Unrecognized Genius said:
Until they can find someone to lead them who has credibility & charisma, didn't serve under Major or Thatcher & who is prepared to drag them kicking & screaming into the 21st Century, the Tories will remain unelectable. EC
Well the people of Gravesham disagreed!
Adam Holloway Conservative 19,739
Chris Pond Labour 19,085
Bruce Parmenter Liberal Democrat 4,851
Geoff Coates UK Independence Party 850
Christopher Nickerson English Independence Party 654
Congratulations to our new Tory M.P. - Adam Holloway.
Watch out Blair - the tide is turning.
As a Labour voter, I am quite pleased that the Government's majority has been substantially cut, because I think it needs an effective opposition to keep it on its toes. Its huge majorities have done it & the country no favours.
However, I think it would be a mistake by the Tories to see what has happened as the start of a huge revival. According to the BBC, their share of the vote will not turn out to be substantially different to what they achieved under Hague & many of the people wo abandoned Labour in key marginals will return next time.
Unless the Tories really do something about re-building themselves properly, that is. I probably would never vote for them, but I'd be delighted if they could make themselves credible again, because there has to be an alternative to the centre left or our democracy will go stale. That means the balance of power behind the scenes being relinguished by the Blue Rinse brigade & energetic, younger people coming to the fore (and to be honest, Adam Holloway looks as if he might be one of these.) FL will hate to hear it but Andrew Marr pointed out that they actually had more non white candidates standing last night than any of the other parties, so maybe the signs are there. But it will come to nothing until they have a leader who, as UG says, isn't associated with the bad old days of sleaze. A leader too who will have to sort out their bitter divide over Europe, which still festers under the surface - or as Max Hastings, a Tory supporter says rather graphically, "lurks like a cache of internet pornography."
Obviously Labour has a lesson to learn too. If it doesn't it will go the way the Tories themselves went in 1997.Graham S