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"I would caution however that the Conservatives have always been strong on family issues and personal morality and do not need to change on this front. If they seek to provide a genuine alternative in this area as well, then the embracing of traditional Christian morality should not be shied away from."

Newsnight was talking last night about the new film "Kidulthood". Shaun Bailey, who was on the couch as a Youth Community and Drug Worker, had this interesting view from the coal face:

“…we’re very liberal with everything and we’ve set our children free with all manner of stuff, so they get access to adult material all the time and they don’t have the emotional ability to deal with… it and then we call them young people which makes them estranged from us, they’re not young people, they’re children and they’re dealt with as such so how can we act surprised when they come out and form their own morality?”

I think we have got to be clear as to why Cameron was voted in as our new leader. In my opinion it was because he was judged to be a good communicator, and the right face of the Party. I do not believe we voted for a complete change of direction, but rather for a change of presentation. The core membership will be willing to go along with a broadening out of our policies, and even a change of emphasis, but they still want to see our Party addressing the core issues of crime, the EU, and immigration. I still believe that he will address these issues in time. When he does so I hope he will have robust policies that will have credibility with the voters.

Although there are things Cameron has said or done I disagree with, I'm fairly happy. He's reinvigorating the way the party looks, talks and acts and although I could go for a more radical right-wing agenda, I think he's speaking for the centre. Also, I think there are certain issues -- such as tax cuts and immigration -- where people just don't believe parties. In this case, action in government is preferable to words in opposition.

The real value with David Cameron is that he is someone who will "break the ice" with the electorate. Commenter Derek is right when he impies that it is presentation that is the key, particularly our image among the media - after all, to take an example, "putting economic stability before tax cuts" is hardly rocking the foundations of Conservative thinking, but if it helps to dispell the myth that we Tories will slash taxes regardless of the negative consequences (always untrue) then that's fine by me. To get people talking seriously and sensibly about tax reduction, without the media being distracted by hysterical "Evil Tories Would Demolish Schools'n'ospitals" rants from LabDems, can only be good for the promotion of broader conservative principles and ideas.

As has been noted elsewhere, the real fun(!) will start when concrete policies are formed - but by that time I would expect such ideas to be less "off the wall" than some might fear now.

i am very happy with cameron's leadership (despite the fact he ditched the grammar schools policy) and i think his direction will mean we'll win the next election.

that "built to last" document he released was excellant. however, i agree with the comment 8 from above about being "strong on family issues and personal morality." this could form the basis of a ninth aim for the party in the built to last document. because that is the only way we're gonna solve many of the social problems we face today, the social enterprises can only do so much. policies like tightening up grounds for divorce, promoting parents rights, reintroducing section 28, taking abortion off the NHS and promoting sexual abstinence rather than experimentation in schools e.t.c. maybe even a commitment to restore religous worship to schools.

in the end, not everything cameron does we will agree with, but he's our best chance to win the election. we must get behind him and give him our full support, which means stop criticising and start being loyal and united.

Dc is doing just fine.Get used to the notion of a very close, not to say hung parliament next time around. Gordon will blow it, and 2011/13 ish is ours. You heard it here first! He is holding steady, despite lots of flak from the unreconstructed right. AND its not an age/ generation thing. Its about living inthe future, not dwelling on the past, and he is so doing. Get behind him. The tory collective behind the individual, not opposing him.

Cameron is a waste of space. The Conservatives are silenced inside the EPP. Europe charges ahead into a bureaucratic economic black hole. We should be speaking out and trying to shape the EU if we can. Cameron said he would get us out of the EPP. He's fallen at the first fence. We've got Blair already. Why do we need another paler imitation of the brand?

How do you square this post with those you made in January/February RUK? I do not think it's Cameron who is the waste of space.

They used to say of Neil Kinnock, it was hard to imagine him on the steps of Number Ten.

With Cameron, it's hard NOT to imagine him on the steps of number 10.

I keep forgetting that we've got to suffer a couple of years of Brown...the political tide just isn't with him.

R UK - well, it's nice to see such positive uplifting comments here. Cameron certainly isn't perfect, there is much with his policy statements that I do not agree with (specifically the rejection of flat rate taxation, and the rejection of grammar schools), but he has done something that Major, Hague, IDS, and Howard did not - he has given us at least a chance of winning. (Or if not winning, making a huge dent in the majority).

What you fail to realise is that a comparison to Blair is not relevant. Blair will not be the PM at the next election. The choice that the elctorate will face will be Cameron or Brown. That, Sir, is an absolute no-brainer.

How anyone can call the "Built to last" excellent I find quite incredible, it says nothing is completely ambiguous and smacks of a press release from the No 10 spin doctors. Most people will agree with it because it gives the impression of saying a lot but in fact says nothing. How we are supposed to have a serious debate on this and then vote on this I do not know.
The eight headline statements are so bland (Who,s saying that we should,nt make poverty history or that a successful britain SHOULD NOT be able to compete with the world) that the phrase come to mind "stating the bleedin obvious", can you just imagine what the respose will be when you say this to someone on the doorstep.
Whilst I did not vote for David Cameron, he does have my full support, however we really do need to put some meat on the bones and have a lot less waffle.

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