We need more right-of-centre opinions

We need more right-of-centre opinions

by Jonathan Stanley
article from Tuesday 24, October, 2017

AS A EUROSCEPTIC right winger, I have seen for many years now a growing gap on the right. With all the talk of uniting the right for Brexit it's easy to loose sight of reality.

The Conservative and Unionists seek to claim a monopoly of truth on everything right-of-centre. A truly one holy catholic and apostolic church. One party, the heritable creator of all the great and glory of the last two centuries. 

One where merit trumps identity, where foreign relations are maintained cordially, where free marketeers and social marketeers break bread with eurosceptics and europhiles alike.

Where members choose their candidates and accommodation is made for all – and all have a fair crack of the whip... and can be elected.

What if all this were true in Southern England and the vast bulk of MPs hailed from there? That would not itself be a bad thing. 

Yet it is clear this is not the case elsewhere. Too old, too white, too right, too male, too stale and Brexit bastards galore. Am I the only one feeling unloved and unwanted ithe corner, up here in Bonny Scotland?

Where are the radical policies and the radicals to see them through and why has the monopoly of liberty sought such fawning compromise with social democrats and social judicialists? That game always leads to the erosion of liberty in the end.

The smacking ban is just the latest anti-family policy debated at length by the childless. Shall we put the nuns back in charge of sex education while we are at it? I am thoroughly opposed to smacking but it does mean more mechanisms and time to educate, especially against life-threatening danger or the consequence of kicking out or biting – given that in the real world such behavior will very likely be rewarded with violence.

One cannot legislate against sub-optimal parenting, but laws can make things far worse. The consequence of premature interference can devastate families and tie up scarce resources.

Consequence, family, sovereignty, liberty, merit are core principles of the right. Electability and diversity of opinion are essential to delivery in power and that is the only prize for politicians.

Scotland does not have a diverse right in office because free marketeers and eurosceptics have been elbowed aside. A non-LBGT brexiteer is a rare beast. 

And in England? In the North East we have very weak electoral performance. Outside rural Hexham, Penrith and the marginal Berwick, Tory seats are super marginal or non existent.

This is a very large geography and demographic to have such glaring gaps, more so given how self-inflicted they are. When UKIP activists took on the North East they found themselves pushing against rotten wood. Only poor focus and planning stopped them. 

In Scotland I was part of the libertarian, anti-idenity side who saw slow steady progress stall under intertia, then buckle under utterly absurd characters. In Fife during indyref, in one b-yelection UKIP took 8.8 per cent of the vote. Earlier on, Aberdeen provided 4.8 per cent despite some of the most Benny Hill project management. 

So I have decided to move things on, just a little. Using work from Thinkscotland and from leading UK think tanks and conservative pressure groups I will work with others to build an alternative manifesto. Not one on social justice or social democracy but on what I call social unionism.

A free society, an open economy, a regional focus within the union and national sovereignty in a more balanced union.

A Northern Star on the right, a social unionist project. There may never be a second offering of right wing politics here at the ballot box. Though there is no doubt one is possible. I won't giving up the day jobs quite yet though.

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