Last night at a meeting I felt the need to remind people just why we need change, and why that change has to be the Conservatives. Everyone has their ideal view of what the next government should do, say and be like. It will soon be time to live in the real world, and recognise that the choice lies between Labour and Conservatives.
We need to remember:
Conservatives opposed Mr Brown’s changes to the Bank of England which stripped it of important powers and contributed to the banking crash.
Conservatives opposed the switch in inflation target before the 2005 election, a switch which led to a bigger credit bubble than we wanted.
Conservatives opposed the excessive deficit of the last year, voting against the VAT reduction and proposing lower spending.
Conservatives opposed the tax raid on Britain’s pension funds, a raid which led to the closure of most funds to new members and the winding up of many funds.
Conservatives opposed the Nice, Amsterdam and Lisbon Treaties, because they transferred power to Brussels.
Conservatives opposed Labour’s lax approach to our borders, wanting proper border controls and limits on numbers.
Conservatives offered a refererendum on Lisbon and voted for one in the Commons. Lib Dems and Labour ratted on their promise and voted it down.
Conservatives opposed much of the new red tape which now envelops local government and business.
Conservatives opposed attacks on our freedoms and civil liberties.
Sorting out the mess our country, our economy and our society is in is no easy task. It will not be possible to tackle everything all at once. Even mending the economy will take time. The question being debated today is do we want to make a start, or do we intend to carry on living in make believe land, awaiting the market crash which is likely to happen if we do not start to live within our means and begin the task of running our public sector efficiently and well.