This weekend, the great and the good commentators will take to the newspapers in order to conduct a post election post mortem and to tell us all what the Conservatives did wrong, Labour did right and why the Liberal Democrat party is in its death throes.
Almost everyone commenting in the press will live in London and spend their lives talking to and socialising with other journalists and the Westminster elite. This doesn’t make the commentary any less informed with regard to what went right or wrong on Thursday, it just means it lacks the common touch. The essence of realism. The instinctive seam of the public mood will remain omitted from the printed sheets.
All the commentators are possibly very well placed to dissect the Mayoralty election and will have much to say re the blonde bombshell versus the alleged tax dodger. My comment on that election is that we all have to hand it to Boris – that man is a winner and he achieved what he did with one of the best known election campaign managers at his side, the Australian election-winning god, Lynton Crosby.
It is such a pity that George Osborne rejected Lynton for the 2010 General election campaign. Who knows but we may have been looking at a majority government if he hadn’t.
In the Mail on Sunday, I have written today about what I believe will happen within the Conservative Party and more importantly why. However, regardless of the personalities and based on nothing more than the intelligence I have gathered from the people I speak to, who funnily enough have nothing to do with journalism or political commentary, here follows my two pennies worth into the mix with regard to how we can turn what happened on Thursday, into a blistering success next year at the next big round of local elections.
We need to jettison both the policy of gay marriage and Lords reform. Lords reform hasn’t really sunk into the public consciousness. They have heard the words but don’t know or understand what they mean and what’s more, they don’t care. It has absolutely zero relevance to the daily life of anyone, other than the Liberal Democrat party and the the peers who sit in the House of Lords and, of course, our entire constitution. The net result of making Lords Reform a central plank of the Queens speech would make the Conservative party appear out of touch, inward looking and self interested. It needs to be scrapped first thing Tuesday morning.
Gay marriage is a policy which has been pursued by the metro elite gay activists and needs to be put into the same bin. I have yet to meet a gay couple in my constituency or beyond who support it; in fact, the reaction has been quite the opposite. Great Britain and its gay couples don’t live on Canal Street in Manchester, shop in The Lanes in Brighton or socialise at Gaydar in London. Gay couples are no different from heterosexual couples and yet this policy transforms them into political agitators who have set themselves against the church and community. The policy is divisive, unpopular with the public, is tearing the Conservative Party apart and will influence absolutely no one in terms of the way they vote in the future. I won’t dwell on who got the policy into No10 in the first place; however, as I am sure the happy-in-a-civil-partnership Labour MP, Ben Bradshaw would agree, it should never have been given the time of day in the first instance.
We need to replace the Lords reform bill with a bill for growth. One which focuses on freeing the flow of bank capital to business and we need to be introducing enterprise allowance schemes which enable young entrepreneurs to set up and get their business idea off the ground. It needs to propose measures to increase trade with the new and exciting emerging economies. Government needs to lead the way in encouraging small and medium baseness to look east and away from a failing Eurozone.
Gay marriage should be replaced with a commitment to giving the people an in/out referendum on Europe. We need to do that before the unions tell Ed Milliband to do it and shoot our fox, because if he does, we may as well all go home.
Tony Blair deployed his brilliant ‘tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime’ to full election-winning effect. Now thanks to a series of gaffes and our association with the Liberal Democrats, the public think we are soft on crime. That needs to be reversed with a raft of tough policy measures such as sentences served in full and a commitment to a prison building programme which will demonstrate we are serious.
We should make a commitment to scrap Green taxes and send wind farms off-shore.
Our commitment to reducing inward immigration needs to be spelt out louder and clearer and we actually need to say what we are going to do to stop the numbers increasing because into he minds of the public, nothing has changed and we are still perceived as being weak on immigration and actually, the public aren’t, they are tough on immigration and frustrated at not having their views represented. They really don’t like being described as fascists because they think the country and its infrastructure is at capacity.
And we need to build upon the excellent work of Michael Gove and Iain Duncan Smith, both of whom I am sure could provide No10 with a raft of exciting policy initiatives to capture the public imagination.
So, with a renewed Conservative Party which takes on board Conservative policies which reflect Conservative values, we can reverse the disastrous year we have had and make May 2013 an election-winning night. We can then take on board Lynton Crosby, and work towards a Conservative majority in 2015. We can adopt policies which work both on the left and the right and let Conservative voters know that there is a party which reflects their views and they have something to go into the polling booth and support ewith enthusiasm.