I want all Conservatives to think carefully before they open their mouths. When you make changes you get blasts from the past who signify nothing. Political leadership is about taking a long-term approach. It's about ignoring voices off-stage...Past Tory leaders had to take long held principles and apply them to the problems of the day. That's exactrly what I am doing. Winston Churchill said let's tear up wartime controls and set the people free. Harold Macmillan said let's build more homes and have a property owning democracy. Margaret Thatcher said we cannot have the trade union barons running the country.
Cameron then went on to criticise Gordon Brown for comparing himself to Margaret Thatcher, coming up with a couple of rather good lines...
What a cheek! If we had listened to Gordon Brown no one would have been
able to buy their own council house, unions would run the country and we'd
probably be speaking Russian. He is a conviction politician - convicted of
robbing people's pensions, stealth taxed and failing to reform the NHS.
Michael Portillo yesterday, quoted in The Guardian: "I think David Cameron was pursuing the right course, which was moving the party to the centre ground, and I think that those in the party who do not like it should just hold their tongues."
The Press Association today: "Conservative leader David Cameron has been
accused by former Cabinet minister Michael Portillo of "losing his nerve" over
the rebranding of his party." (See Marketing eek).