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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.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

What do the Conservatives want in a leader?

I read on another blog someone worried about the possible candidature of David Davis, because they had heard that he wasn't nice. Well firstly every time I've had the pleasure of meeting him , he has been more than nice - but that isn't the quality I look for in a leader.

What the Conservative party wants is someone to firstly inspire members to go that extra mile on a cold Winters evening - knocking on doors and delivering leaflets. Secondly they need someone who can connect with those Conservative voters who have deserted the party. That means that a leader is needed who just doesn't appeal to Conservative members or voters in the South, but can engage with people who live in the Midlands and North.

What the party needs is someone who will take tough decisions, which may mean that being nice isn't always possible.

What the Conservative party needs is someone who looks like a leader and all importantly can re-ignite a burning ambition to win.


  • At Friday, June 03, 2005 10:04:00 am, Blogger joeharper said…

    I think that it is vital that the conservatives have a leader whose actions reflect the interests of the party, and not of the leader. This is whe a leader is called a leader, because they represent their followers, and not themselves. You are also right Jonathan when you comment that the leader's personality has nothing to do with their ability to lead.

  • At Friday, June 03, 2005 11:08:00 am, Blogger Serf said…

    Remember what happened to that nice Mr John Major. A leader needs a steel spine whatever other characteristics they have.

  • At Friday, June 03, 2005 12:26:00 pm, Blogger Mark O'Brien said…

    It's agonising reading all the sensible comments being made about what a Conservative leader should be. Yet there are no men or women out there who have the right blend of all these qualities, so far as I can see. That's very worrying to me.

  • At Friday, June 03, 2005 2:20:00 pm, Blogger Bishop Hill said…

    Yes, look at that Tony Blair. He looks like a lovely chap. You'd love to have him round for a cup of tea and a blether. But you wouldn't want him running a country would you?

  • At Friday, June 03, 2005 3:14:00 pm, Blogger Jonathan Boot said…

    You need to have somebody who can keep discipline in the party m howard did a very good job but now he is losing his power. We need somebody strong to keep them all in order to stop the backstabbing!


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