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Tōriz – fr ɖ gd v ɖ neśn, sev yr parti fṛm ɖs moṛl vôd

(Transcription of an Observer article of 17 April 2022)

I nvr vot Tori, bt ɖt’s nt ɖ pônt. Boris Jonsn’z toxiṣti pôznz ol v ǎr poḷtics

John Harris

Jon Haris, Súnde 17 Epril 2022

Boris Jonsn’z dsgres z onli dīṗnñ. On Tyzde, ɖ Hǎs v Comnz wl hír a ny prîm̦iṇstirịl stetmnt on so-cōld Partiget, treld ovr ɖ wīcend az “a pli fr pspctiv”. Bt fṛm eni rīzṇbl standpônt, h wl śrli lc śemd n despṛt. Jonsn rportidli fesz mor fainz fr brecñ hiz ǒn locdǎn lwz – n, bî impḷceśn, frɖr prūf v hiz lîz. Me’z locl ilex́nz, n nǎ a bîilex́n in red-wōl Wecfīld, drw closr. N az h dogidli hañz on t pǎr, ɖ vakm at ɖ hart v hiz guvnmnt z nǎ imposbl t ignor.

Loñ spelz in pǎr tnd t līv partiz śort on îdīaz n dvôd v eni sns v prṗs. Bt ʈancs partli t ɖ prîm̦inistr’z intîrli slf-sntrd unḍstandñ v poḷtics, ɖs guvnmnt’s sns v moṛl n p’liticl rot z smʈñ els agn. A qsćn nǎ scrīmz ǎt fr an ansr ɖt nwn sīmz ebl t pṛvîd: six yirz on fṛm ɖ 2016 reḟrendm n nirli ʈri yirz intu Jonsn’z tîm at ɖ top, ẃt z left v Britiś Cnsrṿtizm?

Tori îdīaz n attydz ɖt wns dfînd ɖ parti hv bn dscardd, or drasticli wìcnd. Ɖ old strand v sntŗît, “wn neśn” poḷtics ɖt riyli wz cnsrṿtiv – scepticl, nonîdịlojicl n yẓ́li opozd t eni radicl ćenj – stl xists, bt z a marjnl prezns, frst sîdlînd bî Ʈać̣rizm, ɖen dlt anɖr blo bî ɖ Cnsrṿtiv parti’z fyrịs imbres v Brexit. Ɖ fri-marcit credo Ʈaćr yzd t riinvnt hr parti stl hz plenti v hî-profîl dsîplz (Liz Trus n Riśi Sŭnac amñ ɖm), bt it nǎ fīlz mor lîc a nstaljic cumḟtblancit ɖn a vîbṛnt set v îdīaz – sirịsli wìcnd nt jst bî its lac v ansrz t 21st-snć̣ri probḷmz, bt bî Jonsn’z pṛfest b’lif in ic̣nomic inṭvnśnizm, n ɖ we ɖ pandemic hz średd no end v Tori śiḅleʈs, nt līst ɖer b’lif in lo taxeśn.

Amd ɖ “wor on wouc” n ɖ ranc nastinis v Priti Ptél’z Hom Ofis, Devid Camṛn n Jorj Ozbōrn’z brīf atmt t “moḍnîz” ɖer parti n aqent it wɖ libṛl sośl attydz sīmz lîc enćnt hisṭri. Mnẃl, mni v ɖ s’pozd big ny îdīaz bròt t post-Brexit Cnsrṿtizm sīm t hv olrdi wiɖrd awe, az evidnst bî ɖ gret anticlîmax v “leṿlñ p”: a bit v spendñ hir n ɖr, bt nẃr nir ɖ gret ic̣nomic reḟmeśn votrz wr promist.

T cap it ol, Jonsn’z conduct – or, mor t ɖ pônt, hiz parti’z axptns v it – nǎ ʈretnz īvn its most besic articlz v feʈ. F ɖe wev ʈru lwbrecñ n layñ t parḷmnt, hǎ cn Cnsrṿtivz stl clem t b’liv in lw n ordr n ɖ sañtti v Britiś insttyśnz? Az ɖ damij cōzd bî Brexit pîlz p, ɖ îdīa ɖt ɖ Cnsrṿtivz r ɖ parti v biznis z olso fedñ fast. Fr ɖ fōrsiybl fyćr, ɖr òt t b plenti v rūm in Britiś poḷtics fr a parti v ɖ sntŗît cumftbl wɖ mdrṇti, n ataćt t proṗti ǒnrśp, liṃtd guvnmnt, a cōśs aproć t sośl ćenj n ɖ promis – hvr iluẓri – ɖt ɖ beṇfits v capiṭlizm r opn t evrwn. Bt ɖ Tōriz sīm t b gwñ mć ɖ we v ɖ YS Rpublicn parti, trnsformd ovr 30 or 40 yirz fṛm p’liticli stebl pṛtctrz v ɖ steṭs qo intu a voḷtîl mes v olmst ńrotic obseśnz n aṇmoṣtiz, n cuṛntli jst abt stild bî a c’lectiv b’lif in wn ol-pǎrfl indivijl.

Dspt ɖer sns v p’liticl dce, a mixćr v factrz – ej, deṃgrafics, Brexit, ǎr crīcñ ilectṛl sistm n ɖ fełrz v ɖ Lebr parti – hz cept ɖ Tōriz in pǎr. Bt mni v ɖz ʈñz wl nt last. Ɖ reḷvnt numbrz r starc: olmst haf v Tori votrz r nǎ ovr 65, n 83% r ovr 45. Fr yungr ppl, ɖ ic̣nomic modl crietd bî Ʈaćr n hr érz hz inteild ɖ imposbiḷti v hom ǒnrśp, n ɖr z fedñ inṭrest in ẃt ɖ Tōriz hv t ofr, śrli axeḷretd bî Brex̣ti nstalja n nastinis: in 1983, ɖ Cnsrṿtivz wún ɖ s’port v 42% v ɖoz ejd 18 t 24, bt bî 2019, ɖt figr hd hāvd.

Gvn ɖt dgri-levl edyceśn nǎ sīmz t tilt ppl awe fṛm ɖ Tōriz, ɖ fact ɖt 50% v yuñ ppl in Ñgḷnd nǎ g t yṇvrṣti z a big drîvr v ɖt śift. It z olso wrʈ notñ dīp ćenjz in ɖ culćr n poḷtics v mni plesz ɖt wns gev ɖ Tōriz ɖer most loyl s’port: az hîlîtd bî ɖ parti’z dclînñ fortynz in evrẃr fṛm sbrbn Gretr Manćestr t ɖ sǎʈ-īst cḿtr blt, an incrisñli larj ćunc v ɖ Ñgliś midl clas z nǎ soṣ́li libṛl, īcomîndd n rpulst bî ɖ Tōriz’ incrisñli riax́nri instñts.

Smẃr in ɖer c’lectiv soul, a lot v Cnsrṿtivz prizyṃbli nǒ ɖt ɖer cuṛnt p’liticl luc wl sn run ǎt, bt ɖt nagñ rịlîześn onli mcs sm v ɖm mor dtrmind t uptrn az mni ʈñz az ɖe cn, ẃl ɖe stl hv ɖ ćans. Ɖ rzult z ɖt paṛnôd, flelñ stîl v poḷtics ɖt Jonsn hz dsîdd z hiz bst mīnz v steyñ on top. Eni dstñśn btwn sbstanśl poḷsi n despṛt gimics hz loñ sins dzolvd. Ɖ prîm̦inistr n hiz alîz sīm t hv preśs litl t se abt ɖ evride riaḷtiz v ppl’z lîvz. Evrʈñ sntrz on hiz apaṛntli emoṛl attyd t pǎr n a growñ are v eṇmiz: jujz, “left-wñ loyrz”, brōdcastrz, tīćrz. Ɖ abîdñ impreśn z v ppl wɖ a rebid dsden nt jst fr ɖ cnvnśnz v poḷtics n pǎr, bt fr libṛl dmocṛsi itslf.

In 2020, ɖ Britiś p’liticl raitr Edṃnd Fòsit publiśt a cmpelñ wrc v hisṭri tîtld Cnsrṿtizm: Ɖ Fît fr a Tṛdiśn, huz stori runz fṛm ɖ 19ʈ snć̣ri t ɖ preznt de. “T svîv, let alon fluriś, libṛl dmocṛsi nīdz ɖ rît’s s’port,” h rout. “It nīdz, ɖt z, cnsrṿtivz hu axpt libṛl n deṃcratic grǎndrūlz … Ẃn, az nǎ, ɖ rît heẓtets or dnîz its s’port, libṛl dmocṛsi’z hlʈ z at risc.”

H add: “Wɖ ɖ left in rtrit, bʈ inṭlecć̣li n in partitrmz, ɖ rît cmandz poḷtics at preznt. Bt ẃć rît z ɖt? Z it ɖ brōdli libṛl cnsrṿtizm ɖt unḍpind libṛl dmocṛsi’z post-1945 s’xesz or an ilibṛl hard rît clemñ t spīc fr ‘ɖ ppl’?” Ẃn I rīréd ɖoz wrdz last wīc, ɖ homsecṛtri wz in Rwanda, anǎnsñ a poḷsi on refyjīz sīmñli inspîrd bî a wrc v dstopịn fix́n, ẃl ɖ prîm̦inistr cntinyd t ʈnc h òt t b alaud gt awe wɖ brecñ ɖ lw n ɖen endlisli layñ abt it. Wns agn, it wz obvịs ẃć sîd ɖe hd pict.

Fr eni Cnsrṿtivz hu rmen jenyinli cnsrṿtiv, ɖt òt t b an rjnt rīzn t gt rid v ɖer līdr n at līst atmt t rīc̣nct ɖer parti wɖ chiṛns, sns n ɖ besic rsponsbiḷtiz ɖt cm wɖ pǎr. Mbi ɖ rot z nǎ tù dīp; phps xpctñ eni moṛl cors v ax́n fṛm a p’liticl fors so yst t śemlisnis n cruwlti z a ven hop. Bt f onli t pl ǎr sistm v guvnmnt bac fṛm a cmplit moṛl vôd, f conśnsz wns agn str n a fy Tōriz start t muv, ɖ rest v s òt t qaytli ćir ɖm on.

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