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To be a Conservative in the Tory Party

“It does not matter where you come from, it is where you want to go that matters”. The words of the most used slogan by the Conservative Party under David Cameron. As a Conservative myself, I respect and personally embrace that approach, to believe that it is everyone’s right to aspire, to better oneself, to build a better future for you and your family if you have one.  But with many things the current Tory Party has said, has it really delivered?

As a Conservative from a broken working class family, that itself would seem ironic, but does it? I believe you can be from a less well off background and still subscribe to the tenets of individuality, the right to enjoy the fruits of your labours, the right to own your home and business and the belief in a strong law abiding society and not the class divisional politics of Labour. But alas, it is difficult to be a Conservative in the Tory Party because they have lost their way along with British politics in general. We are ruled by rich elites, who have lost touch with their grassroots through self-interest and careerism.

Observe dear reader – the government frontbench is dominated by PPE Oxbridge graduates, as is the opposition. There are seven millionaires in the shadow cabinet, thirteen millionaire advisers and direct supporters to help Ed Miliband repair the party’s image from the disaster that was New Labour – repair the image in the eyes of the Working Class might I add. May I be so brave to say that it is rather acceptable for the Conservative Party to be partly dominated by millionaires because after all, it is the party of business, sadly big business and not small business as Margaret Thatcher would have wished.

When I look the Tory Party today I struggle to keep myself aligned, not since John Major have we had a Prime Minister who knew what it was like to struggle or strive. Instead we have had ignorant well off hypocrites cry out the woes of inequality whilst sitting in houses worth millions of pounds and living the life not many could ever attain. There is a difference, of course, between coming from nothing to becoming well off, if that is the case then you should be applauded, congratulated for working hard so that you may live a better life than your parents. But, if you are born into wealth and decry the struggles of poverty, well you can go where the sun doesn’t shine. I must state difference otherwise I’d sound like a leftist revolutionary, which would be rather upsetting.

Why do I call myself a Conservative do you wonder? Well I am privy the ideals of a strong society, the right to individual property and wealth; if you work hard you should be able to enjoy the results and if one can help it no one else, I believe in the equality of opportunity for all regardless of wealth, I am also for strict reform of welfare so that the needy receive the full benefit of state help and not people who sadly inhabit ‘Benefits Street’ albeit they represent the minority, but an expensive minority it be. I was asked by a friend of mine, “How can you like the Tories, they increased student fees?” I said simply “University is a privilege and you should pay for the privilege.” If university was mandatory then of course it would be fair to expect it to be free, but it isn’t. We had a choice between work or further academic study, if we must pay for the latter, then so be it.

But the Tory Party today has lost its way from its grass roots, it has lost its touch with the average man and woman, it has lost its fire that wanted to see people have a stake in our economic system. But even the policies that would have achieved that have been half hearted, ‘Help to Buy’ is a great scheme in my humblest opinion, but where is the supply of houses that were promised? Where is the rebalancing towards manufacturing so this great country has a chance in maintaining its first class position in the world economy? Where is the fight for the average family in the light of Major or Thatcher? Nowhere. The Tories have lost sight of what they were and Labour has become the greatest hypocrisy in British political history. Our politics is broken, our parties are broken. We need a return to politics for the common good, not the self interest of the careerist MP or Peer, we need politicians with conviction to do what has to be done to ensure that the people of this country can go on to old age knowing they are secure and their children are prosperous. I believe that only a Conservative can truly bring that, but that depends on the Tory Party returning home, but only time will tell when that is.

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