Get off the Bandwagon, Mr Howard
Byline: SIMON HEFFER
SINCE I don't want to live in a one-party state, I've been glad to observe the high profile of the Conservative Party during August.
It hasn't yet paid off in higher poll ratings, but the 2005 election campaign is only just starting.
However, I had to pinch myself when I read the speech delivered on Thursday by Michael Howard about the evils of political correctness.
Of course, Mr Howard was right - but does he realise, as he throws these stones, what is going on in his own glass house?
There are few institutions in this country - excluding the Metropolitan Police and the Labour Party itself - that have done so much to further political correctness in our society as the Conservative Party.
Sadly, in Mr Howard's denunciation of this evil creed, I did not notice a specific promise to put his own house in order.
The Conservative Party is in the throes of a terrible dilemma. In its heart it knows the truth of what Mr Howard said on Thursday but in its head, it still thinks it has to suck up to all sections of society, promising special favours to minorities, in its quest for popularity.
This dilemma will one day explode.
The party's core vote and, indeed, most people with any common sense, want the Opposition to stand up for traditional policies and values, and they won't vote for it until it does.
The Conservative Party remains fearsomely hung up about the two main beneficiaries of politically correct treatment, homosexuals and the ethnic minorities. It remains obsessed with getting representatives of these groups selected as candidates, or on to its payroll.
too, violates common sense. The only criterion the party should pursue is one of equality: and if that means white heterosexuals getting seats or jobs in the party on merit, so be it.
Sadly, the party continues repeatedly to create the impression that when most of the country is worried about important issues like taxation, the failing public services and escalating crime levels, all it cares about is bending the rules for minorities.
Mr Howard is right to draw attention to the wrongness of political email@example.com
HOW interesting that so-called 'radical cleric' Abu Hamza has been charged with terrorist offences. That probably won't deter his followers who want to emulate him.
He is a British subject by marriage. Why, I ask again, hasn't he been charged with treason?
Or is there one law for the ethnic minority British in this country, and one for the rest of us?
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Publication information: Article title: Get off the Bandwagon, Mr Howard. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Daily Mail (London). Publication date: August 28, 2004. Page number: 23. © 2007 Daily Mail. COPYRIGHT 2004 Gale Group.