In third place is Mr Davis himself with his wristband generation speech. Some visitors to this site were a bit sniffy about the idea but Davis (and IDS who originally provided the idea) know that people don't vote out of crude interest alone; they vote for a party that is 'good for them and for their neighbour'. The party must pass what David Davis called the Decency Test. DC certainly passes it but DD put it very well.
In second place is Paul Goodman MP's recent Platform blog. Mr Goodman suggested that the Tories - led by Mr Cameron - might rejoin the establishment. Mr Cameron certainly seems to be inching much closer to the establishment's views on issues like the environment, taxation and civil liberties. Some of us don't welcome that and will be vigilant against it.
The winner is David Davis for his 'sell early and often' insight:
"If I became leader of this party I wouldn’t spend half of this parliament setting up commissions. I already know what I believe. I believe today what I believed six months ago. I believed six months ago what I believed five years ago. I know that Britain’s economy needs lower and simpler taxes and the first budget of the next Conservative government must begin to deliver them... And I know that free trade, good governance and property rights are the key to progress in the third world. I will spend all of this parliament explaining those beliefs to the British people. Some of them may not look popular now but time and the facts are on our side. This parliament is still young. I have the determination to spend the whole of this parliament selling an authentic, socially-just conservatism to the British people. In the last two parliaments our policies became as timid as the limited time we gave ourselves to sell them. There will be serious policy development under my leadership but I’m not willing to spend three years in a policy vacuum – and spent one year filling it. Our main policy priorities need to be communicated and explained now. The role of free trade in making poverty history will be a top priority."
On the Patients Passport and tax Mr Cameron has sometimes appeared reluctant to sell difficult ideas to the British public. I hope Mr Cameron's leadership won't be characterised by Major-like caution. We'll soon see.