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Loanna Morrison: This "ghetto Tory" doesn't care about the social background of the politicians caricatured as "Tory toffs"

Picture 8 Loanna Morrison is the Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate for Bermondsey and Old Southwark.

I am angered by the constant taunts from the Left that Conservatives are "toffs". Some may be upper class – Eton and all that - but so what? Is it a crime to benefit from a privileged background and a brilliant education as a result of an accident of birth?

I am not a toff so perhaps voters would prefer a “ghetto Tory” running the country? If so, give me space – I'm coming. I am black, a single mother who lived in a council house and with no Oxford University degree to my name. I am also a Tory.

David Cameron does not need a qualification in poverty to understand the economic challenges facing Britain. Under Labour, the fat cats keep getting fatter and the required tasks for the future of our country are deferred and obfuscated while the chosen few cling to office and quango jobs.

If qualifications are needed, Gordon Brown is singularly unqualified. He has never held a job outside politics. No wonder he and his equally unqualified Cabinet have made such a spectacularly bad job of looking after the poor. Their idea of social mobility is to help only the favoured few climb the greasy pole. The rest of us can go hang. How many Labour ministers send their children to private schools, have private health insurance and take pride in their kids' courage on the field of battle in Afghanistan?

The first thing Tony Blair abolished was the Assisted Places Scheme. Thank goodness I have already used it. We all want our children to be given the best education, to become "toffs" in the best sense of the term – well-dressed, educated and able to take their place as responsible members of society. It is clear from unchallenged statistics that Labour is not capable of delivering.

The Tories were hounded out of office under John Major for having affairs, not for stealing taxpayers' money. We cannot shift Gordo and his crew, even though their administration is mired in sleaze and corruption. How many Tories have had to resign twice or had more than half their cabinet resign for financial wrongdoing? A politician having a leg over doesn't affect anyone's way of life, nor their pocket.

Harriet Harman, who continually trumpets the “equality” card, is about as toff as you can get as the niece of a Lord. The country, including the Tories, is no longer obsessed with class and if you have enough money, regardless of birth, you can still buy a peerage.

The BBC, funded by the poor taxpayer, sings a constant theme about Tory toffs and privilege. I often find it difficult to watch the BBC News, Newsnight or even listen to Radio 4: there is a deep-seated belief in the Beeb that anyone who calls him or herself a Conservative is somehow abnormal. Blair was a toff and yet Labour voters put him back in office three times!

“We're all as bad as each other” is what Labour wants the electorate to believe. But Tories are not pretending to be what they are not, unlike the champagne Socialists with their two Jags and time for croquet and his secretary.  Blair could not wait to get his hands on the million pounds from Formula 1. If that had been David Cameron he would have been forced to resign pronto but he is not “that sort a guy.”

Too many Labour politicians are in it for the money, creating quangos for their cronies and jobs for their partners. Mandelson springs to mind with his upper class pad in Regents Park and £24,000 watch.

Previous Conservative Prime Ministers have been humbly born. Not toffs. Not educated at public schools. The late Sir Edward Heath, carpenter's son. Lady Thatcher, grocer's daughter. John Major, son of a maker of garden ornaments. Ironically, he was criticised for not being a toff.

Did you hear the Tories vilifying Blair for his privileged and privately educated background? No, we are too polite. Labour get nasty if you are not one of them. Remember John Prescott lashing out at a protester? If a Tory did that he would have been lynched like a Southern slave.

Labour want you to think they are the party of the poor. Deep down they know Socialism is a flawed ideology which doesn't know how to generate money, only to spend it. The capitalists who are invariably conservative generate cash. Labour have been ousted as closet capitalists marching behind a phoney slogan and a tattered red flag.

I am not into gender or identity politics. I joined the Conservatives because they want what I want and say what I say. If the Tories are the party of privilege, they will know how to give us some of it.

They will create policies for the nation not divide us into interest groups and throw us preferential crumbs. That is why a ghetto Tory like me was selected as a Conservative Parliamentary candidate.


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