Peter Reynolds

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Why I Have Joined The Conservative Party.

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I would vote against Theresa May. She would be a disaster for Britain and for the Tory Party. Sadly, I will not have been a member long enough to vote in the leadership election.

Now, more than ever, we need to walk towards the enemy, not run away.  The entrenched, bigoted, old-fashioned, anti-evidence faction of the Conservative Party, of which Theresa May is part, is the enemy of Britain and the enemy of a progressive, enlightened society. I will work from within the Tory Party to campaign for more rational, reasonable and responsible policies.  We need to tackle the future head on and only from within the Conservative Party is there any realistic possibility of having meaningful influence.

I resigned from the Liberal Democrats shortly before the EU referendum because I believe its support for the remain campaign was a betrayal of fundamental values of liberalism and democracy. Support for the unelected, unaccountable oligarchs of the EU is the nemesis of the Liberal Democrats and Tim Farron’s subsequent hate speech, branding all who voted leave as  ‘intolerant, closed-hearted, pessimistic and inward looking’ has moved his party’s talent beyond self-harm to political suicide.

Clearly, in my special interest area of drugs policy and particularly medicinal cannabis, the Conservatives, and particularly Ms May, have not been our allies. Yet another reason why I, and others, must now grit our teeth and get involved with the Tories. We will make no progress unless we do.  We have to appeal to the libertarians, to those who value personal liberty and who believe in evidence-based policy, not prejudice.

The response of both remainers and the left to the Brexit vote has been appalling.  Aside from Tim Farron’s conduct, the chattering classes, particularly the soft left which dominates the drugs policy debate, has been defeatist, bitter and negative.  It will spend its time, as it always does, in endless circular discussions talking amongst itself, the same old faces, the same old ideas.  Someone needs to take the fight to where the real battle is.

I recognise that my decision to join the Tories will be difficult for many to understand. It will not be an easy path but the drugs policy and cannabis campaign needs someone to lead it into battle, to take on the establishment, to engage with and change minds.

The Labour Party is unelectable and if it survives at all, it will never see power again for many years.  All other parties are irrelevant. There is no other route to power in the UK except through the Conservative Party.

Written by Peter Reynolds

June 30, 2016 at 9:37 am

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  1. Sorry peter but there’s no such thing as a compassionate tory! Tax dodging million airs while disabled people die isn’t the sort of people you should aline yourself with! Smoke a big fat doobie and take your time and think this through! We need you on the side of good people.


    June 30, 2016 at 10:23 am

  2. I agree with Rusty a compassionate polytrickster is a mythical creature from a pipe dream, division and izm an schism are their currency and lies are their stock in trade, its a noble idea, but these people have no love
    All sides in the referendum have behaved disgracefullynone of them have come out of this smelling of roses, this battle will get hotter, there is no guarantee that Daves replacement will not ry to reverse the result.


    June 30, 2016 at 9:33 pm

  3. I’m a Labour party member,active lifetime trade union activist-we can get change on the archaic drug laws but working in co-operation cross-party.There are people who support change across the spectrum and disability does not discriminate between Tory or Labour.
    Let’s work together.

    Paul Flynn is on the front bench re HoC business-he would like to promote more debate.


    July 3, 2016 at 9:53 pm

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    • Well I actually think it might be worth a shot, nobodies tried infiltrating the ranks as far as I’m aware, we can yell and jump up and down with placards as much as we want but they’re used to it now and don’t bat an eyelid, that’s how it’s feels to me, I wish you all the best and hope you can find as many ways to make them listen as possible!

      Emma Pearson

      July 17, 2016 at 11:25 am

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