Friday, June 03, 2005

Mr Howard's Nightmare

From a subscription only article in the economist:
To Mr Howard's chagrin, such is Mr Davis's momentum it is not inconceivable he will ascend to the leadership without the bother of an election—whether on the old or the new rules.
Mr Howard's bad strategy is forcing the very outcome he had hoped to achieve. Much to the merriement of the party faithful.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much bad feeling will there be for DD by a lot of the parliamentary party by the way he and his followers have forced Michael Howard out.

5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Mr Davis becomes lead and we have yet another right-wing leader fighting on a right-wing platform it will simply mean back to the past and forward to defeat!

9:35 PM  
Anonymous Dave J said...

Anonymous, if right-wingers lose and centrists win, why was Margaret Thatcher PM for 12 years and three election victories while John Major crumbled to pieces in less half that? I'm just going to go on repeating Mark Steyn yet again: successful candidates don't move to the center, they move the center to them.

2:57 AM  
Anonymous esbonio said...

Can somebody explain to me why, if it is so, does Howard not want Davis to win but one of the so called modernisers?

I thought Howard was originally meant to be hard core. He wqas a tough Home Secretary and didnt't he bring in the poll tax? I am sorry if my memory fails me.

It just does not add up to me. The so called modernisers make me cringe and make me think of the LibDems but less sartorially challenged.

4:24 PM  
Anonymous fFreddy said...

I like the Mark Steyn quote,but is it really applicable to winning power, rather than holding on to power ? I don't remember the 1979 election too well, but it was in the context of the country falling to pieces, when practically any change would have been for the better.
I suspect a more appropriate quote might be the one about generals always going into wars refighting the previous one. Yes, NuLab took power by moving to the centre ground but they still had the advantage of Lawson's idiocies coming home to roost. Brown's idiocies are bigger, but they are going to take longer to hit us.
I can't help but think that the Tories should worry less about the middle ground of voters, and more about inspiring the increasing number of people who aren't bothering to vote. Whoever fifures out how to get them on board will win the next landslide.

11:52 AM  

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