Wednesday, December 07, 2005

The task ahead of David Cameron

Matthew D'Ancona succinctly states what Mr Cameron must do to rejuvenate the UK Conservatives.

The task ahead of Mr Cameron is as simple to define as it hard to accomplish. Between now and the next election, he must transform the Conservative Party so that it is no longer an obstruction to the implementation of Conservative values.

Yes, you read that correctly. The party's own polling shows that public support for a policy halves when the voters are told that the policy in question is supported by the Tories. This means that, in a vicious paradox, the Conservative Party is presently holding Conservative policies hostage.

Until the electorate is persuaded that the Tories have changed, that they understand the modern world, that they represent the whole nation and not just an affluent tribe within it, there is no chance whatsoever that the Tories will be given the chance to form a government, reduce the tax burden, reform the public services and implement centre-Right solutions to contemporary problems.
Can Mr Cameron be the Conservative's Tony Blair? I think he can. There is a fresh purpose and hopefulness about the Party that I haven't noticed in a long long time, and finally they have a leader who is not just another crusty old curmudgeon, but who is likable.

The next election will be very interesting. Shame it's so far in the future.

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