By Andrew Hunt and Conservative Post.

In Jordan Peterson’s talk, The Dialectic, Dr Peterson explains how the key character trait of the right is conscientiousness.

It is Conservatives who diligently go to work, empty their bins, look after their families, pay their taxes and keep the country functioning.

However, it is predominantly the left who bring the creative, revolutionary spark that every nation needs. Both left and right have something to offer, and that is why we must keep the political dialogue going.

Unfortunately today’s centre-right leaders have given up. Worse still, without the challenge of the right, the left has descended into the politics of rage, repression and failed ideas. There is no creativity on the left; only anger and envy.

So it is up to us – the dutiful and true conservatives – to discover our creative, revolutionary zeal. If no one else will take up the mantle of progress we must play both the conscientious and the revolutionary. And by God, do we need progress!

Over the past two decades, the Conservative party has rejected its grassroots in favour of a globalised lobby of special interest groups. The result has been a catastrophe. The grassroots was the ballast of the ship; bringing the party leadership the credibility and perspective they needed. Without that ballast, the ship capsizes from the slightest storm.

The grassroots was the ballast of the ship; bringing the party leadership the credibility and perspective they needed. Without that ballast, the ship capsizes from the slightest storm.

For successful MPs, the grassroots were also their guide. The organisational theorist, Karl Weick once recounted the story of a corps of Hungarian Cadets who got lost during an exercise in the Alps. It was freezing cold and night was falling, they had run out of provisions. The exhausted corps began to give up, sit down and wait to die. Then one of them found a map in their backpack. They worked out where they were and walked out to safety. It was not until the next day that they realised the map they had been using was of the Pyrenees and not the Alps! When the chips are down, find a map. Lost and listless, the grass-roots is the map the party needs right now.

The value of maps lies in their truth and their constancy. While MPs can be blinded by fads, it is the grass-roots who know the country’s soul and understand its history. They possess an integrity that cannot be bought by third-rate house-builders or defeated by woke journalists. They do not live in the Westminster Bubble. Most importantly they have not given up.

While MPs can be blinded by fads, it is the grass-roots who know the country’s soul and understand its history. They possess an integrity that cannot be bought by third-rate house-builders or defeated by woke journalists. They do not live in the Westminster Bubble. Most importantly they have not given up.

The Reverend George McLeod once quipped: “If you don’t believe in miracles, may I wish you a very dull life!” Outside of government, there are small miracles happening everywhere and every day. They happen when people find the courage to face their fears and stand up for themselves.

The country is sick of the status quo. It is amazing how grassroots demands intersect with the wider publics. What is needed is a set of simple, oven-ready policies that re-engage the grass-roots and are popular with the country. That begins by giving the grassroots a bigger say both at Conference and local candidate level. There is no reason why a 100-seat majority is not possible, if the leadership chooses that path. There is a miracle waiting to happen.

There is no reason why a 100-seat majority is not possible, if the leadership chooses that path. There is a miracle waiting to happen.

We need an ambitious agenda and a long-term agenda. We need an agenda that can be a beacon to the rest of the world. Britain’s true historical legacy was made when it led by example. Standing up for the rule of law, scientific innovation, property rights, freedom, democracy, self-help and the smile of reason will achieve infinitely more than handouts and sanctimonious lecturing.

The poet Robert Frost wrote, ‘The best way out is always through.’

‘Through’ requires the determination of the conscientious and the courage of the revolutionary.

Let the grassroots lead the way!

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