Why I voted Conservative and Labour

I am posting the following link and making the following statement. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Conservatives_and_Reformists

Yes, I voted for the Labour Party in the city council elections and voted for the Conservatives on Europe. I did not vote for “homophobes” nor for racists (an untrue charge from what I can see).
I voted out of a wish partly to express my personal rejection of the Lisbon Treaty but also to express my desire for a limited euroscepticism. The European Union is corrupt and in many ways undemocratic and I would like to see a much more through reform with the objective of a more efficient and representative EU structure.
I do not agree with the project for a European State, partly as I feel that on many measures the voters of Europe have not often been consulted (and when they have, the voters of France, Germany and Ireland were told that they had given the wrong answer). I do not believe that the EU should become a supranational state as I do not understand the requirement for one.
If Europe is to be a trading bloc with commonality of laws to facilitate trade, freedom of movement and the protection of the individual in law, then this is a project worthy of any reasonable support. But a state (with a bureaucracy, armed forces and the governing structures requisite to this end) is not required, except possibly out of a sense of the ghost of the Roman Empire and the ideal of political unification. One cannot help feeling the desire of the French and German political elites for the construction of a new political empire to replace the lost empires of the 20th Century.
I have taken care to look up the parties associated with the European Conservatists and Reformists, the political grouping into which the Conservative Party has aligned. The accuation of anti-semitism and racism seems to hold no ground – the Latvian war memorials, which include Waffen-SS dead are attended by all parties in Latvia, from the Christian Democrats to the Greens. Only the Russian parties do not attend for reasons particular to the history between Russia and Latvia. http://tory-politico.com/2009/10/william-hague-demands-an-apology-from-miliband-after-disgraceful-smears/
Law and Justice are well known as this party was until recently the governing party of Poland. All Polish parties are influenced by Catholic views – is that surprising?
The party that worries me is the Christian Union from the Netherlands. These hail from a rather unpleasant religious ghetto of politics, being homophobic and anti-free market. This said, politics makes for strange bed fellows, especially in Europe with a wide and diverse range of parties and views. The Labour Party is in a group which features 9/11 truthers, anti-semites (real ones with links to David Duke) and politicians convicted of murder and the demand of sexual services for favours in politics.
The source for this is here. http://www.torybear.com/2009/10/labours-evil-friends.html.

It appears to me that the Labour Party (David Milliband) have attempted to pull a hatchet job on the Conservatives and most unfairly. I still don’t feel at home with the Conservatives feeling that in many ways I still prefer the Labour Party but I have to be honest in what I believe and think to be the best course for our country. The Labour Party are unfit to rule and should be defeated before they wreck anymore of the constitution with reference to a proposal to pass into law a requirement for the next government to hold a referendum to canvas opinion as to the possibility of reform of the electoral system.
Those who know me know that I absolutely oppose PR or watering-down of the the FPTP electoral system. I strongly believe that a government should be made up of one party and that PR encourages particularism. The idealistic notion that groupings of similar temperment would cooperate when fractured assumes the best in human nature despite the lessons of history.

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2 Responses to Why I voted Conservative and Labour

  1. JOS says:

    So, Richard, you’re a free-market socialist? I jest! 😉 I applaud your patriotism! It takes a great deal of integrity (and sometimes a lot of guts) to stand-up for the national interest, especially when it may conflict with some of your core beliefs.

    I thought the Labour Party was moving in the right direction with Blair and the elimination of “Clause 4” (among other things), but in the end, the “New Labour” hasn’t really changed that much.

    Great post!

    – JOS

  2. wien1938 says:

    I do, these days, call myself a neoconservative as I see no contradiction between balancing a welfare state and a free-market economy.
    On trade issues, the EU is a very sensible institution but the issue of building the European State is one which I regard neither as necessary or desirable.

    I think the Labour Party has lost more than its sense of direction when Blair was ousted. But I also see that the Labour Party gave up on far more than Clause 4 in the last twenty years. I think that the dismantling of education is not solely or even mainly the Labour Party’s fault but it does remain an area in which they are culpable. I’d suggest Chris Woodhead and Michael Gove’s dialogue in Standpoint on this issue.
    There is a wider trend in British polite society towards an underhanded and often unwitting class war against the common people. Education is only the foremost front of this struggle, waged since the 1960s.

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