The conflict between good and evil?

untitled (233)Although less than 1% of the population are members of any political party, down from 8% in 1950, the strength of tribal politics among some party members is no weaker than it ever was. I have always had the strongest political affinity with the Labour Party and even considered joining on occasions in the past. However my observation and those of others I have spoken to, including party members, both past and present is that the Labour Party is deeply tribal. Indeed the evidence of tribes within tribes is evident from the chaos that is the leadership contest at the moment. Of course there are also tribal attitudes within other parties. Assuming that David Cameron does ‘retire’ in time for the next General Election, we will see plenty of Tory tribal activity as the various factions vie for control. Despite all of this, few people would expect to hear the language of good vs evil being used when applied to the differences between or within parties. However yesterday I received a surprise email invitation from a Conservative MP who is planning to hold a post election party. The fact that I was invited to attend suggests how poorly organised some of these campaigns actually are. My only interaction with Conor Burns, the MP for Bournemouth has been to challenge his comments via twitter. However my email address has obviously been added (without my consent) to his list of supporters. The email is as follows:

Ian —

Baroness Thatcher famously said, “I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.”

Thankfully, at the general election, we did triumph over Socialism – winning the first Conservative majority since 1992. And Britain is the better and stronger for it!

I was delighted to be returned as local MP for Bournemouth West, and I can assure you that Bournemouth – with its beautiful golden sands, sparkling seas, and the finest pubs on the South Coast – is not a left-wing town.

This is why I would like to invite you personally, to join me at the celebratory Conservative Way Forward action day and dinner here in Bournemouth on Saturday, 5th September.

BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE Here’s the plan:

1) We will enjoy glorious sunshine, a slap-up dinner, and a brief stint of sociable campaigning to make sure the Conservatives can continue to spread goodwill and prosperity across the country. And of course, FREE DRINKS will be provided for those who come along.

2) For those weary from pounding the pavements through the general election, allow me to reassure you… we will not be leafleting! We will not even be canvassing! No, we will instead be pioneering a whole new method of grassroots campaigning: talking with voters who have a strong record of voting Conservative, and inviting them to get more involved with the oldest and greatest political movement on Planet Earth: the Conservative Party.

It promises to be a fantastic day. You will be able to catch up with your friends over a pint, enjoy the great cuisine of our town, and see what the Bournemouth nightlife is like. I’m looking forward to it hugely.

If you are Londoner, there is an all-inclusive ticket that will include the cost of travel down from London on Saturday, a hearty dinner, an overnight stay in a local hotel, and return travel on the Sunday morning. Or, if you would prefer to come just for the day itself, and make your own way to Bournemouth, you can buy a ticket for just the dinner. Tickets can be bought HERE. Ian, I do hope that you can come and join me, and help rebuild the grassroots of our Party.  Best wishes, Conor Burns MP

P.S. Don’t forget to purchase your ticket HERE

Conor Burns MP

My greatest concern is that Conor Burns MP is supposed to be helping to run the country on behalf of all of his constituents, irrespective of their voting behaviour and political views. It is deeply worrying that he and perhaps his colleagues really believe that their political ideology is good and that of other people is evil. I am grateful that Conor Burns is not my MP, but wonder how many MPs in all parties hold such views? Clearly he is more than happy to ignore data protection legislation, and his offer of free alcohol if I am prepared to shell out £10 for a dinner is not particularly responsible. Altogether a very disturbing email from an MP with very extreme views.


About ianchisnall

I have a passion to see public policy made accessible everyone who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as in policies on health services and strategic planning.
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