What the pundits said

May 5th, 2006 by Gavin Ayling
If the Conservatives made over 200 gains:
  • Rallings and Thrasher said this would be ‘the basis for a claim that David Cameron really has made a different to the Party’s fortunes’ (Local Government Chronicle, 2 March 2006).
  • Peter Riddell said: ‘David Cameron can claim that the Tories are really on the way back’ (The Times, 3 May 2006).
  • The Financial Times said: ‘David Cameron can claim lift off’ (4 May 2006).
  • The Sun said: ‘The Tories are back’ (4 May 2006).

5 Responses to “What the pundits said”

  1. Julian L Hawksworth Says:

    The fantastic election results for the Conservative party have demonstrated that they are a winning team under the leadership of David Cameron. Despite suggestions from some that David Cameron is somehow superficial or lacking the toughness of Michael Howard, I feel that the Conservative Party will go from strength to strength under his leadership. But there is of course, still much work to be done. The Conservative Party must stay ahead of Labour in future opinion polls, whilst also convincing the electorate that they have the right policies for our great nation’s future needs. For example, they need to convince the public that the NHS will be safer in their hands. It will be just as important to convince the electorate that Britain’s shambles of an immigration system can be improved by the Conservative party, along with ensuring that our armed forces are not over-stretched by their overseas commitments (e.g. in Iraq and Afghanistan). Obviously, there are numerous other issues; regarding which the electorate need to be convinced that the Conservative party has the talent and desire to tackle them. No matter what problems may be awaiting the Conservative party, I remain confident that they will be able to win by a comfortable majority at the next General Election.

  2. Gavin Ayling Says:

    I’ve been frustratingly non-committal up until now. I do think he’s got some policy hints wrong, but I think he’s on the right track overall and will win a majority in England for sure. Whether we can win in the UK (because of Scotland and Wales) remains another question…

  3. Julian L Hawksworth Says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong Gavin, but the Conservatives failed to gain any seats in the north; at the recent District Elections. I also have serious doubts about David Cameron’s approach to the EU. Indeed, I fear that he is not satisfying either the pro-european lobby or those in favour of a complete withdrawal from the EU at present. I believe that we would benefit from a full withdrawal. On the otherhand, David Cameron’s genuine desire to tackle social problems (e.g. extreme poverty and unemployment) and protect our environment for future generations; are factors which helped to fuel Conservative gains at the recent District Elections.

  4. Gavin Ayling Says:

    The elections were mostly in the south and in areas which we could not win in the north. I’m not too anxious about the, apparently poor showing we had in the north yet. Cameron’s agenda has mostly been on convincing people that the party’s ready for the 21st century… Proper policy positions which will attract the more stubborn voters will come later, I am sure.

  5. Julian L Hawksworth Says:

    When people realise that David Cameron has even more to offer than the traditional Conservative policies and values, they will be more likely to vote Conservative and accept that the modern Conservative Party is a worthwhile alternative to New Labour. It will be quite some time before all of the six Policy Groups have reported their findings. The wide range of issues being considered by these Policy Groups, goes to demonstrate that the modern Conservative Party aims to improve social conditions for all in our society, rather than to satisfy just those who are wealthy. It is this emphasis on the importance of social issues (including problems such as deprivation etc)which is helping to distinguish the modern Conservative Party from previous incarnations. It is probably just a matter of time, before the “more stubborn voters” will be convinced by what the modern Conservative Party has to offer.

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