Despite being a life-long Conservative, I would rather not vote Conservative this year, or the Brexit Implementation Party, as I am tending to call them.
I am gaining a strong dislike for Theresa May. I find her severely lacking in leadership qualities, poor at debating, slow to react and I struggle to determine a political philosophy. Why is she leader? How does she want to change our country for the better? She reminds me so much of Gordon Brown – someone who wants to be leader because they want to be leader.
And the rhetoric, the sound-bites are just cringe-worthy – like Blair at his pomp. “Brexit means Brexit”. Oh do fuck off.
Speaking of Brexit, I would love to give our Prime Minister and government a metaphorical punch in the nose over Brexit. I really would like to use my vote on June 8th to show my utter displeasure and distaste for Brexit. Which leads me onto my first reason that I am probably voting Conservative.
1. All parties are supporting Brexit. At first I was considering voting Liberal Democrat as I saw it as a Brexit protest vote. But Tim Farron (I don’t have to think to remember his name nowadays) then started muttering on about having the right sort of Brexit. I do not want any form of Brexit. I don’t want a hard Brexit, I don’t want a soft Brexit, I don’t want a clean Brexit, I don’t want a positive Brexit, I don’t want a black Brexit, I don’t want a grey Brexit, I don’t want a less damaging Brexit, I don’t want a red, white and blue Brexit, I don’t want a better Brexit. I want NO BREXIT.
I accept Brexit has to happen. I also have to die one day (hopefully not until after we have rejoined the EU). And all parties have accepted this too. So therefore there is no point in voting Liberal Democrat.
2. Brexit will be a disaster. Socially and culturally for certain, economically probably – at least damaging if not disastrous. But Labour governments are also a disaster, as proven time after time (IMF, gold, Labour’s Great Recession, unions controlling country, dead people unburied, etc etc). And Corbyn, who seems to fetishise the socialist economic system in Venezuela that has led to widespread inability to purchase even basic goods (despite one of the largest oil reserves in the world), would be absolutely bone-dry guaranteed to bring a complete economic disaster to this country.
Brexi = disaster. Brexit + Corbyn = disaster*disaster.
I fundamentally cannot risk a Corbyn government. If that means voting for a government run by the self-anointed “bloody difficult woman” (just like Gordon Brown – it doesn’t take much for her to get angry), then so be it.
3. Finally, there is the argument, which states that if Theresa May had a larger majority, then the ultra-Brexit tail of Redwood, Rees-Mogg, Bone, etc, would not be wagging the dog. If there was say, a 100+ majority, the government would not be controlled by said lunatic fringe. Of course, this is just theory, and it may be that a large majority changes nothing. But it is hope.
There is enough time for me to change my opinion. I’ll be interested to read about policies on house-building, in particular.
But I do feel myself becoming more of a Tory again as I feel compelled to attack the lies and disinformation being pumped out by Labour and it’s followers. Oh for a centre-leaning, economically sensible party with a strong leader.
I do I vote Conservative, it won’t be a vote for the Conservative Party, and certainly not for Theresa May. It will be a vote against Corbyn. I’d say that it is now an 85% chance that I will vote Conservative – I remain open to persuasion otherwise.