In light of the ideological and political bankruptcy of Conservatism, Inc., maybe Republican politicians would be better off just copying Boris Johnson and the Tories for now?
“An influential group of Conservative Parliamentarians are set to publish a new book with a long term vision on how the party should adopt “common sense solutions” to crime, immigration and the culture wars.
Among the policies proposed are the break up of the BBC, taking on the internet giants, scrapping the Supreme Court, defeating woke-ism, ending hate speech laws, tackling immigration and supporting marriage and the family. The book by the Common Sense Group founded by former minister Sir John Hayes which has more than 60 MPs and peers says the Tories need to be the party fighting for British values.
The group has already made headlines with its successful campaign to have the Union Jack flying from public buildings and taking on attempts by “woke” executives at charities like the National Trust to “denigrate British history” including Winston Churchill.
In its preface to the book, the group has stated: “The business of politics is values – it’s about place, purpose and pride. The Battle for Britain has begun, it must be won by those who, inspired by the people’s will, stand for the common good in the national interest.”
The book also aims at providing a blueprint to help keep the former red wall seats blue.
Rother Valley MP Alex Stafford said: ‘We, as the Common Sense Group, believe that the Conservative Party has the opportunity to adopt a political philosophy which will keep the North and the Midlands blue for decades to come.’
“By opposing unpatriotic political correctness, conserving British institutions, and reversing the diminution of our country’s stature and history, we can end the culture war and in doing so defend British values and our way of life.”
“If we remain true to the voters who put us in power and stand by social conservatism, the Conservative Party will be the cornerstone of the Blue Wall for many years to come.”
Each chapter has been written by a different MP or peer and tackles a range of challenges ahead.
Sir John wrote: “‘The Conservative party must look to its past, to the tory tradition and Disraelian ideal of ‘one nation; if it is to develop a policy platform that can inspire the electorate. Winning the culture war is vital to such a national rebirth.” …”
These ideas would be an improvement.
I should add here that the bar is extremely low. There is definitely much to gain in embracing the “rise of far right domestic extremism,” i.e., working class populism. It appears that their recent political success that has followed their embrace of populist and nationalist causes like BREXIT has made them more receptive to our agenda. Who knew that doing what people want would be popular?
The Tories have spent most of the past twenty years relentlessly fighting against people who wanted to do things like securing the border or getting rid of political correctness or deporting Muslim sex criminals who groomed young English girls or getting out of the European Union. Don’t even get me started on Theresa May who as Home Secretary personally banned several of my friends from entering the UK. They banned Americans from Britain who are so Anglophile that they regret the American Revolution and the demise of the British Empire while allowing “The Jihadis Next Door” to settle in London.
Tony Blair is now saying that Wokeism is destroying the Labour Party because it has alienated socially conservative, center-left White working class voters. It is happening all over the world.
“The challenge facing Britain’s Labour and Liberal Democrat parties cannot be overstated. Political parties have no divine right to exist and progressive parties of the centre and centre left are facing marginalisation, even extinction, across the Western world. Where is the French Socialist Party of François Mitterrand or the German SPD of Willy Brandt? And dominant national parties can very quickly become small fringe parties under the hammer blows of poor leadership and social and economic change. Look at the Liberal Party of Asquith and Lloyd George, reduced from 397 to 43 seats in just 18 years in the early 20th century.
Joe Biden’s victory in the United States apart, progressive politics across the globe is badly placed: four election defeats for the UK Labour Party and no one betting against a fifth; the German SPD placed behind a moderate Green Party; the French Socialists, who won the presidency in 2012, now polling at 11 per cent; the Italian left imploded and divided; the Spanish and Swedish socialists hanging on to power, but way below their earlier levels of support.
And truth be told, no sensible Democrat or democrat should overplay the Biden victory. He won against an incumbent like no other, considered by centre-ground voters to be uniquely strange and unacceptable in his behaviour. …
The result is that today progressive politics has an old-fashioned economic message of Big State, tax and spend which, other than the spending part (which the right can do anyway), is not particularly attractive. This is combined with a new-fashioned social/cultural message around extreme identity and anti-police politics which, for large swathes of people, is voter-repellent. “Defund the police” may be the left’s most damaging political slogan since “the dictatorship of the proletariat”. It leaves the right with an economic message which seems more practical, and a powerful cultural message around defending flag, family and fireside traditional values. To top it off, the right evinces a pride in their nation, while parts of the left seem embarrassed by the very notion. …
The right knows they’re on to something on these cultural issues. They are revelling in it and setting traps for the left all over the field, which the left is falling into one by one. (Or not. A key moment for Biden was when he comprehensively disowned “defund the police”, while backing police reform.)
Keeping your head down isn’t a strategy. There is a big culture battle going on. Progressive folk tend to wince at terms such as “woke” and “political correctness”, but the normal public knows exactly what they mean. And the battle is being fought on ground defined by the right because sensible progressives don’t want to be on the field at all. The consequence of this is that the “radical” progressives, who are quite happy to fight on that ground, carry the progressive standard. The fact that it ensures continued right-wing victory doesn’t deter them at all. On the contrary, it gives them a heightened sense of righteousness, like political kamikaze. …
At present, Labour expresses perfectly the progressive dilemma. Corbyn was radical but not sensible. Keir seems sensible but not radical. He lacks a compelling economic message. And the cultural message, because he is not clarifying it, is being defined by the “woke” left, whose every statement gets cut-through courtesy of the right. Equally, “spend more” is a weak slogan when the Tory government is already spending around record levels. And the inheritance from the 2019 Labour manifesto – a £1trn programme – is a huge albatross, accompanied by the usual misguided argument from the left that the individual items poll well (they always do, but it’s their cumulative effect which is deadly). …”
Tony Blair doesn’t have any confidence in woke progressivism.
Blair shares our assessment that progressives have skated out onto thin cultural ice and that conservatives have been pulling their punches and defeating themselves to cater to the suburban moderates. In the United States, the mainstream Right lacks an economic message and has been way to soft on cultural issues. Trump has a cult following because he wasn’t as inhibited as these people.