Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Dave's big Speech Fails to Impress
But, given he clearly idolizes Tony Blair- look at his image, his style, his studied vacuity - and even the pinching of TB's soundbite on 'tough on crime.. etc', I thought his speech was to a Blair speech as Shrewsbury Town(my home team) is to Manchester United. Clearly his party handlers needed a few of those cheerleaders who were so very (hyper)active at the end of IDS's speech back in 2004. You'll have to do better than that Dave to move into the Premiership.
Believe me, I used to think Blair was sent down from heaven to save us, but Iraq and the dossier affair made me think his judgement was faulty if not shot, but I know he will be missed and I'll be among those doing the missing. Ultimately so much of politics is tribalI have come to realize.
I have a moderate centre-right outlook but I've felt politically homeless for the best part of the last decade. I didn't (and still don't) think the Labour movement as a whole has reconciled itself to a liberal\market economy so joining Labour didn't feel right despite my respect for Blair - on the other hand the Tories have been at best hopeless and at worst nasty for years (I could never have supported Howard).
The ascent of Cameron holds out the prospect of a Conservative party I can support with a conscience but I often feel curiously torn - I can make a case for sitting on the right of a reforming liberal Labour party (a la Blair) or sitting on the left of a one-nation paternalistic Tory party.
Although this is just a personal dilemma I suspect it mirrors something that's going on in the minds of voters up and down the country. If Dave continues the march to the centre and Brown starts to tack to the left it will get a lot easier for people like me..!
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