Only Liam Fox can unite Conservatives and country
Britain is changing. Our country is preparing to leave the EU. Millions of working class voters feel neglected and ignored on everything from job creation to immigration. Never has a Conservative leadership election been so vital for the future of the party, and the country. Liam Fox is the right man for the job
The British people have spoken and they have voted overwhelmingly for Britain to leave the European Union. The metropolitan elite and ruling political class are outraged and rampantly searching for a reason to explain one of the most sensational election victories in modern times.
Turnout for Vote Leave supporters was highest in areas most neglected by the establishment. But as the election result has proven, politicians ignore the blue collar, hardworking majority at their peril.
When the British people questioned giving billions of pounds to the EU whilst their National Health Service (NHS) was drowning in debt, they were called ignorant.
When they dared to question seemingly uncontrolled immigration policies and expressed legitimate concerns, they were branded ‘racist’.
When fisherman told heartbreaking stories about how their industry and livelihood had been destroyed by the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), they were met with Sir Bob Geldof and a boatload of champagne glugging multi-millionaires and celebrities. Perhaps ironically, Sir Bob and his chums quite literally stuck two fingers up at the working men and women who were simply trying to defend their industry.
The Brexit debate has been vicious and the wounds of this election will take a long time to heal, financially, socially and politically.
Amidst the carnival of unpleasantness, there was one figure who concentrated on delivering dignified and sensible arguments for Britain’s case to leave the EU.
Throughout the election cycle, Liam Fox approached each and every interaction with a level of professionalism and dignity required of those who hold high office, drawing upon his extensive experience as a former defence secretary in David Cameron’s government.
Few can argue that given the social divide within our country, the boy from a council house in Glasgow who became a qualified general practitioner before reaching the Cabinet has a much deeper experience than the more privileged candidates on display.
Whilst other candidates spent their university years in posh restaurants, enjoying Moet and dollops of Eton Mess in the Bullingdon Club, Liam Fox had to work hard to secure his medical qualifications with stints as a civilian army medical officer and as a surgeon working at St Johns Ambulance.
A fierce supporter of Britain’s armed forces and defending the realm, few could argue that Fox is anything but expertly qualified in tackling challenges like Islamic State and the rising tide of cyber crime and global terrorism.
But what matters most is that a candidate like Fox understands what it’s like to have to work your way up, improve your life chances and prospects without privilege and entitlement.
There are millions of people across the whole of Britain who are anxious about their future, uncertain about how to improve the prospects for their family; and they feel like nobody is there to help them.
As a qualified GP, Liam Fox has extensive experience in safeguarding the health and wellbeing of communities.
As a former defence secretary he’s tough enough to protect our national security and take difficult decisions.
And as a boy from a council house, he knows the challenges facing working people in tough financial circumstances, and understands the urgency of reaching out and helping change lives.
By Christmas, the Conservative Party and the country have the opportunity to elect a new leader. That leader needs to heal the economic and social wounds and give our country the tough medicine it needs to balance the economy.
Is there a Doctor in the house? Yes, and his name is Liam Fox.
Steven George-Hilley is Associate Editor of The Commentator and founder of the Colloquium think tank @StevenGeorgia
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