The British Conservative Party, Iran, and the Persian Gulf: A New Era?

The British Conservative Party, Iran, and the Persian Gulf: A New Era?

The British Conservative Party “proclaims the necessity for capital-labour co-operation, and a ‘property-owning democracy’. It proclaims the need for free competition in industry, and the end of restrictive practices both between employers, and among employees. It is the party of social mobility. ‘Quality, and not equality’ and ‘opportunity rather than security’, are two of its slogans.”1

The British Conservative Party’s Policies are, on the whole, hard to characterize. “At some periods ideas such as individual freedom will be clearly articulated, and may even produce concrete policy proposals designed to promote such values.”2 At some other periods, it may “seem to embody so wide a range of political ideas that few distinctive doctrine features can be detected.”3 It may as well worth noting that, the British Conservative Party is the party of the class that has its roots in the landed gentry of the early nineteenth century. They are various groups and institutions such as the Church of England, ancient universities ie. Oxford, and Cambridge, the Guards regiments and the legal profession. These groups are collectively known as ‘the Establishment,’ which is traditionally associated most closely with the Conservative Party.

The British Conservative Party, traditionally, always overtly associates itself with foreign policy. As a trading nation, the British Conservative Party has a strong sense of involvement with foreign policy in order to maintain, and protect British economic, and thus diplomatic interests, as will be demonstrated in this article concerning Iran, and the Persian Gulf in the contemporary new era of the twenty first century.

For the Conservatives, advancement in foreign policy achievement, to protect British interests is something to be distinctly proud of. Conservatives credit British foreign policy with “maintaining, and protecting British interests. More than this, it is held to provide the whole basis of Britain’s claim to national greatness in modern times; and Conservatives are nothing if not conservers of Britain’s greatness.”4

The Conservatives label themselves the ‘foreign policy party,’ and their attitudes towards foreign policy distinguish their party from others as fundamentally, as, towards nationalization policies of the British Labour Party’s Socialism.

The British Conservative Party canvases the Liberal ideals of free trade, combine with their foreign policy pragmatism such as, ‘navigating through the era of fierce global economic competitions in the beginning of the twenty first century, with many of its consequent crises in different areas of the world; one, being the turbulent Persian Gulf, in order to promote British interests, relations with Islamic Republic of Iran, relations with what apparently perceive to be Iran’s rival on the southern side of the Persian Gulf, that is to be Saudi Arabia, relations with the various Persian Gulf States, numerous crises in the Persian Gulf littoral Arab states. All the above scenarios embody, opportunities, and challenges for the United Kingdom, which the British Conservative Party sees itself to have the ‘moral responsibility’ to promote, and protect British interests. The Conservatives see themselves as the natural bastion of saving Britain, so to speak. The British Conservative Party formulates and harmonises its sentiments of fostering British interests with the realities of events taking place on the world stage.

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