Cameron: more Hague than Blair? How the Tory leader has lost sight of his strategy

by Stephen Tall on December 2, 2009

In an article for the Independent, Steve Richards argued that the best comparison for David Cameron’s leadership was not with Tony Blair, but with William Hague. Here Stephen Tall looks at that claim, and argues that the Tory leader has abandoned his strategy of sticking to the centre-ground in favour of uniting his party around a right-wing programme … “No-one who’s observed Mr Cameron’s leadership of the Tory party this past four years can be in any doubt of his tactical nous. There is a very big question mark now over his ability to translate those short-term tactics into a long-term strategy. That proved to be William Hague’s downfall. It might still yet prove to be the un-doing of Mr Cameron.”

PMQs: Nick tackles Gordon on the new strategy for Afghanistan

by Stephen Tall on December 2, 2009

There’s no doubt today’s PMQs belonged to Gordon Brown. It’s not necessarily that he answered the questions any better than usual – that seems to be an acknowledged superfluity for the Prime Minister – but his performance was miles more energetic and confident than usual.
Mr Brown was also helped by an over-defensive David Cameron, […]