Further to my Good War / Bad War list, I have created a separate report which aims to assess the performances of Conservative MPs. Initial observations are as follows:
- There are 365 Tory MPs in total. I’ve applied a ranking score of 1-10, the same as the other lists I’ve made on Twitter. 1 being desirable (liberty, freedom, prosperity) and 10 being authoritarian.
- At first glance 244 have a score of 5 or less which doesn’t seem too disastrous – but if you consider that 46 are not on Twitter and 37 don’t use it much and therefore have a modest score this number comes down to 161. Moreover, 37 of the new intake from the last election have a lenient score as they are keeping a low profile and don’t have much history – this bring the true number down to 124. That’s only 124 out of 365 Tory MPs in a new Parliament with the largest majority for a generation who genuinely register on the “acceptable” side of the authoritarian register!
- I’ve reserved the worse scores for the MPs with the greatest influence – i.e. Cabinet Members and the PM, with 8 of them scoring 10.
- On the other end, using the same exclusion logic as above, only 41 have a genuine score of 3 or better (nobody is worthy of a 1 in my opinion).
- Naturally, I can’t keep up with all 365 and some seem to be shifting. According to James Forsyth many are being encouraged not to voice their concerns at the lockdown and therefore we can’t get a true picture of their view – however even then they are guilty of cowardice.
- Another observation is that 107 are newly-elected MPs – nearly 30 of all current Tory MPs. Many of these are fresh faced, young and inexperienced. Cummings and the Tory HQ made a concerted effort to ensure that any majority was a genuine majority, meaning they had to be heavily controlled and "on message" in order to get Brexit done. This control has unfortunately extended to the Covid-19 situation - their social media pages and general communication seems to be heavily controlled. This was good for Brexit, but bad for pretty much everything else. Too many of these MPs seem to see the government as managers and regulators of the economy rather than champions for free trade and general freedom.
- I also believe that the so called "Red Wall" is having an impact - there are now a lot of Tory MPs who might otherwise be more comfortable, at least economically speaking, in the SDP or as "Blue Labour" enthusiasts. In other words a desire for Brexit and to rally against the woke culture that has flooded the Labour Party was their motive to join the Tory Party, but when it comes to freedom and economic prosperity, they have little in common.