December 8, 2005


'You were the future once' (George Jones, 08/12/2005, Daily Telegraph)

David Cameron passed his first test as Conservative leader yesterday when he staked his claim to represent the future during an assured confrontation with Tony Blair in the Commons.

He delighted Tory MPs by accusing Mr Blair of being "stuck in the past" and suggesting that New Labour was running out of steam.

"I want to talk about the future," he told the Prime Minister, adding: "He was the future once." [...]

With his pregnant wife Samantha watching from the public gallery, he offered Mr Blair the support of the Conservatives in pushing through his school reforms, which are bitterly opposed by many Labour backbenchers.

By highlighting areas of agreement with the Prime Minister, he hopes to press his claim to be the true "heir of Blair" and to brand Gordon Brown, his likely opponent at the next election, as the roadblock to reform.

"With our support, the Prime Minister knows there is no danger of losing these reforms in a parliamentary vote, so he can afford to be as bold as he wants to be," Mr Cameron said.

For those who are concerned that we're such wonkish shut-ins that it must drive our families crazy--The Wife came home from her workout last night and said that since there was thankfully no one else in the room she got to turn to C-SPAN2 and watch Question Time while she rode the stationary bike.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 8, 2005 12:59 PM

So instead you're actually wonkish gadabouts that drive the populace crazy.

Glad to hear it!

Posted by: Mikey at December 8, 2005 2:25 PM

But they only inflict themselves within the Eastern Time Zone. ...

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 8, 2005 3:58 PM

A real wonk would have called up the streaming video of C-SPAN 2 on their laptop's wifi broadband connection so they could move it around the house as they go.

Posted by: John at December 8, 2005 4:11 PM

It was never the Wife we were concerned about (and I'm not sure that "concerned" is the mot juste).

Posted by: David Cohen at December 8, 2005 5:22 PM

I'll thank you for leaving The Wife's mots out of this.

Posted by: oj at December 8, 2005 5:35 PM

I don't even want to speculate about what you think "mots" are.

Posted by: David Cohen at December 8, 2005 10:13 PM

Just so.

Posted by: Brooks at December 8, 2005 10:58 PM