I write this at eight minutes past one on Saturday morning, having had very little sleep, and having spent most of the last 30 hours glued to election coverage (however silly it became… I’m looking at you Mr.Vine) and all I can say is wow.
The Conservatives have had a stunning revival, taking 65 councils and a total of 3156 seats nation wide as well as Boris Johnson having just been elected as Mayor of London, it’s a truly incredible turnaround from the thorough kicking that the party has taken over the last 11 years of Labour power. Translated roughly these figures would give a landslide victory to the Conservatives with a majority that would allow them to immediately set to work on there manifesto from the get go.
Now let me be the first to admit that these gains should be tempered: the mood in the country at the moment is angry, the financial world is wobbling and to top it all Brown, a man who’s fought, manipulated and moaned his way into power on the basis of being a deeply academic conviction politician has in the last few months looked like a clown both nationally and internationally, moving from disaster to re-focussing to disaster with the grace of an elephant in a china shop, entirely failing to woo the electorate he’s claimed to be so on the side of for so long.
All that being said, the mood of the people, no matter how much of a kicking they might have wanted to give Labour, has fundamentally changed, they’re not just wanting to punish the incumbent, the people are now actively looking to the future, to a Britain not run by a government that sees the state as always knowing best, to a Britain that rewards success and encourages people to be the best they can be, not one where we can’t even use the word failure – you are instead deferring your success.
The gains for the Conservatives are warmly welcomed by people like me because it’s a serious step in the right direction toward a country that encourages entrepreneurial spirit, ambition and brave thought, but that’s not all. These gains should also be welcomed as they are the clearest sign yet that the New Labour project is in it’s final death throws, and this is a good thing for two reasons: the first being that real social conservatism can be given an opportunity to thrive, the second being that while many of the things that Tony Blair changed were good things, Blair (despite the war) did many great things as leader of ‘new’ labour, but was always held back in his abilities to change things by the hard left of his party, so it’s good to see that with new labour now dying those politicians that want social awareness, economic stability and a drive for greater responsibility for the individual have a place to go in the reborn Conservative party, while those who still pine for the socialist utopia pandered by Labour’s hard left will finally be able to throw off the shackles of spun party lines and will, after 11 years of pretending to be Britain’s only centre ground, finally scuttle as far left as they want towards predictable splits and utter un-electability.
David Cameron’s Conservatives are clearly the party of the future, they are ready to start taking on the challenges of this socially and economically split country, the huge national deficit, the black holes in the woefully inadaquately planned public private partnerships that have concealed government borrowing for 11 years and finally to really make changes to the lives of the populous at large, who are not quite sure anymore why they’re being penalised for just living their lives by petty un-elected bureaucrats who feel entitled to meddle in every aspect of your average citizens’ life. A new, leaner, more accountable, more open form of government is heading our way; and I just cannot wait for that next election.