Tory Blair? All Spin? Fraud?
Well thanks to his Guardian column that continued for 3 years we can pin him down on past issues and get an idea on where David Cameron stands on policy.
The Iraq War: David Cameron was in favour and voted for the war;
"Consider the consequences, at this late stage, if the no vote actually carried the day. The US-UK alliance, which has been at the heart of Nato and the key to peace in the post war world, would be shaken, if not broken. In terms of the UK, we would have let down our strongest ally and friend. In terms of the US, any chance of the administration following a multilateralist approach in the future would be virtually at an end.
In Iraq, Saddam would celebrate a great victory. He would have completed his aim of dividing those who stood against him and in favour of his disarmament.
Finally, the UN and the concept of international law would suffer. Instead of talking about world order, we would face world disorder. This may seem ironic if war goes ahead without a second resolution. But the second resolution died at the hands of French intransigence. And just consider the message that would be sent out if, at 10 minutes to midnight, we actually took the Clare Short approach."
So, if you disliked Blair mainly because of his decision on the Iraq War. Remember that David Cameron made exactly the same decision and backed the war. He justified it by saying we can't let George Bush down. David Cameron also supports Student Top-Up Fees, Foundation Hospitals and Private Finance Initiatives.
On Europe: David Cameron wants to pull out of the Centre-Right, European Peoples's Party and join with the minor extreme right fascist parties and those that want to leave the EU altogether.
Here Cameron is even more Eurosceptic than IDS or David Davis, which gives the lie to his claim of being a moderate. Opposition parties that remain extreme on the Europe issue remain opposition parties. Whatever the EU's failings, we all know our economy has prospered under it and leaving would be a disaster.
On Tax: David Cameron is enthusiastically supporting George Osborne's comical look into Flat Taxes.
It takes little examination to see that the middle class wouldn't stomach the level of taxation needed to maintain public services under a flat tax. It is obvious the right wing like the idea because it would inevitably mean massive cuts in public spending. Even the Tory originator of the flat tax idea thinks it is too regressive and politically suicidal. This is the most regressive tax idea the Tories have ever had for tax. So much for moderate all inclusive policies eh?
Untainted by Tory past?
David Cameron was Norman Lamont's policy advisor and speech writer in the run up to the Black Wednesday disaster that in one day, transferred billions of taxpayers' money into George Soros pocket. Also involved in Treasury's policy decisions that led to the Pension mis-selling scandal.
David Cameron was author of 2005 Conservative Manifesto that wanted to introduce vouchers to help the middle class pay for private health using tax payers money.
see Health above. David Cameron wanted vouchers for education to help the middle class pay for private education using tax payers money.
David Cameron never rebels against his party. Has voted against Foundation Hospitals and Student top-up fees despite being in favour.
Has registered over 25 personal donations this year from individuals and companies including Lord Harris (the evangelist carpet millionaire) and Lord Sainsbury.
On Social Justice
David Cameron wants support for traditional marriage rather than children. Sounds like the old Tory prejudice against single mothers dies hard.
On Fox Hunting: David Cameron is passionately in favour.
David Cameron loves to kill foxes with hounds and also any 'game' animal he can shoot
On House of Lords Reform
David Cameron voted against elected House of Lords
On Asylum and Immigration.
Agreed with Michael Howard on a quota and 'fantasy island' for asylum applications. Wants a strict limit on immigration.
Wants to reverse Human Rights legislation.
"It is a great privilege to lead..." He should know all about privilege because he went to Eton and this has meant his whole life has been privileged.
Finally, David Cameron on the Tory Governments' record
"an academic study is showing that the suicide rate tends to rise during Tory governments. No, seriously. According to the study, if Labour had ruled uninterrupted this century, 35,000 fewer people would have died."
None of this sounds that modern and compassionate to me. Don't be deceived by this Tory fraud. This guy makes Blair look a novice when it comes to spin.