Guest Blog: Why I’m voting for… (part 4)

The final word in this pre-election guest blog series goes to Nick Hudgell, 25, multi-national employee, sometime map-drawer, and Kilburn resident. Though a natural conservative (note the little ‘c’), Nick has been open minded about who to vote for on May 6th – until recently that is. Here he explains why he was won over by the Conservative Party.

Why I’m voting for… Chris Philp and the Conservatives.

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I love The Wire. I have watched it from start to finish. Jimmy McNulty (Dominic West) is clearly the star of the show, with his American-Irish, system-hating, whiskey-downing rogueishness. I recently learnt that some years ago, Dominic West was once a love rival with David Cameron for the affection of one Samantha Sheffield (later to become ‘Sam Cam’). If Jimmy McNulty can be bested by the leader of the Tories, I’m voting Conservative.

Seriously though, it’s an important decision. So firstly, let’s look at the national scene, which is most important to me. In terms of big party politics, there is lots of manifesto spiel, but there are some distinctive stances which can separate the parties from each other. There isn’t time or space (or enough of your patience) to go through all of the policies and pick out the reasons why I think the Conservatives are better, but I do honestly think that it is time for change…

I agree with Conservative policy on immigration (the introduction of a Border Force), and crime (cutting paper work for police and increasing prison space). I also share their stance on ID cards: I don’t want to spend 80 odd quid on a piece of plastic, and probably neither do you.

They want to create a ‘big society’, increasing discipline in school, and trying to make sure that parents understand their responsibility at home. Tick from me. And something that I think is fairly radical is a pledge to debate a bill or motion in the Commons if 100,000 people vote for it. Definitely something I agree with and something that the Conservatives have in their manifesto.

Finally, health: the Conservatives have a great stance on cancer treatment. Having had a lot of family issues with cancer, this is close to my heart and I agree with their pledges. They would let your doctor decide what drug to prescribe you if you had cancer – including new cutting edge drugs that are available in Europe.

So why Conservative change, and not Lib Dem or an Independent change? Two reasons: 1) I agree with a lot of the Conservative policies and think they would form a stronger Government. 2) If I vote for Lib Dem, we will get a hung parliament, and I truly believe that a hung parliament would be bad for our economy. All parties have ideas on how to make our economy stronger, but the best way is to have a majority government. I do not want a run on GBP, and I do not want the country to lose it’s AAA credit rating (which would make our deficit harder to reduce). Therefore, change for me is Conservative.

Now back to the local scene. Gordon Brown once said this is not a popularity contest, and for once, I agree with Gordon. If it were, then Ed Fordham would get my vote. He seems like a truly nice guy, passionate about where he lives and willing to do everything he can to push action through. I think Chris is more like The Wire’s Mayor Carcetti, very much an ambitious young man, looking for a step up in national politics. But it’s not a contest based on looks and popularity, it’s based on substance and policies. And for me, the long-term national vote is much more important than the local view. So as much as I admire you Ed, I won’t be voting for you.

I can’t compete with some of the honest and heartfelt posts below; I just don’t love you that much Chris Philp. But I’m still voting for you.

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11 responses to “Guest Blog: Why I’m voting for… (part 4)

  1. David

    Nick,

    An interesting blogpost.

    I’m interested in your support of Tory immigration policy. Do you agree with Cameron that immigration has been too high? What is the level of immigration you would find acceptable? Do you like the diversity of Hampstead and Kilburn?

  2. Nick Hudgell

    David,
    Yes – I do agree with the Conservatives that immigration has been too high for a while. In fact, in 2007, the Labour Immigration Minister – Liam Byrne – said that the levels were ‘too high’*. I don’t think you can dispute that?

    Unfortunately I don’t know enough about the actual figures, and I don’t work in government and thus have access to accurate figures, but I do agree with the Conservatives that it should be in the tens of thousands, rather than hundreds.

    Please don’t get me wrong, I like the diversity of Kilburn, and there are thousands of immigrants that have bought much needed skills to this country, not to mention a much needed boost to the economy and wonderful diversity of cultures.

    However, too high immigration puts unnecessary strain on public services and the infrastructure of this Country, not to mention the reintroduction of some all-but-irradicated diseases (such as TB **). I won’t even go into how high levels of immigration actually push more people into poverty…

    What is your stance David?

    *http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article2547562.ece

    **http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/philipjohnston/3556764/Immigration-doesnt-benefit-Britain.html

    • David

      Nick,
      Apologies for the delay, I was away over the Bank Holiday.

      I have to strongly disagree with your disgusting suggestion that immigrants spread disease. That’s the sort of bigoted nonsense spouted by Griffin, Hitler and Ahmadinejad. I’m sure you are delighted to join that list.

      I disagree with Liam Byrne in immigration and am not afraid to say it.

      You write that immigrants put pressure on public services – the truth is the NHS relies on immigrants to make it work. Immigrants do jobs that Brits refuse to do. They clean houses and toilets, they work on building sites and farms, they treat your family in hospital and teach them in schools. They work in financial markets in the City and pay lots of tax. Or is it just low income immigrants you have a problem with?

      You are voting for a party that wants to play to your bigoted view of immigrants and says it will reduce immigration, but won’t say what level immigration should be. They play to people’s fears and prejudices – fears and prejudices you seem to share. You deserve each other.

      For a more enlightened view, read this:
      http://www.philippelegrain.com/immigrants-your-country-needs-them/

      • Nick Hudgell

        David – it would have been great, if you’d read my comment at the bottom. I certainly do not think that all immigrants spread disease! And in hindsight I probably shouldn’t have even linked to that telegraph article, or written that – as it does doesn’t accurately reflect what I believe!

        I would like to highlight that I never actually said I had problems with immigrants, but with the high numbers…..
        I don’t disagree with anything you said – I agree that immigrants play a VITAL role in our society AND economy – something that I said at the beginning, but that you hastened to ignore. However high immigration numbers are just not sustainable.

        I will not comment anymore for fear of making Dan’s blog a fiery and argumentative explosion of hostility! But please note that I take back the comment on the disease – I don’t believe that, and shouldn’t have put the link in!!

  3. Mary Smith

    Well done on your decision. Ed may seem “nice” but he lies – different message to different communities,

  4. Significant that you are so young, you don’t remember how stultifying and depressing the tory years were.
    David Cameron has no idea what normal families live like…and btw, I assume you are not a parent yourself, but 99.9 per cent of parents do take their responsibilities seriously. But competing against the values of a capitalist society (game shows, materialism, selfishness) means it’s a struggle.

  5. lo

    Immigrants bring TB?

    Now, given that there is no data collection on this issue, any such assertion is prejudice. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200910/ldhansrd/text/100210-wms0002.htm

  6. Nice post. I, too, will ignore the staggering “immigrants bring in TB” nonsense, which sounds like it came off a BNP leaflet, but apart from that it’s a well-written and convincing article. Nice one.

  7. Nick Hudgell

    I would like to just say that I only mentioned the TB link due to the telegraph article that I then linked to. I by no means think that all immigrants bring diseases with them. It was an off-hand comment that in hindsight I should probably not have mentioned. But either way, I was just mentioning pre-written articles..

    relinked article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/philipjohnston/3556764/Immigration-doesnt-benefit-Britain.html

  8. lo

    It is the off hand comments that show us the real thoughts. The Tory party is fronted by Cameron’s smiles. If they get into power, Cameron’s glitzy new caring image will matter little when the racists take over.

  9. David

    Nick,

    I’m glad you have withdrawn your remarks on immigrants and disease.

    David

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