Friday, October 08, 2004
How Can the Tories Win?

I've been getting a bit of flack for a recent piece on the Tories opposing the war:

I think you're crackers if you think the British public is ever going to see the Tories as an "antiwar" party

Well you get the drift.

So what can they do? They supported it and the public more or less know this. But they can win the election if they are seen as the antiwar party - when otherwise they lose it.

In short they need to say that they were lied to (they were and they have) but secondly call for withdrawal of troops. Something along the lines of "We supported the war, but not the indefinate occupation. We think that [insert electorally close, unatainable and fairly random date here] is a fair date to bring our troops home and we know that the British public agree with us."

Whatever they do they will be accused of populism. Might as well get hung for a sheep as a goat.


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