Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Breaking With Blairism

"I'll tell you what happens with impossible promises. You start with far-fetched soundbites. They are then pickled into a sloppy mush, a slurry, and you go through the years flip-flopping in that, outdated, misplaced, irrelevant to the real needs, and you end up in the grotesque chaos of a bloated Health Service hiring PR consultants to scuttle round explaining why there's no money left to treat patients. I am telling you, no matter how entertaining, how fulfilling to short term egos--you can't play politics with people's health or with people's services or with their after-tax incomes" (malfunctioning Blair prototype).

Let us therefore give thanks that DD will draw a line under all this. As he said yesterday:

"I’m the candidate with a plan to change Britain and to improve lives, and with the substance, experience and resilience to see that plan through.

We need a stronger economy and a better society - lower taxes, better schools and hospitals, stronger policing, more local choice and control, an Open Europe. I will use conservative beliefs and ideas to make the economy stronger and society better - and fight for Britain's battlers beyond the metropolitan south.

The choice for Britain is indeed between real change and more of the same. To accept the Blair policy agenda really would be more of the same. To challenge it and implement conservative beliefs and ideas in government would be real change.

That is the way to give everyone in Britain the opportunity to excel in life. That is an ambition worth fighting for."

Substance, experience, and resilience. As we contemplate the mounting wreckage of Blairism, let's try to keep that firmly in mind.


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