Watching John Major’s 1992 election address on the BBC Parliament channel this evening reminded me of just what a strong, principled and policy -focussed leader he really was. Over the many years, cruel media stereotypes and endless sketches on Spitting Image would have us believe Major was no more than a bungling grey buffoon or an outdated Tory Boy with little credible opinion on anything.
But listening to the words of his speech and the passion with which it was delivered revealed much about the real Conservative principles that our party has so badly neglected during the faltering Cameron project which failed to deliver anything like a majority at this historic 1992 election. Major’s speech was about encouraging independence, getting people on the property ladder and providing stability and low taxes for the people of
. There were no slick slogans or fancy language in his speech, just raw aspiration and a clear, honest approach to politics. No wonder 14 million people voted for him. Britain
Contrast this tried and tested election winning approach to that of David Cameron and his ‘Tim Nice but Dim’ set of alleged PR professionals who wear funky trainers and think that making the party more fashionable will win votes. While Cameron bangs on about climate change, gay marriage and closing grammar schools, Major focussed on issues that impact every member of society whatever their background or beliefs.
Anyone who gets out and speaks to voters on the doorsteps knows that the British people aren’t looking for funky or super cool politics; they are looking for serious political solutions to help themselves and their families for the future. As David Cameron’s super cool dudes in
sip on their skinny lattes in the padded, brightly coloured brainstorm room tomorrow to review the numerous articles criticising their warped view of Conservatism, they should look closely at the boy from Brixton’s victory and do some long hard brainstorming about exactly what makes the British people tick. Millbank Tower