Aspiring citizens to come together, in unity, to create an equilibrium between different classes, religious groups and ethnic communities; this is the principle of the One Nation theory. Historically known as one nation conservatism or ‘Tory democracy’, as Lord Randolph Churchill noted (the father of Winston Churchill).
Strange and somewhat confusing message for Nick Clegg to articulate. A new political strategy to appeal to potential middle class voters, with the beacon of old fashion conservatism. Will it work? probably not. Last week YouGov polls highlighted to fundamental findings;
- Cameron’s approval rating of 42%
- The Prime Minister has a 17 point personal lead of Ed Miliband, in relation to “Who would make a better Prime Minister?”
Why would, in all honesty, conservative voters consider voting for a high tax, anti-public sector reform, pro-European party with liberal attitudes towards immigration? It reinforces the narrative of convincing voters that they’re better off electing a Conservative government to achieve significant reforms, than a liberal party. I’m confused why a liberal party would want to advocate the advancement of Tory democracy.
With opposition to free schools, NHS reform and nonchalant support for welfare reform, it is clear that the Liberal Democrat party (or the senior figures) have no idea what the overall philosophy should be. In reality, the leadership has created an intoxicating state of mass contradiction and masquerading it as internal democracy as unity; voters see a divide party, with ministers who have zero interest in governing their nation.
That, above all, is poisonous.
And it raises an sad reflective point within myself. I am an economic liberal, civic libertarian, small taxes/government and advocate of public sector reform; and there are others like me within in the party. Clegg has foolishly claimed these are associated to the one nation philosophy, Tory democracy manifesto. Has Nick just told me to join the Conservative party to achieve these values?
Similar to the 19th Century, Clegg might have sent a proportion of liberals to the Tory movement. British liberals are once again.