Tory social agenda but we must rejoice at the following:

  1. Labour are not in power. No return to the 1970s.
  2. The miniscule marriage tax allowance stays. Wo-hoo!
  3. The education reforms remain. These are not as big as perceived, as our Chris McGovern has explained, but they are significant. We hope further reforms are now introduced.
  4. Universal credit reform will be completed.
  5. There will be an EU referendum.

The negative aspects are the following:

  1. The hideous, gargantuan, uncosted childcare allowance is on the way for 2017. Nightmare.
  2. The Cameroons will feel justified in their social liberal reforming agenda. Double nightmare.
  3. Many, many spending and tax-cutting promises have been made that cannot possibly be kept.

Nick Clegg has stood down as leader of the Liberal Democrats, which is a blessed relief. In the interim we all must hunt down those wretched pollsters and demand some answers as to why they got it so wrong.

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