That's a question I've been asking myself lately and I've come to the conclusion that the answer is yes.
And I should empahsises that the question isn't about the tories' policies - even though I find their policies and ideologies abhorrent that doesn't necessarily mean they're unfit for government. After all, democracy is all about the fact that, even if you find a group's views abhorrent, they are still entitled to a fair share of power if enough people vote for them.
So when I say that the tories are unfit to be in government I mean it in the sense of their competence - or, rather, their lack of it.
Let's consider all the big gaffes that this government has made:
- Attempting to sell off the forests and then having to perform a u-turn - Tory minister Caroline Spellman
- Causing a fuel crisis over a fuel strike which never even took place - Tory minister Francis Maude
- Cutting the tax rate for the wealthiest by 5p at a time of massive austerity and hardship for ordinary people and causing a PR disaster through poor presentation - Tory minister George Osborne
- Taking your best friend on you on official government trips and allowing him to present himself as an MoD advisor - former Tory minister Liam Fox (who resigned over this gaffe)
- Befriending and communicating on an incredibly frequent basis with News International lobbyists while ruling on the BSkyB takeover bid and while News International was being investigated for ciminal behaviour - (nearly former) Tory minister Jeremy Hunt
- Appointing a man in charge during the hacking at the News of the World (later charged with perjury) as your communications advisor and then having to sack him as details of phone hacking emerged - tory Prime Minister David Cameron
- Introducing a pasty tax which was predictably perceived with outrage as being a petty tax from out of touch politicians and then having to perform a u-turn - Tory minister George Osborne
- Introducing a cap on donations to charities, bringing massively disastrous PR, and then having to perform a u-turn - Tory minister George Osborne
- Writing a report for the government proposing the scrapping of labour protection laws - Tory policy advisor and donor Lord Beecroft
And, when you consider that these have all been specifically tory failures - Lib Dem ministers have, in contrast, avoided mistakes of this nature.
And what this screams to me is incompetence - and, from what I can tell, a lot of tory grassroots members are thinking the same thing. This isn't about poor policies, it's about blundering when it comes to picking which battles to fight and massive cock ups in presenting tory ideas. The cut in the 50p tax rate was never going to be popular but at least Osborne could have made more of an effort to point out that they would be taking money off the wealthy in other ways and that everyone else would benefit by the increase in the income tax threshold.
So that's what's led me to conclude that the tories are unfit for government. It seems like the current crop of tory ministers aren't just inexperienced in government (after all, the Lib Dems have no experience of government and we've managed to avoid such blunders) but that they also operate with a strange mixture of arrogance and ignorance which is what leads them into these idiotic mistakes. And, regardless of their political viewpoint, someone who manages to start and lose a damaging political battle over pasties, for god's sake, really is horrendously unsuited to being in government.