It is time to say: we conservatives are sick of it. We are sick of the vocal groups shaming us. We are sick of the liberal elite telling us what we want and how we want it. And shaming us is not helping your cause either. Liberals are becoming increasingly insular, retreating from dangerous ideas (what else are universities for?) and into their echo chambers of hatred.
We need our Party and next leader to celebrate our entrepreneurs and wealth creators and not leave the impression they are part of the problem. Economic competence combined with social justice. We learned that lesson finally, surely, after 18 years in the wilderness between 1979 and 1997.
The defining feature of the Tory campaign was its insistence that voting for the Labour party would be economically reckless, that the Labour party would overspend and doom the country. It seems that, at the last minute, part of the electorate found those arguments compelling, choosing to elect a Tory majority.
And so the elections have come and gone. The wooing game referred to in my previous article, has now progressed to full-time dating. The lady has go...
On Thursday afternoon before the exit polls had been published I texted The Big Issue editor that I thought the Tories would win, possibly with an increased majority. He was surprised, along with everyone else I spoke to. And along with all the BBC experts who would be spending £15million of public money on waffling flannel later that election night.
I have had a sinking feeling on Election nights before. In fact, if you are in possession of a social conscience and a radical, reforming heart in this country, the swingometer is no more than a Sword of Damocles poised to deliver the expected telling blow to our dreams.
Our position in the European Union is one that is a benefit to us as a country, and the renegotiation process has already begun to ensure that the United Kingdom can secure better terms.
The Labour Party lost the election because its policies and campaign lacked coherence; it appeared to be a collection of policies that did not have a common arching principle to connect them. The leadership always appeared to be on the defensive, and unable to reply with a counter narrative to that presented by the Tories.
Changing public consensus on party beliefs can sometimes take up to a decade. Unexpectedly, there won't be another snap election for any party to test the water anytime soon. At least not until the Conservatives come down from their euphoria, giving way to the party's Eurosceptics to start causing trouble. But that'll take years...probably.
I turned up late from a book launch in London, wondering how to approach this high stakes poker game of a general election which, against most odds an...
We have to struggle. We will struggle. We'll resist by all the means available to us, different as they are for each individual. We will take back spaces and ownership over our universities. This government will try to erase our agency, and we must claw it back at every opportunity.
Ultimately, I believe that we have seen two great and pleasant surprises: firstly, the election of what I believe to be the best government in the circumstances, and secondly the continued ability of the public to make up its own mind and not to be swayed by vacuous social media wars and the increasing emotional blackmail and shaming that generated so many shy Tories in the first place...
A record number of ethnic minority MPs have been elected to the House of Commons - 41 non-white MPs enter the new 2015 parliament compared to 27 at the last General Election, according to British Future's analysis of the constituency results... With approximately one in ten voters being non-white, the House of Commons remains less ethnically diverse than the electorate it serves, but there has been a rapid acceleration of progress.
Only the 'haves' will truly enjoy this Conservative majority. For the unemployed the advice must be: that zero hour contract you were offered (and that Iain Duncan Smith wanted to rename)? Even if you can't live on it, you should take it, because the alternative of a civilised period on benefits with quality jobsearch support while you you look for real work is even less likely now.
We were told to expect the tightest election of a generation and it didn't arrive. The Tories won relatively comfortably against all the predictions and polls, Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls lost his seat to the Conservatives, and Labour won less seats than Gordon Brown in 2010.
If we take one thing away from Labour's defeat it should be a determination to communicate better. To step outside our lovely, lefty, social media bubbles and find a way to talk to people we don't agree with.