Saturday, December 10, 2005

The force is strong with this one

Matthew Parris writes that David Cameron is in the right place at the right time to capture a changing public mood, and that Tony Blair squandered this advantage early in his reign:
At his touch, second-rate mediamen gained the reputations of Rasputins; grubby image-peddling was elevated to knowledge of the high mysteries of spin; and hack pollsters acquired the status of priests of the Inner Temple. Half-baked philosophising as shallow as it was banal was accorded capital letters — “the Third Way” — and the world whispered of Mr Blair’s wondrous ability to “triangulate”. Swift, thou should’st be living at this hour.
So that's Alistair Campbell, Peter Mandelson, Philip Gould and Anthony Giddens told! I'm certainly not a fan of Giddens, whose speeches in the Lords have been polished but vacuous — as many of his new colleagues have pointed out.

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