- Monday 4th October 2021, 9:45pm [Edited]
- The Sussex Coast, England
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Quote: chipolata @ 4th October 2021, 1:45 PM
I'm guessing you're largely basing this on some of the Tories Covid policies, namely furlough and the recent tax hikes announced. How do you think a true centre-right party should have dealt with Covid?
That, as a wise man once said, is an ecumenical matter...
I'm not quite sure how my pointing out that the current governing party has a centre-left position led to me being asked to come up with some hypothetical policy for some hypothetical centre-right party. It would be for that centre-right party, if there were such an animal, to come up with their policies for themselves. But most certainly the current Conservative Party is not that party.
As you rightly suggest yourself, there is all the money that the treasury has given away over the past 18 months and the recently imposed tax rises. In addition there is the ongoing unnecessary excessive public expenditure (eg HS2), their pledge to mobilise £12 billion to achieve carbon-neutrality by 2050, the breakdown in law and order but their disinclination to do anything about it and their continued support for those who are overseeing it.
None of these are the policies of a true Conservative government.
Did you not wonder at the lack of opposition to Tory policies by the Labour Party? That is because there is no difference between the two parties. Why do you think so many Labour supporters were comfortable with voting Conservative at the last election?
And then there is their leader's un-conservative attitude to the sanctity of marriage and family life and his support for centre-left causes in general.
Back in 2003, when MP for Henley, Johnson was one of a few Conservative MPs who rebelled against Conservative Party policy and voted with Labour for an end to the Thatcherite ban on teaching about homosexuality in state schools. As London mayor, he marched in several Pride parades and, as foreign secretary, he reversed a ban on rainbow flags at British embassies.
In 2010, as Mayor of London, Johnson told PinkNews that he supported gay marriage and was hoping to be mayor again for Worldpride in 2012 when it was to be held in London. Peter Tatchell said at the time, " I'm very pleased. He said 'why not?' I'm sure his support will add to the pressure to marriage equality." And, more recently, Chief Whip, Mark Spencer, said that Christian teachers who said they were opposed to same-sex marriage should be subject to 'Extremism Disruption Orders', which were introduced by David Cameron and Theresa May (as Home Secretary) specifically to tackle radicalisation by jihadists.
I proffer no opinions as to whether any of these attitudes and actions are a good thing or a bad thing. Merely to point out that they are most certainly not the actions of a right wing politician or a right wing party.
And my point is that, in order to have a robust and functioning democracy, the electorate of this country needs to be given a choice. Not to have the two, three or even four main parties all with the same ideals.