Thursday 15 August 2002

Why the Tories are losing

At this stage in the electoral cycle the Tories should be ahead in the polls. The report mentioned here explains why they are getting nowhere. Note the risible Tory response:
A Tory spokesman last night declined to comment on Mr Darwall’s report, but party insiders insisted Mr Duncan Smith and his senior advisers were not concerned by the criticism. One said: "Mr Darwall clearly hadn’t read or listened to what Iain has had to say about the direction of the party before he wrote his discussion paper."
The report's author has obviously "listened to what Iain has had to say" but found it wanting. A principled low-tax and low-regulation party could annihilate Blairism.