Platform 10, an internet site devoted to the idea of liberal conservatism—where ‘progressive ends are best achieved by conservative means’, fulfilled by ‘a modern, liberal Conservative government’—very kindly posted, over the course of the campaign, my thoughts on comparing a liberal conservative programme with Organic Toryism.
Published over a number of weeks, I’ve gathered the essays together for easy selection:
- a general overview of liberal conservatism from the perspective of Organic Toryism;
- a tribute to Benjamin Disraeli on Primrose Day, tracing the modern echoes of Disraeli’s One Nation Toryism;
- a critique of Conservative policy with respect to House of Lords reform (published on The Organic Tory);
- an argument against hung parliaments and coalition governments; and
- a rallying cry to disaffected Conservatives to support the party on election day.
It promises to be an exciting day of voting, as the Conservative, Labour, and Liberal Democrat parties vie at the polls for public support to form a Government—with the winning leader moving into No. 10 Downing Street as Prime Minister.
For the first time in decades, though, no one party has a clear lead, and the outcome is very far from assured. It will be a long night as the media, party members, and the country-at-large await results from the ballot-box.
Who will finally kiss hands with the Queen, and become Her Majesty’s next First Minister?