Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Forward.... but which way is forward?

Iain Dale responds to Tim Montgomerie of ConservativeHome who has criticised Cameron for appealing to the liberal conservatives and ignoring or alienating their traditional right wing support. Iain gives the game away when he says:
"...there are things which David Cameron has announced which cause me to twitch a little. But for the most part, we keep our noses to the grindstone and don't rock the boat. Why? Because we know that it's necessary and we understand the strategy."

The strategy is according to Iain is... keep quiet, put up with all this liberal shit, lull those disaffected Lib Dem a New Labour voters with a promise of New Conservatism under cuddly, hoodie-hugging/bike riding/ecologically concerned Dave.... and then sandbag them with a good dose of old style right-wing reactionary conservatism if we can get elected!

Just one warning for Iain and his mates... and Tim and his mates too, come to that... there are many here among us who thought that was what was going to happen under Blair. Once he was elected he would jump out of his telephone box, throw of that millionaire loving outfit, leave all that wage restraint and anti-union talk behind him, stop the creeping privatisation of the NHS, education and other public services and emerge as our socialist Party leader. Well, I never believed a word of it. Blair was, and remains, a member of the ill-fated SDP. He is what we would have got if David Owen had stayed and gone on to lead the Party. So, Tories... be warned. History does repeat itself, first as tragedy, then as farce, as a great philosopher once said