Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Polly Toynbee and the Tories

One of David Cameron's key policy advisers, Greg Clark MP, has urged the Conservative party to abandon Churchillian ideas and look to Guardian commentator Polly Toynbee instead.Now, there’s much to be said for reconnecting the Party with the One Nation tradition of Benjamin Disraeli and even Adam Smith but I think there is a danger of unnecessarily provoking much of the grass roots to apoplexy as well

Clark is reported as saying "Polly Toynbee is a serious thinker about social policy”. What!!!Blair, says Polly on a regular basis, should cease talking about ‘choice’ and ‘personalisation’ as if the NHS and schools were consumerist institutions. Instead, the message should be reiterated – Labour is for public services, the Tories are for ruthless privatisation, outsourcing etc. She also has a tendency to argue that the Prime Minister should stop "under-selling" his achievements!!
As far as Polly goes I would say that the Devil has it about right.

I would also urge Greg Clark either to reconsider his views or to lock himself in a room with a revolver and do the decent thing.

7 comments:

Serf said...

Polly would be a very useful addition to the advisory committee. Everything she says should be rejected in favour of its complete opposite.

Voyager said...

I was wondering when Cameron will exchange places with Shaun Woodward

Anonymous said...

I am sure this is spin to help with the re-branding. I hate it allt he same, why do we have to copy Labour? They are not exactly popular are they?!

Anonymous said...

http://conservativemindblog.blogspot.com/2006/11/greg-clark-mp-is-heretic.html

istanbultory said...

A heretic, indeed.

newmania said...

I think you have overreacted here. Its only some little wonk trying to call attention to his creepy mouthings.

Deny him the oxegyn of.... um just deny him oxegyn really

Shotgun said...

I can't see this happening...Toynbee working for the Tories? Never, and the Tories would never trust her.

This is spin and I hope this isn't Camerons version of eye catching initiatives.

Cameron needs to get his head out of his fucking arse and out of the New Labour book of how to win elections and go back to being a fucking Tory...the kind of Tory that wins because people see the difference, not the kind that wins because people think they see the difference but eventually wake up.