The Tories are already putting some clear blue water between the coalition and the present majority government. Firstly, the new Business Secretary Sajid Javid has promised new tougher strike laws — ensuring that a minimum turn out of 50 per cent turnout is required for all strikes, while 40 per cent of all members will need to back a strike affecting essential public services. The TUC's Frances O'Grady has already hit back, arguing the new rules will make 'legal strikes close to impossible'.
Secondly, Theresa May and David Cameron are promising to tackle our ‘passively tolerant society’. In the Queen’s Speech, due on May 27, the Tories will introduce a new counter extremism bill that will include tougher immigration rules, protect 'British values' and allow for banning orders for hate groups in public places. The definition of what is ‘hate groups’ remains unclear — it is somewhere short of ‘terrorist’ but it is one that will be undoubtedly challenged.
On the Today programme this morning, the Home Secretary said the legislation will protect the ‘key values that undermine our society that are being undermined by extremists’: