Since my political ambitions are now directed towards Westminster, I need to adjust this blog's emphasis a touch. And there is no better day to start than that on which my London based daily read, the Telegraph goes big on what it calls the most important speech of David Cameron's leadership. The paper also reports that the 'Leader' wants us to use 'blogs' to ensure that the messages reach the Youtube generation. This makes me feel rather 'with it', which I suppose is not a very 'with it' way of putting it..
Things haven't been going as well for us as they could have over the last few weeks. We all needed a pep talk - and I like the sound of what I read, if that's possible! I was a David Davis supporter, but have become enthusiastic about David Cameron because of the way he's changed the way non-Tories talk about us. This is what I'd been trying to do in Wales over the last few years. Brushing out the hatred and contempt is the important first step - opening up the prospect of voters positively supporting us. In Wales the challenge remains to be accepted as a genuinely 'Welsh' party. In Scotland, the challenge is similar - only much more acute. Across the UK, its to be accepted as a party that cares about what the voters care about. That's why the emphasis on 'the environment' and the 'well-being' of people has been so important.
And I really like the line "There is such a thing as society. Its just not the same thing as the state". This could well be the line that underpins my whole campaign if I get to be fighting an election. Its even more relevant in Wales where Labour (and Plaid Cymru) seem to believe that state provision is always the answer to every problem. The Cameron vision talks about combining"collective security with individual opportunity" and "social responsibility rather than state control". During my years in Welsh politics I've not asked myself often or rigorously enough what makes me think the way I do. I did start off in my teens as a bit 'Plaidy' and once supported an Independent, who happened to be a good personal friend, in a General Election - but then I decided that I was a Conservative, and mainly because I believe that an over- mighty state doesn't deliver. So I'm a libertarian, small-state, ferociously pro-Welsh Cameroon.
I'm really getting the hang of this stuff. Must read some more Cameron speeches.