Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Problems With The Ambitious Tory Team


David Cameron's entrance into the Conservative party's Leadership contest in 2005 and his subsequent victory was very welcomed by many beyond the normal party lines. For a lot of people, it was the hope of an opportunity for change the Tory party.

Nearly five years into that hope, it is completely disappointing that the change was rather from black to grey making it even worse to know what the Conservatives now stand for.

What with the chameleonic approach to policy-making, a result of indecisiveness. In the past year alone, Mr. Cameron's team has remoulded their policies and fail promises persistently than a woman in a fashion store. From Europe to family tax break to public spending cut to all what – if – ever they have anything. While the above is a total disenchantment, it is also good because it helps the electorates fear what may become if the team is allowed to power.


Within the party itself, the level of rancour has grown continuously to the point of open disagreements with the party's most influential position at Greater London Authority. So far, the Mayor of London is at logger-head with the party's central power on issues very importance to the public.

Back at the Headquarter, the tussle between party and many of its local association can never be any sourer. From imposing prospective parliamentary candidates (PPC)to disagreeing on local council's directions, the Cameron team seem to be running a dictatorial type of leadership otherwise.

This reflects in the calm hush-hush state of the Shadow Chancellor George Osborne who seem very cold on his job. Mr. Osborne tend not to have an opinion or response to topics within his own office. From what we can see, it is obvious he is holding that position because of some pact but likely to lose it anytime without warning (to the public of course). And the Ashcroft's tax status last week confirms why things are like this.

From a certain viewpoint, there are a handful of cronies running the present Conservative with a Leader more interested in getting into No 10 Downing Street than the way he gets there. This machine only includes Ashcroft, Murdoch as the central financier and majority shareholders while Hague and Cameron are their public image. Kenneth Clarke is used as a stamp of experience while Ruth May remains the diversity showcase.

So far, the tremor rocking the heart of the Conservative party continues. It has been manifested in Davis Davis departure, MEPs Daniel Hannan now treading his own agenda, Edward McMillan-Scott defecting to LibDem and the fights against PPC's impositions.

These differences has included NHS, economic management and cuts, tax breaks, LGBT rights cum new European alliance, general taxing, digital Britain project, BBC & media policies, autonomity of local party associations; and the list continues.

This tremor can only hold so long. And this is the impatience the Cameron's team is struggling to control until the election is over. Whatever the result be, the earthquake proper will happen. And it will be time to begin again. The country still waits for a changed Conservative.

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