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Letter: What Happened to Compassionate Conservatism?

Published on: 16 May, 2015
Updated on: 16 May, 2015

RosettesFrom Sally Parrott

This letter is a response to a comment on news of Anne Milton’s victory when she held on to the parliamentary seat of Guildford. He said: “Congratulations Anne. Please try to push Dave to follow a few Conservative policies now that he has not got the excuse of the Liberals to fall back on.”

I hope Stuart Barnes is pleased with the new Conservative government so far. In just over a week, according to Simon Hughes on Newsnight, it has been antagonistic towards the unions, people on benefits, Europe and human rights.

Mr Barnes must be looking forward to the chancellor’s emergency budget on 8 July, revealing the next wave of austerity, and Iain Duncan Smith’s wholesale benefit cuts.

I’m sure I can’t be the only Guildfordian however, who remembers, fondly, one-nation Tory prime ministers like Macmillan and Edward Heath; they managed to enact Conservative policies while governing for the good of the whole population.

This government will cause increasing misery to the poor and vulnerable, including many of the ‘hard-working people’ they claim to champion. How many Guildford people will be relying on food banks by 2020? How many will have died, because of benefit sanctions?

What happened to compassionate Conservatism?

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Responses to Letter: What Happened to Compassionate Conservatism?

  1. Stuart Barnes Reply

    May 21, 2015 at 9:40 am

    I would suggest that as long as Dave is PM you have not got much to worry about.

    Just think what would happen if a real Conservative became PM.

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