Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Dave the Chameleon

The new Labour party political broadcast is so bad it actually hurts to watch it. It cites as contradictions in Cameron's political views not beliefs he has actually changed but the statements that he wants to be leader of the Conservatives, is the heir to Blair and is a liberal Conservative. As he is a liberal leader of the Conservatives who could yet succeed Blair as Prime Minister this is only a contradiction in the Labour Party's tiny collective mind.

If Labour really regard Cameron's adoption of policies associated with other parties as dismissable on grounds of inconsistency alone doesn't this suggest that they are approaching policy formation as an exercise in dogmatic rigidity. Accusing someone of being open minded can surely backfire. Charging Cameron with being superficial when your broadcast is of an animated chameleon and his is focussed on the environmental record of various Tory councils has to ring hollow.

Dave Cole is a friend of mine from the LSE and the Labour council candidate running in St James ward in Westminster and, in his newly revived blog, utterly condemns the broadcast which is supposed to be supporting his election. When even the most ardent of Labourites is put off by their election material surely it is time for a rethink at Labour HQ?

2 comments:

El Dave. said...

'If Labour really regard Cameron's adoption of policies associated with other parties as dismissable on grounds of inconsistency alone'

Largely the 'New' Labour project...

xD.

Matthew Partridge said...

I though the ad was funny and amusing and showed up Cameron's lack of substantial difference from Michael Howard. My I suggest that the reaction here (and on sites such as politicalbetting.com) shows that Conservatives are getting worried the lack of impact that he is making with voters at large?