Let’s not start sucking each others’ dicks
quite yet

Was it really only that long ago? Just two weeks ago today, the nation went to the polls and did what few people thought could ever happen; they defied predictions of the dawning of a new age of coalitions and elected a Conservative administration with a wafer-thin working majority of 15.

The bubbly flowed here at CfL Towers that Friday night as we celebrated what we and hundreds of activists all over the country had worked so hard to achieve. But even before the first cork was popped and spilled its gratuitous load all over the faces of the Left, we were already getting indications of why such a tiny majority really was the best possible outcome.

In fact it had not even turned 7am on May 8 before the Telegraph was reporting that the Secretary of State for Insanity was up to her old tricks again. Well, the exact words were ‘Lib Dems gone.  Theresa May raises the prospect of a new bill to monitor internet communications – much hankered for.’ Really? I mean for crying out loud, woman, give it a day at least.

What this appeared to confirm was that, while we were right to rejoice in a Conservative majority that would protect the progress made over the last five years – free schools, welfare reform geared towards getting people back into work, public sector cuts, union reform, a greater income tax threshold, an EU referendum – there was going to be a lot of work to do over the next five years. In short; the battle for the country had been won, but the battle for the soul of the Conservative Party was just beginning.

I, for one, do not believe all those young Conservative Future members who did so much to secure such an amazing result via Mark Clarke’s RoadTrip shock troops worked as hard as they did and sacrificed so much just so Theresa May could push through legislation allowing the rozzers to spy on their kinky SnapChat photos.

I sincerely doubt many in the Conservative Party braved April showers and letterboxes with a taste for human flesh so this tinpot totalitarian could take it upon herself to not only demolish the very concept of free speech and freedom of expression in this country, but to actually have the temerity and half-witted, crazed, arrogance to decide for the rest of us what constitutes “British values.”

I cannot accept the idea that these people pay their membership fees each year for the privilege of hearing their prime minister and party leader expand his arbitrary hounding of law-abiding businesses to include the arbitrary hounding of law-abiding citizens who hold opinions he and his rabid Home Secretary consider unacceptable.

I mean, just read that quote from the Prime Minister again; ‘For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone.’

And again; ‘For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone.’

Once more; ‘For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone.’

Yes, the leader of a country which 150 years ago was confidant enough in its belief in liberty to harbour a man like Karl Marx – who was actively calling for the violent overthrow of the monarchies of Europe and the whole concept of private property – is now grasping for the right to harass, prosecute and imprison law-abiding citizens who hold “extreme” opinions not pre-approved by the Home Office. All in the name of “British values.”

So no, in the immortal words of Pulp Fiction‘s Winston Wolf, let’s not start sucking each others’ dicks quite yet; let’s get seriously pissed off and, to paraphrase the Prime Minister this time, get bloody lively about it, too.

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