Friday, May 05, 2006

Election Results

In Worcester, the Conservatives maintained their hold on Worcester City Council.

Nationally, the Labour party suffered many defeats.

The Conservatives had their best results since 1992.

The Liberal Democrats lost quite a lot of votes and lost control of two councils.

The fascist British National Party made some small gains.

The results of the Cosnervative party are encouraging. Clearly, David Cameron has an appeal. The problem is that the Conservatives have made no gains in northern cities. This reflects the last general election, where the Conservatives managed to increase their vote in the South and especially in London, but failed to make much difference in the north.

The problem is that David Cameron's liberal environmentalist image is effective in winning the London liberal, middle-class types, but it has little appeal in the more rugged north.

It may be that Cameron will switch the emphasis from the environment to more traditional Conservative issues, most notably crime. Now that he has established his credentials as a liberal, the middle classes will be less embarassed about voting Conservative giving him more room to manouvere.

10 comments:

Consecrated said...

Not that I understand British politics much, but I take it you are happy about the Conservatin win in Worcester.

Congrats.

Consecrated said...

My typing is really bad nowadays.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Indeed. My parents and I are Conservatives. My father is on the city council and the county council, though his seat was not under contest this year.

God Bless

Matthew

Redeemed said...

That's great, Matthew!

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Yes.

Libbie said...

Well, we now have a BNP councillor in the next ward along from us, which is unfortunate. From what I can see, they tend to be like cockroaches - you see one, and then lots more arrive. :-(

Cameron would do well to start talking about more than glaciers and recycling. I may or may not think these things are of any importance, but I certainly do care about my local maternity ward being closed, the young thugs at the local small shopping centre complaining that they have to vandalize and intimidate because 'there's nuffin to do', and the exhorbitant council taxes round here.

When he starts talking about stuff like that, I might begin to be impressed.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Somebodfy said in the newspapers that BNP councillors are not very competent.

Those are vital issues, but I do not think the Conservatives can effectively deal with them until they have regained the public's trust.

Cameron thinks he can do this by going on about the environment. For many this will work, but as you say, he will need to start dealing with the bread and butter issues.

David Davis would have spent more time dealing with the stuff you mentioned, but he would have been dismissed by the voters in general as just enough tougth-talking Tory with no conscience. Cameron is looking to the long term.

I am glad I have an English visitor who understands when I write about British politics.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

Ryan S. said...
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Ryan S. said...

I'm not intimate with British politics, though I do follow it off and on.

I remember when I was in London in an Internet cafe back in 2002, an English gentleman was looking at a humorous picture of our American President in a dress, and turned to me, and said "George Bush." That was quite amusing.

I once got Maggie Thatcher's book Statecraft... and remember the days of John Major when I was growing up young and conservative.

Though, a glance at things lauded by the Conservative Party such as more funding for the NHS and social justice seem irrevokably Leftist to us Americans on the right side of the spectrum. Doesn't sound like Edmund Burke's conservatism. Us American conservatives, of course, esteem an Old Whig—emphasis on Old—as the godfather of conservatism that is British statesman Edmund Burke, though born in Dublin. The Tory conservatism of Thomas Mccauley and Benjamin Disiraeli wasn't our conservatism. Funny how that works. The American conservative tradition never tolerated privileged orders of class, patronage and privilege, because our founding generation realized it would foment the resentment of the lower classes and lead to demagoguery and calls for socialism.

I was curious if that charge was the real perception of the BNP? As quote-unquote "fascist." In America, some Republicans hear the cry "fascist" as they laud the necessity of immigration reform, but that tactic of the Left comes out of the Frankfurt School playbook and they call all the opposition "fascist." So I was curious, are they considered "fascist," because they revere fascist figures and/or ideology, or is it just a presumption because the elitist BBC says so? I had the picture of them as some urban, working-class, blue-collar common conservative party tired of runaway immigration and crime. Am I misinformed?

I've read about the so called "New Right" in Europe from the Swiss People's Party and the Austrian Freedom Party, and they seem to esteem the free-market, which isn't exactly fascist. Though, that is coupled with calls for immigration reform. Given that some European states like Germany for example have an abysmmal birth rate, and such nations might suffer a demographic disaster by the mid-twentieth century... Why is immigration reform not prudent?

It seems, in sharp contrast to the New World, in Old Europe especially, that diversity would be preserved by preserving the nt ethnic group in each respective nation. You cannot replace them once they become a minority in their own homeland.

A British classical liberal (like Adam Smith) wrote a book entitled In Defence of the Realm: The Place of Nations in Classical Liberalism from Ashgate Publishing in the UK. The book seems interesting enough because it defends the place the nation. Now, in our age of Tower of l globalism, the nation-state has come under fire. So this seems like a worthwhile endeavor.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Ryan, I agree that the Conservative party is far too Left-wing. The problem is that if it moved to the Right, it would be rejected by the electorate. I suspect that David Cameron will ditch the Left-wing rhetoric when he becomes prime minister.

I am closer to being an American-style conservative.

The British National Party are genuine Fascists. In their early days they did not hide their Nazi sympathies.

They are not supporters of the free market. Their economic policies are far to the Left of Labour.

I am in favour of immigration. It has its problems, but the fact is that we need the immigrants. It is very fortunate that Eastern Europeans have joined the EU, as this means that the main source of immigration into the country will be from those countries. They seem like the right sort of people to me.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew