An Open Letter To The UK Conservative Party

Adebayo Adeniran
4 min readFeb 20, 2024

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The current leader of the party, Rishi Sunak. Image via Wkimedia Commons

Dear Conservatives,

Your establishment, the Conservative and Unionist Party is the most successful political organisation in the history of western democracy.

A vast majority of the political figures whom you’ve learnt about at school were Conservatives: Robert Peel, William Pitt the Elder and Younger; Lord Palmerston, Benjamin Disraeli, Lord Salisbury, AJ Balfour, Neville Chamberlain, Winston Churchill, Harold MacMillan and Margaret Thatcher.

Pragmatism, which is the organising principle of the Conservatives, ensured that it survived the great political, economic and historical upheavals of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

The ideological schisms which arose from the implementation of corn laws, free trade and global imperialism, which destroyed the Liberal party, left the Tories (the sobriquet for the Conservatives) in a position of strength at the dawn of the bloodiest century, in the history of humankind.

And when the Labour government of 1945 began the Post-war consensus, which was a regime of high taxation and public investments, the Conservatives had no problems in adopting the policies of the socialists, for as long as it was practical to do so.

And when the drumbeat for neoliberalism began to beat in the lecture halls of the university of Chicago, the Tories were more than willing to embrace this new doctrine and in its first woman leader —Margaret Thatcher—neoliberalism had its strongest and staunchest advocate.

And with her victory at the 1979 election, the reinvention of the United kingdom, post empire began.

It was your party, under the leadership of Mrs. Thatcher, that Britain went from being the laughing stock of the world, when we went cap in hand to the IMF and had to devalue the pound to deregulating the finance industry, which created a myriad of possibilities for a new generation of players.

Money flowed like water and the clashes with the trade unions, which were the defining event of the 1970s, ran its course by the mid 80s, when Thatcher and Thatcherism swept everything in its wake.

No sooner had the Tories won the economic and political argument than the…

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Adebayo Adeniran

A lifelong bibliophile, who seeks to unleash his energy on as many subjects as possible