I'm a student and here's why I'm voting Tory
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This General Election, I will be voting for Ilford North’s Conservative Candidate Lee Scott. Scott was my local MP for ten years and did a marvellous job representing his constituency, as has (in all fairness) current incumbent Labour’s Wes Streating. But a combination of my own political views and Streating’s performance as a Cabinet Member and Councillor in Redbridge tips me in favour of Scott. I’ve heard many times that is some sort of crime to be a student and a Tory. So, I’ll lay down the reasons why I’m a Tory. Here's why I only really have four political beliefs, when it comes down to it. I believe in unlimited opportunity for all. Every citizen should be able to make the use of social mobility to better themselves. I believe we should be proud of our welfare system and it should be there to protect the most vulnerable, but it can be a trap and people can sometimes become over-reliant. I believe in limited government. Government should not interfere with all aspects of life - only when it will be immoral not to do so or if it’ll be impractical for them not to do so. This gives people personal freedom to make the decisions they want to live their own lives. I believe in civil liberties, but with this comes personal responsibility: people shouldn’t blame others for their shortcomings. This, I feel from experience, leads to positive personal outcomes. Lastly, I believe in an open, free, mixed market economy. I don’t believe governments stimulate the economy. Can you find me an example of a nation being taxed into prosperity? It is business and consumers that do it, and the government merely creates conditions to allow them to do so. The Conservative and Unionist Party fluctuates in their support for those four principles, especially with civil liberties, with Amber Rudd and Theresa Mays' performances as Home Secretary being cases in point. But they are still the party that best fit those principles. Employment Tories tend to be pragmatic: the deficit has been slashed; unemployment is at its lowest point in 40 years. The Tory long term economic plan is working. It may be slower than liked, but it is working. People who say otherwise would do well to remember to the situation the country was in back in 2010. “There’s no money left,” said the note in the Treasury. Austerity
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