Thursday, March 30, 2006

The Dawn of Cameron Watch...


This is the first post on a blog which is intended to monitor the activities of Tory leader David Cameron from now until the next election. I will admit to being a bit scpetical about his early moves. Imitating Blair is bad enough, but a true tory Blair heir would be even worse...

Below is a post profiling Cameron from my other blog The critical aye. For working links please see that page.I will post an update of his actions since then shortly. Anyone with any observations on Cameron's daily activities between now and the next election please contact me at

Under surveillance today is the new Conservative party leader, MP for Witney and cyclists champion, the Right Honourable David Cameron.There has been a host of publicity surrounding David Cameron since the beginning of the Tory leadership contest. His media savvy, suave, meticulous and at times controversial campaign eventually seeing off the endlessly enigmatic competitor David Davis and his double D blondes.

Prior to becoming an MP, David Cameron studied at Eton College before moving on to Oxford University. From there he went into media becoming a Managing Director at Carlton Communications, a subsidiary company of ITVplc. Quite an illustrious CV so far. Cameron has successfully negotiated the potential hurdle that his Old Etonian status presents to modernising the Conservative Party.One of the most interesting features of Cameron's leadership campaign was the furore surrounding whther or not he had used drugs, specifically cocaine, in the past. Pictures in the Sunday papers showed Cameron's shadow chancellor George Osborne with a prostitute, both of whom were sat infront of a table upon which were several neat lines of white powder. Pictures which no doubt left Angus Deayton welling up with teary eyed reminiscence.

Cameron has said that he is 'entitled to a private life before politics' and that he had 'a normal university experience'. Not everyone known to the critical aye took cocaine at university, however this has been universally regarded as a veiled yes!This was a very clever move by Cameron, who whilst not admitting taking drugs managed to make himself seem knowledgeable and in touch with those that do. This was helped by a quickly withdrawn comment that he would reclassify ecstacy as a class B drug. Hopefully a belief echoed by the all party commitee on drugs upon which Cameron sat.

Now that we have Cameron's Conservative's what should we expect from them?Cameron's Guardian Diaries cover topics of some diversity. From what Joey Ramone can do for William Hague to his support for the Iraq war. His constituency briefings also provide us with some insight. He has fought to keep the 400 year tradition of Morris Dancing in Bampton as well as pointedly stating his case for opposition to the Euro.Despite this, we are still not sure of the answer. It seems likely that the environment and Global social justice will feature on Cameron's agenda. The appointment of Bob geldof to an action group on 'globalisation and world poverty' was major coup although perhaps not what it seems.

We still have the twin Conservative hounds of lower taxes and euroscepticism. One of Cameron's only policy commitments so far was to remove the Conservatives from the centre right group of the European parliament.Other than that Cameron is currently policy thin. The setting up of action groups means he will have to make no clear policy commitments until 2007. These are likely to come in time to enter a battle with Blairs Labour heir.

The Critical Aye asks:
* Does David Cameron's arrival signal a genuinely 'compassionate conservatism'?

*Does the fact he has used drugs make him more OR less in touch with our country?

*Is a policy of lowering taxes playing only to traditional tory voters?

* Does Cameron's fairly extreme gesture towards the European Parliament highlight his inexeperience and therefore potential weaknesses as a statesman?

* Can he beat Brown?