Earlier today I posted on how the TaxPayers’ Alliance might be needed to fill the vacuum created by the Tories’ reluctance to advocate economy-boosting cuts in taxation.
It seems we might also have to rely upon the supermarket ASDA to make the case for the end of the EU’s environmentally-disastrous Common Fisheries Policy. ASDA wants the North Sea to be declared a Marine Conversation Zone – only open to local fishermen "who depend on it for their sole income and who use recognised sustainable fishing practices". Gordon Maddan, regulatory affairs manager at ASDA has issued a press release stating the following:
"We want all the fish we sell to be sustainable. It’s very clear however that the Common Fisheries Policy has failed to deliver this so we are now supporting calls for a radical change in approach."
It was disappointing to hear a Scottish Tory MEP – Struan Stevenson – appear on this morning’s Today programme to distance himself from the ASDA statement.
What is not a bad thing, however, is if conservative or/ and anti-establishment causes are taken up by groups outside of the Tory Party. It is probably true that small ‘c’ ‘conservatives’ have long expected the big ‘C’ Conservative Party to do far too much of the ‘persuading work’. We are all more likely to achieve a long-term change in British public attitudes if the ‘persuading work’ is shared amongst a number of grassroots groups who have a long-term mission and are unconstrained by the short-term need to win the next election. The TPA, MigrationWatch, Business for Sterling are just some of the more successful campaigning organisations I have in mind. It will be good if they are occasionally joined by enlightened businesses like ASDA on specific campaigns. They can help to shift public opinion… and clear the way for a more conservative Conservative Party…