“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Abraham Lincoln

I Hate The Tories.

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Hate is probably too mild a word, continual loathing, utter contempt, I am with Nye Bevan on this:

“No amount of cajolery, and no attempts at ethical or social seduction, can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party. So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin. “

I thought it would be helpful to get that out of the way, so readers know where I am coming from.

Bearing in mind I am not particularly interested in the domestic political scene in Britain, it seems timely with recent events to discuss some of the ongoing issues.

New Labour have finally left power, after 13 years and whilst I don’t think it would have been as bad as 13 years of the Tories it certainly is nothing to shout about, if you were looking at it from a moderately social democratic point of view, let alone the socialist one.

Blair and Brown managed to obtain power and keep hold of it for 13 years, no mean feat, but it is what they did with that power that is truly important.

Over time they adopted many Tory policies and attacked the weakest in society, not something they should be proud of. I will let others heap disapproval on them, my view is good riddance to rubbish. I will not mourn them, after what they did to the Labour Party.

But the prospect of a Tory government is focusing our minds and Blair/Brown are history, and you have to wonder what David Cameron will get up to, even if he is slightly shackled by Clegg and Co.

Some people have suggested that David Cameron is a one nation Tory, etc., which seems to me to be more wishful thinking than reality.

Cameron adopted this pose not because that is what he believes, but rather he knew that appearing as an arch Thatcherite head-banger would not achieve much and could relegate his party to the political doldrums, if not history.

Cameron is competent enough at PR, but the Neanderthals in his party are a different matter.

However, it’s hard to see what even an arch Thatcherite would do nowadays as New Labour did most of it already. There are few government ventures to privatise, even less to sell-off to, effectively, buy votes.

Still, the Tories will probably attack the Welfare State, trying to enrich themselves and their friends in the process.

I suspect for a few months the Tories and the Lib Dems will get their way, but hopefully Labour could make an effort to move back to its origins, even slightly, and then outflank both of these parties from the Left, as there will be an election probably within a year.

It would be good if the Labour Party could return to its social democratic roots, aim for a punchy manifesto with commitments to renationalise the railways, etc and other public services which have suffered under privatisation.

Whatever Labour decide to do they should be prepared for a quick election as I doubt Cameron, or the bunch of second raters he has on his front bench, will be able to cope with the stresses and strains of real government.

There’s another election coming soon enough!

Written by modernityblog

11/05/2010 at 21:00

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  1. The shadow cabinet has hardly had a high profile when you compare with Labour when last in opposition. THey don’t exactly inspire confidence, to say the very least

    jams o donnell

    11/05/2010 at 21:27

  2. Yeah, Obsorne as Chancellor? You wouldn’t send him to buy a round of drinks.


    11/05/2010 at 21:35

  3. What about Kenneth Clarke, David Willets and Oliver Letwin?

    You may be right about Cameron, but I am encourged that he listens to people like Phillip Blond and the hardcore Tory rightwingers are not in his shadow cabinet(i.e. John Redwood, Bill Cash, Edward Leigh, etc)

    Andrew Murphy

    12/05/2010 at 03:14

  4. Andrew,

    Ken Clarke is of an older generation, highly skilled and sharp but he’s only around to beef up the youngsters under Cameron.

    Oliver Letwin, a light weight.

    David Willetts, They say he’s smart, but has he had a “real” job? On paper he seems to have experience as a Wonk, but that’s a lot different from being IN power, and dealing with every day events.

    Both are millionaires and from the privileged classes so we’ll have to see who cuts it..

    PS: The Cameron you see today won’t be the same rosy cheeked man in six to nine months time, the job of PM can kill people, I am not sure he’s up to it.


    12/05/2010 at 03:32

  5. Every time I see Letwin’s smug face on telly, I’m thankful that I’m going to be living in another country in two months’ time.

    I do feel bad for the rest of you though, I’m not quite one of those Daily Mail-reading expats who think Britain’s going to the dogs… yet!

    Julia Smith

    12/05/2010 at 09:28

  6. Well, enjoy your time, anywhere nice?


    12/05/2010 at 13:52

  7. […] a comment » Whilst I wouldn’t normally be terribly interested in the British political scene even from these early days it’s possible to see how the Tory […]

  8. Trying to escape from financial uncertainty and economic turmoil by heading to… Japan!

    Julia Smith

    13/05/2010 at 12:09

  9. Cool. I envy you, Julie, I use to travel a bit and found the Japanese language and history very interesting (altho I never managed to get there, it was high on my list of must see places to visit)


    13/05/2010 at 12:20

  10. […] don’t cause undue alarm in this initial period, calming the nerves of people with a visceral hatred of all things Tory, reaching out to wavering Lib Dems and making us all believe that they have our best interests at […]

  11. Look at this way though, you should be pleased with the outcome. Budget cuts are coming regardless if Labour or the Tories occupy 10 Downing Street. The Uk is borrowing one pound for every 4 pounds they spend. Now Labour is going to let the Tories and Lib Dems be the bad guys and do the dirty work of cutting back popular spending. Which will only help Labour in the next round of by-election. Plus Labour has got the albatross of Gordon Brown off their neck and now can get a new leader…….if I was a Labour supporter, the election outcome would make me smile, versus having to put up with 5 more years of Brown’s inept leadership.

    Andrew Murphy

    14/05/2010 at 17:09

  12. I confess, Andrew, politically that had occurred to me 🙂

    But I wouldn’t inflict the Tories on anyone.

    The problem is, politically, will the Labour Party be quick off the blocks to win the next election?

    I can see plenty of tensions in that alliance, and doubt it will last a year.

    Labour have to be ready, and quick, preferably with a radical manifesto..


    14/05/2010 at 18:14

  13. […] Like Nye Bevan, I hate the Tories. […]

  14. the Left are blinded by hate of the right. Hate leads to stupidity and fantasy.

    The modern Conservative party are moderate and honest. They are labelled ‘extreme’ by air- headed/ uniformed, academically lazy people, as they pick up the absolute mess they were left with(1979 and 2010). If Labour had left them with economic sensibility then the Conservative Party would prosper for many many years on the back of sound policies, that benifit all… Just read the Manifesto will you!

    The sad thing is the Conservative always have to play the ‘bad guy’ after following useless labour governments. Responsibilty and honesty are words that don’t seem to register with Labour voters.

    P.s how can anyone hate thatcher? she literally saved the U.K


    09/07/2010 at 00:04

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