David Cameron’s DIY government would burden the electorate

Our guest writer is David Heathcote who recently defected from the Conservatives to the Labour party

The remarks made by Chris Grayling in relation to B&Bs turning away gay couples on religious grounds – and the Conservative Party’s effective endorsement of his position – made me remove my ‘blue tinted glasses’ and reconsider how my political and social beliefs fit with the three main parties.

The ‘Grayling gaffe’ was the catalyst for my resignation from the Conservative Party, which I have served as an Approved Parliamentary Candidate and as an activist in the key marginal seat of Colne Valley. I am not a gay rights activist, as such, but I do believe in fairness and honesty. William Hague and Theresa May refused to condemn the remarks and said only that the party’s position was “made clear“. This is an indication that they are unwilling to move beyond their notorious attitude in the 1980s when the Conservatives introduced Section 28.

But gay rights aside, I remain gravely concerned by several other policies that the Conservatives would pursue if they gain power.  The most immediately important is the economy. Whatever we think of Labour’s record on ‘Boom and Bust’ we must consider our economic position now.  The Conservatives do not seem to appreciate that swingeing cuts in the current financial year would kill the recovery. Thousands of jobs would be placed at risk and consequently increase our welfare bill. As unemployment rises, the markets would respond, businesses would batten the hatches to protect themselves, and all confidence would be lost. We would be in danger of a double dip recession. The prediction by the OECD of 3.1 per cent growth in the UK economy for the second quarter appears to endorse Alistair Darling’s recent Budget predictions, for which he was ridiculed.  The Conservatives have simply lost the economic argument.

On immigration, the government’s Australian style points system seems to be the most sensible approach. The Conservatives’ arbitrary cap might appeal to right-wing voters, but it would quickly become unworkable if the country found itself in need of new skills that were not available in the short term. The Lib Dems’ regionally targeted approach is ill though out and probably unnecessary as the jobs market itself would regulate where skills are needed. As with the Conservatives’ cap, this policy would probably have to be revised to the more realistic approach outlined by Gordon Brown during the first leaders’ debate.

On May 6th we should choose the party that will govern with strength and direction, particularly at this critical time of economic and political recovery. David Cameron’s Do it Yourself government would burden the electorate with the responsibilities for which they elect politicians in order that they can get on with their own lives. What would happen if things go wrong – would Cameron distance himself from that responsibility?

I believe in creating the structure and environment in which an individual can pursue their dreams and ambitions; where they can live peaceful and happy lives; where we look after those in need, and respect the opinions and beliefs of everyone.

So why did I choose the Labour Party?  After serious consideration I realised that my political beliefs and ambitions for our great country fit very closely with Labour: a party that represents fairness and equality and which supports those in need of help, while providing the structure for people to achieve their ambitions.

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22 Responses to “David Cameron’s DIY government would burden the electorate”

  1. Ben Cooper

    RT @wdjstraw: David Heathcote defected to Labour last week over Grayling's B&B remarks. He sets out why he left on @leftfootfwd http://bit.ly/dDdDgF

  2. Anthony McCaul

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  3. Louise John

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  4. Jordan Newell

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  5. Will Straw

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  6. Grace F-H

    RT @wdjstraw: David Heathcote defected to Labour last week over Grayling's B&B remarks. He sets out why on @leftfootfwd http://bit.ly/dDdDgF

  7. Adam Croome

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  8. James Rubino

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  9. Benjamin Butterworth

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  11. LGBT Labour

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  12. Andy Sutherland

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  14. Silent Hunter

    Our guest writer is David Heathcote who recently defected from the Conservatives to the Labour party

    Hahahahahaha!

    That’s the first time I’ve heard of someone jumping out of the lifeboat to swim back to the sinking ship.

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  15. Simon Latham

    RT @wdjstraw: David Heathcote defected to Labour last week over Grayling's B&B remarks. He sets out why he left on @leftfootfwd http://bit.ly/dDdDgF

  16. Unsure

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  17. john

    If this is a labour supporting website, then where are all the positive stories about why we should be backing labour? I can only find relentless tory bashing, but no headline stories about why we should consider voting labour. Or is it now that Labour supporters now realise the only way they can stay in power is if they are saved by the liberal democrats at the ballot box and you have now given up?

  18. Tammy Jensen

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  19. Matthew Rhodes

    Excellent post by someone who has who recently defected from the Conservatives to the Labour party http://tinyurl.com/y5v5tuq

  20. Will Straw

    John,

    Sorry to disappoint you but this is not a Labour supporting website. It’s a progressive website with contributions from Labour, Lib Dem, Green, and non-aligned progressives. We have even had contributions from some “progressive Conservatives”. See more on our About page: http://www.leftfootforward.org/about

    There’s plenty here on progressive ideas but during the campaign, our focus has been exposing the deceit behind the Tories and the failings of their policies.

    Best wishes,

    Will

  21. Gustavo MontesdeOca

    Somehow managed to miss #votetory defections last week. Ex- conservative Heathcote explains here http://bit.ly/8XNF9J #ge2010

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