Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Please don’t let it all go to pot

Originally posted by The Realist

Ah, the smell of Tories arguing– it is, as Hard-Fi would exclaim, hard to beat. A week is a long time and all that, but the next three days are going to be particularly drawn out and intriguing. Can’t help feeling a tad sorry for Clarke, while at the same time looking forward to belly-laughing when anti-choice, send-em-home, god-bothering Dr Fox resigns to join UKIP. Or whatever.

It will be interesting to see how the party reacts to the (probable) Cameron-Davis dogfight. The members surely must be, ahem, realists and comprehend that they can’t elect ‘another Duncan-Smith’ and must hold their noses and vote for Cameron, despite the drugs ‘scandal’.

Which brings me on to the main point about what the party need to do. Citizen Sane had it absolutely spot on when he stated that the party needs ‘their Clause IV moment’ – a step away from social conservatism – this ‘my drugs hell’ incident may well kick start that. Or, conversely, it may result in party meetings as I previously predicted.

Drug use in youth is an amusing paradox. Most people in the UK do the graduate-grass thing – it’s really not a big deal. In British public life though, it can be someone’s downfall. In France it’s boasted about, in Germany it’s practically mandatory!

For the political future of the country, I hope Druggy-Dave wins. For any healthy democracy, at least two plausible parties need to exist. Sans Cameron, we are in danger of becoming a perpetual one-party state.

6 comments:

ph said...

It has been useful that the crashing din made about D.C.s possible youthfull excesses has drowned out the discussions about his policies, his experience and his political beliefs. But the same would result could have been achieved by someone dropping a pin.
As for DD being like IDS, well they are both from right of centre but that is where the similiarity stops.

Citizen Sane said...

They are both manifestly unelectable. THAT is where the comparision begins and ends.

The Realist said...

Exactly. Didn't think I needed to explain that point. Apologies.

ph said...

DD is not on the same scale of unelectibility as IDS.
The Tories will get trounced at the next election irrespective of who leads them so if you think DC is the man for the job it is probably better if he keeps his powder dry (pun intended)

Hobbzee said...

I would like David Cameron to win too because then I think then we’d have someone to keep New Labour on their toes, we desperately need an effective opposition in this country, something that I don’t believe we’ve had for many years now.
However, my one worry about Cameron winning the Tory leadership is that without a strong rightwing Conservative leader in opposition there’s a danger of marginalising the far right which gives right to racist scum like the BNP…

Hobbzee said...

gives 'rise' to the BNP - sorry...