Why Are The Tories So Electable? | Callum Murphy

If you type "Tories are" into Google, the first three suggestions are "scum", "evil”  and "Nazis". They are probably one of the most reviled political parties in modern history. In many circles just being called a "Tory" is an insult.

Yet, the Tories have governed the UK for around 56 of the 88 years since 1929, when all adults, male and female were granted the vote, so nearly two-thirds of that time. No other political party in the era of modern liberal democracies has managed to dominate for so long. With another win on the 8th of June (albeit without a self made - majority) its interesting to see: why do the Tories dominate elections?

Generally, the Conservative party are an incredibly adaptable with a fairly flexible ideology. They are a leader-influenced party, which means they can make changes quickly. They're not democratic and so they don't have to worry about internal democratic decisions from the membership to change themselves. Leaders seem to get chosen a lot quicker, and they're a lot more decisive and pragmatic than other parties.

Members of the party have never had any say in policy or voting intentions, and they've only been able to vote for the leader since 2001, and still to this day hold no rights to remove a leader. So it's not only much quicker to elect the Conservative leader, it's also much quicker, (more importantly), to get rid of one.

I would also argue, class voting in this country has mostly gone over time and it's never been as strong or as
 segregating as people think it is. The Conservative Party has always been able to appeal to large numbers of working class people on the basis of patriotism and on delivering economic growth and prosperity. They've also in recent times taken a strong centrist position and have managed to create an aura of progression and compassion, perhaps contrasting the old image, that sits in the minds of many Labour voters.

Nonetheless, when the Conservatives fail to deliver, things can get very difficult for them. In 1992, failure to deliver and push prosperity caused the Labour landslide of 1997. It was only in 2008, when the economy crashed because of the bank crisis, that the Conservatives regained, by default, their economic competence. But, as it's certainly strong enough when sat beside the facts, and with the “Tory” party being associated for a very long time with business there is a belief amongst the electorate that business people know how to run things, look most recently in the US with the election of Donald Trump.

Alongside this, the left have a track record of economic failings. The foreseeing of a Socialist government in many people’s eyes is the sight of over-spending, over-borrowing and eventual recession. Though, austerity is not the most popular political issue, voters can reason it’s necessary application, most finding the first cause at the feet of the Blair-Brown “New Labour” government.

What makes the “Tories” so electable is that they have captured the middle ground from the Lib Dems sucking in the libertarian middle/working- class, while holding the loyalty of the old traditionalist patriots by name. The census is no-one else could be trusted with our money and our economy. The conservatives versatility and flexible philosophy means they can hoover up votes by taking a majority appealing agenda. Also, the perceived competence of the “Tories” over there left-wing counterparts makes them a safe and more spontaneous choice to the undecided voter looking at there polling card in a booth.

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