Andrew Rawnsley puts the Conservative’s dilemma well today, writing; ‘The Conservatives are struggling to reconcile political tactics with their fundamental philosophy‘. No wonder then that voters are within 5 points of giving David Cameron a net dissatisfaction rating for the first time, according to Mori’s latest poll. That’s a big deal for him. I’m not sure I can ever remember Tony Blair coming close to that position when he was Opposition leader. So, just as Cameron ends his strategy of emulating new Labour, so his poll numbers begin to depart from the commanding leads Labour established in Opposition. The basic lesson is clear. Because the Tories have refused to rethink their philosophy for a modern world, they are unable to offer answers to the challenges we face today.
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