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I am a conservative through and through, but I do not identify with anything that the Conservative Party currently does or stands for

UnknownFinally, after 5 years of a Coalition, unexpected majority government and subsequent referendum results which completely re-wrote ‘the script’, soon followed by an apparently bomb-proof prime-ministerial-tenure being turned to little more than wobbly jelly in just one night, the Conservative chatter has began to focus on the health of the Party itself.

For a few moments as I glanced upon one of the latest articles to outline some angle upon the need for change, I found myself hopeful that this consistent run of electoral shocks might now at last be about to hit the right spot.

Regrettably, my momentary lapse of reason disappeared as I realised almost instantly that the Party continues to perceive its problems to be completely outside of itself and with the way it communicates with others, rather than being anything intrinsic, or even slightly in-between.

It’s not to say that the thoughts of prominent Conservative Politicians such as Bernard Jenkin and Robert Halfon don’t make sense, because the symptomatic problems they identify are certainly there. However, as has been the case both Nationally and Locally for a very long time, decision making within the whole Party has and is being made without any relationship to core conservative values, leaving both policy and approach with an identity crisis which far too many seem unable to understand.

That is why no message – no matter its medium of delivery – is going to genuinely captivate a wider audience of any age or demographic, if Conservative Party Politicians and the Party itself continue to exhibit and practice a belief system which is increasingly focused upon the self .

Until this week, Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour had done a very good job of doing the exact opposite – arguably to a point where in a post-General-Election-panic, the Tories have been trying to mimic them without even hesitating to ask themselves why.

Convincing as this few week period of a new compassionate politics was, the cat was well and truly let out of the bag when senior shadow frontbenchers came clean publically to reveal that Labour’s electioneering ‘promise’ of ending student tuition fees was only ever an ‘ambition’ after all.

We can only begin to imagine what that revelation might have now meant when applied to any or indeed all of Labour’s Manifesto ‘commitments’, had those voters who had trusted this now debunked document been sufficient in number to see Mr Corbyn now resident in No. 10.

Possessing the front to tell such whoppers in order to secure a majority in any election should not even be an aspiration of a Political Party which will take its role in government seriously when called upon to represent the interests of ALL voters with equanimity, let alone one that could even come close to gaining that considerable trust.

Sadly, the common ground which all of our Political Parties share seldom touches on the provision and creation of policy itself and they are today all too alike, for all of the wrong reasons. This would almost certainly no longer be the case the very minute that the political direction of any significant part of these groups were focused upon a cause which were genuinely focused beyond their own electability.

The clear differentiation between a Conservative Party motivated to deliver and take responsibility in every way that it can without prioritising its own electoral prospects before non-newsworthy need, and an apparently resurgent Labour Party focused only on attributing blame on anyone who doesn’t share their views and inspiring generations of young people to do exactly the same, would be striking.

But gaining and maintaining power for nothing more than the sake of having power itself is the position which the Conservative Government has reached, just like many of the Councils the Party and its Local Associations ‘control’ right across the Country.

Until conservatives with decision making responsibility can once again accept and exhibit the behavioral responsibility they could and should reasonably be expected to have to others once elected, and take difficult decisions outside of their comfort zone as well as those that feel expedient or easy, nobody within or supporting the Conservative Party is going to find it simple to inspire or engage others at grassroots level and on the doorsteps, irrespective of what the message or method of delivery the Party marketing machine might employ.

The precarious nature of the Prime Minister’s ‘working majority’ today should bring no happiness to anyone on any political side, as the implications tomorrow may prove to be particularly far reaching for us all. Yet the increasingly game-like nature of government and the crowd-pleasing nature of politicians of all sides leaves the serious side of governance in this Country being extremely weak within an increasingly fragile world where real strength would serve us all very well.

If elected Conservatives really want to make, live and evangelise change that will deliver something genuinely better for all people, whilst inspiring the whole electorate by giving them something truly conservative to vote for, they must all ‘dare to be different’, rather than continue to live and propagate the lives of the caricatures that the majority of the people outside of the Westminster bubble really do today see and believe them to be.

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