Perhaps you expected a government that would make us part of Europe but not ruled by Europe? Maybe you were looking forward to the promised referendum on membership? If so then I’m afraid you were somewhat misled. In the last two years the conservatives have continued to adopt every EU regulation, recommendation and requirement offered. OK. I know there was one carefully stage managed theatrical ‘veto’ last year, but face it, that didn’t actually do anything. On the other hand the EU TEN-T transport initiative rolls on with its requirement for high speed rail 2 while the EU regional plans continue unabated having been hidden under the guise of Local Authority Leaders Boards. Every travel movement and use of energy is taxed in the name of EU carbon limits. All trading laws are mandated by the EU. Be honest with yourself - everything you thought might be resisted by the Conservatives has instead been welcomed by this government, even down to minor details like VAT on pasties.
Maybe you knew and accepted that public finances would be problematic? Nobody expected it would be a picnic after spendthrift snot-gobbler Brown wrecked the piggy bank, sold all the family silver and maxed out every credit card. Yet I’m sure you hoped that the government might do as it promised and reduce the size and cost of the state. Sorry, you were misled again, taxes have gone up, costs have gone up, duties have gone up - and so has government spending. Despite cuts in many important services and areas that we value and need the government continue to haemorrhage money as loans, gifts and subsidies to banks, to corporates, to the EU, and on themselves, their ego-projects and their cronies.
In view of the financial situation perhaps you hoped the government would follow the age-old adage that ‘charity begins at home’ and prioritise people in this country, possibly the less well off who are now spending, or have already spent their working lives, being responsible and valuable members of society. Sorry, this government doesn’t think like that. Better to give it to India for their space program or spend it on climate change propaganda programs in Africa. The sorts of so-called charity that I suspect most of us would dismiss as worthless self ego massaging.
It’s possible you had some expectations that a shiny new Conservative government in 2010 would cut down on the nannying and authoritarian control freakery of their predecessor, maybe even unwind some controls as promised, like the hunting ban? Once again, it hasn’t happened has it? They still throw truckloads of money at quangoes and fake charities like ASH, Alcohol Concern, Weight Concern, Stonewall and uncountable numbers of organisations concerned with Global warming fear-mongering. All these orgaisations then spend most of it on public propaganda and government lobbying to control your freedoms to live your life as you wish. That’s not charity!
To add insult to injury this government, more than any previous one, is very keen to take legal and regulatory action to not just suggest, or even nudge, but force you to behave as they deem correct. Tobacco taxes and bans, Alcohol pricing, salt control, sugar content control, NHS overweight treatment bans, plans to prohibit your desired home improvements unless you carry out their mandated ones, avoiding wearing a cross necklace. There are armies of top salaried people, forests worth of paper, and more regulation by the day to force you to behave and think in approved ways. How much more do you want?
But being Conservatives they would at least reduce red tape and give business a chance. Well, even that hasn’t worked very well. They have removed a few completely irrelevant statutes, one ancient one about dog walking caught my eye, that affected nobody, while at the same time loading business with rafts of new regulations on pensions, workers rights, transport management, carbon footprints and the like. Last year (during 2011) the coalition enacted 4,116 pieces of legislation (and here) all designed to control your life or someone’s business. Is that what you expected from Conservatism?
At least the Conservatives believed in personal liberty and would roll back the state intrusion and spying into our lives. After all they objected to Labour’s ID card scheme, DNA database and original Internet scrutiny scheme so could surely be trusted on this issue. Well, that doesn’t look so good either. They were one of the first EU members to sign up to ACTA, a law that even Estonia and Slovakia objected to. (Remember ACTA, that is the internet spying arrangement to prevent piracy but now somewhat overshadowed by their plans to record every single aspect of your online activity anyhow). They also promised to reduce the 266 powers under which people could legally break into your house, that didn’t really work out as hoped either. As for ID cards we now have a system where anyone looking under25 needs ID to gain their rights as an adult, meanwhile the soon to be introduced new mandatory EU compatible picture driving licence looks just like an ID card – what a surprise. The ID card is dead, long live the ID card!
Thank goodness the Conservatives have been up to scratch on transparency. Apart that is from the secret children’s courts ripping families apart with dodgy expert witnesses and no outside scrutiny (10,000 children removed in the past year) and the little matter of plans to hold private courts for any issues where there is security sensitivity. Some information is apparently so dangerous that the accused won’t even be told what they are accused of, will not be allowed to speak to a lawyer and nobody will be told they have been arrested. That doesn’t sound like justice to me I’m afraid, nor even the actions of a democratic government. Then there is the quiet reintroduction of MPs on-the-nod expenses, the desire to emasculate the Freedom of Information rules. It’s all becoming very depressing for the committed Conservative voter.
We have an energy policy driven by dodgy science that makes our energy security dependent on ridiculously expensive, unreliable, countryside destroying windmills, more windmills in the sea than any other country but which are already falling downthrough faulty design, and nuclear firms who have given up on the job of building new nuclear stations. Even if you you believe the AGW scam it’s still a bit of a mess isn’t it? No wonder they are in a panic and trying to force everyone’s power usage down, there won’t be enough!
I could go on all day with different policy areas but it doesn’t matter where you look it gets no better. We still have Labour’s idea of law and order that sees victims arrested and perpetrators given ‘community’ punishments that they ignore and then re-offend. We now have aircraft carriers with no planes to defend our country. We have terrorists we can’t kick out. We have teenagers with no moral compass or basic skills for the job market. Our policemen are so demoralised by the justice system, cutbacks and poor management that even the decent ones can’t do a decent job.
If you are voting in the next round of elections PLEASE PLEASE think hard about where you place your cross. The Conservative party is not your friend, they are the admin department of the EU and Bankers elitist gravy train movement, and they are not even good at that. If you voted for them before please don't do it again!
Labour is useless and equally dangerous. Once they had a real role as supporters of the then downtrodden working man, but they sold out to Marxist progressives years back and now are only interested in spending our money buying votes so they can control us better. The lib Dems are mostly principle free and will say and promise anything to get your support.
If there is any viable alternative candidate to the main parties then vote for them! There are a few free thinking politicians, particularly in local elections, but don’t vote for a main party or one of their stooges. UKIP look to be the obvious protest vote so I would go there, but in truth it doesn’t matter who fills Westminster as long as it isn’t those arrogant, elitist, lying, self-serving scum who are in control now. Even the Monster Raving Loonies have more integrity and honesty, and probably more common sense and basic intelligence, than the current incumbents.
It is desperately important to puncture the arrogance, stupidity and self entitlement of the established political parties, don't vote for any of them!