Are the Tories About to Book Themselves In for a Sharp New Set of Dentures?
According to contributors and members of the commentariat of Samizdata, one of the more intelligent and authoritative libertarian blogs out there, shadow Home Secretary David Davis is shaping up to be a go-er (see way down the thread).
A major problem with the Tories, I believe, is that they've lost their ideological discipline. This once was the unbending, reformist party of Margaret Thatcher (the Lady's not for turning, remember?) that set Britain on its current prosperous trajectory. A trajectory, I might add, that NuLabor is trying desperately to "correct" back to the familiar continental model of high tax, big government, all-together-we'll-race-to-the-bottom socialism-lite that was once favoured in post-war Britain. The Tories need to stop trying to out-Labour Labour. They have a massive natural base of aspirational middle and working class voters who they're currently alienating with their desperate attempts not to look like "the nasty party". This sort of posturing only impresses traditional Labour voters who are hardly likely to defect. Happily, it looks as though there is new blood rising through the Tory ranks. The party is in serious need of a bit of back to the future treatment. And it's looking increasingly as though it might get some.