Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Cameron to wind-up the Conservative Party

It's time to say a fond farewell to the Conservative Party; an association of electors that has served the nation well is to be wound-up by David Cameron. The name will be retained by a conglomeration of global corporates which will run the nation's first party without members, using money rather than volunteers or members to campaign for seats. The move was leaked through the Telegraph today

From the Party's heyday in the 1950s when it had over 2m members, increasing centralisation by a London party hierarchy, dis-empowerment of local associations and the gross reduction in the powers of local councillors have caused a haemorrage of members down to a current estimate of fewer than 200,000. The party lost over a million members alone, including the author, between 1979 and 1997, when it was last in power. 

However, even reduced, the vestigial Associations are still a thorn in the side of a metropolitan leadership intent on a pro-EU, pro-global business, pro-international establishment world in which favoured apparatchiki can be parachuted into local constituencies and party members have no part in policy making. As local Associations have refused to die-off, Cameron has decided to kill them off. 

Cameron is understood already to have retained brand and copyright experts from the new corporate owners of the party brand to prevent any use of the 'Conservative' name, logo or badging by members of the old political party. It is understood a re-branding exercise is being planned by the new owners to promote the party as a lifestyle, with exclusive branded goods and a consumer discount scheme. 


DeeDee99 said...

The Bilderbergers can't have any possibility of unauthorised people wielding any kind of power, however small.

They truly are Big Brother.

Mind you, why anyone normal would have stayed in the Conservative Party, let alone given their free time or money to it, is beyond me. It long ago gave up any pretence of serving the British people.

Robert said...

David Cameron is putting the final nails in the political coffin of the not the Conservative party. If the country votes to remain in the EU so many conservative voters would abandon the party that it would exist only as a political party until the 2020 election. It died long ago and Cameron for once is doing the decent thing in burying it.

Cuffleyburgers said...

Cameron truly seems to have jumped the shark.

It looks to me as if he is in an absolute panic and has taken leave of what passes for his senses.

I don't know why really; if he wins the referendum, he will go down in history for having taken a gamble and won (at the expense of the Britihs people of course). If he loses he goes down in history as a great reforming PM who led Bwitain to freedom from that loathsome entanglement.

It's a win/win for him, his legacy is assured, and all without murdering a single arab (apart from a few libyans) so a big improvement on Blair

right_writes said...

Whilst I realise that the membership of UKIP is not as right-wing as the majority of conservative party grassroots support, we welcome new members, from all walks of life and persuasion.

UKIP support varies across the country, from social democrat to conservative...

The overriding concept though, is that of libertarianism, which makes for lots of good arguments, and very active local constituencies. Indeed my local constituency is the one that Nigel belongs to, and until recently, the chairman was an outright lefty from Northern Ireland... He was effective and made for good conversation, which is all that really matters. The new chairman is an escapee from the CONservative party.

We have only a few aims...

The first is to get our sovereignty back, the next is to bring our newly returned democracy down to the most local practicable level, and make as much voting as possible, issue based, rather than rely on representatives.

The problem with representative democracy, is that the representatives, cease to act in the interests of anyone but those with the biggest pot of cash.

Poisonedchalice said...

RW makes some good points; you simply cannot make the person or the person's views disappear by cancelling the association. It's a bit like someone deciding to wind up my yacht club - no bother, there's another one further down the peninsular. Or I'll start a new one of my own!

Associations that are "cancelled" would only give rise to new resurgent associations that would become more vociferous lobby groups with members willingly paying in to support the group and the lobby becoming more loud. Heaven help Macaroon if such future association banded together under a common cause... err...hang on..

Coney Island

Dadad said...

Right_writes is getting close to a very good idea. Has he read the Harrogate Agenda(qv) ?

right_writes said...

Indeed Poisonedchalice, the members of these constituencies, all have a vote...

No amount of money can increase the number of votes that a lobbyist can proffer. Indeed, I am surprised that the Labour and CONservative party models have held sway for so long. Although the Labour party still assumes that each member of a union, is a labour voter... Even that is beginning to crumble.

LibDims prospered for many a year, using constituency support, it was only the corporatist Clegg and his lust for personal power that has broken them.

right_writes said...

@Dadad, I was one of the original members of Richard North's merry men, but I was very unwell at the time of the Harrogate meeting and did not attend...

What I am talking about above is nothing to do, with the Harrogate Agenda, any similarity to long standing UKIP ideas were swept from my mind by North's high-handed behaviour and his unreasonable vicious hatred of anyone or anything that has a different opinion to him.

It is the Harrogate Agenda that bears some similarity to UKIP ideas, North was an early member of UKIP.

One that isn't UKIP and should be, is limited terms for representatives, for too long, we have allowed our representatives to become too cosy.

Malcolm Stevas said...

RW's "The overriding concept....is that of libertarianism" needs severe qualification! I voted UKIP in at least the two most recent General Elections (plus of course the Euros) and my politics have a strong tinge of libertarianism; but UKIP's platform (and I just glanced at the 2015 Manifesto to confirm) contains such a high degree of state funding and subsidies for this and that, that it could really not be described as "libertarian".
I've seen this error compounded by many writers, both pro- and anti-UKIP.
I support UKIP not because it's as libertarian as I might prefer, but because it is most certainly preferable to the alternatives in terms of patriotic, conservative, rational, nationally self-interested policies.

Sterculian Rhetoric said...

Still, regarding Conservatives, they got the “mad, swivel-eyed loons" bit correct. That phrase in quotations above is my copy-paste from the article. Please to notice the different fonts used for the 'Open quote' and 'Close quote'. Did the Telegraph author copy-paste too?

And what was the point of mentioning the “Fuadach nan GĂ idheal" of that posh Assisted Living Resort in Calais?
Oh wait, never mind. I get it.

right_writes said...

It depends what you mean by libertarian Malcolm... In the genuine sense of the word, it would be impossible to form a government. In which case a lifelong membership of the Libertarian Alliance is your best bet.

What I am really referring to is that members have the freedom to disagree with what becomes policy, and if that disagreement gains enough weight, eventually becomes policy for the leadership to adopt.

The core values of sovereignty and local direct democracy, are major instruments of this form of "libertarianism", and sometimes one mans libertarianism might become policy and fly in the face of another mans libertarianism.

It is perhaps not a surprise that UKIP often appears to be a fractious group, which make an unfortunate target for attack from the corporate owned dead tree press and electronic meeja, as splits appear within any constituency on a regular basis.

Personally, I am not impressed by the antics of Evans and Carswell, but that does not mean they should be thrown out of UKIP... Their frequent veiled (or otherwise) attacks on our best asset are of very little help, but actually make that biggest asset stronger and more aware of the tenuous nature of leadership.

So it is all good.

This was the key to the success of the Conservative party historically, and why it is now beginning to crumble, it has forgotten the nature of humanity and the joy of sex...

No two humans are likely to agree one hundred percent on anything, if it were not for sex, we would go to bed at night and subdivide at horrific speed just like amoebic dysentery.

Budgie said...

I keep saying to myself that I won't be shocked by the next political lunacy to surface. First it's Corbyn wanting to retreat to his comfort zone of the 1970s. Now it's Cameron about to turn the Conservative Party into a corporate brand. Naive or not, I am shocked. The whole point of leaving the EU is to regain democratic control of our (one) government, yet Cameron is modeling the Conservatives on the EU. Whilst I did point out to Conservative supporters last May that their gloating was unhealthy, I did not envisage quite such a nemesis.

Anonymous said...

Agreed. In its current state, I have absolutely no desire to be a member of the Conservative Party. Cameron's aim has always been to try to sideline the awkward part of the Party (as he regards it) - i.e. traditional Conservatives. As everyone knows, he was more comfortable in coalition with the left-wing Liberals than he is in his own party. Given a free hand, I am sure he would try to form a centrist party consisting of the right-wing of the Labour Party and the left-wing of Conservatives, together with Cleggist types from the LibDems, and perhaps he is already working towards it? After all, he has co-opted many Labour ex-ministers as his advisors or to produce reports: Frank Field (Camerons' poverty tsar), John Hutton and Alan Milburn (advising on health), Andrew Adonis (transport), Mandleson (unofficial advisor to Cameron on the EU). Doubtless, he is hoping many labourites will decide to escape from the Corbyistas, and cross the floor, and thereby dilute the influence of the Trad-Cons. It is imperative Cameron is ousted as soon as possible. Many of us suspected early on that he was a 'wrong un', and this has been proved throughout his premiership.

English Pensioner said...

I once thought of joining the Conservative party but when I discovered that the local branch had no real say in the running of the party or its policies, there seemed no point in joining.
Indeed when I was working, I belonged to a Trade Union and it appeared to be far more democratic. I went to its annual conference on one occasion as our branch had tabled a motion critical of something that the executive had done and I'd was to speak on the subject. Much to my surprise, the motion was discussed and I had my five minutes to detail my criticisms. OK, we lost, but the issue was discussed and led to some changes.
Can you imagine a local branch being able to publicly criticise any aspect of the running of the Conservative party or its policies at their annual conference? I can't!

mikebravo said...

Cameron has always looked like a wrong 'un. Ever since his "common purpose" speech with Clegg when they agreed on the coalition, he has looked like a plant, with the express purpose of destroying the tories (no bad thing in my mind).

I would not be surprised to see a con/lab coalition under Osborne next time against any new party which looked like gaining any influence. Funded out of large corporate donations and taxes with no need to worry about donations from the "swivel-eyed" association members.

Anybody who would vote for these charlatans is truly a “mad, swivel-eyed loon" (complete with odd fonts).

If they don't get rid of him soon they are finished. Unfortunately we may well be finished as a functioning democracy as well (if you believe that voting in a dictator every 5 years is a democracy of course).

Anonymous said...

If it does nothing else this journey towards a referendum will reveal how politics is moving away from representative democracy.

Suaviter in modo, fortiter in re.


right_writes said...

@mikebravo..."I would not be surprised to see a con/lab coalition under Osborne next time against any new party which looked like gaining any influence."

The Peoples Army vs The Corporate Collective.


Anonymous said...

"swivel-eyed loons" read the as a euphemism fof "waycists"

It is the same in the TORY Crony statist party, as it is in the nu lavs, they hate the British instinct.

What is the British instinct?

conservatism - note the small c.

None of Dave's right nigh Berkeley hunts horsey set, inclusive of old money and new dosh - cares a flying fig about the necessities and requirements, wants and desires of the British people and that's a plain fact - but by God they need to milk us till we shriek. Ha, Ha, Ha and.....you's all thought that, the Norman robber barons had gone - it's the same contempt, the same disdain and the same outcome.

We have to wrench forcibly the country out of the hands of the likes of Dave with his old royal lineage ways AND away from the new aristocracy of Socialist wankers (Common Purpose) in the public sector and of course their mates in the corporate/banking world and Internationalists elitist they are as one.


One more thing....................

UKIP - truly do I despair.

One man band and failing - Farage needs to be pushed out of the way, leave him in Strasbourg.

Furthermore, though the party is a refuge for all right thinking people - as it should be. Within the rank and file, there are some very worrying signs relation particularly to the pernicious favouritism, old boys network has crept in, pert to and part of UK political party practice and influence it is all beginning to pervert UKIP's direction.
Pollution of original ideals, in some weird and not so wonderful ways - in fact some UKIP supporters and voters, wish to stay in the EU?

Don't they know what is the meaning of the very word 'independence' and no probably it is not a good idea, don't answer that.

I have libertarian leanings but see great problems with said ethos in its purest form - not least with open borders. Small 'c' conservatism has always suited Britain, small government and with fair, open but strong governance insofar as security and policing is concerned and a looser relationship with trade, commerce and laissez faire economics. Only a minimal civil service and local government to be made - accountable and all accounts to be published online quarterly and the people to have a vote on the budget - annually.

Even after all of that, there is no alternative for me, in that, UKIP is still the only political entity which comes close to what I perceive as representative of me and of far more importance UKIP I deem: is best for my country - England.

Barnacle Bill said...

I do wonder if Cameroon is "loosing it"?

Since he came back from Munich/Bruxelles waving his sheet of paper he has been behaving lke a spoilt child who fears he is not going to get his way.

This latest move to shut down the local associations/branches is just like taking his ball home because they won't play the game to his rules.

It is getting very close to "us" against "them" and in a raised cudgel way as well.

Cascadian said...

All hail dictator camoron, who decrees what is democratic for the plebs. The bureaucrats only work for him, the conmen associations work for him, he supports killing elected leaders with impunity.

And yUK gets its panties in a wad about Trump.

My father, uncles and grandfathers fought in two world wars supposedly to avoid this. Will Germany not invade yUK to save its good citizens from the camoron, the subdued brits seem incapable of doing so.

John M said...

Presumably the strategic calculation is that the the lost connection to the activists who pay thier subs, the loss of the democratic link to the people and the lost membership fees to the party coffers, will be worth it to establish the throat hold they have over what little remains, and can be simply contra'd by more appearances on Sky News and bigger donations from the Rothschilds.

The whole initiative, if true, shows the true extent to the contempt that Cameron has not only for his own party members who put him there, but for what is right, the essence of democracy, and the notion of representing the people.

One hopes his reqard is a mass resignation of members, and a desertion of this nasty little cabal by the general public to another politically right of centre party.

Anonymous said...

Simplistic maybe but why would a Conservative PM wants us to stay in an EU superstate which is basically Labour on drugs?

Any Conservative MP who supports the EU project is a traitor to their own cause.

The only winner will be that bloke who now runs the Labour party... can't remember his name off-hand but he'll no doubt be troughing with Kinnock and Blair at some high-level EU table at some point in the future.

Budgie said...

Latest news is that Cameron and Feldman have partially backed down due to protests from Tory backbenchers.

Anonymous said...

I clearly recall Delingpole, in the afterglow of the GE of 2015 asserting something along the lines of and that, perhaps the real Tories will now show their faces, having won a majority, his JD's subtext also hinting at some sort of rapprochement with certain other conservative electors ie UKIP.

Well, as most commenters who have spoken on this thread, the chagrin at Dave's posturing and pretending to be EU sceptic it was again just a big fat lie but then on all things EU - ambiguity that's always been the Tory way - has it not?
He, Cameron even averred that he might campaign for leaving the EU - if conditions were not conducive to Britain's interests - right and there is more chance of a papal visit to the KSA with an open top tour and the pope visiting Medina.

Dave, all it is; is showing his true colours, he is no EUsceptic = he never fucking was, he is an autocratic fuckwit placeman on a mission to permanently shackle Britain's legs to the Brussels Empire slaver. That is all he is. The last thing you could call him is British.... even...... democratic.

mikebravo said...

It's starting to took like a distraction story. Throw a flash-bang into the room to make the troops look in the wrong direction and stop criticizing his non existent renegotiation of our relationship with the eu.
What will be next? Cast Iron Dave leaks an announcement that he is personally going to lead the leave campaign?
The dozy tory voters can say: hurrah!! Good old Dave is now showing his true colours as a proper eurosceptic.

If they had any guts they would be looking to depose the slimy bastard. They could hardly look worse than the scum party while they did it!