Sunday, June 26, 2005

Davis Building Up a Head of Steam

With the MPs looking set to have the decisive say over the next leader of our party- while riding roughshod over the views of the members that get them elected- it is hard to know how the runners stand in the race for the leadership. Late-night whiskies, secret assurances, and job promises have at least as much of a bearing as column inches and gushing newspaper profiles. Interested observers are forced to wait for our new figurehead as plotters plot and lieutenants hack their colleagues on behalf of their patrons.
So news of public declarations of support from MPs is like leaked information from the papal conclave- the small, secretive electorate are hard to read. So it was that this article certainly cheered the soul of every real Tory:

"The Davis campaign, boosted yesterday by support from two former Clarke lieutenants, Damian Green and Ian Taylor, has established real momentum – in marked contrast to everyone else."

The writer, Nick Wood, is very well placed in the Conservative party, and this column also appeared in the Evening (sub)Standard. While the modernisers and Left flail to find a poster boy, the conservative wing of the Conservative party are getting on with the job. 'The socialists can dream their dreams, the liberals can scheme their schemes, but we have work to do!!'

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Modernisers with Nowhere to Go!!

A good post from my friends over at David Davis for Leader Blog, showing that the modernisers seem to not know where to turn. With Lansley, Yeo, Clarke, Cameron, Duncan, Green and others all considering a bid for glory, it is easy to be reminded of 'the Seven Dwarves' who ran for the Democratic nomination in 1988 and in 2005. Still, all to the benefit of serious candidates like David Davis and Liam Fox.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Davis' Support Confirmed

Majority of Conservative Party members back David Davis for leader. A YouGov poll for the Telegraph which asked both Party members and voters who they would rate as their first or second choice for leader shows 54 per cent of Conservative Party members support David Davis; 30 per cent backed the Shadow Education Secretary, David Cameron, 24 per cent supported Liam Fox, the Shadow Foreign Secretary and 19 per cent backed Kenneth Clarke the former Chancellor. A leader in the paper urged all potential candidates to begin to sell themselves now, rather than wait for the contest to be officially declared: “Potential candidates should not make personal attacks on each other, but that need not stop proper policy debate. It is no good waiting until the whistle blows for the official start of the leadership campaign. That may not be before September, when the party's National Convention meets to decide on the election rules. Meanwhile, public support for the Party is ebbing away. In these exceptional circumstances, members of the Shadow Cabinet should not feel bound by a collective responsibility for policies that nobody dares articulate, because nobody is quite sure what they are. The debate on the Conservatives’ future must start right now – and all party members should feel free to speak their minds openly.” In a letter to the paper, former Prime Minister, Sir John Major, clarified earlier comments made in an interview (see Reform Media Summary, 31 May 2005) and denied that he had ever “hinted” that he would support a challenge by Kenneth Clarke to stop David Davis – “I did no such thing”, he said (Telegraph, p.1, p.4, p.21 [leader]).

Kenneth Clarke faces backlash from right-wing Conservative MPs about his allies’ comments that the French ‘no’ vote means that he can now become leader (FT, p.4; Mail, p.20).