No party knows how to break out of the war of attrition that is British politics at the moment. Neither the Tories nor Labour are expecting to hit 40 percent in May. Instead, they are both trying to work out how to win with a vote share in the 30s.
The Good Right, Tim Montgomerie and Stefan Shakespeare’s latest political project, is an attempt to craft a Conservatism which can appeal far beyond the party’s current limits. They want a Conservatism that is focused as much on providing the best social ambulance service possible as it is on social mobility. In their mini-manifesto, they propose a higher minimum wage, state supported house building and higher council tax bands for expensive properties to reduce council tax on more modest homes.
What is being crafted here is a new Conservative agenda for someone to adopt in a future leadership race. Not everyone on the right will agree with every idea that Montgomerie and Shakespeare propose. But what is undoubtedly true is that there is a need for a Conservatism that has a broader appeal and a more clearly defined moral purpose.