In response to TCW Manifesto: Back marriage, restore grammar schools and quit the EU, Kingbingo wrote:
A thoroughly sensible set of policies. The only one I take slight issue with is number four. As an atheist I also think I’m entitled to freedom of expression and should not have to be constantly concerned about breaching some lefty shibboleth.
But it’s striking is it not that these ten policies are all things that just about any conservative woman (or man) would happily endorse. And yet the Conservative party under Cameron falls short on all of them where they are not flatly in opposition.
The problem being, of course, that Cameron thinks that he can spend five years insulting and ignoring his base, then a few weeks out from an election urge us all to vote for him on the basis that Labour would be slightly worse. Well I for one won’t, and I know that runs the risk of a 5-year Labour/SNP government, but frankly I would rather see that, and then a return to a proper Conservative leader [perhaps Sajid Javid?] than electorally reward Cameron for trashing what used to be the electoral recourse of people like us.
It is clear that the only way left to influence the Conservative Party is to leave it. Perhaps while Miliband is floundering around making a mockery of himself and discrediting Labour as PM, then Tory MPs can do the decent thing and get rid of Cameron. Then never again repeat the mistake of electing a PR trainee with no experience of running a business or even a family on a tight budget: someone, who never learnt for himself why conservative principles are vital and matter, who is prepared to toss them aside while trying to win favourable BBC/Guardian coverage for the current news cycle.