The Mummy Returns… again!

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 Thats right DC & MT are back together again for their latest photo op. They are making quite the double act! Once again the Conservative party is heaping praise on the Former Prime Minister as a bust of her was unveiled in the Conservative party HQ symboling that Thatcher… is back at the heart of the party. Thatcher is reported to have said “The Conservative Party has always been at its best when it has held firm to its beliefs. As we face the future, let us remain steadfast. As Churchill taught us, let us never falter in proclaiming what we know is right. My message to you is to have faith in all we stand for and to go forward with confidence.”

To which Cameron replied “We now have two bronze statues in Conservative Party Headquarters. One is of Winston Churchill, the greatest wartime leader this country has ever had. And now it is joined by a statue of the greatest peacetime leader this country has ever had.” Perhaps one day Cameron will be unveiling a bust of himself staring directly at Thatcher…

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14 thoughts on “The Mummy Returns… again!

  1. On behalf of the Labour party can I offer to pay Thatcher’s expenses should she choose to make a big appearence in the next election campaign.

  2. It’s laughable that Cameron would ever have a bust in Conservative HQ, particularly when the two we have there – Churchill and Thatcher, embody Conservatism the way it should be. Rather than centralised, “safe”, only concerned about votes Conservatism, like we have under Cameron at the moment.

  3. You have no idea Joe how Conservatives who professed to be real Conservatives in the 1960s and 70s fought against Margaret Thatcher. They viewed her as unconservative. She was a pioneer who eventually managed to create a new Conservative agenda, and David Cameron will do the same.

  4. Joe whilst I would have agreed with you a few months ago I believe Cameron is coming in to his own. Labours disastrous performance of late has allowed cameron to appease the somewhat hostile right wing by, as a friend put it, “making more of a fuss of Thatcher” he is showing he isnt afraid to embrace her after gordon browns attempt to claim her! Also whilst his policies were initially “floppy” to say the least we have heard far more traditional tory talk and the polls haven’t been affected, as many of the reactionarys predicted. We needed to modernise…we have but we are ultimately the same party where it matters. Give Cameron a bit of time… were saving the real policies for the election campaign so gordon can’t pinch ’em because lets face it… the man would sell his soul to cling to power.

  5. Joe you are so stuck in the past, you would have us languish in opposition for ever. how is being concerned with votes a flaw? the british public have centralised over the last 10-15 years, as a polical party we seek to represent the people. being concerned with votes and making good policy is surely the whole point.

  6. Dan, Cameron does represent a shift from Thatcher’s Conservatism. Any contemporary political party is always in part a reaction to it’s past, or an evolution from a previous stage. There will be areas of Cameron’s agenda that Thatcherites will be familiar with, there will be areas they are not.

    You and Joe seem to have some idea of the party being a static organism which only changes temporarily to win votes before reverting to type. This is lunacy.

  7. Daniel…. I wont evven get in to it with you. All I will say is… me and Joe are CERTAINLY not alone. In regard to policy? Watch this space…

  8. Dan the party has changed, and it will consistantly change, your voice is dimishing each day. the new party has a strong voice and its resonating.

  9. I would say that Daniel has hit the nail on the head when he states that any new political leadership is in some way a reaction to its party’s past. The personalities involved in politics are forceful ones and this will always result in a change of direction. Isn’t a party’s primary purpose to attain power?

    If not can I have my subscription money back?…

    In the end you have to give the people what they want. I guess good politicians can persuade people that they want the same thing as they are offering. I don’t however think the British public have ‘centralised’ over the past 15 years. I firmly believe that the British public are mildly right of centre and what actually happened was that Blair knew this and simply shifted the Labour party in that direction. Thus the ‘centre’ ground is not as clearly defined as it was, indeed it’s not ‘centre’. But don’t worry Dan, every dog has its day!

  10. You do realise that before Cameron, every leader was chosen because he/she was not someone else: He’s not IDS, He’s not Ken Clarke, He’s not Michael howard, He’s not that regicide heseltine, She’s not Heath, He’s not RAB Butler…

  11. I would argue its not the British public that have centralised, its the media that has centralised. And to get the media on side the parties have centralised, which is a travesty. I agree that Blair realised that the British public is centre right (due to the media) and so used Campbell and Mandelson to put across the central message. However, if the British public is now centre right, it is for one reason alone, and that is the mass emborgoisement that happened under Thatcher.

    Back to my original point, Churchill and Thatcher were both “pioneers”, Cameron is not, he is a Conservative carbon copy of Tony Blair. Maybe we’re so desperate for power that we have now copied what was successful for Labour, but is that really right? I’d argue not, we should be our own party, not a copy of Labour.

  12. “I would argue its not the British public that have centralised, its the media that has centralised.”

    This is doubtful. I have explained why before… In response to a blog I wrote in July I was challanged to define the centre-ground, which I attempted to do…

    https://bucf.wordpress.com/2007/07/12/cameron-risks-divorce-with-centre-ground/#comment-4090

    You will find substantial academic agreement in support of this explanation. I would add that it is also cyclical.

    Moreover, David Cameron is not a carbon copy of Tony Blair. There are, of course, similarities, but there are adaptations to suit today’s political climate rather than the climate of 1997.

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