February 17, 2006

HARDLY A COINCIDENCE THAT THEIR LEADERSHIP IS IN ROVE'S OFFICE THIS WEEK:

Cameron to avoid clash as 'honeymoon ends' (Ben Hall, February 17 2006, Financial Times)

David Cameron is to retreat from confrontation with the government over identity cards and the glorification of terrorism as tensions emerge among Conservatives about his liberal stance on security issues.

The Tories are preparing to drop their opposition to identity cards when the bill returns to the Lords and are likely to do the same with regard to glorification al-though individual peers will be encouraged to "improve" the relevant clauses of the terrorism bill.

Following the government's victory on identity cards and glorification in the Commons this week, Labour officials argued that the Tories had ended up on the wrong side of the popular argument and could suffer for it in the local elections in May, Mr Cameron's first big electoral test.

Some senior Tories are concerned that Mr Cameron's stance has tipped too far towards the protection of individual liberties.


Opposing bills you'd naturally support just because Tony Blair proposed them is how they got themselves into a mess.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 17, 2006 7:50 AM
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