Surprise, surprise, the Tories have witnessed a vast decrease in its party support, currently six points to 29%, its lowest level since David Cameron was first appointed leader in 2005. In contrast, the UKIP party has witnessed a 6% increase in support. In a period of severe financial austerity with fresh concerns over immigration and many of its members severely opposed to the legalisation of gay marriage, it is refreshing to see that a party dominated by class and adhering to capitalism has severely lost touch with its supporters.
The Tory party appear to have a limited capacity for strategically visioning the country that its biggest political rivals have. The abandoning of the western congestion charge and the extortionate increase in public transport fares which have hit the poorest hardest show a party unable to understand what the majority of the country and its supporters desire. Despite the media perpetuating the idea that they are liberal conservatives, this is a farce.
The Tories holds the core values of free market economy of the Margaret Thatcher era and is a sympathiser to the economic agendas and policies that tycoons and the upper-middle class attempt to maintain and thus keep him in power. Surely there is something to be said about the fact that all political leaders in our country are Etonians. Open critics have pointed to the fact that the Cabinet is homogenised: all male, white, southern bias and Oxbridge educated, showing Cameron's struggle to modernise the Conservative party. These politicians who make up most of the Conservative Party have been educated in the crème de la crème schooling who have no understanding or awareness of the struggles of the common man.
Their introduction of the £9,000 university tuition fees for students entering university in 2012 was frankly ludicrous. Combining this with high accommodation fees, rising food prices and core textbooks, students leaving university after graduation will be burdened with the fact that they will be carrying on average £43,000 in debt, creating more pressure to gain a job in an already scarce job market. Thus it is little wonder that the National Union of Students (NUS) stated that more than a third of students are on the verge of dropping out of university. NUS President Liam Burns and Vice President, Welfare, Pete Mercer stated, '"We see a system in which many students are trapped in their own personal austerity, unable to progress, sustain their education or succeed."
Additionally, the scrapping of the EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance) of college-aged teenagers (16-18 year olds) has led to irrevocable damage within the lower social classes. Many have been forced to drop out of college and thus unable to pursue academic aspirations. The EMA allowed students an incentive to continue pursuing academia while supporting and enabling their studies that their parents would be unable to financially support. Thus, the scrapping of the EMA and the introduction of the £9,000 fees perpetuate the Tory ideal that merely privileged people should able to gain an education. The Labour party never stood for creating a barrier to education. Rather, they relentlessly pursued academia to be a sought after goal of the working classes to improve their position and remove the economic hardships of their predecessors.
I am ecstatic that Britain is finally seeing the Tory party for who they are really: out of touch politicians who have no idea of the struggle of the working man. The future for the Tory party will remain split and heading in the wrong direction, whether it has any direction at all, but one thing is guaranteed, the next UK election will show how far the Tories have come out from public favour.
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