"The problem is that policy is being run by two public school boys who don’t know what it’s like to go to the supermarket and have to put things back on the shelves because they can’t afford it for their children’s lunchboxes. What’s worse, they don’t care either."Not often that I agree with Tory MP Nadine Dorries, but on this, she's spot on.
James Delingpole - a Conservative commentator, writing in the Telegraph adds
under Cameron, Osborne (and with able assistance from yet another millionaire ex-public schoolboy Nick Clegg) the Conservatives really have become the party of the spoiled, remote, arrogant rich. So much so that it makes you wonder why anyone on an income of less than £200,000 a year would even consider voting for them... what I do seriously object to is the effect this cushion of comfort has on their policy-making... Cameron and Osborne (and, though she didn't mention him, Clegg) simply have no idea how badly this recession is treating those struggling middle class families who constitute their core vote.That's a pretty damning comment. Cameron, Clegg and Co may be able to get away with this scam for a while, but from their point of view, the aspirational middle-income Tory vote is crucial, something that Margaret Thatcher grasped perfectly.
Is it a lack of vision, of coherent political thought and ideology at the heart of government - or is it far worse? They know that there is such a thing as society and that it can be sold off to their mates. The vision is the roll-back of the post-1945 state - the long-term destruction of the National Health Service, the race to the bottom of an American-style system of welfare, rolling back health and safety and work place protection in pursuit of the myth that this will create jobs. Ayn Rand would have been proud of this bunch of wreckers.
The eventual outcome will be grinding poverty for some, a struggle for many and wealth for a privileged few. These policies will not promote social mobility, they will enshrine status and make movement all but impossible, although the dream will be dangled before you to encourage you to keep voting for measures that sustain those few. However, if Cameron cannot sustain the core vote, then that land will be but a dream for him and his cronies.