Carry On Occupying

The fringe left across the Western world are creating conditions conducive to conservatism - even the greatest strategist couldn't have dreamed up such a thing.

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Let them play on our terms. We won't play on theirs.
On 15 December 2011 11:29

When I visited the Occupy protests in London earlier this year, what I discovered, in amongst the hypocrisy, confusion and fast and loose use of factual information, was a trend that can be closely allied to the capitalist cause - that is to say, 'no more corporatism'. Daniel Hannan MEP wrote about it in his 'Memo to the Occupy Protestors' - a piece of work that should be printed and distributed to all 'occupiers' across the globe. 

With ammunition like this, coupled with growing resentment towards public sector strikes and greed, the European Union and with a belligerent and boisterous Iran on the horizon, we should be witness over the next decade to a philosophical risorgimento on the centre-right. But the culpability rests with today's leadership.

In Britain, the Conservative Party faces a choice. At the General Election in 2010, conservatives turned in large numbers to the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and a recent Commentator poll of over six hundred readers showed that fifty-four per-cent would vote UKIP at the next election. 

David Cameron and his Conservative Party must decide whether they have the fortitude to continue down the path of defending Britain in the world, which, having said 'Non' to the European Union last week, led to a Tory resurgence in the polls. If not, conservatives in Britain can expect to do some occupying themselves - that is in controlling no parliamentary majority and occupying a position in coalition governments for the foreseeable future.

Jack Abramoff describes in his book what many young people will be feeling today. "I was at once terrified and repulsed by these sights [the hippies, rock concerts and flag burning], and, as my revulsion grew, so did my fealty to the conservative cause. I soaked up as much as I could about conservative thought and history."

Conservative strategists across Britain and Europe must seize upon the chance to recruit thousands of new Jack Abramoffs (although perhaps without the lobbying scandals), offering a vision for their respective countries and for the West's place in the wider global community. 

Taking one of many leaves out of the books of Thatcher and Reagan, our modern conservative leaders must end their obsession with trying to move towards the centre ground, but rather, move the centre ground of public opinion towards them.

Raheem Kassam is the Executive Editor of The Commentator. You can follow him on Twitter at @RaheemJKassam

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