Originally posted by Freedom ERP
You would like to think, that Cameron is looking to split from the Scottish Tory party as a result of some serious discussions at Central Office, and
not just to be expressly anti-scot?
- I think they have had discussions, of course.
But yes the outcome is an appeal to their 'core vote' (something I have been expecting for some time).
It's taken him longer to get around to it but in this Cameron is following the same path as Hague and Howard now.
This merely shows the gloss and flannel stripped away and the same old unchanged tory party still there underneath.
That has always been Cameron's problem, he might love to project his 'new' image but the party behind him remain as ancient and reactionary as
Do you think if the roles were reserved, that a Labour party would not be thinking about the same advantage?
In the last election we had an unused and unreleased
poster of the then tory leader Michael Howard canned because some people thought that it
made Howard look too Jewish and complained.
lets not forget, that the next Government will be decided by a small percentage of swing voters, not the die hards for each of the major
parties, and all the major parties will want to influence these swing voters.
- That's the theory, the problem for the tory party is that that is all they have had in the last 2 or 3 elections, their 'core vote'.
It's not enough.
Reverting to an appeal to that hard-core vote and turning everyone else off will be a disaster for them, again.
How does this compare with the Labour party move away from the power/influence of the trade unions?
- I don't think you can seriously compare this risible appeal to those 'old' tory instincts of a crass little englander xenophobia and nationalism
to the Labour party's gradual (now approx 20yr long) move away from the old Trade Union 'block vote' etc and the movement towards greater
involvement & democracy for individual union members as affiliate Labour party members.
That is all about the Trades Unions and their members and the manner in which they continue to directly influence Labour party policies.
It could hardly be compared to this message a section of the English tory party has begun to spread - ie place of birth within the UK determines
whether you are 'fit' to be UK PM.
They seem to think - and are promoting the idea as much as they can - that 'the English' won't accept a non-English person as British PM.......cos
they now live under the delusion that without the Scot or Welsh or Irish England would be tory-land.
How small their horizons have become.
If enough of the English tory element really gave a damn about the union they would stop this dangerous nonsense in an instant.
Clearly their guff in years past about putting 'the interests of the nation before the party' are exposed for the empty waffle it always
was......which is something to bear in mind next time Cameron steps up to publicly bleat about how important he and his party claim to believe the
union to be.
[edit on 9-4-2007 by sminkeypinkey]