What is the reason for the conservatives to be so full?

Last Thursday’s election brought a dramatic end to the winning streak of the Conservative Party, which has been in power for the last 14 years in the UK, winning four consecutive elections. The Tories have been completely defeated in this election. The party’s leaders, workers, supporters – everyone is almost speechless and they are still trying to come to terms with the matter.

The published results showed that the opposition Labor Party won 411 seats. The ruling Conservative Party won 119 seats. Liberal Democratic Party came third by winning 71 seats.

But why? What was wrong with the strategy and leadership of the Conservatives? Various discussions are going on about this.

Many believe that the policies announced by the Labor Party are not very different from those of the Conservatives. However, the voters have thought about who will be more efficient in implementing the policy.

Division between parties

In less than 10 years, there have been five Prime Ministers from the Conservative Party. From the Brexit issue to the Covid pandemic, as well as the competition between multiple leaderships – these factors have created ideological divisions within the party.

Conservative Party leaders have spent more energy pulling each other down than the opposition. They did not try to remove distance and misunderstanding between themselves.

Allegations of various scandals surrounding the party were coming forward. Temporary solutions were attempted without properly addressing these incidents. Such as partying during the Covid lockdown, allegations of sexual misconduct and mini-budgets, which led to a rise in interest rates.

Undoubtedly there was a desire among the Tories for these changes. But voters felt the Conservative Party had failed to tackle rising living costs, the deterioration of the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and illegal immigration.

The rise of the right wing

Nigel Farage, leader of the right-wing Reform UK Party, has been elected MP for the first time in eight attempts. His return to the polls created a thorn in the side of the Conservative Party.

Some right-wing voters swung towards the Reform UK Party. They want the UK’s immigration policy to be tougher and income tax to be cut.

Again, rhetoric has caused some moderates to defect to the Tories.

In such circumstances, defeat in the election was inevitable? However, most Tories described the election result as ‘not unexpected’. But some think that this flood could have been reduced to some extent.

Rishi Sunak was negligent?

Accusations of negligence on the part of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak for the collapse of the Conservative Party cannot be avoided. For example, he left early on June 6 to commemorate D-Day (the Normandy landings, abbreviated as D-Day. D-Day was the first major defeat of the Nazi forces).

Boris Johnson also made plenty of blunders, though. Some Johnson fans felt that Rishi Sunak was not as attractive to voters.

Also, some are still confused as to why Sunak called the election in July.

Conservative Party campaign guru Isaac Levido believes that a further delay in the election date would have been better for the party.

Because, it was necessary to wait for some more time to see the visible impact of the policies adopted by the government. In particular, the policy of sending illegal immigrants to Rwanda and lowering interest rates. Levido felt that more time was needed to see the positive results of these policies.

Voters realized that the policies adopted by the Conservatives were not working. The Conservative Party could not present any irrefutable arguments to the voters to deal with this.

Source: BBC Bangla