Not having a firm allegiance to any particular party I’m precisely the sort of voter that you needed to attract…
At this election (May 2015) I didn’t vote for the party whose policies I wholeheartedly endorsed, nothing could be further from the truth. No, I voted against the party I least wanted in power and that party was yours:
1) Very quickly the constant populist references to a “bedroom tax”, when anyone with an ounce of intelligence knows that it is NOT a tax, grew pretty tiresome. If you want to win my vote then don’t treat everyone as though they are idiots. It’s a benefit cap – call it that!
2) Then there was the threat of politically motivated, ill-informed, legislation in the private rental market. Interference that could do untold damage to that market and only serve to worsen the housing shortages. We rent our own home privately and like many thousands of other people up and down the country we more than happy to do so, we do so through choice because we want the flexibility that renting offers.
3) My wife and I are also landlords, so we see both sides of the coin and have been angered by some of the guff instigated by your party and others that paint private landlords as money grabbing ogres getting rich on the misery of others. As both landlords and tenants we recognise this slander for what it is.
4) Whilst many people are more than happy to see banks and bankers hit, most intelligent people would not be so keen to see people’s grandparents clobbered simply because they have lived for a long time in an area that has now become “fashionable”. To use your own tactics here; your “envy tax”, which actually is a tax, is grossly unfair; it bears no relationship whatsoever to either income or expenditure. This is precisely the sort of left wing claptrap I thought had been left behind at least a decade earlier – the politics of envy have never been a vote winner for me.
5) Divisive and frankly sexist rhetoric from your now “acting leader” is not going to win my vote either. Like any decent person, I want to see genuine equality of the sexes in our country and indeed the rest of the world. However that is never going to be achieved by division and pursuing the policies of a mumsnet puppet like Harriet Harman. She has long been one of your biggest liabilities and as for her patronising pink bus, I don’t think I need comment further on that.
6) Finally NO, you could not be trusted to maintain a stable economy. Indeed I genuinely feared for our country, our future and our jobs had you got in…