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Voters may defect to Ukip or BNP, Cameron warned

by Leon on 3rd October, 2006 at 4:23 pm    

Key Tory voters will flee to Ukip and the BNP if David Cameron continues to “turn down the volume” on issues such as tax, Europe and immigration, a senior backbencher warned today.

Edward Leigh, chairman of the influential Commons public accounts committee, insisted that a sensible political party would not “dump on” its own core supporters.

As George Osborne again refused to commit to tax cuts during his conference speech, Mr Leigh told a fringe meeting organised by the rightwing Cornerstone group: “It’s obviously vital if we are to win the next election that we remain loyal to our traditional supporters. You can’t just assume that your traditional voters will remain on your side.” [Via The Guardian]

Flawed logic Mr Leigh, first you conflate extreme rightwingers with the Tory heartland (are you really suggesting the average Tory is a racist thug?); second you contend that playing to your core vote will win you an election. Not true and disproved by every election of the last ten years. General Elections, whether you like it or not, are fought and won in the centre.

My advice to David Cameron is simply this: stay the course. The more the rightwing of your party complain the more electable and normal you (and your reformers) will look.

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  1. Jagdeep — on 3rd October, 2006 at 4:30 pm  

    Well said, middle ground and all that.

  2. faizal — on 3rd October, 2006 at 4:42 pm  

    Agree. The Tory’s should pick up New Labours disenfranchised electorate.

  3. Sunny — on 3rd October, 2006 at 4:44 pm  

    Agreed, points well made. This is typical of the old Tory guard feeling that no one is pandering to the racists. Given this rhetoric has failed the last three times, you would have thought they got the message. Is it any wonder they don’t get elected.

  4. ZinZin — on 3rd October, 2006 at 5:08 pm  

    Why don’t they wait for Labour to fail that has been a succesful strategy in the past.

  5. Refresh — on 3rd October, 2006 at 5:43 pm  

    Under no circumstances should the Tory party ever be allowed to become electable.

    Blair’s shifty behaviour over electoral reform has left the country pretty much as it was - a 2-party state. He should have gone on to bury the Tories permanently - but of course not by becoming them.

  6. sonia — on 4th October, 2006 at 10:43 am  

    good points leon. it appears that Labour’s so right wing these days effectively lots of people who would never consider voting Tory may well be tempted.

  7. bananabrain — on 4th October, 2006 at 12:18 pm  

    i certainly won’t be voting tory unless the hang’em/birch’em/huntin’shootin’fishin’ /wogsbeginatcalais/sendemallback/notourkindofpeople brigade are thoroughly fed up. the same way i won’t be voting labour if the “real labour” trade union types get their way and won’t be voting libdem while they’re still trying to compete with the respect “party” for the swp-muslim alliance votes.



  8. Chairwoman — on 4th October, 2006 at 1:42 pm  

    Between ‘Call me Dave’, Botoxed Gordon, and Minging Ming, there’s no bloody choice at all. Do I have to do what Katy and I once discussed, and write ‘Arse’ on my ballot paper?

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