Why I am no longer a Conservative

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  • A very erudite and considered piece, as always. Does this make you partyless or have you found an alternative. It is ironic that you are leaving the Conservatives because it is no loger a party you recognise and I have rejoined the labour party because it, too, is a party I no longer recognise. Actually, I recognise it only too well from a dark past. I think centrist politics has lost its public appeal because of the devicive rhetoric of the extremes to both left and right. Let’s hope it is not too long before the general public reurns to its senses.

    Ps. Cameron’s big mistake was to believe the remainers would win and not insist on a two thirds maority requirement (or some such). Would a victory by 1 vote have swayed the decision, I wonder.

    • Hi Kevin

      Thank you for your reply.

      For now, I’m non-partisan and I don’t suspect any party will attract me any time soon. What I know is that I have the same values as about a third of the Tory Party. Sadly, they’re no longer implementing policy.

      I don’t really need a political identity any longer. I am forming the belief that party politics as we know it is doomed; that we will end up with majorities large enough for either parties to enact their more radical ideas easily, and as my post outlined, I’m a centrist.

      As for the parameters of the referendum, we are now dealing in counter-factuals, which may be a useful intellectual exercise and one for the future. Sadly it does not change the situation in which we have found ourselves.

  • Liam,

    A very good read and commend you for your judgement and reasoning.

    However, I have one very serious bone to pick is where you repeat the fallacy that Parliamentarians must implement the will of the people.

    This is not, nor has never been their role. their role is to represent their constituents having been selected to do so for their opinions, their positions and their common sense.

    And this is so for a very good reason – because the will of the people is often very wrong. I’m not referring specifically to Brexit here, but to moral issues and consider the things that public opinion supports – e.g. capital punishment – or what it used to support – slavery, denying women the vote, gay rights, etc.

    It is important that public opinion is aligned with the goals of public representatives, but this comes about through electing those whom we believe are most likely to promote views in parliament that we agree with. The alternative is entirely undemocratic and a tyranny of the majority whereby parliamentarians are dictated to by the amorphous and always changing ‘will of the people’ outside of the mandate they receive from General Elections, by-elections, etc.

    • Daniel

      Thank you. As you outline, Parliamentarians are rightly there to represent their constituents. The issue at hand here is a little different: The British public were offered a referendum without parameters. It is therefore the responsibility of Parliamentarians to follow through with the direct instruction from the British people. I have sympathy for those who nearly did not vote for it if their constituents didn’t, and respect for Ken Clarke who voted against, but I would not accept, nor vote, to block Brexit.

      My point about representing constituents was my my polite way of suggesting that further referenda on many subjects able to be debated in Parliament may not be necessary or desirable. Indeed, I suspect any political party considering offering one will now think twice – except for the SNP, of course, who are quite frankly making a huge mistake. That is for another post.

      Thanks again for your kind words.

      Liam

  • Liam,

    This, as always, will have been a very considered decision on your part. Although our political colours differ, I have always admired your interest in and dedication to political policy and philosophy. I am no longer a member of any party either, but agree with you that it is important to continue to make our views known about government and policies which are against our own truth and sense of justice.

    You have already contributed much for someone your age and I know you will continue to do so. When you are Prime Minister, please invite me to Downing Street! Champagne reception would be good.

    • Dawn,

      Thank you so much. I’m not premiership material by any stretch; I know my limitations!

      Liam

  • Interesting piece Liam.
    Good luck.
    Iain

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