The Conservative Party (the Tory Party) is the largest political party in the United Kingdom, and largely adheres to the philosophies of conservatism and British unionism. A person’s political preferences can be complex, but discovering and understanding these preferences is important if you wish to operate within the wider world. So, are you a Tory?
Start at the source. Read and understand the policies of the Tory party, as listed on their website (below). In short, conservatives focus on a few core values:
- Right-wing economics: the importance of the free market and the private sector; laissez-faire policy.
- Small government: the idea that the role of government in the lives of individuals should be as little as possible.
- Family values: an emphasis on the significance of family in society; protection of children, encouragement of marriage.
- Do any of these ring true? If you want to learn more about these concepts, Wikipedia is a good place to start.
Talk to Tories. Don’t be critical or overly inquisitive: just engage in a discussion. How do their values compare to your own? If you there aren’t any Tories amongst your friends, family or co-workers, then sit in on a local meeting or attend an event. Realistically, you should try to talk with people of all political persuasions: getting a better of idea of the political spectrum will help you find your place in it.
Evaluate. Do your own views match those of the Tory party? Maybe you agree with their ideals, but not all of their policies – that’s okay. There isn’t just one kind of Tory. Maybe you don’t agree with them at all, in which case you should investigate the views of other political parties more closely.
- Don’t get news from just one newspaper/TV station/website. Try to take on a wide range of perspectives.
- If you’re not comfortable talking about political issues with others, write it down! Express your views to yourself – you never know what you might discover.
Political parties aren’t for everyone. If you don’t agree with the Tory party, or any party, don’t try to convince yourself that you do. You’ll only be more confused.