“I am a tory”. Just like any other sentence, the power of this one can be measured by its rate of reactivity in conversation. Naturally, political declarations of all descriptions are bound to sharpen an atmosphere somewhat, however it would seem that the courage required to announce one?s allegiance to Conservative politics is currently greater than any other kind represented on ballot papers. As intelligent and educated citizens, we have duty to question why this is the case. After all, in a Britain that is increasingly non-judgemental in its attitudes towards: race, gender, age, sexuality, religion and disability, it would be such a shame to banish political diversity from our realms of tolerance. Furthermore, we must address and dispel animosity aimed at the Tory party, since surely a state of affairs in which some Conservative devotees are suppressed into silence in fear of being castigated for their views is viciously unpleasant.
In order to uproot and counteract hostility directed at the bluer hues of the political spectrum, a cause for it must first be established; all too frequently a mismatch exists between a tory?s perception of their own ideologies and an outsider?s interpretation of what Conservatism supposedly signifies. So, a commitment to economic responsibility, excellence in education and growth for businesses large and small, may prompt a person to proclaim their partiality for the Conservatives. That same person however, is then vulnerable to misinterpretation from others, whose ears have heard the words: “I am a tory” yet somehow this phrase is wrongly translated in some listener?s brains to mean: ?I am the devil himself!?. Now the question of why such a process occurs must be raised.
Put simply, there are so many misconceptions circulated about the Conservative party and those who embody its ethos that it is exceedingly difficult to accurately examine Tory policies and values. As such, it will be the central mission of this article to debunk the pernicious and prevalent myths which attempt to demonise the only political party who knows what?s best for Britain.
Misconception one:“All Tories are posh.”
Imprecise phrasing can be quite dangerous when deployed to incite division. With that in mind, the word ?posh? should be deconstructed as a matter of urgency. Most people would, for example, answer ?yes?, if asked ?Is David Starkey [the famous historian] posh?? yet compared to the Queen, he is not very privileged. Interestingly, the same logic is true in reverse; everyone in Britain will appear sophisticated to somebody so according to the teachings of Relativism, Misconception one is utterly asinine because we are all ?posh? to some extent.
In its lack of wisdom, left-wing media often attempts to substantiate the claim that ?All tories are posh? with statements such as ?Latest Conservative policies cogitated on playgrounds of Eton and in corridors of Oxbridge!?. Evidently, those who write lines like these are manipulating their audience to adopt the view that Conservatives are contemptible because they are ?posh? and this is so because they followed the most prestigious path in education. Statistics paint a very different picture: of the 303 current conservative parliamentarians, only 38% were admitted to a college belonging to Oxford or Cambridge. On the other hand, a greater percentage of Labour MP?s have been enrolled for Postgraduate study. Even by the standards of left wing media then, our tory government isn?t all that ?posh?.
Misconception two:“The working class are a nuisance to the Conservatives.”
Fundamentally this accusation is erroneous! Beneath the party?s main logo are the words: ?For hardworking People?. At the heart of Conservative policymaking is a desire to serve ordinary men and women in this country who wake up each day and work to sustain their family and Britain itself (of this majority every sensibly right-wing politician could not be prouder). Just this year for example, the Tories reformed the benefits system so that a claimant of certain support from the state cannot be paid more than somebody who works for a living. Similarly, the national pension is now rising each year thanks to tremendous economic management which means that those who have spent their lives contributing in British society can enjoy a happier retirement. Perhaps the origin behind Misconception Two is foul a distortion of a Conservative principle, namely, it would be wholly absurd to perpetuate, as Labour did, the intergenerational joblessness that some neighbourhoods actually engrain into their culture by choice. In summary of this matter, the conservatives have and will do everything in their power to help the hardworking people of this country but they refuse, quite rightly, to reward people for not trying to better themselves.
Misconception three:“David Cameron and his party are against student populations.”
After the Liberal Democrats reneged on their promises following 2010?s general election, mass disenchantment surrounded politics and all those whose profession it was. Upon reading headlines such as ?Tuition fees soar to ?9000 per year?, it seemed totally reasonable to conclude that every party in the coalition was out to harden the life of students on account of the ostensibly unfair system that was being introduced. Yet this opinion is mathematically unjustifiable because under Labour?s laughable leadership, a graduate was expected to commence repayment of their student loans once earning over ?16,910 per annum. Nationally, the average salary in 2011 (the year before recent tuition fee reform) was ?26,200, consequently a vast proportion of graduates were required to repay the money, borrowed for their education. As per the new Student Loan system, repayment commences only when a graduate commands a salary of over ?21,000, thus, far fewer university-educated employees will ever have to pay any money back at all. With this technical insight of how payment for higher education actually works, it becomes crystal clear that Britain?s current system is considerably fairer than the preceding one because until person X hits the heightened income bracket of ?21,000, their education is essentially free.
During the course of this article, several truths have been brought to light: First was the fact that the state of being ?posh? isn?t specifically reserved for people who vote Tory. Second came an assurance that a motivation to heed the needs of working class people constitutes a cornerstone of Conservative policymaking. Finally, careful consideration of student loans and their configuration revealed that actually the present setup is supreme over its predecessor. Though each of the arguments presented has sought to derail a particular misconception, they are all united by a common message: society please retune your views about politics shaded in blue!