(PRWEB) September 5, 2005
Reports of the death of British Conservatism do indeed seem to have been greatly exaggerated as for the first time, British Conservatives now have a second Conservative Party to extend the Conservative voice and reclaim the centre-ground lost to New Labour, the LibDems and UKIP.
With the formation of the Progressive Centre-Right Conservative Party, known to followers as the 'ProgCons,' Conservatism (which under the Tories has slowly lurched ever further towards the right wing and deserted the centre-right ground, the traditional natural majority of UK political values) has been renewed and rebalanced.
With the Tory party facing yet another leadership election with no real emergence of a genuine bright hope, the birth of the Progressive Conservatives could not have come at a better or more relevant time.
Pursuing a refreshing values-based agenda with five core beliefs forming the foundation of all principles and policies, the ProgCons have already attracted attention from rival parties who have tried to fill the conservative centre-right vacuum, including the LibDems and UKIP.
The principal aims of the ProgCons is to offer Conservatives and other centre-ground politicians a chance to build a progressive conservative set of values and to pursue these into government as an ally and partner of the Tory Party.
ÂFor too long, the centre-right has been ignored by the Tories, and as a result support has been lost to other parties like the LibDems the UKIP and even new Labour,Â said Chad Noble, founder of the ProgCons. ÂThe Tories seem incapable of anything but talking about the need for change, as deep down they do not want to change at all, just to seize back power. This has led to an increasing erosion in Conservative support as shown by the Conservatives own research that admitted that the small increase in the number of seats in the 2005 election masked an increasing fall in the number of second placed to the LibDems. Combined with split votes caused by UKIP standing against Tories over Europe, the Tories are now seriously aware of the potential to slip below the LibDems and become just the third most popular British political party. The ProgCons can stop this slide and reverse it. By focusing on values rather than simply trying to hook voters with a set of forgotten-tomorrow catchy policies, the ProgCons aim to set the political outlook of Britain not just for the next Parliament but for decades to come.Â
The ProgCon forum on their official party website at http://www.progcon.org is already attracting lively debate and support from current members of other parties that have attracted support away from the Conservative Party.
Combining a unique pro-European stand to call for withdrawal from the E.U. organization to detailed analysis of the benefits of a flat income tax system, the ProgCons work to ensure all polices fit within their five core values in a transparent and refreshing manner.
ÂIt is not surprising that the ProgCons centre-right values are already proving popular as the centre-right has long been recognized as the natural majority balance of the views and beliefs of the British,Â Noble continued. ÂIn fact, this natural majority in the centre-right has been recognized not just in the UK by the ProgCons but by similar and allied movements in the USA and Canada who seek to combat the advance of far-right Conservatives.
The Tories now face a simple choice; they can either ignore the hand of support offered by the ProgCons to extend the overall conservative voice and watch as their support continues to erode or they can work with us to promote conservatism together to ensure we form not just the next government, but a whole generation of conservative values-driven governments.
The ProgCons are already attracting attention and support from those who would understandably never vote Tory. Conservatism can rule again, but it will not be another Tory government but an alliance of the centre-right ProgCons and Tories.
Small or single-issue parties can ultimately do little but split the conservative vote. The ProgCons offer a new and unique opportunity to reclaim the centre ground and work with all Conservatives to bring real modern values-driven policies to government.
I just hope for the sake of the future of our country, that the next Tory leader can look beyond their personal ambitions to work with us to build a real conservative voice fit to govern the UK.Â
It would seem that for the first time in eight years, there is a small but real spark of hope for Conservatism and the return to principled politics driven by values. For that, alone, we should all welcome the arrival of the ProgCons.