Ed Miliband: The Conservative Party's Greatest Foe

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Monday, September 9, 2013
Ben Harris-Quinney

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The press has been full of considered analysis over the summer months that, despite the recent blip of the Syria crisis, this has been a comparatively strong recess for the Conservative Party. Plans for a second term of David Cameron’s premiership have even reached the lips of sensible discussion.

If in 2005 a pundit had predicted that in just eight years Conservative Party membership would have dropped by 70 percent and a new conservative party (UKIP) would have reached touching distance in the polls, it would have been dismissed as far-fetched. If they had predicted the situation would be roundly considered to be reasonably successful for the Conservative Party by the media of the day, it would have been dismissed as insanity.

It may be that the Conservative Party’s situation is entirely in line with Cameron’s blueprint, to use UKIP as a poultice to draw out conservatives and replace members with corporate donors and malleable dilettantes. But to be achievable the scenario would require something outside the control of Cameron, Maude and Gove’s modernising agenda: a string of Labour leaders so ineffective that the internal collapse of the Conservative Party would be irrelevant, and pass almost unnoticed.

This has been achieved in a manner that could barely have been predicted, or even wished for. Gordon Brown and Ed Miliband may be the worst leaders the Labour Party have ever had, they would certainly both make the top five. For them to occur consecutively has been a stroke of luck for the leadership Conservative Party, in the short term.

In the long term it may be the greatest disaster to ever befall the Party that once defined British politics in its breadth of membership, campaign machine and support. Such has been the neglect of the Tory base since 2005 it now rests decimated, with no seeds sewn for future growth.

If the current trends continue, largely unseen underneath the shimmering veneer of the Party leadership, a strong Labour leader of the future, who will come sooner than anyone has prepared for, will cut through the hollow shell of the Conservative Party with startling ease. The result will most likely be an organisation shattered and irreparable.

We once righteously rode high as a Party on the line that Gordon Brown failed to mend the roof of the British economy while the sun was shining, ensuring its ultimate collapse and near impossible repair.

We probably have no longer than Ed Miliband’s tenure to do the same for the Conservative Party itself.

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