Peel’s Folly – A Conservative Party Created to Avoid “Unnecessary Change” Can’t Last Forever

Robert Peel

Robert Peel made history on more than one occasion. During the first half of the 19th Century, Peel was a British politician who served two terms as Home Secretary, and twice as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He was the man who created the Metropolitan Police Force, and by doing so, became the father of modern policing not only in the United Kingdom, but also in every country which used the Metropolitan Police as a template for their own police forces. But Peel didn’t stop there, he is also infamous as the founder of the modern British Conservative Party.

The first time in which his newly formed Conservative Party took power, it was not via democratic elections. In November 1834, King William IV removed the Whig Party Prime Minister Lord Melbourne, and asked the Duke of Wellington to form a new administration. Wellington was not interested in becoming Prime Minister, and recommended to the King that he should choose Robert Peel to become PM instead, backed by his newly created Conservative Party. In fact, Lord Melbourne was the last British Prime Minister to be dismissed by a monarch and, only six months later, his Whig Party managed to undermine Peel’s new minority Conservative Party government badly enough that Melbourne was re-appointed and went on to serve a six year term.

Robert Peel had been first elected to parliament by a relatively standard route for the young aristocrats of the day, which would now be seen as a form of corruption. Before Parliament had modernised there were some very easy ways for an affluent man to become a supposed representative of the people in the House of Commons. In those days you still had what was termed “rotten boroughs”, which were parliamentary constituencies consisting of an extremely small population, sometimes with no electorate at all. At the young age of 21, in 1809, Robert Peel was elected as MP for the Irish rotten borough of Cashel, Tipperary. The Cashel constituency had just 24 electorates on the rolls and Peel won his first seat in parliament, with no one running against him.

A quarter-of-a-century after originally becoming a member of the House of Commons, Peel was asked to become Prime Minister, he was in his mid-50s and the sitting Member of Parliament for Tamworth. On 18 December 1834, after being asked to form a government with a new party that could potentially challenge the dominance of the Whigs, Peel released the Tamworth Manifesto. The Tamworth Manifesto was an attempt to convince the small numbers of people in the UK who were actually allowed a vote that there were significant differences between the old-Tory Party and Peel’s new Conservative Party. Peel’s efforts were successful and Tamworth saw no contest in the elections which took place in January 1835. Peel and his brother were the only candidates to stand, and, of course, they were returned to parliament unopposed.

In the Tamworth Manifesto, Peel argued some of the issues of the day, including stating publicly that the Reform Act of 1832 was “a final and irrevocable settlement of a great constitutional question,” he promised that the Conservatives would undertake a “careful review of institutions, civil and ecclesiastical”, and he gave his opinion that there was a good case for real change, “the correction of proved abuses and the redress of real grievances.” Peel also promised that he would review the question of church reform in order to preserve the “true interests of the established religion.” Peel’s basic message was that the Tories will have to reform to survive. However, he also opposed what he described as unnecessary change, fearing “a perpetual vortex of agitation.”

The underlying theme within the Tamworth Manifesto has been a guiding star to the Tories for almost 200 years. The modern Conservative Party can still be described as a political entity whose members are, more often than not, opposed what they consider to be “unnecessary change.” When Peel first came to power as leader, the Whigs formed a political pact with members of the Irish Radical’s, led by Daniel O’Connell, to repeatedly defeat Peel’s minority Conservative government on a number of bills. After only about 100 days in government, Peel’s administration resigned out of frustration, and the Whigs, under Lord Melbourne, were returned to office. The Conservative Party had been born out of desperation. It was a hodgepodge of politicians who began to disagree almost as soon as the party had been created. If we examine what they have become, the Conservative Party has not changed much from its original conception. The Conservative Party members tend to be people from affluent and privileged backgrounds who often desire to slow the pace of change.

If we recount the achievements of the various Tory leaders over the past 50 years it is clear that the Conservative Party ranks have been rife with politicians who fail more than they succeed. Whether it’s Boris Johnson, Theresa May, David Cameron, or John Major, they are all leaders who’s time in office have been awash with failed agendas. The premiership of Margaret Thatcher was one of the most memorable and divisive eras in British history. Thatcher appeared to break the Conservative Party’s standard model by making big changes to a society she sometimes denied existed. She pushed for changes which almost exclusively benefited the wealthy and elite, while also causing significant harm to the poor and the working class. In that sense, the Conservatives have never changed.

The world is on the precipice of fundamental change. We are on the cusp of several paradigm shifting new technologies, Schwab’s Fourth Industrial Revolution is on our doorstep, and there is great potential for much “unnecessary change” in the very near future. For this reason, I posit that the Conservative Party as it was created by Robert Peel is coming to its ideological resting place, and from the ashes will rise a different Conservative Party which will be fully aligned with Davos and their ethos of changing humanity beyond all recognition. You cannot become part of the world of the transhumanist elite without making unnecessary change, for that is part of the foundation upon which transhumanism is built, the need to change things that just don’t need to be changed.

It should also be noted that Robert Peel was born into a very rich and powerful family who themselves harnessed the power of the First Industrial Revolution to amass their great family wealth. Robert Peel’s father, Sir Robert Peel, 1st Baronet, was himself an industrialist and manufacturer of early textiles. In 1799, he was recorded as one of the ten British millionaires who’s vast wealth was known. His father, also called Robert Peel (although often referred to as Parsley Peel), had helped establish the Peel family fortune through the ownership of cotton mills. By the late 1700s, he owned 23 cotton mills in the North West of England, more than double the number of mills owned by his closest competitor. The Peel family fortune was created from the sweat and blood of the thousands of child labourers who were forced to work in sweatshop environments and who risked their lives daily for the financial benefit of the Peel family.

One thing will definitely remain unchanged, the British Conservative Party policies will continue to target the vulnerable, the impoverished, as well as the working class in general.