Monday, May 9th 2005
A New Tory Agenda
obtained a good swing and won a handy increase in the number of MPs in
Parliament. But, there is no escaping that May the 5th was the third General
Election defeat in a row.
The Conservatives must now review how the party relates to political climate
that they created before the 21st century began.
Voters are looking for honesty from their politicians and are tired of the
kind of campaigning that we have seen in the last few elections. Voters are
not stupid, so why are they subjected to politicians who only talk to a
banal script; which fails to answer any of their real concerns. People want
their real problems addressed honestly.
What are these problems?
Firstly the Conservative party must protect the environment much more
robustly. If we do not do considerably more for the environment then we will
leave a damaged island and world to our children and grandchildren.
Secondly; Tories must address housing. Many young people cannot afford to
live where they were brought up and most people are struggling under high
debts. This would become a disaster if interest rates rise sharply.
Conservatives must find a way of addressing the pending housing crisis;
without destroying the environment or creating rising personal debt.
Thirdly; the nation is heading towards a pension crisis. People in their 40s
and 50s may have to carry on working well after 65, because they cannot
afford to retire. We are not saving enough to pay for the future.
Conservatives must create policies that start to close the savings gap. Part
of this process must be to limit the rise in personal debt.
By talking honestly about these issues, the Conservatives will be addressing
people’s real concerns and talking honestly about the future. This will be
so much better than following the “Alan Milburn” school of politics: “Follow
the script and if the question is difficult; talk louder”.
Conservative Parliamentary Candidate 2001, Erewash