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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Preserve us from Tory modernisers

Best Tory strategy: sit tight, make a measured case for a smaller public sector with a lower tax burden, and wait for the wheels to come off New Labour.

Worst Tory strategy: change the name of the party, apologise for Thatcherite past, promise to make a better job of running what is left of the economy after the death of British manufacturing and the outsourcing of the service sector.

When everyone is heartily sick of New Labour; when the pensions crisis is really beginning to bite and the only people with secure futures are employed by the state, the electorate will be looking for a different way of doing things. I doubt they will then find much attraction in Brian Sedgemore's radical anti-war, high tax Liberal Democrat party. So they will be looking closely at the Conservatives. And if they find there a pale immitation of New Labour, they may very well stick with the real thing.


At 11 May 2005 at 07:38, Blogger Jorgen said...


At 11 May 2005 at 08:51, Blogger rexie said...

Writing in The Daily Telegraph today, Mr Davis, who stays as shadow home secretary and is seen as a leadership front-runner, rejects the idea that the Tories should model themselves on New Labour.

"At exactly the time when the Blairite model is failing, it would be extraordinary for the Tory party to try to imitate it," he says.

The party must adopt a radical, modernising agenda based on low tax, deregulated economy and radical public services reform.

Mr Brown would soon have to put up taxes and the electorate would then be prepared to give Tories a fresh hearing and a new chance.

"Only a low tax economy will generate the wealth required to pay for secure pensions and better health care," says Mr Davis.

He's the only one making the right noises at the moment. Shame is, he's always struck me as rather unimpressive.

If only Hague hadn't disastrously taken over after the 1997 defeat, this would have been his hour.

At 12 May 2005 at 07:12, Blogger Jorgen said...

Hague would be the right man now (assuming he dropped the management consultant-nonsense he tried out - won't work in a political party that needs individualists).


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