The glaring absence of any unifying, coherent philosophy was aptly reflected at the recent Tory conference in Manchester, where despite voters wanting to talk about the cost-of-living crisis, a broken NHS and spiralling immigration, Rishi Sunak instead lectured them about the need to ban smoking, reform A-levels, and scrap a high-speed train-line. He seemed to be living in some other galaxy.
Where there should be a passionate, compelling, coherent case for a new national conservatism, which could forge a new social contract and attract a new electoral coalition, there is instead a philosophically lightweight, empty, soulless technocracy which is completely adrift from its core voters and much of the rest of the country. Few things signal this more powerfully than resurrecting a former Tory leader whose liberal, Centrist Dad politics have already been comprehensively rejected by voters at the 2016 Brexit referendum. I mean, seriously.
And I think, lastly, the sacking of Suella Braverman tells us something else, too, something about the dire state of British politics more generally. This is not just about a single minister being sacked. Nope. It is about another outspoken renegade, another radical challenger, being purged from our politics and the public square. Think for a minute about all we have seen. Boris Johnson? Gone. Liz Truss? Gone. Suella Braverman? Gone. And none of it with a serious democratic mandate.
You do not have to agree with these politicians to think, like me, that the purging of alternative voices from our politics and national conversation —voices which have variously made the case for Brexit, reforming our broken economy, lowering immigration, reforming multiculturalism, and strengthening our national borders— is something we should all instinctively be worried about.
Whether on the right or left, it seems to me, at least, that we are increasingly incapable as a country to tolerate and discuss serious and sometimes radical alternatives to the elite liberal consensus which pervades Westminster and our ruling class.
TAP – the Political class is tearing itself apart – and has a shrinking power base. Tory support is already down by 70%. That’s why I’ve decided to stand for election next year as Police and Crime Commissioner for the Teds in the West Mercia region. Somehow we have to stand, face and turnaround the total collapse of England – our once excellent country. Becoming a Police and Crime Commissioner would be as good a place to start as any. The Party is standing in other areas – Essex, Lincolnshire and a few others. I’ll post when the time comes which areas have a vote for The Teds available. The elections are on Next May. Meantime I’ll be leafleting and making as many connections as I can.