Each day this week - beginning properly tomorrow - ConservativeHome will be looking at the health of the 'Tory Right'. A question in the April survey of members and readers suggests, however, that the 'Right' may be an unhelpful describer. We asked the question, "How would you describe 'the Right of the Conservative Party'?" We received 883 answers to the question and these ten verbatim responses all appeared within the first 100 replies:
- "Very weird/deluded
- It is not Right wing, it is Reactionary wing. Same people who resisted Thatcher, now resist new ideas again.
- Somewhat out of touch with mainstream politics. Some of them verge on the dangerous.
- Out of touch with the general electorate and who are far too vocal.
- People who have forgotten that one can only win power by attracting votes from outside the ranks of core supporters.
- A little too detached from the need to debate in private and stand together in public.
- In danger of perpetuating the view of many of the electorate of wanting to bring back 'Thatcher-style' policies.
- Out of touch and a hinderance to winning a general election.
- As a group strategically inept.
- The "saloon bar" party - appeals to our gut instincts but doesn't realise that the world has changed."
Hmmm. Remember - these are Conservative Party members. The series begins tomorrow.