Sunday, October 02, 2005

The Feelgood Factor

DD tells the Sunday Telegraph that we must apply the "decency test" if we are to win back those all important women voters and professionals:

"The floating voter sees the Tories as different, interested in themselves, not interested in the problems of the ordinary person.

When George Bush was fighting Texas, he used the phrase, 'Good for me, good for my neighbour.' When somebody votes, they want to vote for someone who they think will make life better for themselves, but also for the nation. People want a government they feel proud to vote for. We want women voters to see us as people who stand for a sort of society they would admire. That's what we lost in the late 1990s - that's what slipped away from us."

His comments were made in the face of continuing pressure from the Cornerstone Group- those socially conservative MPs led by Edward Leigh- that he should sign up for their "struggle against liberal values".

Davis is right to resist the pressure. Although the Cornerstone leadership votes would be handy, for a candidate who already has 66 declared supporters, they are hardly essential. And we have to remember, the ultimate agenda here is to get us re-elected.

Cornerstone do make some good points that I'm sure we all agree with. But their own summation- "Flag, Faith, and Family"- is not something even I find appealing. They may all be practising Christians, but along with 95% of the population, I'm not. And basing a political platform on an evangelical crusade against contemporary morality has the feel of something a little...well, I'm sorry, a little weird.

As DD says: "We are not America. This is not a battle between the religious Right and the rest of the political establishment."

Decency, yes. Moralising, no.


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