Labour might be loud but the Coalition should be proud
Posted 9 Jan 2013 by Walaa Idris
Despite winning last night’s vote, as New Year’s go 2013 looks like a tough one for Cameron and the Tories. First we had Paul Goodman’s four reasons why Cameron will find it difficult to win in 2015. That was followed by Lord Ashcroft’s analysis on why the Tories will not win the next election. They were both then followed by the back to back resignations of Thomas Strathclyde and Jonathan Marland. As far as the resignations go the reasons offered are solid. Governments are fluid and people leave either on their own accord or when they are asked to go, nevertheless, those who want to read something into them will do.
Benedict Brogan on the Telegraph eludes that something more sinister is the matter. I don’t agree. It’s a new year and this government is half way through to the next election with over 100 achievements of it is 300 promises under its belt, for some this is a good time for change. Personally, I think there is no need to read anything more into the resignations, but the Goodman Ashcroft articles are food for thought. It is my belief that it’s always better to be prepared and ready for all eventualities.
The past two and a half years have been complex politically, extremely difficult economically and neither had helped socially. To many, even those inside government, several things were novel and perplexing. These factors made many grassroots and elected politicians alike disheartened and at times even confused. The Tories have never before been this divided and the Lib Dems who were once the darlings of the protest vote became the pariah of politics.
Like any Conservative, I will always rather we govern alone on a Conservative manifesto enshrined in Conservative values and principles, and give the people what they actually voted for. But that was not to be in 2010.
Nonetheless, what happened after that election wasn’t all bad either. Like many I learned a few things that I wouldn’t have realised if it wasn’t for the Coalition. I discovered that although I will never fully agree with Liberal Democrats, they are actually not that impossible to work with, plus I do like and have huge respect for them. I also found out that most of the problems some Tories have with Cameron are due to what they see as his liberal and modernising agenda. But wait a minute, isn’t that what two third of the Tory party elected him to do, modernise and bring the party into the twenty first century? Don’t get me wrong, there are a few things I disagree with and rather did not happen. But I trust Cameron and belief and hope he gets us there at the end. Optimistic, you bet! And let’s not forget that they are the same reasons this coalition is still working and will continue to until 2015 – thus giving the country the assured stability it desperately needs in these difficult times.
Now, both Cameron and Clegg might be thinking ‘if we keep our heads down and do the job we promised to do, the voters will remember it come May 2015’. I hope they are right and I want them to do. But, the protest noises coming from Lab, displeased Tories and LibDems are not just white noise and they will undoubtedly confuse and possibly even sway some people.
In my opinion, the coming couple of years should be about cementing the reforms, bringing on board fresh idea that take us forward economically, but they should also be about tirelessly showcasing the Coalition’s accomplishments and doing it loud enough to drawn all Labour’s noises.
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