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Iain Duncan Smith Takes Gloves Off As Local Electi

Tue Apr 29, 2003 12:39 am

Iain Duncan Smith has ripped the gloves off and issued a "Vote Conservative" rally call to the country in advance of Thursday's local government elections.

Ending the domestic political ceasefire enforced during the Iraq War, the Opposition Leader tore into the record of Labour and Liberal Democrat councils in a campaign speech in Guildford. And urging voters to reject the poor services delivered by the other parties at a massive price, he also took a swipe at the "loathsome" British National Party seeking to exploit racial tension resulting from the asylum crisis.

He said: "On Thursday voters all over Britain have a chance to reject Labour and Liberal Democrat councils that are delivering poor services at a massive price. "

Appealing to the electors of Guildford and other districts hit by higher council tax levies forced "through the roof" by Labour, Mr Duncan Smith went on: "You should take the chance for change. Your streets don't have to be dirty. Neighbourhoods don't have to be unsafe, unlit and un-policed. Your child's school can be much better. Thursday is your chance to send Labour and the Liberal Democrats packing. "

In contrast, he insisted, Conservative councils had a strong record for doing a good job at a fair price. "When people want a job done properly and fairly, they vote Conservative, because Conservative councils get more jobs done for less of your money. Our councils across Britain have proved that."

Mr Duncan Smith stated: "All over Britain millions of parents and patients are living with the consequences of Labour's expensive failure to deliver the better public services they promised. My commitment to them - and to you here and now - is that the gloves are off, and come the next general election, Mr Blair and his Government will be made to face up to those consequences too."

Lashing out at the BNP, which is fielding a candidate in Guildford, he described the far right grouping as a "truly loathsome development in British politics" and called on mainstream politicians of every stripe to unite to condemn "these parasites in our democracy".

Warning that the BNP would exploit genuine concern over the chaotic asylum system, he added: "Conservatives are very proud of Britain's ethnic diversity and I will defend that diversity with passion and with actions as well as words. Conservatives will act against the crime and racial hatred that threatens the security and peace of mind of every background. But we need to tackle the issues that feed extremism."


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RE: Iain Duncan Smith Takes Gloves Off As Local Electi

Tue Apr 29, 2003 1:09 am

I notice how Teresa May has already been talking expectations down, in any case, won't help them at the next General Election, the real significance will be if IDS (or to his own MP's 'In Deep Shit') stays as leader until then.
That is where this local poll is important.

Really the Tories should have staged some sort of recovery 6 years on, but they are if anything worse at choosing leaders than Labour was in the 1980's.
In 1997 it should have been Clarke, in 2001 Portillo.
But the really serious thing for them is the average age of the members, 65 and rising.
If they cannot reposition themselves to attract a lot of younger/early middle aged voters, they will literally die out.
And this colours their attitudes and policies, plus the extended guilt complex/nervous breakdown they've endured since ditching Thatcher, (which they did for good reasons).

In the 19th and early 20th century, no one thought the Liberals would become the third party, and a poor third at that, not even able to hold the balance of power in a close election or Parliament, (apart from the Lib-Lab pact in 1977).

The best the Tories can hope for nationally next time is to substantially reduce Labour's majority, though turnout will be as important as Tory votes.
Even then, if Labour have more than a 20 seat majority, (unlikely to be anything like as bad as that for him, but anyway) they are likely to last the full 4-5 years, also Blair can mend fences when the Liberals if his majority slips due to by-elections.

No Local Elections in my neck of the woods until next year, but people should vote, if only to keep the BNP out, those creeps only gain on very low polls.
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RE: Iain Duncan Smith Takes Gloves Off As Local Electi

Tue Apr 29, 2003 4:55 am

IDS says a lot of things that are true, but when the elections come around and its time to vote Tory people will think of him and thats where it will go wrong. People will forget policies and remember personalities. IDS does not look like a prime minister (neither did his predecessor). You cannot say the same about Blair.

The Tories still have a long way to go despite the state the country is in.

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