Are these gibbering buffoons really the Conservative Party’s hope for the future?

The caption on this picture reads: "Nick Robinson, former Young Conservatives chairman and current BBC political editor, taking a selfie with some young Tories (Photo courtesy of theblueguerilla.co.uk). Perhaps you'd like to dream up your own caption for this image of wild-eyed, slack-jawed decadence (he's the political editor at the BBC and people still think it's left-wing; the mind boggles).

The caption on this picture reads: “Nick Robinson, former Young Conservatives chairman and current BBC political editor, taking a selfie with some young Tories (Photo courtesy of theblueguerilla.co.uk).” Perhaps you’d like to dream up your own caption for this image of wild-eyed, slack-jawed decadence (he’s the political editor at the BBC and people still think it’s left-wing; the mind boggles).

How bizarre. Apparently the right-wing social media want us to believe that, even though Conservative Party membership is believed to have dropped below 100,000, the number of young people joining up or supporting that party is reaching its highest in a decade.

Never mind. If, like Alice, you try to believe six impossible things before breakfast, you still have five more slots available to you.

The new information comes from a website called Vice.com, in an article entitled ‘Rise of the Tory Youth: Meeting Britain’s Young Conservatives’.

And meet them we do, along with some of the most spectacularly ignorant and ill-informed opinions this writer has encountered in a month of Sundays.

Try this, from 24-year-old Louisa Townson, current Tory Society President at University College, London. She tells us she became a member because of Tory economics: “We’d had this huge crash and we knew we had to sort out the national debt and the deficit.” Doesn’t she know that the last four years of Tory economics have cost the UK more than Labour spent in its entire 13 years of office and reduced the deficit by a staggeringly meagre £10 billion?

Louisa thinks the tripling of tuition fees was “fair” – presumably she won’t be saddled with student debt until she’s in her fifties, then.

As for workfare, she thinks “it would be good if [the unemployed] can give something back”. So this young woman, who joined the Conservatives for their economic policies, thinks it’s a good idea to remove paying jobs from the economy by making unemployed people do them – at the taxpayers’ expense – while the rate of corporation tax has nosedived so the host companies take all the profits? How will that help reduce the national debt?

And this is supposed to be an example of the brightest Young Conservative thinking. Oh my word. Oh dear.

Oliver Cooper, president of Tory youth movement Conservative Future, is still under the impression that his party stands for “economic freedom” – the party that, in government, has pushed millions onto the dole to keep wages down; destroyed much of Britain’s remaining industrial base, decimating the economies of entire regions of the UK, to undermine working-class self-confidence and security; de-democratised nationalised industries through privatisation; created a mushrooming of homelessness by promoting house ownership, creating a chronic shortage of social housing and perpetuating it by denying councils the ability to build more; and increased inequalities of income and wealth by cutting the relative value of benefits along with wages, boosting the social exclusion of the poorest in society.

This is supposed to show that it is cool to be a Tory again? Oh good heavens no. It demonstrates the “cancerous… classist and out-of-touch view of the modern middle class youth of today”, as Theodor Ensbury states in the comment column.

“Mix privilege with a lack of life experience … and you have a heady cocktail of political and social empowerment without understanding of consequences,” he adds.

There is much more of this, but there really isn’t any need to go into further detail. Read it yourself, if you can stomach it.

Today’s Tory youth, ladies and gentlemen: Ignorant, insular and insolent.

The last thing they deserve is responsibility.

I wouldn’t give them the time of day.

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15 thoughts on “Are these gibbering buffoons really the Conservative Party’s hope for the future?

  1. Chris K

    I keep telling people Nick Robinson is a Tory stooge and cheerleader and nobody believes me. They actually think BBC News isn’t biased? I wonder if any of those Young Conservatives have ever worked in their lives or did they just get a job with Daddy or Mummy in Westminster ?

  2. bookmanwales

    Unfortunately this is not just limited to the members of Tory youth movements. As a regular user of chat rooms I see this attitude amongs ignorant youing people daily.
    One aged just 22 was moaning about how sick she was of paying taxes to “workshy scroungers having kids”
    I put to her that at 22 years of age, working part time having just finished uni, she had yet to repay all the benefits the state had provided to her. Birth costs courtesy of the NHS, child benefit courtesy of the benefit system, education courtesy of the Tax system, tax credits if her parents were low earners etc.
    Unfortunately the storm of criticism that rained down on me from other chatters made me realise what a challenge society faces to educate people to the truth.

    Documentaries about life and living conditions once a major part of mainstream television have all but disappeared to minor sky channels and instead our youngsters are fed a constant diet of TOWIE, Big Brother,BGT and Pop Idol.
    Those documentaries that do make it on mainstream Television have for the last few years focussed on “Easy benefit living”, Benefits Street, Saints and Scroungers, How to get a council house, On benefits and proud etc etc.

    History taught in schools is limited to Vikings and Romans with no mention anywhere of the 1000 years since, serfdom, Slave labour, poverty, disease, workhouses and slums housing etc.
    Nor anywhere is it taught about the benefits the NHS, Welfare system, social housing and other social welfare programs have brought to this country.

    Not one person under 30 probably know that these services were introduced at a time this country was far more financially unstable than it is today and we were paying off debts as a percentage of GDP far in excess of those we have today and yet they all happened.

    Nor has it been mentioned to these youngsters that they are reaping the benefits of a healthy disease free lifestyle because we made these things happen regardless of the cost but rather in the interests of “social justice”

    Is it their fault this ignorance, or ours for allowing successive governments to remodel education to their political advantage ??

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