With the General Election all done and dusted, but without an overall ‘winner’, David Cameron and his Tory party must seek to make an alliance with Liberal Democrats. The surprising failure of the Lib Dem’s to secure more seats coupled with Labour‘s surprise at remaining in the election has led to the Conservatives looking for so-called potential friends to give them an outright majority. So what went wrong for the Tories and Cameron’s Cons?
A few months ago the Conservatives seemed a shoe in for Number 10. Gordon Brown was seen as an unapproachable giant who happened to be stood in front of a handful of cabinet ministers who were just waiting for their P45’s to come through the letterbox. In the leadership debates that took the country by storm we were swept up in Nick Clegg‘s hurricane. The Conservatives were thunderstruck, so to try and claw back some votes David Cameron began by introducing radical new policies left, right and centre to try and lure in extra votes. Think back to Tony Blair‘s last minute introduction of 24hour drinking just before an election. But it’s all well and good introducing new policies such as a complete overhaul of the watering system or plans to introduce the fastest internet in Europe, apparently creating over 600,000 jobs, but realistically there are so many proposals to consider that they would have to pass through several bills a week to get up to speed with what was said in their manifesto. Understandably you have to make changes if you are the succeeding government or else what makes you any different, but at the same time you don’t necessarily want to shoot yourselves in the foot too.
The reason why the Conservatives didn’t do as well as expected is simply because people today have more understanding on how politicians promise one thing, but fail to deliver another. And no matter what MPs think, people read newspapers and listen to the news, so they understand that when a politicial party sets its bar very high it has a very difficult time trying to jump over it.