David Cameron and His Battle for Middle Earth

This week, at the Conservative Party Conference, David Cameron announced that the party was back in the 'centre ground' of British politics. In a speech in which he omitted any offer of policy commitment; failed to mention where his party stood on Europe or matters of immigration; and chose not to address tax issues; I am confused as to where the  'centre ground' he speaks of exists. Maybe he was referring to the battleground of J.R. Tolkien's epic novels: Middle Earth. His speech was more  'centre ground' of Hollywood than British politics. As leader of the opposition I think he failed to oppose. Firstly the new Tory logo, which looks like a child's scribble, does not actually portray any stance or conjure any feeling. The image can barely be identified and when it does finally become clear, your immediate thoughts are to how badly drawn it is. Also, when David Cameron, or  'Dave' as he likes to be known, addressed the conference wearing a red tie and used the phrase  "the best is yet to come" he only succeeded in evoking memories of a young Blair rallying Labour to the cry of  "things can only get better". Worse still, he chose the Labour created NHS as the centre of his fight and launched a  "stop cutting the NHS" campaign at a time when spending on the health service is higher than ever and still rising. Surprisingly though latest opinion polls released by the Sunday Telegraph place the Conservatives ahead and David Cameron as the more popular choice of new prime minister. It's funny that a country so fed up with Tony Blair, his party and the spin that brought it to power are going for it all again with  'Dave'.

1 Response to "David Cameron and His Battle for Middle Earth"

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Mon, 10/09/2006 - 10:48
<p><strong><u>Chris Gaynor</u></strong></p> I agree that Dave has similar qualities to Blair in his presentational skills and trying to rebrand the party, but I think it is also fair to say that 3 years before a general election is too early to get 'bogged' down in policy initiatives especially with the economy as no one can predict the future - Also I think that the Lord of the Rings analogies are a very comic way in describing Cameron's urge to gain power - It is a bit like the Hobbit in the book becoming so obsessed with the ring that he is possesed by it - Cameron has become possesed by the ambition of power just like most ambitious young politicians!