No Neverending Tory

Theresa May called an election in order to underline the apparent weakness of the Labour party under Jeremy Corbyn. Winning a snap election would mean a definitive answer to the question of her legitimacy as PM, and move the traditional opposition party further toward the peripheries. It is also being termed the ‘Brexit Election’, as if we’re basically voting for the person to lead us out of the European Union.

However, if we count the five years as the senior partner in coalition, the Conservative party has had almost 7 years to set our minds at rest on the real key public issues: Education and Health. And we’re still waiting.

For the teaching profession, cheeky comments about long holidays and stress-free working environments are now dead in the water. Teaching staff today are basically describing crippling workloads and unachievable levels of assessment for the students. Teachers are in despair. Teachers are quitting.

Those who work in health and social care are suffering from an overwhelming amount of demand that is pushing facilities and staff to their limits. We now have a health service that is at best struggling to adequately serve the nation, and at worst, no longer fit for purpose.

Brexit is happening, whichever colour tie or brooch the person shaking Donald Tusk’s hand is wearing. We’ve heard the political arguments, and now we want to hear specific, innovative plans as to how the key issues will be addressed.

A strong and stable government is indeed good for the country, although Theresa May’s machine-gun assertion is becoming rather tiresome. Stability always has been at the core of Conservativism, but it’s not sufficient to convince the voting public anymore. In fact, without strong opposition, the Conservatives are apparently drowning in arrogant complacency.

The absence of an eloquent, inspirational opposition leader does not change the fact that Blair saying ‘Education’ three times, 20 years ago, was more convincing than any schools policy coming from Blue HQ.

And how desperate does the NHS have to become before something radical is done, or even proposed, by a Tory Health Minister?

A right-of-centre political orientation does not guarantee a Conservative vote. Wake up, Mrs May. If we don’t hear anything solid on Health, Social care and Education within the next couple of weeks, Britain will elect the Coalition of Chaos.