I think you have several illusions on the Conservative, I will elaborate.
1. They are “good for the economy”. http://www.nationaldebtclock.co.uk/
[In response to a supporter of the Conservative Party]
A common enough point to make about right wing parties but it has no basis in a capitalist society. Almost every establishment party has presided over economic growth and economic collapse, it’s called capitalism. When you had huge growth in the 1960s followed by collapse in the 1970s the conservative media pointed that this was the fault of the Labour Party conveniently leaving out that it was not a pandemic in the UK but an international recession.
As James correctly pointed out looking into the history of a party and indeed a political a movement you get an incredible insight into the future, the Conservative Party is built on the imperialism and capitalism of GB, two elements that Ireland is very familar with. The Party was known for having the wealthy elite aristocracy among it’s ranks and that has not changed, all one has to do is look at who donates to the Conservatives.
(http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/feb/05/conservatives-bankrolled-hedge-fund-managers). Are we really going to pretend that they are donating from the goodness of their hearts or because the Conservative Party is good for business?
Indeed, the UK has had a huge markup of growing wealth inequality but that again like international recession is not a regional crisis but a global one. Ireland, the US, People’s Republic of China, etc have all experienced the same phenomenon. https://www.oxfamireland.org/blog/inequality
UK wealth inequality: http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2014/oct/14/uk-only-g7-member-increase-wealth-inequality-21st-century-started
It’s further highlighted by how “senior bosses” earn considerably more than their lowly counterparts and indeed the balance of income…
“Four in five new jobs are in sectors averaging under £16,640 for a 40-hour week. Working full-time on the £6.31 hourly minimum wage would gross just £13,124 in a year.
And an explosion of part-time jobs shows millions of workers can’t even earn that pittance.”
So when you say that the Conservative Party is good for the economy you’re right, they are good for the CEO’s, the large industries, the banks the insurance companies and many of the elected officials.
2. The Conservatives create “more opportunity”
I think the real question here is who do the Conservatives create “more opportunity” for? The numbers show that it’s the exceedingly wealthy that are having it well, but what about the people who are low income earners i.e the majority of people? What opportunity is created for them?
Due to mass immigration into the UK wages have been kept relatively the same and even pushed down in order to maintain profits for companies, this is something the Conservative (like Fine Gael) very happily facilitate because it’s good for business and importantly, good for the people that own these businesses! In this process Trade Unions are usually coerced or forced into collaboration or both therefore you not only have an attack on the living conditions of workers but also their representative organizations that try to defend their rights.
In order to enact privatization (a fundamental element of right wing politics / economics) cuts are made to various services that are funded by the State. As the service expires in quality it is then sold off under the guise of “saving it”, we see that the case with privatized services is that the price for said service expands dramatically. This happens because it’s turned into a business and exists for profit – this is once more detrimental to the regular person. A service provided before for a fair price with revenue going back to the state is now more expensive and the revenue is not going back to the state, loss-loss.
Your claim that the Conservative Party “creates opportunity” is half-true. It definitely creates opportunity for those who are wealthy enough to invest in collapsed prices across the board (most self made billionaires became rich by investing in things just after or during a recession).
On an anecotal reference for you, the Trade Union I am with has about 300-400 Home Helps and every day their hours are cut as further services to elderly people are sub-contracted. The HSE is doing this in order to make way for further privatization of this service and as explained above the loser is the person receiving the service.
Here’s another aspect of privatization: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/water-giants-make-2billion-profit-4703371
3. The Conservative Party are liars, much like FF, FG and Labour
Catch all centrist parties tend to tell the electorate everything they want to hear, we saw the same in Ireland where FG and Labour ran on platforms about “transparency” and “justice” and all that other people like to lap up – as it has turned out this has been one of the most corrupt governments in a long time.
The UK’s parties are no different and the above link is a good illustration of that. A party that lies is not interested in the welfare of the people it is lying too. Dishonesty out of power will inevitably culminate with dishonesty in power.
Now realistically this is only the very tip of the iceberg and a scratch at the service, never mind the disgusting bombing of Libya and the support rendered to fundamentalists in Syria (that’s of a longer running theme of unquestionable obedience to the US).
So I suppose if you are “delighted” for a party that crushes the average person, takes money and services away from them through a variety of measures and redistributes this wealth to the top then whether you like that is a negative reflection of you – because you are consciously voting for a party that is committing these acts. Your vote is an endorsement of what they do. The Conservative Party represent their funders, i.e the extremely wealthy capitalist class of the UK.