In response to Laura Perrins: Dave’s vision of cradle to the grave conservatism is not for me, Dan Tubb wrote:
I’m quite a fan of TCW, and read almost everything on this site. But this article was the best thing I have read on TCW.
I suppose it helps that I have undergone almost exactly the same thought process, and for almost exactly the same reason. My daughter is 6 months old, and around 3 months ago I had a moment of weakness and considered returning to the Tory fold. The reason I considered it was essentially the whole narrative around the damage a Labour/SNP government could do in 5 years. Fair enough.
But when you’re looking down at a 3-month-old baby condemning her to a lifetime of power swapping between two left wing parties, i.e. Conservatives Cameron style and Labour, you start to realise that five years of Labour/SNP is a small price to pay for the Conservative party undergoing the sort of detox it urgently needs.
Many Tory MPs (at least the ones I have spoken too) truly fail to grasp that Blair was on a roll in 2001 and 2005 and with the full backing of a £3.5 billion propaganda machine behind him (the BBC) he was simply not going to be dislodged. However, by 2010 the time was ripe for proper conservatism. Unfortunately many Tory MPs believe that only by copying Blairism could they ever hope to advance their ministerial ambitions.
If Cameron wins now it will vindicate his whole Red-Tory strategy and the trajectory of the party will be set. Only ‘modernisers’ as they are called will end up in ministerial posts; we used to call them ‘wets’. As a result by the time Cameron stands down the only people with the profile to become the new leadership team will also be wets. Only wets will be approved by the party machine for its candidates list, and so before long the whole chamber will be filled with wets and socialists; and that is the pool from which any government will emerge.
And as selfish as I am in wanting to protect myself from a 5p tax rise or whatever wealth destroying lunacy the new Labour/SNP government comes up with, I am not so selfish as to condemn my daughter to a lifetime of power changing hands only between delusional socialists and pandering weak willed wets, desperate for the approval of the aforementioned socialists allies in the BBC and The Guardian.
Ed Miliband is such a hapless plonker that after five years of watching him flap around like a plastic bag in the wind the country will readily embrace a proper conservative government, hopefully the newly merged Conservative and UK Independence Party. And maybe they will start implementing the sort of reforms to the State we need before we end up swallowed whole by our own debts and Soviet-style public institutions.