Monday, 20 May 2019

The Conservative Party

The EU elections are coming up this Thursday 23-May-2019 and there has been a bit of a who-ha about the polls:-

Brexit Party    35%
Labour            16%
Lib Dem         15%
Green             11%
Conservative   9%
UKIP               5%
Change UK     3%
Others             6%

This is how they stand on Monday 20-May-2019.

Obviously we would say that this is a typical protest vote [if these were the results] but why is one of the main two parties [as we still have a two party state] in fifth position?

One reason could be that there is not one conservative party at the moment but several. The Conservative and Unionist Party, is a centre-right political party in the United Kingdom, that is how it started.

Now there is Theresa May as Prime Minister with one part trying to get Brexit through, allegedly, Jacob Rees-Mogg on completely the other side of the fence, Boris Johnson has a conservative party that looks nothing like the other two, Esther McVey has just started a new populist movement, Amber Rudd has a more traditional view, which hasn't worked for Theresa May.

Some minor notables are Michael Gove, Sajid Javid, Jeremy Hunt, Dominic Raab, Rory Stewart, Steve Baker, Justine Greening, Johnny Mercer, Liz Truss, Tom Tugendhat, however, it is not clear what they would put forward as their vision of a future conservative party.

The conservatives have a history of being split over Europe and what could transpire over the next few days might just seal the fate of the original Conservative and Unionist Party.

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