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Saturday, November 06, 2004

Telegraph | Opinion | If Karl Rove would talk to Mr Howard, this is what he'd say

Telegraph | Opinion | If Karl Rove would talk to Mr Howard, this is what he'd say
The Telegraph continues a central theme apparent in many UK papers. That theme is could a Rove type approach work for the conservatives in the UK, this opinion piece points out the structural differences a Rove would have to deal with:

To some extent, the question reflects a false premise. As John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge argue in their magnificent exploration of US conservatism, The Right Nation: "If you were to install Karl Rove in the Conservative Party's headquarters in London and tell him to re-create an American-style conservative movement, he would not know where to begin." There is, for a start, no conservative infrastructure of politicised churches, wealthy think tanks and Right-wing talk radio in this country. Nor is there a rugged tradition of God-fearing individualism, in which love of nation is matched only by disdain for big government. Micklethwait and Wooldridge aptly describe Margaret Thatcher as "an aberration - an American conservative who happened to be born in Grantham rather than Houston".

However I argue among many factors Bush win was a win for straight talk to the American people. This in oppostion to what was perceived ,and I think to be true, Kerry's poll driven and scare tactics screed. It seems the UK might wish the same. The piece concludes by saying:

The three issues that mattered most to American voters last week were "moral values", the economy and employment, and terrorism. Opinion polls in this country ascribe comparable significance to pensions, the NHS, immigration, and law and order. There is no British "moral majority" in the sense that Americans mean. Yet it is not hard to envisage the growth of a new conservative base in this country: anxious about saving for old age; supportive of the NHS, but fed up with its creaking structures; insistent upon a new asylum and immigration system based on fairness rather than rhetoric; and - as our ICM poll today shows is already the case - infuriated by the prevalence of violent crime. One might argue, indeed, that such a base already exists. The question is which party, in the years ahead, will claim it as its own.


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