Saturday, January 07, 2012
Compassionate, Winning Conservatism?
Is this the way forward towards a Conservative election victory next time? Conservative Home's Tim Montgomerie identifies the five key policies that a "right-wing party with a heart" could use to win over a majority of the electorate. It's an interesting agenda, returning the debate once again to the issue of how to ensure a right-wing party can best promote the interests of 'one nation' rather than seeming only to be a clique of the wealthy and the already powerful. Montgomerie, never one to shy away from throwing brickbats in the general direction of the current Tory leadership, is often at his best when looking at how conservatism can successfully position itself to govern in the interests of all, and this article is a persuasive argument in that direction. Particularly since he highlights existing policies, rather than searching in the ether for new ones.