It’s an unfortunate irony that while some are trying to paint the Tories as out of touch and wanting to usher in a sort of halcyonic Britain that never actually existed outside the pages of a P.G. Wodehouse novel, the people in the Conservative party who actually do think like that are upping sticks and rushing to UKIP fearful of the “softness” of David Cameron daring to a deal with the Lib dems leaving the party with the truly faithful and sane.
In truth the Tories are shedding the “backward-looking social attitudes” that people like Francis Maude are complaining about and the people who religiously believe in them are dropping the Conservative party for the unelectable UKIP. In the public perception though they never will have dropped those attitudes as long as there’s a single Labour activist to rant about them and paint them as the party they were 30 years ago. It’s almost an article of faith to such people, while even as Labour changes, the Tories never can and never will change.
It’s entirely likely that my old mate Kargosh will turn up on this blog and say that I am one of the people who wants to “usher in a sort of halcyonic Britain that never actually existed outside the pages of a P.G. Wodehouse novel” and it’s true that I have said that to him at least once, possibly even using almost that exact phrase. But, mate, ’twas only banter intended to wind you up. Oh? Did it work? Heh.