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Chris Bryant’s mindset will keep Labour out of power

I was interested in Labour MP Chris Bryant’s blog piece in the Independent today. Challenged by an 11 year old to explain the difference between the Tories and Labour he came up with the following at short notice:

Labour wanted everyone to have a decent chance in life, no matter what their background, while the Tories thought everyone should stand on their own two feet.

His comments betray his party’s belief that it has a monopoly of compassion and fellow feeling. There is no Tory who couldn’t sign up to wanting “everyone to have a decent chance in life, no matter what their background”. This equality of opportunity argument is mainstream conservatism. Anything else is a waste of human resources and fails good Tory principles of practicality. It is also a mainstream Tory position to say that people should stand on their own two feet but this would always be qualified by the phrase “where they can”. A social safety net is fully embraced by Tories.

Bryant’s problem is that the mainstream majority in this country thinks that Labour stands for “everyone to have a decent life, regardless of how much effort they put in”. It is a mainstream view that too many people make too small a contribution to our society. This might mean not bothering at school, it might mean skiving at work, it might mean cheating the benefits system, it might mean being anti-social, it might mean letting drink or drugs rule your life, it might mean not saving for your own future, it might mean not raising your kids right. It is a mainstream view that actions should have consequences. The Tories’ tough love is in keeping with the mood of the times. Labour’s something for nothing culture is not.

Bryant is an interesting case. He went to an elite public school (Cheltenham College where many scenes for the film If were shot) followed by Oxford. He was a member of the Conservative Party, and an elected office-holder in the Oxford University Conservative Association. During the eighties he got ordained, worked out that he was gay and joined the Labour party. Bryant was born two weeks before me so I understand the times he lived through. I don’t suppose that many parts of the Conservative party were particularly gay friendly in the eighties (if only in antithesis to the often overwrought politicisation of this issue at the time – remember “political lesbians”?). You might have thought that with history on both sides of the political divide Bryant would have come up with something a bit more insightful. Although Tory love is tough it is real enough all the same. Bryant should know.

2 replies on “Chris Bryant’s mindset will keep Labour out of power”

Hello Phil, i have never heard of you prior to today, opps, im not from London, but when I visit i find the people of London to be friendly, especially the cab drivers.They are direct in their views, can talk to you about everything and anything and are very helpful about where to go and places to see. Obviously like in all cities you have to be streetwise, but hey thats life.
London is full of gems, I love Covent Garden, great shops, london has lovely places to eat, whatever your budget, its a diverse city, and full of history and culture. I last visited your city two years ago and attended a charity event in Chelsea, the art of giving. Myself and my colleague raised money for Stepping stones Nigeria, we held a black tie event, and raised a fair amount, much more than we thought we would and we were invited to London as a thank you from the organisers.
I like the majority of people in our country, try to do our bit.Its important to do so and gives you self pride, its a great feeling.
Im a law abiding citizen, work hard and save so I can enjoy nice things, like holidays. I of course, appreciate that im very lucky in that I do have a job, its very difficult for so many people at the moment.
My only crime is that I smoke, I enjoy smoking my cigs, but we now live in a nanny state that is out of control( all political parties have the same view, nanny knows best, heaven help you if you do not do agree with this doctrine) watch out you drinkers, and people that enjoy a few too many cakes, you will be next…… in fact, you are next its here, have fun, oops fun……… surely not.
Anyway, coming back to your post 31/12, you make sense, we have a duty to make a contribution for good, whether its for charity, helping a neighbour when they are in need, an elderly parent who needs help…. the list goes on.
Of course the state must be available for those in desperate need, but as individuals we owe it to society to do our bit and its good to stand on your own two feet, standing on you own two feet allows you to take pride in what you have achieved.
Is it too late……has big brother taken over for good, I think it is too late,, far too late, the nanny state is here forever its power base growing by the minute, no second.It wants to take control of every single aspect of individual liberty, it does not allow for citizens to make any decisions for themselves as adults.
However I will continue to do my bit and make a contribution, hopefully the state will not take that right from me too but it probably will.
I’ve just read my post and yes I do sound a little like a grumpy old man,( im not too old) but hey.
Happy 2012.
Cheers,
Chris

Phil

Politics is like parenting,

The Labour party is like the parent that loves the child so much it wants to do everything for it and with any luck that child will never be able to do anything for itself and will always be dependant on that parent.

The Conservative party loves the child as much as the Labour Party but wants the child to be able to stand on it’s own two feet and do well for itself in life. It doesn’t want the child to become dependant on the parent because that is not what’s best for the child.

That is the difference between the Labour party and the Conservative party

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