It takes all kinds to make a world. But if you are one of those who believe that all conservatives are intrinsically bad people, or at best heedlessly negligent fools who wish to destroy the NHS, then please stop reading. This article is not for you.
I won’t argue the case for conservatism here; anyone who is interested in my views on that topic can read this or this or my recent biography of that still-towering figure, Edmund Burke. Nor will I argue my own case: those wanting to scrutinise my record can read my report on four years in Parliament here, my 2012 paper on the evils of PFI here, or my recent local leaflet on healthcare in Herefordshire here. And if you have not read Museji Takolia’s and my paper for the Centre for Policy Studies on healthcare statements, it is available here.
If I may, I want to begin where one should always begin: from a position of mutual respect, in this case as between Jonathan, me and you, the reader.