A plea from the heart of loyal Conservatives

By Daily Mail Comment

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Like Nigel Farage, we are worried that Mr Cameron is doing far too little to control immigration

Like Nigel Farage, we are worried that Mr Cameron is doing far too little to control immigration

In a desperate bid to build bridges with the Conservative rank and file, David Cameron has emailed party members to protest that he is on their side. Today, the Mail imagines how recipients of his ‘personal note’ may reply.

Dear Prime Minister,

We are grateful for your assurance that you would never have around you those who sneer at us (though the fact that you feel it necessary to spell this out says much about the tensions between us).

We merely observe that this sits uneasily with the reports that a member of your inner circle has dismissed us as ‘mad, swivel-eyed loons’.

We know newspapers often get things wrong. But these claims square so fully with our experience of the way we are seen by High Command that, on this occasion, we are inclined to believe them.

Indeed, you yourself used similarly contemptuous language when you dismissed UKIP as ‘fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists mostly’.

As loyal Conservatives, we would not trust Nigel Farage an inch with the levers of power. Nevertheless he speaks much common sense, which we would prefer to hear from you.

Like him, we are worried that you are doing far too little to control immigration. This is not because we are racists, but because we are deeply concerned that there should be jobs and homes for our children – and, yes, because we treasure our national identity and culture.

 

Like UKIP, too, many of us are frankly baffled by your obsession with gay marriage, which you didn’t think to mention in our election manifesto.

This is not because we are bigots, but because we believed you shared our party’s core belief in marriage between a man and a woman as the building block of a healthy society. And haven’t you more urgent things to worry about?

As for the EU, we were hugely cheered by your commitment to a referendum. But we are dismayed by the way you have turned what ought to have been an election winner into a banana-skin.

The Conservative Party used to be the country's most effective election-winning machine. But under David Cameron, it is disintegrating

The Conservative Party used to be the country's most effective election-winning machine. But under David Cameron, it is disintegrating

We want to say, loud and clear, that we warmly support much of what you are doing. Iain Duncan Smith is heroically dismantling the benefits trap, while Michael Gove is putting up a magnificent fight to restore standards in our schools.

We are also hugely encouraged by the recent upturn in the economy, and we give you much credit for reining in public sector pay and pensions – though we regret that, disgracefully, they still outstrip those in the private sector.

But, Prime Minister, we wish you would surround yourself with more effective campaigners, with experience of the real world and who understand the gut instincts of the British people.

We wish you would fight our corner more fiercely against the Lib Dems, on such matters as red tape, energy policy, recognising marriage in the tax system and protecting children from porn.

And while you’re about it, please, please tear up Labour’s disastrous contracts for GPs, so that we can see our doctors when we need them. 

Finally, we wish you had not meekly allowed Nick Clegg to dishonour his promise of constituency boundary changes in return for the AV referendum. This will do us enormous damage.

If only you were more clearly on our side, we could win back the alarming numbers of members who have decided our party is no longer worth working for.  

The Conservative Party used to be the country’s most effective election-winning machine. Under you, it is disintegrating.

In this temperamentally conservative country, we could so easily win next time. But we urgently need your help.

Yours sincerely,

The Poor Bloody Infantry

The comments below have been moderated in advance.

A loyal conservative would not be a member of today's 'conservative' party.

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Oh, deary deary me. Pathetic. I'm still voting UKIP.

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It's a nice try, but the fact is that Cameron is leading us where we do not want to go. His natural instincts are not in tune with the majority of conservatively minded people. And an email is no way to ask forgiveness for infidelity. Actions speak louder than words. If you mean it, Dave, give us what we want, rather than plead for a unity behind your out-of-touch ideas. Have a look at swivel-eyedloon.simplesite.com - he has it right.

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When was the last government leader to send out a note to some of its important members to say he was on their side?, HOW SAD IS THAT ?.

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Pardon me please for any undue impertinence, but should not that letter have been sent to a Conservative?...

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I happen to have found my first attempt to point out to Dave the TINO that I was not happy with his stance on marriage. That was in September 2008, long before the Election. He has just said. In an interview on BBC Radio 4, that he respects those who disagree with him on marriage. If so, why has my email via the 10Downing Street Web Site not had the courtesy of a response or even acknowledgement? Why was the "consultation" on marriage such a shame, ignoring the many responses sent through C4M, and worded in such a biased way? We no longer believe Dave on marriage and family, on the EU, nor on most of what he now says.

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Penalising savers by low interest rates which have been decimated by crazy FLS is the worse thing this lot hsve done . Cameron,Clegg and Osbourne all promised to help savers but actually they have stole their lives,their futures and all their aspirations Debt caused the financial crisis and creating mofe debt is not the way to solve things So DC has totally failed the entire Conservative party

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-den101151, SHEPPERTON, 22/5/2013, 13:09 - how well you exactly express my feelings. Sorry I may only give you one green arrow.

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Spot on DM except for one thing - Cameron will never provide it and I would trust Nigel Farage with running the country. Cameron is the worst Conservative PM I can remember in my lifetime. Having voted Tory for 40 years I will never vote for them again. It's UKIP for me.

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No sign of building bridges with the electorate then ?. Never mind we have UKIP now who will represent us !.

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