William Watson: Shades of Tory blue: mauve, indigo, teal
Political coalitions do need a dominant colour\u003B the Tories are all blue\u002Dish, but they combine many different shades of blue
We in the MSM (mainstream media), which is what some of those on the farther right call even this page, are accustomed to advising Conservatives to move to the centre to pick up votes, clearly forgetting there are now potential gains on their right flank, too. The PPC’s almost five per cent of the popular vote in 2021 was a surprise to many observers, MSM and otherwise, but there clearly is room for Tory growth there.
The practical question becomes: what’s thenetgain from moving right (i.e., far right votes you pick up minus centrist votes you lose) and how does it compare with the net gain from moving to the centre? There obviously are many more votes to the left of the Tories than to the right, but how many customarily Liberal, NDP, Bloc and Green voters will give them a look as compared with PPC voters? Also: don’t forget the danger that if you do such calculations too openly, you annoy voters of all stripes who prefer politicians to at least seem to hold their views sincerely rather than expediently.
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