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The Post-Cameron Future of The Tories

10th December 2014 | Politics

The Post-Cameron Future of The Tories

 

The blonde bimbo or the tough nanny, Tories will have to soon decide between Boris Johnson and Theresa May as the next Conservative party leader. Recent polling indicates Theresa May has 29% of support, her nearest competition being Boris on 18%. There may be other candidates, George Osbourne has a solid platform to run off having steered the UK from economic collapse, but he lacks the leadership ability and the likability to win over the party.

 

Boris is a funny guy. He brings a breath of fresh air to a political world that finds itself disconnected from the average person on the street. As Mayor of London his power share is enough to make him relevant and yet not enough to worry people. I am worried with allowing Boris to become PM. His bubbly personality is a vote getter and his far-right ideals are likely to please a party that feels Cameron may have taken it too far towards the centre. This is a recipe for a man who may not have the credentials to run this country becoming PM based on image and persona. A part of me would love to see Boris trip over the steps to No 10, but the consequences of such a vote could potentially be disastrous.

 

Then you have the Anti-Boris, Theresa May. Frankly, I don’t think Theresa May has the charisma or likability to win the leadership, but thats not why I deplore her. The job she’s done as Home secretary has not only destroyed her popularity in the public sector, but has seen her act against the law and be found guilty of contempt. Her backing of the European Arrest Warrant recently amplifies the notion that she is extremely out of…

Autumn Statement - Osbourne gets Tories off the ropes.

4th December 2014 | Politics

Autumn Statement - Osbourne gets Tories off the ropes.

 

George Osbourne stood in the Commons knowing the Tories needed a boost in the polls, and they needed it bad. For all the talk of crisis in the Labour party, most polls had them leading by 1 or 2 points. Osbourne knew this was the last chance to swing voters before the TV debates and with the Conservatives knowing they had to have more votes then they did in 2010 to win, he had to deliver.

 

His headline proposal was a Stamp Duty reform; the tax which you pay when purchasing a house. The idea is to make the tax more progressive, taxing the smaller houses less than the big ones. On the surface it’s not a policy that gets people out their seats but it’s going to get undecided voters in the working and middle classes who want to get on the housing ladder consider swinging to the Conservatives. In a way, this reform is the Tory-version of Labours proposed mansion tax, but it seems to have gone down well with voters as the Tories went from a point down to a point up over Labour after the proposal was announced according to YouGov polls.

 

The way the Tories have framed this reform it is isn’t viewed as aggressively Socialist as the Mansion Tax but still hopes to get working class support, and whether you see it as a giveaway budget or not, it may well be the boost they needed.

 

Lance has his own politics blog. For more from the world of politics, visit http://politicalstreet.wordpress.com/.

The Difference Between Not Voting And Not Caring.

4th December 2014 | Politics

The Difference Between Not Voting And Not Caring.

 

Another box should be added to the ballot paper in May 2015. No, I’m not talking about a political party, this is something much more meaningful and in a way would be a game-changer in the political world. A non-voter box. It seems unnecessary at first thought, why should we care about those who refuse to vote? Because they’re not all the same. Unfortunately, there is a stereotype about not voting, as if it means you don’t care for politics. However, there are two kinds of non-voters, there are those who go about their lives uninterested in politics and then there are those like myself, who feel passionately about politics but at this moment don’t feel they are represented by any of the parties or have any trust in them either. Politicians have for far too long categorised people non-voters as being people who won’t listen to them because they don’t care enough. This view has to change.

 

Once we get a non-voter box we can finally see the difference between those who care and those who do not. We can finally find out roughly how many people out of the 35% that don’t vote are willing to vote if things change. It may seem a small step to changing the system, but its a realistic proposal that could change politics for the better. Those who turn up to the polling station should be given a non-voter box, not only to show that they care about politics, but to distinguish between themselves and those who don’t.

 

Lance has his own politics blog. For more from the world of politics, visit http://politicalstreet.wordpress.com/.