Despite the spin from Downing Street that David Cameron is offering a Thatcherite solution for Britain I have my doubts. I don’t think David Cameron has the guts for a scrap. The Tories face the same problem as National does here.
After years of demonisation by the left who wrote the narrative for too long, and locked in expensive welfare programmes to keep the electorate enslaved, their focus groups told them that they had to be nice. So rather than grasp the nettle against unions and special interests and speaking truth to the elecotrate about the dire consequences both John Key and David Cameron took the wet option.
It is time they manned up.
Unfortunately the numbers are against both.
Sometimes in politics, numbers speak more eloquently than any words. Those figures are not a grid reference, yet they point to the central issue in Conservative Party politics after Margaret Thatcher. They also describe the struggle facing the man trying to fill her shoes.
The first three numbers are the share of the vote Baroness Thatcher took in the general elections she fought as Conservative leader, in 1979, 1983 and 1987. The last, smaller, figure is Mr Cameron’s score in 2010. The difference forced him into coalition with the Liberal Democrats.
What were the components of Lady Thatcher’s victories? And can Mr Cameron ever hope to reassemble all the pieces of the puzzle and build something not seen since 1997 – an all-Conservative Government? Read more »