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The bravado shown by Comrade Corbyn at the recent Labour Party conference shows that Labour believes that it can win the next election. The show they put on was so persuasive that Corbyn is the bookies favourite to be next PM.
The problem with this situation is clear; socialism doesn’t work, and inflicting a hard-core socialist government on the UK will wreak havoc on our country. Never mind Brexit, the biggest threat facing the UK economy is Jeremy Corbyn, as the Labour party admitted itself.
Corbyn has his agenda, it’s been his story for the last 30 years and he’s sticking to it. He wants to test out his ideology on the British economy, theories that have never worked anywhere else in the world. But might they just work here? I doubt it very much. Corbyn is gaining traction with his attack on ‘greedy’ capitalists, offering free money to those who will vote for him, nationalisation of monopolies, and rent controls among other things. ‘For the many, not the few’ should really read ‘To the many from the few’.
If Corbyn does become the next PM, look to blame the Conservatives who were asleep on watch, and squandered the high ground through inept, blind politics.
In America, Donald Trump won the election, not just because he ran a brilliant campaign, but also because Hillary was such a terrible candidate.
Had Corbyn’s equal, Bernie Sanders, been the Democrat candidate, we would now have a lifelong socialist in the White House. Asked to choose between a narcissistic alpha-male patriarch, or a woman who openly hated men and the working class she was supposed to represent, the tax-paying, God-fearing middle-class Americans rejected all that was bad about the crony political system and voted for anything else.
What have the Tories learned from the US election? About as much as the Democrats learned from Brexit. They have failed to counter Corbyn’s appeal with sensible policies of their own, instead adopting Labour’s socialist agenda, moving increasingly further to the left.
They have failed to understand and put right the entrenched problems in capitalism (monopoly and oligopoly positions created and sustained by government), and their increasing socialist agenda, which have allowed a hardline socialist to become leader of the opposition party.
Ten years after the global financial crisis, ordinary households are still treading water economically as their wages stagnate and their saving erode thanks to government economic policy.
Politics isn’t very hard, but politicians make such a meal if it. So keen to be liked, they put the important things to one side. The people want the free market, but the so-called conservative government won’t give it to them. Conservative values make sense because Conservatism works, and allows people to make for themselves. It is almost unthinkable that a socialist could beat the free market in the 21st century, and yet here we are. One major issue is the lack of admission of anything being wrong with those elements of society which everybody knows are crony. The Tories could do the right thing. But they won’t dob their banker, CEO and high-ranking civil service mates in. It’s like the EU; a gravy train. So they will stand by smiling as a communist takes the stage.
The Tories seem to think that empty rhetoric is enough, that saying ‘strong and stable’ is enough, that pointing out the flaws of your opposition is enough. It’s not enough. If they are going to win the next election, they need to wake up and start thinking and acting like conservatives and doing what they know they must. If they don’t, they will find the Tory brand of soft-socialism soundly thrashed by Corbyn’s Marxism.
What British politics needs is a truly Conservative party on the right to counter Corbyn’s socialist party on the left.
What this means in practice is:
- A sense of pride in Britain and British values and traditions, including the Church of England, Christian culture, proper free market capitalism (not the Crony type we currently enjoy), the big society idea where individuals are part of the solution to other peoples’ problems – rather than everything being outsourced to the government, and where protection of the realm against insurgent Islamists is afforded top priority. New treason laws punishable by deportation, or life imprisonment without parole sounds like a good place to start. Share our values? Get on board, you are very welcome. Seek to destroy our values and disrupt our welcoming, liberal democracy? Then you will be excluded permanently. We fought hard for our freedoms, and they’ve matter to us. If you don’t like them, please leave.
- Small government – admitting one’s own failings is hard to do, but Tory politicians must accept that unless they start doing what is right for the country, and not just what is right for themselves, they will be out of a job very soon. Reducing government is the only way that power can be repatriated to the individual. When the individual has power, monopoly can rarely exist. Monopoly is almost always a result of special government privilege. Reducing government power is a conservative value. If you call yourself a conservative and yet you support higher taxation and more government, you are not a conservative at all, but a socialist.
- Hard Brexit (as opposed to Soft Brexit which means not leaving the EU). Leave the EU. Seek access to the single market, but prepare for the potential that this won’t be available. Basically, have a plan B, or Britain will get totally shafted by the EU.
- Free market capitalism. Government does have a role to play in the UK; to defend the realm, maintain law and order, to adjudicate disputes, to provide a safety blanket for those in genuine distress and to let the free market work. Anywhere a business or service is a natural monopoly, this should be run by the government and put under intense scrutiny. Private monopoly is the very worst kind as our water companies continually show us. We should nationalise all monopoly businesses. Water, BT openreach, trains and rolling stock, roads (including M6 toll) etc. These essential services are paid for by the people and the returns should be reinvested for the public benefit.
- Money. The money system needs reform. Banks will no longer enjoy risk free privilege. This is called the free market. If banks go bust, they go bust. Finished. The government needs to protect assets which matter to the basic functioning of society; household mortgages, private loans on car purchases etc – anything which stops the world from working is backed by the government in the event of a bank failure, but investments over £80,000? At risk. The government should draw up these contingency plans for the next time this happens. It will happen again. Banks must understand that they are now on their own. If you invest in a bank, you accept you are operating in the free market, you will be responsible for the debts of the bank just as much as you benefit from its gains.
- Free up more land for housebuilding, and stop meddling in the housing market (help to buy, right to buy, funding for lending etc). The housing market is a mess because of the government. National government policy on immigration and the lack of available land to build and zero interest rate policies have caused prices to rocket. Make land available and there’s no reason the private house builders can’t supply the market with what it needs. As house prices rise the market will naturally want to supply more houses, the added supply reduces prices. It’s called price signalling and it works very well. London needs more houses than anywhere else in the UK, and vast swathes of brownfield sites should be made available for development.
- The Bank of England needs to mind its own business. It is way too big for its boots. After the banks blew up the global economy, the Bank of England saved their bacon. Ten years later the debt remains, the reckless bankers still have their property portfolios, and the Bank of England continues to inflate the debt away and erode public savings and salaries. Permanently low interest rates encourage higher borrowing, which pushes house prices up even further. Allowing a free market in money would be a good place to start, rather than a government monopoly on money.
- Sort out Tax. Tax is too complicated. Implement a flat % tax across the board. Corporations, individuals (whether employed or self-employed) would pay the same % tax on goods and services sold in this country. The government would have to cut its size to suit the tax revenues it collects. No extra borrowing. All the millions of people involved in tax fiddling, not to mention HMRC, can go and do something useful with their lives. The lower tax rate would bring in the brightest and best from abroad, prices would fall, including the cost of hiring individuals, making us more competitive globally.
Post Brexit, all of this could be a reality for Britain once freed from EU socialist law.
To carry out these kinds of changes, to move in the direction of a truly Conservative government, will take a leader who cares most about freedom, democracy, and the rule of law. Ideally someone of equivalent standing on the right to balance Corbyn’s position on the left.
If you don’t believe what I’ve written above, consider this. The Brexit vote was a vote by true conservatives – on both the right and left – voting against the EU socialist superstate, and the socialism endemic in British politics.
Conservatives have been forgotten and misrepresented for so long that when they finally had a chance to air their opinions, the political classes were astonished. They still can’t believe it happened. As a Conservative, I was not at all surprised.
Brexiteers are a majority of the population, and surprise surprise, they are conservative. Isn’t it about time the Tories woke up and started representing the conservative values that this country so badly needs, and so clearly wants.
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