Inevitably Cameron's big centre-piece speech today was long on aspiration and short on any substance (although he did actually mention the word
'substance' several times).
Lots of talk about better support for families, the armed services and all the regular tory favourites.
Lots of very commendable stuff (put so blandly and vaguely that almost no one could really disagree with it in principle) but not a single substantive
proposal or policy to back up such heart-warming 'vision(s)'.
......and all against a back-drop that requires total amnesia about their record and how the tory party inevitably operates when actually in
Sadly there was lots of trying to have it both ways too (their self-serving, very obvious and highly questionable attempts to twist and turn to
capitalise over anti-US sentiment is particularly unpleasant to watch).
I thought his complaining comments about what he claims is this government lack of 'support' for famillies, compared to the tory period, stunningly
if rather breath-takingly cheeky given the tory record for so long during their near 20yr stint in office.
Ditto the reduction in capabilities of the British armed forces......as well as the tory record of cutting the actual defense budget itself.
Ditto the complaints about disillusioned public sector workers.
Conference was very slow to warm up and it was unintentionally very funny on a few occasions where he stopped for expected applause and the conference
was silent and missing it's cue for a few obvious moments.
Clearly large sections weren't so keen on some of what he had to say even if they put a brave face on it (tho not so brave that cameras panning
around weren't able to catch looks of rejection in the delegates faces.
The looks when he claimed to back 'civil partnerships' was especially amusing).
Credit to him for saying some of what needed saying there tho.
Credit too for his at least saying out loud 'we' should act in Darfur (echoing Tony Blair last week).
Credit for his attempts to at least open a tory debate about the environment (though again not a single concrete policy proposal).
Pity it was spoiled when 'the boy' George Osbourne was wheeled out onto the BBC who ended up protesting that no, they weren't announcing any new
funding priorities, there were no actual new policies and no they were not pressing the government to adopt an actual substantive thought-out proposal
to help any of these groups.
All image, all talk.
David Cameron in a nutshell; a low-rent Tony Blair-lite.
With no sign of an actual verb relating to actually 'doing' anything in sight.
The tory press might try to manage to look lukewarm about it but my bet is this has not been a particularly good week for Cameron, just as this
wasn't an especially good speech.
The question now remains.
The polls aren't looking very encouraging for Cameron & Co.
What happens if they return to months of trailing Labour?
How long will the tory party put up with this supposed 'modernising' approach if it is not producing any clear results?
Any takers on Cameron having a clock now ticking over his head?
4yrs until the next scheduled election so say 2yrs max until he gets the boot?
......and if Brown calls a snap election in autumn 07 after delivering a good budget in the spring and wins again maybe Cameron has a matter of mere
months left leading the opposition, hmmmm?
From 'Cameron the coming man' in British politics to 'Cameron the sacked' within a year.
The co-author of New Labour verses the co-author of the tory manifesto 2005?
Where were all his clever ideas then, hmmmmm?
We shall see.
At least he had the sense not to repeat that dreadfully empty and childish stupidity he came out with on Monday "let the sunshine win
almighty, how aweful was that?
At least he didn't sign off like Richie Rich saying 'God to bless the dog'.
[edit on 4-10-2006 by sminkeypinkey]