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Cameron looks to Blair rather than Thatcher

#1
This is NOT GOOD!

Looks like more of the same should Cameron win the next election...

David Cameron declared his intention yesterday to build on the legacy of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown rather than Margaret Thatcher when he set out his personal vision of "modern, compassionate Conservatism".

After 84 days as Tory leader, Mr Cameron published a statement of aims and values intended to show that the party was changing and moving back to the Centre.

Mr Cameron acknowledged that Mr Blair and Mr Brown had achieved "some good" though they had failed to live up to promises they made to voters when they came to power nine years ago.

Mr Cameron said: "In 1997, people were willing Tony Blair and Gordon Brown to succeed. They said they could deliver social justice and economic efficiency. These aims were right. And, clearly, some good has been achieved - Bank of England independence, additional investment in the NHS and schools."

But there was no mention of Lady Thatcher or her legacy as one of the Conservative Party's most successful leaders. Instead, Mr Cameron distanced himself from one of the more controversial statements of her premiership by declaring that one of his core beliefs was "there is such a thing as society, it's just not the same thing as the state".

The statement of values, entitled Built to Last, will go to consultation over the next few months and party members will vote on it. It stated that the Tories would be an "open and inclusive party", and act to ensure that at every level it was representative of modern Britain, a hint that it would seek more female and ethnic minority candidates.
Telegraph.co.uk
 
#2
Cameron is using tactics, rather than go with the tried and tested 'slating' the other parties and being called a hypocrite, he has given the enemy no room for manouevre. Shrewd use of smoke and mirrors.
 
#3
Can you blame him? While many on Arrse would rather have Thatcherite policies than Blairite ones, that isn't true of the wider population.

Would you advocate 80's style politics? Doubt that you'd get elected if you did. :wink:
 
#4
StabTiffy2B said:
Can you blame him? While many on Arrse would rather have Thatcherite policies than Blairite ones, that isn't true of the wider population.

Would you advocate 80's style politics? Doubt that you'd get elected if you did. :wink:
Thats the problem though stabtiffy. Todays politicians are more concerned with populist policies, rather than policies that are actually beneficial to the country as a whole. Mrs Thatcher knew this and made the hard decisions which successive governments wouldn't. We need someone with enough balls to emulate that.
 
#5
If the voters are only given a choice between "Blair Clone #1" and "Blair Clone #2" then the election is a sham intended create the illusion of voter control of the government without the actuality.
 
#6
Go the populist route and you end up with Germany - a complete mess. Short term happiness against the realities of the modern world. How are they going to pay their pensions in the future?
 

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#7
Well one of Bliar's first invites to No 10 was Maggie, and he hi-jacked Tory policy as his own - why shouldn't Cameron do the same? A bit ironic in re-hi-jacking Tory policies from Neu Arbeit for Torys to follow.
 
#8
Ord_Sgt said:
Go the populist route and you end up with Germany - a complete mess. Short term happiness against the realities of the modern world. How are they going to pay their pensions in the future?
Exactly!!!!

You end up with a populous who are happy in their mundane existence and don't actually care about what is being done in their name.
 
#9
Agent_Smith said:
Ord_Sgt said:
Go the populist route and you end up with Germany - a complete mess. Short term happiness against the realities of the modern world. How are they going to pay their pensions in the future?
Exactly!!!!

You end up with a populous who are happy in their mundane existence and don't actually care about what is being done in their name.
Sorry I should have said 'how are they going to pay your pension !!!' Feel good today but fcuk tomorrow. How big is that overdraft?
 

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