Saturday, September 30, 2006
New Tories....New Gimics
As Labour ups and leaves Manchester, a pretty successful conference behind it, a rumbustuous future still ahead, the Conervative Cameroonies are on their way to Bournemouth. Just to give them a bit of extra momentum, most papers and news organisations today are weighing in with the fact that Cameron's lead in the polls has slipped drastically and that it is because people don't know what he stands for. Which is unfair because he clearly stands for getting in to power, and doing nice things for the environment. However, this week is an important time for Cameron, especially as the man he models himself on - Tony Blair - did so triumphantly, if rather hollowly, at his own conference.
The Tories have got some big hitters, none bigger than American Senator John McCain; Labour had past president Bill Clinton, the Tories have got possible future president McCain - now there's a nice irony. They have also apparently got a lot of new gizmos and interactivity - just to counter those rumours that they are all style over substance! And there's no more brilliant example of the Tories' cringe-making move into the internet age than the new 'webcameron'!! Go on, steel yourselves, and have a look at it here. I love the studied informality of that video, where 'call me Dave' keeps getting interrupted by his kids calling out. Because you see, Dave's a regular guy, not really au fait with all this technology otherwise he'd have told his kids to piss off while Daddy records an important message! But, hey, we love our leaders to be normal, on the job fathers. Isn't that why Tony Blair used to greet the press with a huge mug of tea empblazoned with the word "Dad"?! Poor, stiff old Gordon hasn't got a chance in the new world of touchy feely politicians - he really does look as if he'd prefer to talk about politics rather than his inner self. Think I'm beginning to warm to the guy!