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He explains why he believes Gyimah, his former PPS, and others are making a mistake in switching to the Liberal Democrats.
If you trace the political evolution of the Cameroons you will find their origins on the right, not the left, of the Conservative Party
The traditional function of the third party in British politics has been to sweep up the protest vote, thus protecting the parties of power
The only way that David Cameron can stay as Prime Minister on 35% of the vote is if Labour loses ground to other parties
John Major, William Hague, Michael Howard, David Cameron – all promised to win over new converts, all ended up preaching to the choir. And still no sign of the promised land: an outright majority.
Tory modernisers are guilty of their own ‘stupid logic’…
Elections are won in the centre – and the centre has moved rightwards.
The ‘Mods’ and ‘Rockers’ of the Conservative Party are now the ‘Roons’ and ‘Loons’ – that is to say, the ‘Cameroons’ of the modernising Tory left and the ‘Swivel-eyed Loons’ of the traditionalist Tory right. It’s not as simple as that, of course, but as a pared-down description of the party’s on-and-off civil war it […]
Detoxifying the Party never meant moving to the left – this year’s manifesto was well to the left economically of anything we advocated.