Posts Tagged “conservative party”

David Cameron’s speech: meh, bah and hmm.

by Stephen Tall on October 2, 2013

I missed David Cameron’s speech to the Conservative party conference today. Or, rather, I didn’t see or hear it, which isn’t quite the same thing as missing it. Meh But it sounds like, by missing it, I didn’t miss much. There were no dramatic announcements, no new initiatives. Yes, there was talk of the need […]

Page 3 and the Tories: showing their modern, enlightened face

by Stephen Tall on June 26, 2013

PoliticsHome’s Paul Waugh reports the Tory distress at the axing of one of their favourite parts of The Sun: the long-running News In Briefs section of Page 3 of the Sun (it’s been going since 2003) is, I can report, no more. The section was missing from today’s paper, now under a new editor, and […]

My 5 favourite Tory Taliban Alternative Queen’s Speech Bills

by Stephen Tall on June 21, 2013

Guido’s got the list of the 42 Bills the fruitcake/loony part of the Tory party are convinced would propel them to victory in 2015. Here are my top 5 personal favourites: The state should have the power to set dress (…)

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“They’re all mad, swivel-eyed loons”: a top Tory on the Tories

by Stephen Tall on May 18, 2013

Here’s the remark attributed to ‘a member of the Prime Minister’s inner circle’ according to the Telegraph: “There’s really no problem,” the Conservative figure said about the parliamentary turmoil. “The MPs just have to do it because the associations tell them to, and the associations are all mad swivel-eyed loons.” There is an obvious point […]

A Tory-Ukip pact? Up to you, guys. But you do know there’s an easier way, right?

by Stephen Tall on May 6, 2013

Ukip’s spectacular showing at last week’s local elections has got the Tories spooked. The full realisation is sinking in that this may not be a one-off eruption of popular protest. Nigel Farage’s band of modern-life-is-rubbish disciples will likely top next year’s Euro polls. Such momentum may propel them towards a double-digit general election performance in […]

Timothy Garton Ash is right: there is only one logical way for me to vote in 2015 – for the Conservatives

by Stephen Tall on April 23, 2013

Timothy Garton Ash wrote recently in the Financial Times of the looming — and profoundly paradoxical — choice facing the British voters at the 2015 general election in two years’ time: If … your priority is the unity of the (…)

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A reply to Dan Hodges: why it’s not surprising some Tories aren’t bothered about winning in 2015

by Stephen Tall on March 29, 2013

The Telegraph’s token Labour blogger Dan Hodges has a typically punchy post today – Do the Tories actually want to win in 2015? – highlighting the fatalism of some Tory MPs who think victory next time is possible but not worth it: Hardly worth it? What, just managing to scrape a win at the next […]

George Bridges: my part in the Tories’ downfall. As a Lib Dem, I approve this message

by Stephen Tall on November 21, 2012

There’s a fascinating article today in the Telegraph by George Bridges: The Tories have gone astray – and I helped. Who’s George Bridges, you ask? Here’s his summary of his political career to date: First a researcher for the Conservative Party machine, then a tour of duty in the bunker of No 10 for the […]

5 quick thoughts on David Cameron’s speech

by Stephen Tall on October 10, 2012

Last week I posted 5 quick thoughts on Ed Miliband’s speech. Here, fresh off the Twitter, are my 5 initial thoughts on David Cameron’s speech to the Tory party conference… [View the story “Cameron’s speech in 5 tweets #cpc12” on (…)

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Lords reform: did we really expect any better of either the Tories or Labour?

by Stephen Tall on June 26, 2012

All three main political parties fought the 2010 election promising the electorate that, if elected, they would reform the House of Lords. All three promised the same in 2005, too. And 2001. Yet in 2012 only one party is staying true to that promise: the Lib Dems. The Tories and Labour, in contrast, are happily […]