The news today that David Cameron is looking for seven more years as British PM may be heartwarming to the Tories but it will bring a chill to the hearts of others. Hardline Tories however may be similarly disconcerted that their current leader has no immediate plans to step down. With the news that his replacement could be Michael Gove, Boris Johnson or, heaven help us, George Osborne Cameron may suddenly seem like the lesser of the evils.
It is sad that western democracy seems to always end up with the "lesser of the evils" rather than committed political leaders. It is of course the fault of the system and the people, why we do so. It costs money, influence and power to rise thropugh the political ranks which limits the number of candidates. Whilst many in the UK are "armchair revolutionaries" holding strong political beliefs, few go the extra mile and try to win office. It may seem an impossible task but without such brave moves it will always be more of the same.
Right now there are austerity measures hitting the UK but trust me "you aint seen nothing yet kid" If the Tories retain office things will get tougher. In order to woo the electorate Cameron has issued a statement guaranteeing pensions until 2015 and more. If re-elected in 2015 expect all change. It will be more tough measures, and some.
Last time around the Tories needed the Lib Dems to prop them up. This time it is hard to predict what will happen. Between now and the election any number of factors could turn things around for the Tories. Maggie Thatcher was saved politically by her handling of the Falklands crisis and guess what that is rearing its ugly head again.
There is no doubt that between now and 2015 the main parties will be plying their goods, promising this and that to win your vote. Personal experience has taught us that as far as the Tories go though promises are like snow and soon melt away.
Cameron is walking a tightrope right now and yes many wish he would fall off. He has instigated cuts to child benefit but limited the impact on the better paid in the UK. He has made the new rules a costly administrative nightmare, which in the end will not be cost effective.
He is of course playing to his voters. If he lies enough and promises enough he hopes to be re-elected.
The biggest losers could be the left. Currently Labour may be gaining in the polls but they still have a mountain to climb to become a viable election bet. Voter apathy and disillusionment could lead to more of the same, but perhaps worse.
In order to oust the Tories from Downing Street it will take effort. It will take people to get out there and vote. The wealthiest in British society will be running to the polls to ensure victory. It is up to you to do the same if you want change, even if it will just be the lesser of the evils.
Based in Yorkshire, in the middle of the UK, almost, this blogger offers her own unique perspective on life in GB
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