It strikes me as odd that, at the moment, David Cameron enjoys a personal popularity rating far ahead of the Tory Party and Ed Milliband’s is far behind the Labour Party and yet both parties are level pegging in the polls.
The Tory Party has come a long way from its right of centre grass root origins (decades ago) as it has learnt to pay far more attention to welfare, the less privileged and be considered Conservative with a small ‘c’.
The old name that some people erroneously call the ‘nasty party’ does not reflect its soft, socially aware, underbelly and, therefore, a new name would be appropriate in these circumstances.
In the 90s, Tony Blair reformed The Labour Party from a ‘rag bag and bob tail trotskyesque’ radical socialist party into a slick electoral juggernaut and renamed it “New Labour”. He won the landslide election in 97 so decisively that the Tory Party needed four elections to reduce the majority to something that was likely to be winnable again. Even to this day it is a struggle to do this.
The Tory’s present programme of raising Tax thresholds for the less well off, social reforms, employment for all and a host of other welfare initiatives allows them the right to be re-classified in the eyes of the Electorate so that they can rightly occupy their proper place in the centre of the political spectrum, that is now vacant.
Even Tony Blair looks in amazement at Ed Milliband’s lurch to the left that will be all the more so by a ‘Confidence and Supply Agreement’ with the SNP – It is clearly too late to do this before the election but immediately afterwards would be a good call.
“Saints preserve us” as The Reverend Ian Paisley would say.