The Tories Should Go Extinct

The Tories Should Go Extinct

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Gregory Hood

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The Conservative and Unionist Party — the Tories — is not just the most successful party in British history; it is arguably the most successful party ever in the world. It presided over the British Empire, defined a right-wing political tradition that dominated the Anglosphere, and gave the United Kingdom some of its greatest leaders. Yet, on July 4, it is likely to go down to a historic defeat — which it richly deserves for destroying Britain.

The Conservatives are down to 24 percent in the polls, with Labour close to an outright majority. It is a mystery why Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is calling these early elections; his party has fierce internal division and no message or momentum. It was fitting that he made the announcement outdoors, in pouring rain. Mr. Sunak is British only on paper. His wife — Indian like him — isn’t even a full citizen. She has “non-domiciled status,” for people whose primary residence is outside Britain.

The Conservatives have been in power since 2010, with a recent peak under Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the time of Brexit. Mr. Johnson was delivering victories as late as 2021 in what seemed to be a total realignment. The Tories were crushing Labour in the latter’s traditional working-class strongholds, with a mix of nationalism, immigration restriction, cultural conservatism, and populist economics. Yet Boris Johnson (the American Renaissance White Renegade of the Year in 2022) squandered his opportunity. He also drank and partied during the COVID-19 lockdowns he imposed on everyone else (including the queen).

A protester stands outside the Covid-19 Inquiry Hearing Centre as former prime minister Boris Johnson arrives for a hearing. (Credit Image: © Vuk Valcic/ZUMA Press Wire)

He was succeeded by Liz Truss, who was ousted from her own party after just 50 days. Prime Minister Sunak, the first “Asian” (in British parlance) PM, took over in October 2022 after promising, like all other Tories, to cut immigration. He didn’t. Instead, he pushed out the strongest immigration-control voice in his cabinet, Suella Braverman (ironically, also Indian), who accused him of being a fraud.

The immigration betrayal has been staggering. Despite repeated Conservative pledges to stem the tide — even down to tens of thousands — immigration has skyrocketed since 2010, reaching an astonishing high of 1.26 million people in 2022, for a net inflow of 764,000.

Brexit was largely motivated by the desire to stop immigration, and this is the top issue for Conservative voters. The Tories have been winning elections for more than a decade by promising to stop the flow, and they are trying to do it again. Few are listening. Conservative failure has been so consistent, it almost seems deliberate.

Labour will not be better.




The Conservatives were not electorally overwhelmed; they just don’t seem to want to stop immigration. It is not even clear whether they are the lesser of two evils. The familiar stories of British decline — surrender to Islam, restrictions on self-defense, abolition of free speech — all multiplied under Conservative rule. The Tories benefitted from a whole series of political earthquakes but refused to do the people’s bidding. There is little point in electing a government that does the opposite of what you voted for it to do.

Labour attacks the monarchy and promises to abolish the House of Lords. It will promote the disastrous policy of devolution, which has led to embarrassments such as the current “Scottish” government. It will undermine British identity by promoting regional “tridentity.” Labour will try to manage away any remaining embers of British identity and patriotism.

Why has there been no challenge to the Tories from the Right — something like the successful campaign to leave the European Union? The Reform party has some promise. It is polling around 11 percent and could compete directly with the Tories. Its policy goals are immigration restriction, taxing companies that hire foreigners, ditching “net zero” climate emissions, and “zero tolerance” policing. It would scrap all police “diversity” and “equality” jobs.

Reform should be a haven for Tories frustrated with the leftward drift of their party. The model was MP Lee Anderson. He said London Mayor Sadiq Khan is controlled by Islamists; that is too harsh for the Tories, who booted him. Mr. Anderson defected to Reform, explaining, “All I want is my country back.” That is the message to take to the people.

Unfortunately, the party already seems like a false start. Nigel Farage, the unquestioned leader of the mainstream British Right, has endorsed Reform and is making speeches on the party’s behalf, but he is half-hearted. In a recent interview, he said he wants the Conservatives to offer him “something” in exchange for helping them ward off disaster. Once again, patriots are expected to save the Tories from themselves rather than build something else.

Nigel Farage at the announcement of the first major Reform Party immigration policy ahead of the General Election. (Credit Image: © Martyn Wheatley/i-Images via ZUMA Press)

Mr. Farage also says he will not stand for Parliament, even though this is probably his greatest opportunity ever. In a baffling decision, he said that what really matters is the election in the United States, where he intends to help “with the grassroots campaign.”

Reform is as intimidated by political correctness as the Tories. The far-left “anti-fascist” group Hope Not Hate complained that several Reform candidates used insensitive language; Reform removed them. Not surprisingly, Hope Not Hate has intensified its attack on the remaining candidates. Since Nigel Farage is not running and Reform is bowing to the far-left, the party is failing to win over Conservatives. Incredibly, Labour will probably win more 2019 Conservative voters than Reform will.

Labour Leader Keir Starmer will probably be the next prime minister, but he lacks conviction. The party’s biggest divisions are over Gaza and the Muslim vote. Labour is now struggling to hold on to the votes of Muslims, most of whom vote Labour but are frustrated that Mr. Starmer is not anti-Israel enough. A poll in 2023 showed that Muslim support for Labour had already plunged by 66 percent even before the Hamas attack last October. George Galloway’s victory earlier this year after running on Gaza in a heavily Muslim constituency shows that Muslims are becoming an independent political force. (Israel is also splitting the Tories. An MP just defected to Labour because he thinks it gives Israel too much support.)

Mr. Starmer is trying to turn Labour back into the “moderate” party that Tony Blair led to so many victories. However, he divided his supporters by appearing to waffle on whether to prevent longtime Labour activist and black woman Diane Abbott from standing for Parliament because of anti-Jewish remarks.

Douglas Murray argues that the Conservatives need to “unite” the Right behind immigration control, but if this were possible, it would have happened by now. The Conservatives seem to prefer a respectable defeat rather than a populist victory by taking up immigration. This year’s Conservative “big idea” is mandatory national military service. This is a farce. As Mary Harrington wrote at Unherd:

Were Sunak’s National Service proposal a serious policy, designed to be implemented rather than simply fulminated over in the press, it would be crippled from the word go by a profound structural problem. That is: you can’t de facto abolish the nation state and then demand the yoof all do National Service.

The United Kingdom will not survive unless there is an explicit nationalist party. Such a party may not be as committed as we would want, but it would be something to work with. The Tories have proven over their long rule that they do not have what it takes to save Britain.

The short-term solution is Zero Seats.


Space must open for a true patriotic opposition. That means the Tories need to go. Aris Roussinos writes:

Labour’s path to power and the corresponding Tory decline rely not on a sudden wave of enthusiasm for Starmer, but instead on disengagement from the political process entirely. Cynical and disenchanted, the voters are “quiet quitting” from British democracy, even as the Westminster system’s cascading errors make them poorer and angrier.


[T]here is at least one modest victory we can console ourselves with before we crash the barriers: the destruction of the Conservative Party, at whose door half the blame for our current state of crisis can be laid. The possible extinction of the world’s oldest political party would, in less tumultuous times, seem a historic event: right now, it is the barest minimum we can hope for. . . .

There needs to be such a shock that the British Right understands there is no more time for business as usual. Even if it wins, the Labour Party is so divided over Gaza that it may not be able to do much damage — and this could give the Right time to regroup. What matters in every election is not what politicians promise but what they will do. If the Tories lose, that gives nationalists a chance. If the Tories win, the demographic transformation of Britain continues and patriots stay asleep. If the status quo continues, Britain will perish.

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