When Conservatives are Conservatives, UKIP gets nowhere

Election Reflections from Councillor Keith Barrow, Re-elected Leader of Shropshire Council

The votes have been cast, they have been counted and it’s time to take stock and analyse the results. The first thing to recognise is that we appear to have bucked the National trend by returning 48 Conservative Councillors out of a total of 74. Labour have gained two seats while the Liberal Democrats have lost two. UKIP did not win a seat but still polled a good number of votes. Five Independents won with two having been Conservative Party members in the past. We started with 51 Councillors so in reality we only managed to lose one division. The UKIP threat failed to influence the final result but I believe that most of the votes they won came from Conservatives. The UKIP candidate who stood against me was 82 years old, didn’t put out any literature or knock on a single door yet still managed to get 175 votes!
When reading this a number of you will probably be thinking that its no surprise that a County like Shropshire returns a big Conservative majority as it is obviously a rock solid blue area. You would be wrong. In 2001 Owen Paterson was the only Conservative MP in the County and we didn’t control any of the Councils. On Oswestry Borough Council, where I live, we only had four Conservative Councillors out of twenty nine!
In my blog post before the election I said ‘How do I think we will do? I’ve been in politics long enough not to take anything for granted, but I am confident that we will return a Conservative majority even though it might be slightly smaller than in 2009′ and that has turned out to be a pretty accurate forecast. Why do I think we have done so well? A group of hardworking Councillors has been essential but I believe that delivering a traditional Conservative agenda has been the real secret of our success. We froze Council Tax for four years and reduced it by 4.4% in two areas as we equalised tax across Shropshire. We got rid of all the high paid staff including our Chief Executive who salary was £180,000. Add National Insurance and pension contributions and he cost us over £220,000! We stopped paying Senior Officers huge salaries and slimmed down their numbers. We did not replace the Chief Executive and now the most Senior and highest paid officer earns £99,000. We have put together a great management team who are committed to delivering for Shropshire and have proved that money doesn’t have to be the main attraction of the job. The bins are emptied, the pot holes are filled and the last snow fall was dealt with brilliantly. In my opinion if you get those thing right then you will have a reasonably satisfied electorate.
All this has been achieved alongside saving £85 million over the same period. We achieved this with no reduction in service delivery or quality. Over the last four years I have spoken at dozens of public meeting across the whole of Shropshire and always finish by asking for anyone who has noticed any change in the service provided by Shropshire Council to raise their hand. Not one hand has been raised.
Nationally I think we have a real problem. The feedback on the doorstep was very clear with most of the issues being linked. Give us a Referendum on Europe now, sort out immigration, cut taxes to get the economy going and stop wasting Parliamentary time on issues like gay marriage. I have no doubt that National issues have caused the losses that we have seen across the country and I urge the Party to start delivering the strong Conservative leadership that the public are crying out for.

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COMMENT –  The Conservative Party could pull Britain out of Europe. Policy is set by the leader. IDS stopped the Hague Euro policy (2001: Save the Pound for one Parliament), a stance which has never been changed since. Cameron OTOH has signed us into Europe, while lying through his teeth on every occasion.  We are now very vulnerable.

If Owen Paterson became Party leader, it would be IDS territory all over again. It’s great fun to rant and rave at the unfairness of the system, but in the end of the day, the system is what we’ve got. By persuading people to abandon it, and to attack it, in most cases justifiably, the europhiles will win.

Much as we hate the notion, we have to try again, whenever we get an opportunity.

Farage has said he’ll cooperate with a new Conservative leader, if Cameron goes. He knows the score. He can’t actually deliver the programme, but he can engineer the circumstances whereby the Conservatives are forced to elect a eurosceptic leader.  That’s what UKIP strategy should be, and as far as one can tell, is.

Wise Conservatives like Keith barrow can see the need to change the leader.  It should be done well before the next election, maybe after the coming European elections could see a UKIP outright win.

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7 Responses to “When Conservatives are Conservatives, UKIP gets nowhere”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Tap, Was Nigel Evans from Shropshire, another friend of ‘Thatcher the milk snatcher,
    ‘, has been caught with his pants around a young boy.
    How come all her friends are just coming into view, then into Court.
    Tap, we could do with all her pictures on the blog, then we would know who’s next for Court.
    She had some strange female friends as well.
    Who will be the Next deputy speaker in the Commons.

  2. Anonymous says:

    you should be concerned about UKIP coz people are sick of the status quo of secrets, lies, cover ups, pedophiles, wars, chemtrails, kidnappinig, corruption, power crazy muppets who are controlled by Zionist bankers. Thats just for starters not to even mention the economic strife that majority of us are in because idiot Tories only look out for themselves and their rich buddies like Murdoch among others. so rightly or wrongly we need a change. oh and europe dooooh costing us a freaking fortune while people are starving and losing their homes.

  3. Tapestry says:

    The Conservative Party could pull Britain out of Europe. Policy isset by the leader. IDS stopped the Euro, which has never been changed since, for example. Cameron has signed us into Europe, while lying through his teeth on every occasion.

    If Owen Paterson became Party leader, it would be IDS territory all over again. It’s great fun to rant and rave at the unfairness of the system, but in the end of the day, it’s what we’ve got. By persuading people to abandon it, and to attack it, in most cases justifiably, they actually win.

    Much as we hate the notion, we have t to try again.

    Farage has said he’ll cooperate with a new leader, if Cameron goes. He knows the score. He can’t actually deliver the programme, but he can engineer the circumstances whereby the Conservatives are forced to elect a eurosceptic leader, or be finally decimated.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Nigel Farage is still a ‘friend of Israel’ and will still answer to them if he get’s an ounce of power. The Lib/Lab/Con are ‘friends of Israel’ too.

    Thank God somebody has seen some modicum of sense:

    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/05/04/301815/church-questions-israel-existence/

    Of course Israel owns about 90+ percent of the world’s MSM so that’s we never get to hear the real truth.

    Dumbing down the populace comes to mind.

  5. Tapestry says:

    Politics is 90% controlled, but that leaves 10%. If you only have 10% try to make it into 11%.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Tap.

    You are very much the ‘glass is half full’.

    Bless the optimist… not the realist.

    Take care. x

  7. Tapestry says:

    If you prefer to just roll over and die, go ahead. There might be something we can do if we work together. The rulers have to rule through us to suppress us. Why are we complying at every turn? Ignorance. Help more people to realise what is going on, and the more we can do. The political system is no different to all other systems. It’s worth doing whatever can be done.

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