Monday, February 15, 2010

Conservatives' unforced errors

It is now only weeks from the General Election.

It is a general Election that the Conservative Party is expecting and indeed is expected to win.

Why then is the Tory Party in such an incredible mess?

There is no sense of coherence anywhere- policies are made up with great rapidity, and abandoned within a few days of announcement. It is not just that the Tories are "keeping their powder dry" for government- they genuinely don't know what they are going to do. They insist that they will be fiscally disciplined, then return from Davos feverishly back pedalling on what should be a central part of their economic policy. They announce tax policies that crumble in a single weekend.

The latest "policy announcement" is that employees in the public sector will be allowed to form co-operatives. A fine idea in principle, but there is absolutely no sense that the Conservatives understand the first thing about the details. It is impossible to even critique the policy, because it has clearly been dreamt up within the past few days- and this upon the eve of a transition to government!!

This is an absolute disgrace.

Gimmicky, stupid and dangerous policies are being thrown around because the Conservative Party exists in an intellectual vacuum. Where is the sense of unity of ideology? Where is the sense of focus?

There isn't one.

Frankly it is absolutely contemptible to watch a bunch of Public Relations airheads totally destroy their credibility. I hold no brief for Gordon Brown. I do not want any more Socialism in the UK. I do not want to see a Labour Government after the next elections. However this appalling display of infantile gesture politics amongst the Tories makes me increasingly certain that the young politicians on the make in the Conservative Party will be just as disastrous as the Blair-Brown fiasco.

Of course large numbers of Conservatives also feel the same way. The latest internal party fiasco was in Westminster North, where the Conservative candidate- whose immature style of "tweeting" makes her sound about 14- needed to be rescued from her own resignation through the intervention of Cameron himself. Frankly the Westminster Tories are an unappealing lot at the best of times but I did have a certain sympathy for the local constituency chairwoman (now removed from office) who clearly found the candidate extremely hard to take. The disillusion with Cameron in her statement was quite obvious- and all of this is well before Mr. Cameron can be certain of becoming Prime Minister.

The empty headed Cameron project is headed for a wreck upon the rocks of its own vacuity. If History does indeed repeat itself, "first as tragedy, then as farce", then the self-styled heir to Blair will be a failure on an industrially farcial scale.

I am just not sure that Britain is going to get the joke.

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