The Apollo Project
Liberal Ideas for the 21st Century
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
New salesman, old product?
by Peter

That's the line Simon Hugnes is pushing in the wake of Cameron´s not unexpected victory.

And it's clearly a valid point, although I am not convinced that the electorate is quite as opposed to nuclear power as the Liberal Democrats.

There isn´t yet much sign of a Tory big idea, and other parties have already announced that they will respond by arranging a mass distribution of the Monty Python "Upper Class Twit of the Year" sketch (sorry - apparently that is not true).

There was a story that Lib Dems were using the leadership contest period as a window of opportunity to get their policies over - but I haven´t seen much evidence of this. And perhaps that is just as well. We have some fantastic policies on tuition fees, Iraq, and ID cards. We have a great frontbench team. But this is the time to be rethinking policies. Issue number one is to be sure we know how the economy will cope with continuing higher fuel costs.
posted by Peter Pigeon @ 3:28 pm  
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