Thinking For The Individual

Formerly known as 'Thinking For The People', this site offers some reflections on the state of British society and her people from the perspective of a libertarian Conservative with a passionate belief in the pillars of freedom and responsibility.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Enter Clarke

Posting on this blog has dried up of late, but that will likely change soon with the entrance in the Conservative leadership contest of Kenneth Clarke. Despite two failed attempts to win the leadership, and despite being thought to be very unpopular with activists (not to mention behind with the bookmakers), Mr. Clarke has pledged to stand. In an interview in the Daily Mail, he dismisses fears that he is too much of a Europhile, promises to give up his significant lucrative directorships if elected and gives hints that an alliance may be in the making between him and David Willetts, whose endorsement would be likely to hand the leadership to whichever candidate took it.

Commentators agree that Clarke's entry into the contest has sparked it up, even though I myself have not been particularly impressed with the consistent 'will he? won't he' which has been going on since May about whether he would actually stand. It is good to see that that is over now and that the leadership election can actually press ahead.

It will be interesting to see how Mr. Clarke's bid will turn out. Will it be the desperate last gambit of a man desperate to be the leader? Or could he be the one to revitalize the party and get us back on track to victory at the polls and bold, visionary reform of our society?

It will certainly be an interesting few weeks from now on!


At 11:17 pm, Blogger GaffaUK said...

I can't really believe any of the other candidates have the popularity and experience that Clarke can claim. 4 leaders in eight years is a poor record particularly when the Tory party prefers to pick dull leaders and continue to preach to the converted.


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