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"He did not say how those “tried-and-tested” beliefs would be tempered, if at all, in order to protect what remains of the extended family."

Are you going to complain about the lack of detail in every other one of the contenders' articles? It would only be fair!

Editor

I thought it encouraging - that LF, generally (and probably unfairly) caricatured as an unreconstructed Thatcherite - should raise the social impact of capitalism as a first momentous challenge but the fact that he then offered an unqualified defence of the old ways of approaching economic questions raised a big question in my mind.

What grit will he throw into the "tried-and-tested" economic system to help extended families to prosper?

I didn't mean to unfairly single LF out. But he does need to be challenged on this tension within his article. ALL of the candidates need to be much more precise in their articles/ speeches - soundbite generalities need to be probed.

James Hellyer


While I agree there was lack of detail in Dr Fox's article, I also have to agree that this is the case with every single one of the leadership candidates (even Willets uses the broadest of broad brushes).

What is interesting, however, is that as superficial as they are, these articles are giving us an insight into what the candidates may stand for.

What's most noteworthy here are Dr Fox's first and third challenges - neither of which are the sort of thing people would probably expect him to dwell on. It's very good to see one of our politicians start to make a solid case for a right of centre approach to helping the developing world.

buxtehude

I'm getting a bit bored of this. One speech after another (or article) saying nothing very much, floating a few 'key messages' which mean nothing without the detail.

Can we sustain this for several months? Or shall we all go mad?

James Hellyer

"I'm getting a bit bored of this. One speech after another (or article) saying nothing very much, floating a few 'key messages' which mean nothing without the detail."

I don't agree that they "mean nothing". At the very least they are powerful indicators of where the various candidates are coming from.

I think that once the candidates have set out that base, they will be more able to talk about specific policy areas (although detail outside their own briefs will be hard until the contest begins for real).

James Hellyer

"I'm getting a bit bored of this. One speech after another (or article) saying nothing very much, floating a few 'key messages' which mean nothing without the detail."

I don't agree that they "mean nothing". At the very least they are powerful indicators of where the various candidates are coming from.

I think that once the candidates have set out that base, they will be more able to talk about specific policy areas (although detail outside their own briefs will be hard until the contest begins for real).

Ray Davies

James wants an ABC!

Ray Davies

James wants an ABC!

James Hellyer


Or a marginally more reliable internet connection ;=)

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