Okey dokey squarepusher, you asked.......
I think the tories have blown it.
Had they any sense they would have turned to Ken Clark long before now and have reversed out of their narrow little right-wing zealot's cul-de-sac
They didn't and they haven't and, despite the impressions of some, the British people are not so sick of 'New Labour', Tony Blair et al that they
were not prepared to reelect them only a few months ago with a substantial working majority.
3 full Labour terms and no credible or realistic sign of any change on the horizon (no matter what the ding-bat 'true blue believers' might prefer
Working out who is going to get to lose really really heavily to Gordon Brown in 2009 (just watch the Labour polls spring up spectacularly when Blair
finally goes) is obviously going to take a little time for the tories - and they haven't yet finished having their rows within the wider party over
the method they use to select their leader just yet.
IMO (and by the way that of several within the tory party) Davis is deeply suspect with a stack of unpleasant little tales to come out to the wider
public stage - possibly most noteably his stance on race (see the John Townend affair and his later utterences on race and multiculturalism).
It really doesn't matter how much he denies or attempts to massage this it is just another example of a tory (and if he makes it, a tory leader)
fitting the unappealing caricature and crowding the agenda, hardly what they need.
His background as a city consultant type is hardly appealing either and
he has a Parliamentary record to defend - including time at the Foreign
Office under John Major's gov.
Cameron is probably the most likely in an election or twos time but not 2009, IMO.
He also has very iffy roots.
He is yet another tory from the city and was Howards speech writer; if that is any indication of where he is coming from I doubt it will inspire
anyone never mind anything remotely approaching new in the tory party.
Ken Clark is the man most likely IMO but the simple fact is that he'll be 70 at the next election.
Ken has a record as long as any yet it amazingly doesn't seem to hinder him - his spell as Home Secretary was *ahem* interesting as was his tenure at
the Education and also the Health Service.
Some tories wanted to attack Labour on the basis that if you elect Blair you'll get Brown mid way through the term (
yeah I know, a perfect
example of the tory mentality and total out of touch-ness at work) - can you imagine the fieldday Labour would/will have if KC gets the job?
Elect Clark and get some right-wing looper part way through?!
It's just my 2 pennies but I really cannot see any way back for the tory party, they just don't seem to have anyone with the guts to effect the kind
of real change they need to make.
For as long as they are simply in the business of reheating the same old same old and twiddling around the fringes of that I think they are going
nowhere........and certainly not back into power.