In spite of a pitiful election campaign, we think that the Conservatives are the best choice for government at this election. Give May your vote.
Tomorrow is the day that Britain goes to the polls for the third time in just over two years. After the surprise majority victory for the Conservatives in the 2015 General Election, the government delivered on their manifesto promise and gave us an in-out referendum on our membership of the EU.
Contrary to the predictions of the pundits and the assumptions of the Cameron-Osbourne government, the United Kingdom voted to Leave, and a year on we face another defining moment in the direction our country will take in the years to come.
And the decision could not be more significant. The choice between the two parties which could realistically be running the country on June 9th has more bearing on the future trajectory of our country than any choice we’ve been faced with for perhaps 30 years.
There is no doubt that the Conservative campaign has been marked by U-turns, weak communication to the public, uninspiring policies and a tone of blandness. The fact that last week, the party lead by Jeremy Corbyn polled just 5 points behind the Conservatives is testament to that fact. Since calling the general election, the Prime Minister has been talking as though she isn’t quite convinved herself in the merits of the conservative principles she’s defending.
But when it comes to how to vote, should the Tory’s failure to communicate the virtues of the principles of free-markets, financial responsibility, controlled public finances and strong defences be a reason not to vote for them?
Last year I wrote a short article on why I voted for the Conservatives. I think that was the right choice and I think we need them in government again.
When it comes to choosing how to vote, we need to decide something that almost everyone fails to decide beforehand: The criteria you use when choosing who to vote for. It’s not an easy task and a number of vastly different outcomes result from small and relatively unnoticeable differences in your criteria.
Do you vote on the basis of a perception of compassion; personal likeability; the quality of their policies on a specific issue that matters a lot to you; on the basis of a felt need of yours, or on the basis of how you were raised to vote by your parents?
I’ve spent quite a long time thinking about the criteria I should use and have arrived at the following: “Which party is the most likely to implement policies and take executive action that will lead to the most amount of good in the short, medium and long term?”
In view of that criteria and in the interest of clarity, I’m just going to list some reasons why we at the Leonards Review think the Conservatives are the best choice at this election.
- Corbyn does not have deep convictions regarding the primary factors that could make Brexit a success. He holds the values of low-regulation, low taxes, international trade and re-embracing the Anglosphere in contempt. Nor does he have the diplomacy, leadership or discernment to make strategic compromises.
- Capitalism is the driving force of sustainable poverty reduction, yet Jeremy Corbyn does not have deep-seated convictions regarding its merits. Labour’s economic policies would slow down global trade and growth in the private sector, and therefore slow the rate at which people can lift themselves out of poverty.
- The moral implications of the intergenerational consequences of national debt have been treated with apathy by Labour. Labour’s spending plans are not “fully costed” as they claim, but will lead to increased public sector borrowing. We would literally be stealing from the next generation.
- Corbyn’s socialist vision for the welfare state is irresponsible, unfair and unsustainable (despite being sincere and well-intentioned).
- Corbyn has a damaging and old-fashioned view of the role of the public sector which would hinder progress in healthcare and education. The same-old homogenised monopoly of soulless industrial-scale hospitals and schools is praisedd by Labour, like in no other country, and is leading us down a path of stagnant innovation, little choice, poor care and an unbearable tax burden. Communities need localised human-scale community-shaped services and choice.
- It is poverty rather than inequality that kills, but Labour embraces anti-inequality policies that would increase unemployment and poverty. Corbyn’s tax rises on the rich would indirectly but swiftly destroy the livelihoods of the poor. Nor would it reduce inequality.
- Labour is consumed by internal divisions that would prevent them from forming cohesive policies and offering the stable leadership that we need.
To be clear, we are not claiming that the Conservatives offer an impeccable alternative or that May has all of the virtuous character traits which Corbyn lacks.
But we do think that the Conservatives are the party that is the most likely to implement policies and take executive action that will lead to the most amount of good in the short, medium and long term.
We’d find it really interesting to hear whether or not you agree!