Charles Moore uses his Telegraph column to endorse David Cameron this morning. Mr Moore, now Chairman of the modernising Policy Exchange think tank and also Lady Thatcher's official biographer, believes that Mr Cameron is the Margaret Thatcher of this contest - explaining, as the great lady did in 1975, why the Tories had been losing:
"I think Mr Cameron has the correct analysis of the Conservatives' problem. It is "that they became the wrong people, even when they had the right ideas. (By the way, this is far, far more the fault of the Tory MPs at the time than of the poor, much-abused party activists.) Their attitude seemed to be, "What can we get for ourselves?" rather than, "What can we put into our society?" That is why "Tory sleaze" bulked so large.
Worse, the motive for reforms became suspect. People decided that the Conservatives were always trying to arrange escape routes from public services rather than ways of making them better for everyone. You wouldn't vote for people like that, even if you agreed with the things they wrote in their manifesto, any more than you would attend the church of a vicar who, you happened to know, was always helping himself to the collection plate. So you might as well switch to nice Rev Tony down the road. That is why Mr Cameron keeps talking about "change". Mr Davis doesn't. He prefers detail, the inwardness of politics."
Mr Moore is also umimpressed with David Davis' Eurosceptic credentials:
"When he had the chance, Mr Davis did little for Euro-scepticism. As a whip, he helped bash through the dreadful Maastricht treaty. I notice that most of the committed, expert Euro-sceptics - David Heathcoat-Amory, Bill Cash, Daniel Hannan - are backing Mr Cameron. Mr Davis wants to maintain the Tories' membership of the Europhile European People's Party at the European Parliament, while Mr Cameron says he will stop it."