Magazine article The Spectator

Tories Need Clarke Now

Magazine article The Spectator

Tories Need Clarke Now

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From Chris Nancollas Sir: Two months ago hardly anyone had heard of David Cameron; now Bruce Anderson is asking us to believe that he is a political genius to rival Tony Blair ('The next Tory prime minister', 8 October).

Come off it. Mr Cameron is a talented man, but he is not in the same league as Blair when it comes to charisma and political nous. One suspects, for example, that Tony Blair would have had this election stitched up by now.

Without Blair and his hinterland, Gordon Brown will look a very different figure. The Tories need a heavyweight like Ken Clarke to attack this government on its weak points -- truth and competence -- and, moreover, they need someone to do it now. The electorate can't wait for ever.

Chris Nancollas By email From Jason Dack Sir: Charles Moore represents the worst of Conservatism; obsessed with bashing Europe and supporting George Bush at any cost. …

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