Five Southall Labour Councillors have defected to the Conservatives in the run up to the Ealing Southall by-election on the 19th of July. This is obviously good news for the good guys, and it certainly means that the local Conservatives and candidate Tony Lit are doing something right. It also has a greater significance; all five are from the Sikh community and they clearly feel that in 2007 it is the Conservative Party led by David Cameron that stands for what they believe. That ethnic minority Labour Councillors find a better home in the Conservative Party says volumes about the success of the Cameron project. The Conservative Party was never racist, or as uncaring as it was portrayed by opponents, but it did allow itself to persist with an agenda too wedded to economics and not enough to people. That has changed since 1997, and even more radically since David Cameron’s election. In political terms today’s Conservatives are taking on the Labour Party where they live; on health, on social justice, on community cohesion.
Quite right too.