The Conservatives have been in power for the first time since John Major was emphatically deposed as Prime Minister in 1997 by the insurgent force of ‘New Labour’ lead by Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
They formed a coalition with the Liberal Democrats. How has that been for the Conservatives? I’d say it’s gone pretty well. They may have been somewhat restricted at times and failed on some of their manifesto promises as a result but, in general, they have got the credit for the good things.
In a slightly paradoxical state of affairs, the Conservatives have not received the popularity you would expect of a government that has got a record number of people in work and has received international acclaim for their economic policies; the UK was the fastest growing major economy in 2014.
Opinion polls still show Labour has a slight lead. Why? It’s because the Tories have undergone a programme of austerity during their time in government and, as shown in Greece, people don’t like it.
Did you know they claim to have a long-term economic plan – more cuts – which will lead to the UK having a budget surplus by the 2020? Hooray for the decimation of vital public services. At least we won’t have an income tax increase though.
A high point for Dave was passing legislation to legalise gay marriage. A truly historic moment. However, a top-down reorganisation of our beloved and untouchable NHS has proved to be a ‘courageous’ move. In political terms, it’s suicidal.
Big constitutional changes are on the table if they win in May. There’s the small matter of an in-out referendum on the EU and a proposal for English votes for English laws being proposed. Passing those laws will be Boris Johnson who will return to parliament in an ultra-safe Tory seat.
If you’re a pensioner, you’d be nothing short of a fool if you didn’t vote Conservative in the next election. The Tory hierarchy have been falling over themselves in offering our OAPs a ‘triple-lock’ on their state pension and ring-fencing all universal pensioner benefits.
Conservatives are doing a valiant job in trying to say that it’s not a cynical tactic to corner the area of the population with the highest voting turn-out. However, it might just win them the election or at least give them enough seats to form some sort of government.