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The despatch box

We're you thinking what the Conservatives were thinking? Did you believe the Lib Dems were the real alternative? Is Labour moving forward not back? This blog will focus on all things political. It will be irritating, agitating and maybe just maybe it will get you thinking.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Conservative Reforms

Many of the Sunday papers run stories on the proposed reforms to the Conservative party which are due to be announced on Monday. From what is being written it seems clear that these reforms won't come without a certain amount of bloodletting and angst. I wonder whether when we see the details there will be a seismic shift of power between Association and Central Office.

One thing is clear, Associations have traditionally been very reluctant to allow any more power to be centralised. Perhaps a bigger problem is that ever since I have been able to vote( and Im 30 now) the party hasn't won an election.

There are those who say we shouldn't go down the road that New Labour took. What we can do is look at what they had to do in order to reform their party in the 80's and 90's whilst also learning from their many mistakes. We can't afford to thrown the baby out with the bath water, just as we cant afford not to make reforms.

Too many associations have been surprised that by doing the same thing election after election, we keep getting the same result. After three defeats the Conservative party should be feeling feeling a hunger for electoral success.

As Delia Smith put it, "Lets be 'aving you!"


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