Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Back on the Media
Just done a couple of TV interviews on the ITV News Channel and Sky News on what's happening in the Conservative Party and also whether MPs should have outside interests. I made the point that we said we would have a Timetable for Action in government, yet Michael Howard has failed to set out a Timetable for a leadership election. Just when we should be at Labour's throats we have all sorts of people setting out their stalls for a leadership contest. Some of their ideas are quite interesting and John Bercow's article in the Indy this morning will certainly have set a few pulses racing. If he plays it right, John could play a leading role over the next few years. I've known him for close on two decades and it's fair to say that he has changed quite a lot over the last couple of years. He's a great speaker and has an interesting mind but he needs to direct it properly now to the good of the Party generally. It's interesting that although he is seen as a 'moderniser', he seems very antagonistic towards the so-called Notting Hill set. In a sense we're all modernisers now. David Davis's campaign slogan in 2001 was Modern Conservatives. Ahead of his time, perhaps?