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Simon C

There is some irony that those who attack the party's personality are sometimes amongst the least colourful personalities in the party.

There is something in this, though, as modernisers often point out. However, the best way to deal with this is to be radical about the way that we do politics as a party.

That might mean:

1) Not having acrimony and rancour as our default tones of voice whenever commenting on the government
2) Setting out a positive, impassioned, vision for the country, based on the application of consistent and coherent principles
3) Reserving moral outrage for things genuinely deserving of it
4) Putting democracy and transparency at the heart of our proposed party reforms
5) Allowing a sense of humour and enjoyment of politics and political debate to come through.


D&D

A leader who is more popular with non-Tory voters is in my view equally important as a leader who is popular with Tory core voters. The candidates who are considered outsiders seem to be people popular with voters
Might this say something about the Tory Party?
By the way Simon I think your 5 principals are good ones to adopt for the Tories period in oposition.

Simon C

"A leader who is more popular with non-Tory voters is in my view equally important as a leader who is popular with Tory core voters. The candidates who are considered outsiders seem to be people popular with voters"

A good argument in favour of a primary, which I am now swinging round to.

James Hellyer

"The candidates who are considered outsiders seem to be people popular with voters"

Are they? I've not seen anything that really gauges any of the candidates' popularity, merely their public profile (e.g. former ministers like Ken Clarke score well because they used to be seen a lot on the news).

But I would agree that primaries would force the candidates to reach out to the wider electorate.

malcolm

Totally agree with your 5 points Simon.Particularly point 5,I can't remember the last time I saw a senior Tory putting that into practice,sometime in about 1992 perhaps?
You might want to add a point 6 about honesty and integrity.Most 'normal' people I meet are thoroughly disillusioned with politics and politicians.
The only way we are going to reconnect(dreadful term I know) with the electorate is by being honest and realistic with them.
That could be the biggest point of difference between us and our opponents!

James Hellyer


Isn't it time Andrew Lansley came off the list of potential leaders? He's candidature only seems to exist in the final paragraph of BBCi articles!

Selsdon Man

Take Willetts off too. His campaign looks dead. If the speculation is correct, he about to sell out his CPS soul to Ken Clarke.

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