Normal service resuming shortly
First of all, apologies for the lack of updates this past week. One half of Team Tank sustained a nasty head injury descending the stairs of a bus head first, and the other half has been occupied full time as Big Tank Nurse.
Why the Tory vote is sliding
The past week has certainly been a long time in politics, with the Tories continuing to slide down the polls and now slipping behind Labour in 100 key marginals.
Numerous factors are contributing to their failing fortunes, but it is not just the Lord ‘Cashcroft’ tax dodging/marginal-campaign-coffer-stuffing scandal, or revelations about the extreme right wing Young Britons’ Foundation’s ‘Tory Madrasa’ training Con activists (with tacit approval from top Tories such as Eric Pickles). It’s not even Michael Gove’s shockingly misinformed comments about Tory education policy, in which children would sit in lines and recite the kings and queens of England. (‘History should be taught in order; it’s a narrative’, he opined, bringing to mind Alice in Wonderland).
What seems to be hurting the Tories more than anything is not these individual scandals and gaffes but the fact that the electorate are realising that the Tories only actually stand for one thing: getting the Tories into power. They will say absolutely anything to this end, with the result that now no-one believes anything they say.
Even Margaret Thatcher, who visited so much evil on Britain, had total conviction. She believed absolutely that her way was right and many people voted for her (unfortunately) because they responded to that sense of conviction. Cameron has none of this. His party are now reduced to saying absolutely anything that might get them a vote. It’s embarrassing to behold. Many voters remember all too well the terrible damage the Thatcher years did to Britain. Despite the unconvincing claims of compassion and progressiveness (which themselves are causing deep rifts in the party) people are still seeing the same old Tories and the nasty party of yore. But unlike Thatcher, Cameron’s Tories are dissembling frantically about what, if anything, they actually stand for.
Link to Labour’s campaign
Team Tank’s members have been very critical of ‘New’ Labour in the past, especially over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But voting Labour is now the only way to go to prevent the untrustworthy Tory rabble from gaining power in the UK, with catastrophic consequences.
If you have a blog/website or just post on forums, Twitter, Facebook etc, give Labour’s online campaign a boost by adding or posting the following link:
The more links there are to Labour’s campaign site, the better its profile on Google will be.