Thursday, November 03, 2011

Standing order cancelled

If you read this blog often you'll have noted an increasing level of frustration and anger building with my political party, and especially its leadership.

There are a range of issues that this frustration centres on - here's a subset:
  • the EU;
  • the failure to correct the anti-English devolution settlement;
  • the climate change insanity;
  • the failure to support marriage;
  • the failure to confront the nation on the size of the state, debt and the basic facts of our economic future. Preferring to impoverish our ( and my ) children rather than risk losing office and the end of that all important political career;
  • the creation of a secular religion around so called "human rights" and "diversity" ( which left wing cant - in terms that no one is allowed to question );
  • locally the insane debt levels of Woking council and its non-core interests combined with inviting the notorious WWF to have a spectacular deal on moving to Woking;
  • the promotion of a new secular orthodoxy at the expense of tradition and our Christian culture, heritage and religion, and;
  • the complete and utter failure to get to grips with immigration and the long term future of our nations ( and for that mater emigration ).
Now I know many good people in the Conservative party like Daniel Hannan MEP, John Redwood MP, Tim Montgomery, and as ever Norman Tebbit. Whilst people like that have been in the Conservative party I've been always tempted to remain. But like Roger Helmer MEP I just can't see the point any more, not even to give some small support to such people whom I respect.

If truth be known I can't knock on doors and say vote Conservative, because I may not be doing so at the upcoming elections.

I'm afraid the current leadership have spent all their political capital and now only deeds will do. I'm just not listening to the words any more. ( The staggering lies being spoken as solemn truth all over Europe right now in parliaments, including our own by Chancellor's who do know better just shows the total moral bankruptcy of much of politics in the western world. )

Words have become the fiat currency of politics - devalued and backed by nothing you can take to the bank. As such their is a crisis of confidence.

Clearly other political options present themselves, but I'm in no rush.

My plan is to give things a bit of time and space, after going political walkabout - perhaps I'll even return - I'm willing to be open minded and let things develop.

I know there's an argument for staying to support the other people who have similar views, but the truth is the party membership are solely a cheap postal service who's only other use is to be dressed down by party leaders when they feel like "appealing to the centre ground". The bond of trust has just broken down. Yes I know about the fate of the left as it fragmented and split - but that has been held unreasonably over the heads of those of us on the right who's support the 'modernisers' has just wanted to take for granted.

But the long and short of it is that the author of this blog is no longer a paid up Conservative party member. You can argue that my party has left me, or that I have become more aware and left it. But the standing order's cancelled either way.

Baroness Warsi can expect a resignation letter in the post shortly.

My vote, for the very little it is worth, is now up for grabs.


Bill Sikes' Dog said...

Well said Sir , and thank you .

Cameron is an incompetent novice and should be thrown out as soon as possible .

Sue said...

They lost me before the last election, after voting Tory for 30 years. I didn't trust Cameron then and now I know my instincts were correct.

Barking Spider said...

It's UKIP for me from now on - Cameron is no Conservative and never was. He will lose the next election but he doesn't care, of course, because he's got his eye on a cushy, fat-cat, EU job for when he's unceremoniously booted out of Downing Street in 2015, (or before, hopefully).

Woman on a Raft said...

My sentiments exactly.

There are some excellent UKIP candidates these days - usually they are time-served conservative (small c) Conservatives who feel the party has been hijacked and they can no longer offer it to the public with a good conscience.

I should point out that some of the worst legislation, such as the Education Act 1988, the Children Act 1989 and the Family Law act (which set the scene for the destruction of marriage, continued implicitly in legislation underpinning the Child Support Agency) were all passed on Mrs T's and Norman Tebbit's watch.

I do not for a moment doubt the sincerity or probity of either of them, but the drafters ran rings round both of them.

As I frequently remind people, if you check Hansard you will see that it was Margaret Hilda's signature on the destruction of the grammar schools. She signed off the ridiculous mergers which created half the problems the 1988 Education Act was supposed to solve, then created the other half with that Act, particularly the shift from religious instruction being available in schools to religious education, which the teachers then tried to make compulsory, even though it isn't.

Paul Masters said...

I'm surprised that people like you have hung on so long but I suppose you're only supporting the devil you know.

Personally think that ALL political parties are downgrading our democracy. As soon as MPs are voted in, their allegience is to their party rather than their country or their constituency.
Yet at the same time almost any MP from any one of the 3 main parties would fit in quite nicely should they defect to either of the other two .... they can no longer be trusted.

Democracy in the UK would be served much better if the electorate decided the important issues more directly using referenda. If the Swiss can manage it, why can't we?

Elby the Beserk said...

I'll be interested to read Warsi's reply. I wrote to her a couple of months ago, noting that it had taken me 40 (voting) years to vote Conservative, and 40 weeks to realise I should not have bothered. I listed various reasons, mostly u-turns, but including the de-selection of the excellent candidate who stood for the Conservatives locally.

I got a note from a minion. telling me that Baroness Warsi "thanks me for my comments". Pah. At least she confirmed my belief that I had totally wasted my vote.

i albion said...

And now the 5,ooo wimmin mentors!!
More and more Quangos
They have all gone barmy.

James Higham said...

With the greatest respect, MiaS, I was vilified by fellow Tory bloggers a couple of years back and called disloyal. It was just that I could see exactly this happening if Cameron was leader - that was written in 2007.

Man in a Shed said...

James - a fair point. Peter Hitchens perhaps deserves the same kudos. I'll confess I voted for Cameron to be leader. He certainly had the capability to win. But his concern for career over principle has been his undoing.

The dilemma is always between the next election and the long road.

Many on the left chose the long road in the 80's and it lead to oblivion, and I think that's what has made many of us cautious.

But the long a short is words have become cheap. Even now the press sizzles with Euro-sausages being set up ready to be 'resolved' by our Eurosceptic really ( nod nod ) govt.

The problem is what to do about it.

I guess also in 2007 the disaster of Brown was top most in many of our minds.

Cameron is a great political operator in the short term - but I just don't see any issue that he's ready to sacrifice his political career for. And now political parties have become so subservient to their leaders that means the Conservative party stands for whatever Mr Cameron says it does.

More on this over time no doubt.