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Tom Ainsworth

And whom were you instructed to vote for, Mr. Editor?


David Davis, Mr Ainsworth.

Tom Ainsworth

Well I can't say I'm surprised. I, who consider myself a staunch Cameron supporter, only came out marginally in favour of him (+3).

If one answers neutral for everything except answering "strongly agree" to "The Convervative leader should be broadly Eurosceptic", it tells you to vote for Davis by +9. I think the test is biased!


It also lacks questions on the compassionate/ international aspects of conservatism which are the areas where I favour David Cameron over David Davis.

Tom Ainsworth

Good fun, though. Perhaps you should design your own version? At least once you've decided whom you'll be voting for! ;-)


I got 0...Though I am a cameron supporter as the age thing issue is hugely important...

James Maskell

I got +12 for Davis...

Cllr Iain Lindley

It's not a very good test - though I did come out strongly for Cameron which was reassuring. :)

Gavin Ayling

While I support Mr Cameron, the test found me in favour of Mr Davis. I think this is because there is one gaping hole. I will not be voting on policy because the public won't be either.

Cameron's policies are not so bad that a typical Conservative cannot support them, but they are weaker than Davis'. What is important, though, is who could become Prime Minister. The public will vote for Cameron, not based on policies, but based on charisma, character and appearance (no matter how much we wish it weren't so) so a Cameron-led Conservative party can get elected while a Davis-led party would do little better than Mr Howard.


Charles Moore was more likely login on to the respective web site to see if there was any news about himself rather than anything else. What a ponse!

James Hellyer

"I will not be voting on policy because the public won't be either."

Evidence for this? Or at least a rationale?

James Hellyer

Oh, and +55 for Davis.


A poor image or impression is likely to be more off-puting than policy....

Take the libdem leader...hes quite a nice guy..people recgnise that and voted LD...but if you look at LD policy it actually talks bullshits....

Same for Davis...he can preach about taxes...but he'll never be able to throw off that "punch em'up" Tory impression...

James Maskell

On the whole "is policy necessary?" debate I know Ive already stated my position on more than one occassion but Im sure it wont hurt (apart from taking me a few more key-strokes towards RSI) to make the point again.

This contest is to find the right person with the right direction for the Party. Now when it comes to direction I am not just looking for a simple "Im a moderniser". Im looking for more than that.

Relating this to Business, essentially we are picking a CEO. When they are chosen, the panel (which would be the membership) wants to know what to expect from this CEO. They want to know what makes this person tick and what drives them. Cameron as a candidate would face criticism in front of a panel because he is not giving enough detail about what he believes and how that would drive his position and the business in the wider context.

As for Davis, he has given detail for the panel by stating his positions. He has not shied away from a single issue and has been co-operative.

Thats why we are criticisng him. How can we make a proper choice if we dont have all the information?


Just watched both Liam Fox & John Major on ITV - both used the word "direction" and both said (trying hard not to show preference between DC & DD) that putting detailed policies forward was a bad idea.
James, I think we could and should expect more openess and policy from DC on what he would do to change the party; thats the job he'd do the day after being elected. I would like more on how he would act as Leader of the Opposition (where his policy of driving a wedge between Blair and the Labour Party by careful support of Blairs more Conservative proposals looks a good strategy) but even a CEO wouldn't have detail on where to go in 4 years.
A CEO would say his strategy was to extend the product range, move into emerging markets, expand through organic rather than inorganic growth - business recognises the difference between strategy (direction) and this years trading. DD's dog whistle campaign for the leadership demonstrates to me (and maybe David Willetts) that he doesn't have what it takes to change the perception of this party so we win.

James Hellyer

But the thing is that Cameron isn't even showing a consistent direction. He'll criticise giving out detailed policies now, but then appears to have done just that on the environment. He's said we need to reduce the amount of regulation our businesses are subject to, but then proposes shackling them with environmental regulations. As messages go, it's all very mixed.

Richard Allen

Unsurpisingly I got + 81 for Davis

Gavin Ayling

Sorry James, only just noticed your question.

I work, sadly, in an office loaded with people who voted Labour because Blair's "nice" and the Tories aren't. My rationale, I am afraid, is based entirely on that!


congratulations mr byrne. its a pity your colleagues who lost their seats did,t take a few tips from your suscescful campaign, and then we wouldn't have this shower running the country. mark my words it,ll all end in tears i give it upwards of 2 years.and please explain to me why your not a candidate for the labour party leadership?

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