A former member of the Tory party who claims David Cameron’s policies are ‘un-Conservative’ and discriminate against men will stand against Richard Fuller at the next general election.
Mike Buchanan, who lived in Bedford for 20 years, has founded the Justice For Men and Boys, and the Women Who Love Them Party which will field candidates in 30 Conservative held marginal seats. And the former Excel Logistics worker has chosen the Bedford and Kempston seat as his own political challenge.
He said: “I think it all went wrong when David Cameron came along, I think virtually all of his political instincts are un-Conservative, so if you compare him to someone like Maggie Thatcher he’s just so unprincipled.
“His only work before politics was in PR, which is a female dominated profession and all his policy directions are anti-male. Where there is a gender direction it’s always anti-male and pro-female.”
And Mr Buchanan believes that ‘anti-male’ policies, such as the 2010 Equality Bill discriminate against men and allow less qualified women to get top jobs.
He said: “Basically it’s a gravy train, it shows that Dave’s being pro-female and stops the feminists criticising, but in February and March last year more evidence was coming up that when you drive up the number of women on corporate boards what you are doing is driving up the number of inexperienced people because the pool of people who are qualified for those jobs is much shallower than the men.”
The party founder also claimed that ‘anti-male’ legislation could affect the economy, and means that women are not supported by the government if they chose to stay at home to bring up a family.
He said: “I can’t see how it could otherwise, one of the reason’s I am other people oppose Cameron is that he sometimes says warm words about the family, but the actual policies are designed to drive women out to work. For example the split on the child allowances encourages women to go to work rather than stay at home.”
He added: “I believe in equality of opportunity, but that is very different to equality of outcome because the theory that inequalities in outcome have resulted from inequalities in opportunity is barking mad, it has been 34 years since Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister, what woman in the modern era hasn’t known that if she’s talented enough and hard working enough she can get right to the top.”
He added: “If you look at the homeless in Bedford how many women are on the street? Not many, because society , not just government but private donors are sympathetic to women and not men.
“It’s not just women that don’t care about men. Obviously individually you care for sons, brothers, fathers but there is no feeling among women for the plight of men and I have read countless times on dozens of websites that men commit suicide three times more often than women. There is no appreciation that three times more men get to the point where life is unbearably and I think men grow up knowing that society doesn’t care for them.”
Richard Fuller chose not comment on his new political rival this week, and Mr Buchanan thinks that he can win at the 2015 general election. But Mike Smithson, who runs the Political Betting website claimed that he ‘doesn’t stand a chance’.
He said: “When you come to a general election and Bedford, which is one of the big marginal seats in the country all of the big parties will be throwing everything at it.
“Most households will be getting two or three leaflets a day and an independent candidate won’t be able to get his voice heard. The only time when independents have done well is when other parties have stepped aside, without that he doesn’t stand a chance.”
Mr Buchanan will be speaking about his candidacy at the Harpur Suite bar on Saturday May 18 from 3pm til 5pm.
Entry to the event costs £5 entry which will go towards party funds.
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