Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Cameron's bid to woo... voters

Yet another 'I couldn't resist when I saw this article' moment. The accompanying picture is equally excellent - he looks like he's just been inhabited by a Slitheen.


Tory leader David Cameron has admitted his party has "work to do" to convince voters of its commitment to help people.

He called for action to end world poverty, inequality, conflict and late running train services and to create an eternal utopia as part of the Conservatives' goal to "make the need for politics history."

During a speech..., he outlined a series of areas in which he hoped to develop... policies. These included public services, the environment, political and electoral reform, tax, culture, sports and foreign affairs. He said he would also do what was necessary to boost the numbers of women Tory MPs.

Mr Cameron did not unveil any new ideas... but he said he would offer "a serious commitment", "clear policies" and "leadership" in addressing
these issues. Quite rightly you will set a simple test for our policies. It will be the same one that I set," he said. "In all the areas I have mentioned - inequality, war, finance, nature and the gender balance of my own party - will our policies help to eradicate inequality and deliver fairness? And when it comes to the family: do our policies encourage families to come together and stay together and be that strong force at the heart of our society we all want to see? These are vital tests - and ones that I am determined to meet."

Mr Cameron, who became a father for the third time last month, ruled out policies designed to restrict choice or to make the government force people into doing anything in particular. "Some may choose to do one thing and that's a valid and worthwhile choice," he said. "But the majority might want to do something completely different and that's an equally valid and worthwhile choice."

The Conservatives would seek to expand the range of...
choices available, including from private and voluntary providers. He said the culture of secrecy about politics needed to be removed. "I believe one of the most potent tools in ending... scandal is much greater transparency." he said.

....His comments came as an Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) survey suggested that voters regarded the Conservatives as the least likely of the three main parties to improve people's lives. The EOC poll of 2,000 adults suggested that Labour was seen as the most credible for helping people..., followed by the Liberal Democrats.

Jenny Watson, chair of the EOC, said: "Our polling suggests that improving... life has to be at the heart of any political party's agenda if it is to have electoral success.

"The Conservative Party that David Cameron has inherited has little credibility among voters when it comes to these issues and he has a challenge on his hands to turn this perception around."


  • At 6:05 pm , Blogger James said...

    The resemblance to a Slitheen is definitely right - I hadn't noticed it before.

    Clearly they've improved their man-suit technology as he doesn't look overweight. As for excess gas, it seems to be emitted from the mouth in this new version.


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