Thursday, December 08, 2005

Déjà Vu All Over Again

The Brit opposition Tories just elected a centralist modernizer as leader. The last one they tried turned out to be an incompetent liar who got the Tories into power but wrecked the economy and tricked the Brits into a European Federation. On the bright side, the man he beat is smart enough to pick up the pieces, Thatcher-style.

Here's how the
Tory MSM reports David Cameron's first confrontation with Blair:

David Cameron passed his first test as Conservative leader yesterday when he staked his claim to represent the future during an assured confrontation with Tony Blair in the Commons.

He delighted Tory MPs by accusing Mr Blair of being "stuck in the past" and suggesting that New Labour was running out of steam.

"I want to talk about the future," he told the Prime Minister, adding: "He was the future once."

Cameron may want to talk about the future, but his education and background make it unlikely that he'll have anything useful to say. For a more informative account of the same debate, here's
today's WSJ (subscription):

Mr. Cameron's "modernization" of the Conservative Party, however, so far amounts to talking up the need for more female party officers and abandoning the Thatcher legacy of fiscal discipline.

He played a large role in drafting the Tory manifesto for last May's elections, which called for public spending to continue spiraling upward, just at a slightly less dizzying rate than it has risen under the current Labour government. And while his leadership campaign was noticeably light on policy specifics, his suggestion that the government divide any future revenue growth between tax cuts and more spending isn't encouraging.

Yesterday, in his first chance to grill Mr. Blair since becoming party leader, Mr. Cameron proclaimed himself an advocate of setting targets for cutting carbon dioxide emissions. He then asked the Prime Minister, who in recent months has shifted away from that failed relic of the Kyoto Protocol and toward the more sensible approach of using technology to mitigate climate change, whether he supported targets, too.

Edward Heath must be chortling in whatever hereafter he inhabits.