David Camerons strategy appears to be coming unglued already. As far as I can see his strategy to date has broadly been as follows:
1) Apologise for past Tory mistakes when they were the nasty party
2) Attempt to reposition the party as more Centrist Liberal Conservative / One Nation Tories
3) Convince people that they are now the nice party i.e. have a conscience and are worried about poverty etc
4) Don't talk about policies on the grounds that a) it is too far away from a General Election b) if you come up with policies now the other parties will pinch the good ones and c) if you policies are useless it gives plenty of time for people to work out that they are useless. At least that is what I understood Ann Widecombe to say last night.
However, there are still plenty of Tories who fundamentally believe that they must cut taxes come what may. According to the Guardian "The call for tax cuts came from party activists, backbench MPs, Tory donors and the chairman of the party's competitiveness commission, John Redwood" Ah yes John Redwood that reminds me (he is after all my MP) and doubtless many others of several very good reasons for not voting Tory. They clearly have a long way to go before they can present a united front to the public
The cartoon in the Guardian brilliantly illustrates the dilemma and the tension between the Cameron vision of the way forward and that espoused by some of his party members. To see the cartoon click here