The Conservatives – A Broad-church?

After shaking off the calls of resignation in the post election landscape, the Conservatives found themselves elected. May took a firmer stance and tighter grip on leadership within the party. The scene oddly echoed her predecessor Cameron; who had resigned after not achieving his desired Brexit outcome. However, in a twist of fate she stayed, and now the party faces a fresh dilemma. Her days are numbered, but who will step up to take the mantle? With so many views encompassed within the party, It’s hard for one single man to say. Despite this, we have some pretty good ideas on who might be vying for the top spot.

Firstly we have Boris Johnson. If you haven’t heard of this iconic character, then many might ask whether you’ve been living under a rock. A former journalist turned politician, Boris has risen from Mayor of London and “Boris Bikes” to a pioneer of the Leave campaign, and now currently holds the state of Foreign minister, and is responsible for dealing with British partners close to home and overseas. It has been remarked that despite his outlandish ways and eccentric attitude, his character is desirable to a point that many diplomats wish to meet with Boris, furthering his influence in negotiations. Boris has, however, had a murky background with his personal affairs, and in some cases has been scolded for his less than polite attitude towards potential ally states. Most notable being the Middle East incident, where he claimed all they did was “play proxy wars” before meeting with those very same diplomats days later. Boris had been one of the many booked to succeed Cameron in his downfall, but his hopes were slashed by Michael Gove, who also gave it a shot – only to be bested by May. Boris is often best described as a “One Nation Tory” a term sometimes associated with the nostalgia of the British Empire.

Gove, much like Boris, started life as a journalist, before switching to a political career. Many may remember him for his previous roles in government, such as the Minister of Education. While in office here he made some controversial, albeit successful policies, while continuing the legacy of academies, previously installed by the Labour government. More recently, Gove has become the Minister of Agriculture under Theresa May. Leading a less controversial record than Boris, Gove seems a safe – but under ambitious choice for many. His current role has taken him all over the country, more recently Newark; a safe Conservative seat currently held by Robert Jenrick. While in the area, he talked with local farmers and other representatives of the rural area. Gove is most known for his combination of liberal social philosophy, with conservative economic ideals, forming a neo-conservative approach to most problems. Much like Boris, he was crucial in the EU referendum, and instrumental to the Leave campaign.

A rising figure in the political landscape (and the secret focus of this article), Jacob Rees Mogg has leaped into the public eye. The almost unheard of Tory MP was thrust into the view of many young politically vested people after going viral online in the past few weeks. Mogg, although not holding many high ranking positions within the party – has encompassed what many young Tories desire. A traditionalist at heart, euro-sceptic and above all charismatic.  Much like our other candidates, Jacob was originally invested in journalism, being a editor for the Times, and then working in the emerging markets in London. He has gained notoriety among youth for many reasons. Faint beliefs in ability to lead and handle pressure were galvanised by his recent question time appearance, in which he defended the austerity of the past Conservative governments, while also taking flack for his notorious accent and past occupation. Aside from his cult following, Mogg attracted the attention of the BBC in a recent article, as well as from Nigel Farage, who was bombarded by calls to appoint Mogg during his LBC radio show. However, I personally fear for Mogg, as with many things held in high regard by the youth, the status can change incredibly quickly. Some have even tried to discredit this newfound love for the Somerset MP by dragging up his voting record, which has revealed a very socially conservative approach. This is to be expected from such a bastion of British traditionalism however, and many feel that Mogg, reigned in by the party – would provide a excellent embodiment of Britain and its traditional values. Right down to the family he supports and upholds, Mogg is in every essence a representative of many young, conservative men and women across the country. When I look at Mogg in particular, I feel as if he provides a snapshot for what this country can become for my generation and the next.

Last, but certainly not least, is Amber Rudd, currently a Cabinet minister for May’s government, although she previously has not expressed any desire or ambition to lead the party, and so I mention her only in brief. She remains a safe bet amongst MPs much like Gove.

Time, opinion, tests and hardship will decide the fate of the Conservative party, and the country at large. It was recently brought to my attention that generation Z, is the most conservative since the second world war, which brings me some hope for other writers and thinkers of my age, on the right side of the spectrum.


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