Bernard Jenkins, Douglas Carswell and the other 93 Conservative backbenchers are right to be upset and have every right to voice their views.
Many people have been criticising them for attacking the party leadership but the fact of the matter is that they’re just doing their job. As backbenchers it is their job to keep holding the government to account by questioning their actions and making sure that they stick to what the country wants. And the country wants to see power repatriated from Brussels. They also want to see a stable recovery.
And the sad thing is that the leadership don’t want either of these things. Or at least they don’t look as though they do. Our current economic recovery is based on false principles. They aren’t cutting enough, fast enough, despite what the opposition says. Neither are the cuts that they are making very efficient. This has been further pressed by George Osborne announcing that he will be increasing the minimum wage, which as anyone can see would increase prices of goods and services across the board. And it doesn’t end there, Douglas Carswell has pointed out that the economy is growing without the markets and that this is something we should be concerned about. Perhaps they should look at the possibility of cutting some of our contributions to the EU to save money as well.
Perhaps this could be achieved through allowing the UK parliament to Veto EU laws, like Germany already does, so that we can cut regulations and opt out of excessive spending programs. In fact this is exactly what the 95 have suggested. Giving the UK a veto option would not only save us money but also allow us to remove laws that are fundamentally incompatible with the Common Law system that we use. It may also give us the power to opt out clauses that say we cannot trade with our prefered trade partners in America and Asia-Pacific. A veto would help us get ahead. As has been pointed out time and time again, the rest of the world is growing whilst Europe stagnates. We should be able to look out to the rest of the world and open up trade with them…
And then there’s the idea of returning to conservative principles. The global trend last year was that conservative parties did far better than socialist or social-democratic parties. The Conservatives could learn from this by returning to the principles that a large number of their core supporters have, the classical liberal, slightly whigish, view that the state should be small and the markets free. If they do this, not only will it clober UKIP, but it will also make it more distinguishable from the LibDems and the Labour party.