ON THE Blackpool Gasjet comments you will often see a commenter named fib-dem who posts banal anti-Conservative slogans on every topic, however relevant to the subject matter the comment is. “Same old stories, you can’t trust the Tories” and “Welcome to Planet Cameron” can often be observed and are regularly given the thumbs-down by other commenters on the new Gasjet commenting system.
The thing is, though, the views of fib-dem are starting to represent not just the views of the opponents of the Conservative Party but also those who backed them in the 2010 general election. Today, the Telegraph are running a story that confirms this, stating that according to the Tories’ own research – by Lord Ashcroft, no less – voters who backed the blue team in 2010 are turning away from the party and in particular Call Me Dave.
I had a family gathering on Wednesday night and being the exciting bunch we are we brought up the subject of Cameron. As a family with a history of self employment and no public sector, state dependant aspects it should be true that the traditional meritocratic values encompassed by true Conservative ideology are those that gain support from us.
What actually happened was that Cameron was dismissed as “a waste of space” by everyone with respect to his reign as Prime Minister, with everyone stating that they would either not vote or vote for a no-hoper like UKIP.
Cameron has done a couple of good things: the academies programme for schools is good and so are the pension reforms within the public sector. I know Labour don’t think the latter is good (even though they themselves would do it), but remember this is written by someone whose politics lean to the right.
However there’s an overwhelming about of bad, including;
- Promised EU referendum but refused to give one once elected
- Stupid, out of touch taxes – pasty tax, caravan tax, pensioners tax, charity tax
- No action on fuel duty
- No action on tax havens and tax dodging by individuals and companies
- No action on bankers and bonuses
- Tough action on Big Six utility firms is a press release telling people to use less energy if they want lower bills
- Tax cut for his rich champagne guzzling mates, tax rises and inflation for the poor
- Still printing more money which banks are stashing, not lending
- Guilty by association with dodgy phone hacking media moguls
- U-turns breed lack of confidence
- Olympics security balls up and arrangements for multinational sponsors to pay no tax
Cameron is neither representative of grass roots Tories nor people in general. In 2010, people voted Tory, not Cameron, whereas in 1997 people would have voted Blair regardless of the party he led.
Tories are burdened with a stereotype that they are all top hat and tails toffs who live in an ivory tower and are members of an old boys club. It’s a stupid stereotype, but one exploited (sometimes unsuccessfully) by opposition parties. Unfortunately David Cameron and George Osborne fit that stereotype, and are not helping themselves by firing tax hikes down to the poor whilst they and their cronies are perceived to be avoiding paying any.
Originally the wealth of MPs was important because it was believed that it offered a resistance to outside influence, for example bribes. It’s no surprise then that many leading politicials, regardless of party, are millionaires. Miliband is, Balls is, Clegg is, Harman is, and so on. Even Lord John Prescott probably is by now, and the only interesting things he did were punching a member of the public and knocking off his secretary (in his grace and favour apartment, no less).
Dave and George are of course millionaires, too.
Now, I am not saying this doesn’t apply to any of the Labour lot but the main problem with Cameron and Osborne is not that their bank account has a larger number at the bottom of it than mine, but that they are from a privileged elite who have never had to live amongst the great unwashed. Because of this, they look out of touch, they act out of touch, their policies are out of touch and they don’t seem to give a toss.
This year’s budget of U-turns gives the impression that George Osborne is cluelessly tinkering in real-time with the national spreadsheet:
George: “Hmm, Dave, what happens if we change this …chocks away old boy!”
Dave: “Quick, George, the peasants are revolting! Change it back!”
This amateurish, blasé management indicates a total lack of confidence in their own policies and a total lack of leadership. Not only that, it shows that rather than coming up with innovative measures to stimulate the economy – a topic of primary importance for all voters – Cameron and Osborne would rather meddle with triviality, like debating whether a pasty that has been cooked but allowed to cool constitutes hot food.
For their entire lives, Osborne and Cameron have been segregated from the hoi polloi and have associated only with aristocratic Eton alumni. In part due to wealth, neither has ever had a real job. How do you identify with people like that? We can’t empathise with them, and they can’t empathise with us. Does Cameron deserve to be Prime Minister?
In the feudal system the rulers fought with the footsoldiers. Even going back to classical times they did. This created unbreakable respect, camaraderie and support for the ruler regardless of his or her policy. But in 2012 Britain we are ruled by two buffoons who are unaffected by any of the actions they take, have never lived as one of us, are not making sacrifices with us, and never will. They claim ‘we are all in this together’, but they don’t eat pasties, they don’t own caravans, they don’t baulk at the cost of fuel at petrol stations, they don’t think twice about how much their gas bill is, etcetera.
As fib-dem says so often on the Gasjet, it is as if David Cameron does live on a planet all of his own.
You might say this applies to all Tory MPs. Many were, like many Labour and Liberal Democrats, born into incredible wealth, went to a fee paying school and then Oxbridge, but this did not stop them getting proper jobs and conducting a normal lifestyle. Yes, they might have had a bigger house or a bigger car, but their lifestyle was that of a person who got up every day for work and had to associate with and accept as colleagues people from different backgrounds. Cameron and Osborne have never had to do this, and unlike Labour they still don’t because most Tory MPs are from privileged backgrounds.
Some people say Tony Blair was little different from these boys. No, he’s not descended from royalty like Call Me Dave (although many Labour voters thought he was descended from a higher being), but he still went to a fee paying private school and then Oxford university. Blair was never part of the elite, though. He was a bright kid that got into Oxford but he really wanted to be a rock musician. He left university with a second class degree and got a proper job as a barrister.
Tony Blair could identify with people, and vice-versa.
David Cameron says he identifies with people, but nobody believes him.
It’s too late for Dave, he’s had his chance at driving HMS Britain but he’s wrecked it like Captain Schettino. He should now either call that EU referendum or start preparing to watch Miliband and Balls run the country into the ground in 2015.
It is no wonder Tory voters can’t say, “…but I don’t support Cameron” fast enough.