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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.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Willetts Backs Davis

This is huge! The man thought of as the intellectual powerhouse of the Conservative Party, whose support has been canvassed from all the candidates for the leadership, is set to back David Davis to become the next Leader.

As David Davis finally steps up his campaign, he strikes too all the right notes with his speech calling for a new Tory idealism, stressing the importance of right-wing solutions for the problems of most concern to moderate conservatives, such as tackling the underbelly of poverty in the inner cities throughout Britain (even though I have always believed there was a common consensus in the party about this, as I have discussed after the general election on this blog).

This is very good news for David Davis and for the future of the Conservative Party, not to mention the whole country!


At 9:54 am, Blogger James Hellyer said...

I'm not so sure its *that* big a deal. Willetts is very unlikely to enjoy a high profile post under Davis.

When Michael Howard reshuffled the shadow cabinet after the election, Willetts told him he deserved the post of Shadow Chancellor on merit. Howard told him he was right, but gave the post to George Osborne because he was a potential leadership candidate.

I don't this announcement changes Willetts prospects at all. His cautious attitude towards tax cuts, in particular income tax cuts, has always made him an unlikely Shadow Chancellor for a self-confessed "low tax tory".

David Willetts recent acceptance of a part time job in the pensions industry is perhaps an indication that he expects to have time on his hands...

At 9:49 pm, Blogger Mark O'Brien said...

You're probably right that in the long history of the party and the country, this endorsement will not change very much. As a hardcore libertarian conservative, I have concerns that the strongest intellectual influence in the party at the present time is a mad who strikes me as a little too timid not to go for the kind of bold platform I would advocate. However, as so many in the party - at least the parliamentarians and activists who take a very strong interest in the oftentimes mind-boggling affairs of policy and political philosophy - treat him with enormous respect, I'd argue that it is certainly going to be significant in this leadership election, even if Willetts is remembered for little more than that in the years to come.


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