Today we are publishing a letter sent by Conservative Party member Ginny Martin this week to Conservative HQ. Like many Conservatives she is dismayed, alarmed and not a little furious at Mrs May’s continual appeasing of the EU. She has given us permission to publish her letter as she would like it to reach as wide an audience as possible.
I have been a Conservative Party member for many years and could never envisage placing my loyalty elsewhere, but now, although I remain a Tory at heart, the Remainer-‘rebels’ in the party are currently letting us down – in both Houses – by trying to frustrate the departure from the EU that a clear majority voted for in the referendum.
These people are disloyal and undemocratic on so many levels: mainly and specifically their willingness to remain under the heel of the undemocratic and never-audited EU, their disrespect for and betrayal of the referendum result, and their determination to go against their published party manifesto which declared we would be leaving the EU, including its customs union, and any other relationship tentacles that keep us attached to this unwelcome behemoth.
Do not the Whips have any sway in these blatant rebellions against the manifesto, plus the clear referendum result? Are we to assume that the ‘rebels’ all hold the patronising view that we Leavers did not know what we were voting for, did not understand what was good for us, and need saving from ourselves? Sorry – but how dare they?
We know Mrs May is at heart a Remainer, which makes it difficult for her to be a passionate defender of our right to independence, but she has stated in several speeches that we WILL leave the EU and all its bodies. If she is indeed weakening on a customs union agreement, she has badly let her voters down, and left us wondering what our best alternative is.
As a Liberal government is unthinkable and fortunately impossible, should Mrs May fall in a confidence vote, the thought of a Corbyn government is equally unthinkable, but frighteningly possible. Labour’s splits, attitudes and general incompetence make them completely untrustworthy re Brexit – chaos would ensue and we would finally default back to Brussels.
I’m afraid that, having resisted doing so all through the referendum campaign, when a lot of my friends did so, I may have to vote UKIP, and will do so if we are betrayed by the Tories, unless a good Brexiteer can rise to pick up the pieces. There is no other choice for we (and I do mean ‘we’) Brexit-supporting erstwhile Tory voters – there are many of us feeling very angry right now, and UKIP could be forgiven for dusting off its campaign materials.
If the Tories can’t get us out, who else, politically, even wants to?
Thank you for reading thus far, if you have; this is a remarkable note for me to write, but I have never felt so strongly about anything more than regaining my own country’s independence. I would suggest anyone who feels differently is not a Conservative.
I am very sorry that things have come to this pass; I am a Conservative – I’m just not sure that the current party is any more. I won’t stop my donations yet – we will see how things pan out.