Mostly I am sorry for the way I thought of other people. Like a good general, I had treated everyone who wasn’t with me as against me.
For those who are unfamiliar with the name Lee Atwater, he was a Republican political strategist who was was responsible for utilising aggressive tactics in several presidential election campaigns. With the Conservative Future elections upon the horizon, will candidates and their supporters come to regret their actions as Atwater eventually did?
It saddens me that people are seemingly prepared to sacrifice friendship for the sake of a political role which outside the Conservative Future bubble will receive little or no recognition. Those who feel that an executive position is the stepping stone to advancing in politics need to think again, I personally know of someone who has not occupied any executive role yet has recently been approved to become a parliamentary candidate.
I feel those who stand for election should do so with the intention of making a positive impact within the organisation, after all we are all members of the same party. Those who use negative campaigning methods need to be aware that when the dust settles they will have to contend with the fall out of their actions. Negative campaigning and its impact could have far reaching implications that damage the ability of Conservative Future to be a force for good within the party.