The Tories have extinguished their nasty party reputation and are slowly, but stably returning to become the natural party of government.
The London Mayor Election is on May 6th and the Local Elections on May 6th. I toyed with voting Labour given Boris is such a buffoon and a backstabber at that. I would certainly prefer Keir Starmer as Prime Minister than Boris - he’s a lot more competent and electable. But it’s his party that gets him down with all their in-fighting and crypto-Cobynistic-Communistic claptrap and he doesn't have a clear vision for the country. As it stands, I’m sticking with the Conservatives - I am a fully paid-up member after all.
They’ve been in power more times and longer than any party in the western world. They are the natural, stable party of government - it was only Thatcher that gave them their “nasty party” reputation. They believe in tough love and that people should earn their keep, not automatically get it.
And a lot of the flack they receive has been around their welfare reforms and caps on benefits. Do people forget that Iain Duncan-Smith said “disabled people are exempted from the cap”? The Tories don’t want to snatch away benefits, they want to make sure the people who really need it get it. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with encouraging people into work - it shouldn’t be worth staying on benefits if you’re better off working.
I’m not saying the Tories are saints. I can’t stand Boris as much as the next person and their handling of this crisis could have been better and less over-optimistic. But, then again, could I do any better? If you want steady, sure, stable government, the Conservatives are your best bet. I just hope this crisis ends soon so they can get on with making the country a better place...