I was looking through some old articles I had written before the 2010 general election. Although we now have a Conservative Prime Minister, and taking into account that all of the main party leaders have changed and Labour should be a basket case under Jeremy Corbyn, it’s amazing how so many of the issues covered in the article are still relevant today.
Immigration is still a major issue. The current Government is still nowhere near eliminating the deficit – and Government debt is now not far off double what it was in 2010. Theresa May still pursues many of the anti-libertarian policies we saw under Labour in the Blair/Brown years. Economically, the Conservative Party is moving in a leftwards direction under May, and even more so rejects free market policies in favour of state intervention.
Back in February 2010, I thought there would be a hung Parliament, and I couldn’t say which party would be the largest.
At this general election, I would be shocked if Jeremy Corbyn became Prime Minister, but the cock-up over the so-called ‘dementia tax’, coupled with what is in general a very disappointing manifesto, you could be forgiven for thinking that the Conservatives are doing everything they can to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
From 21 February 2010:
There was a time – as little as few months ago – when many Conservatives were wandering the country in dizzy expectation of a bumper Tory victory at the next general election. There may still be a few deluded souls left, but now the rank and file of the Conservative Party are all too well aware that there is a real possibility their hopes may be dashed as the voters decide whom they want to be prime minister.
The Tories should have been miles ahead in the polls. This current government has vandalised just about everything it has touched. A strong economy, with controlled public spending and borrowing has given way to an expansion of the client state, with reckless spending and borrowing that has not put Britain in a unique position to weather the current economic storm.
It has been the most anti-libertarian government anyone can remember. CCTV everywhere, the largest DNA database in the world and the big brother state interfering in our lives in ways unimaginable 10 years ago.
Immigration has spiralled out of control, with the government admitting it doesn’t know how many immigrants have entered the country. This has led to resentment and has helped the rise of the National Front and the BNP.
I have written many times about what David Cameron and the Conservative Party needs to do to win. The voters don’t want some middle of the road Tony Blair Mk II. They want a radical government led by a Prime Minister who is not afraid to make tough choices. Public spending has to be drastically cut, but neither Labour, Conservatives or the Liberal Democrats are proposing the sort of policies we need to get the public finances back on their feet again. The approach seems to be tinker here and tinker there, and the voters are not stupid. They see through this and there is a very real danger they will cast their votes to the ‘better the devil you know party’ rather than what should be the government in waiting.
Unless ‘Team Cameron’ gets the tough messages across, and wins support for its honesty, I think we will have a hung parliament, and I have no idea who will be the largest party. Normally elections are lost by governments. This year, I think the election could be lost by the main opposition being frightened to tell the country the truth.