09 May 2005
Crozier for leader

OK, so I am not an actual member of the Conservative Party but nothing ventured nothing gained (not that I am actually venturing anything except opinions).  But anyway, if I were in the ring this would be my pitch:

“Fellow Conservatives, we seem to be in a slightly funny mood at the moment.  We have gone down to a third straight landslide defeat and yet because we picked up a few seats we seem strangely light-headed.  Almost joyous.  Just in case any of you are still feeling like that I would bring you back to reality: we lost and we lost badly.  Again.  This is a wholly unprecedented run of bad results for the Conservative Party.

So, what do we do about it?  Modernise, radicalise, change our tone/look/tie widths?  No.  First of all, we work out why we lost.  Then we work out what, if anything, we need to do about it.

The principal reason why we lost is because we do not come across well on television.  We do not come across well because we are not allowed to.  We are not allowed to because the broadcast media despises us.

They despise our values.  They despise free enterprise, they despise tradition and they despise personal responsibility and the idea of free will.

So, what do we do about it?  Well, we could say all the things they want to hear.  We too could go round blaming Bush, Thatcher, profit underfunding,  McDonalds, the banks, the oil companies, the drug companies, the chemical companies, food lobbies, gun lobbies, tobacco lobbies and SUVs in that lazy way so many do because it beats thinking.

But it wouldn’t be credible.  We are Thatcher’s Children.  We are the heirs to her belief in low taxes, low inflation and free enterprise.  For many of us Margaret Thatcher is the very reason we joined the Conservative Party.  And the electorate know that.  Even if we all had a sudden Damascene conversion and became right, proper politically-correct drones, the electorate still wouldn’t believe us.  We couldn’t change our spots even if we wanted to.

Incidentally, the reason Labour changed and I believe it was a genuine conversion was because their core beliefs were proved wrong.  In contrast our beliefs are still standing.  That is because they are right.

So, if we can’t change, then it has to be the media that changes.  Either they have to be persuaded of the merits of our beliefs or they have to be bypassed entirely. 

Change the media?  Yes, I know, they look all-powerful and all conquering and up until very recently I wouldn’t have given us much hope.  But things are starting to change.  In the the United States the internet is starting to become a significant factor in national politics.  This has been especially true since the rise of the so-called Blogosphere.  And the internet is now starting to challenge the the mainstream media, or MSM.  And about time too.  For years, just as over here, the MSM has been drunk on its own power.  Objectivity, accuracy and open-mindedness have been thrown out of the window to be replaced by sloppy, slanted and selective reporting inspired by a rigid liberal world view.  They could get away with it because there was no competition.  No one to point out their mistakes.  But now there is.  This was shown most dramatically in the Rathergate Affair.  CBS produced an appallingly sloppy attempt to smear the President.  Within hours the Blogosphere was pointing the many inaccuracies in the story.  The fallout continues but up to now it has included the resignations of several senior CBS executives.  And Bush, as you may recall, was re-elected.

This is still early days but I believe we will only see more of this.  The MSM is losing power in the US.  And if it can lose power in the US it can lose it here.  And when it starts to it will lose a lot of that arrogance and with that will come some genuine reporting and with that a fair hearing for Conservatives.

So, to Conservatives out there I say this: change nothing.  Stick to your guns, have faith in your beliefs.  Things can only get better.”

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  1. You’ve spelt “inaccuracies” wrong, which is not the sort of inaccuracy you want to be guilty of, I would say.

    Please feel free to correct it, and delete this comment.

    Otherwise, it’s very good, what I’ve read so far.

    Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 10 May 2005 at 01:45pm

  2. Done.

    Posted by Patrick Crozier on 10 May 2005 at 07:18pm

  3. That should be “not the sort of innaccuracy of which you want to be guilty.”

    Yes, I enjoy this sort of thing.

    Posted by Natalie Solent on 13 May 2005 at 02:51pm

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