Sunday, 7 December 2008

David Cameron's movement for change?

All is not well at CCHQ. The Guardian reported the other day that financial pressures will result in the closure of the Tories' Coleshill campaign factory. Today, ConservativeHome outlines a party gleefully burning cash but on the basis of rapidly deteriorating finances. If party membership and fundraising are any test of the strength and depth of a party's support then David Cameron is in deep trouble. His fate is dependent on the swing of the electoral pendulum and his project is simply failing to take root.

Of course, David Cameron has modeled himself on Tony Blair's New Labour project. If that project had one weakness it was that it failed to create an enduring movement for change. This Tory party's weaknesses are being exposed before it is even in office. Blair's personal charisma allied with a desperate desire for change massively boosted Labour's membership. There is no sign of a similar effect with Cameron's Tories.

It is salutary to consider that the Obama campaign, having raising around three-quarters of a billion dollars is now considering what to do with the $30million he has remaining. Also, Obama is already trying to develop his movement for change into a civic activist network. See the emailbelow that the campaign sent out a couple of days ago.

Cameron is falling way short.

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