|David Cameron: Comet or Icarus?|
|| 17-06-2004, 22:06 | Comments: (0) | Categories: Great Britain , Political leaders|
Is he the Tories’ Harry Potter or Wendell Willkie?
The Manufacturing of the Candidate
As Tony Blair’s power-base in Britain wobbles despite winning a third successive general election (but with only 36% of the popular vote) Britain’s media is hailing a bright new star in its political firmament. On 6th December, the world’s oldest political party, Britain’s Conservatives (also known as Tories) chose 39 year-old David Cameron as their leader. Until the last few weeks, “David who?” would have been the reaction of most of his fellow citizens. What a turnaround! Three months ago David Cameron was barely known to the British public. In September, 2005, only 4% of a BBC poll saw him as the best man to lead the Conservative Party. Even on the eve of the Tory Party Conference in October, only 13% of a nationwide poll backed Cameron. Yet after a single television focus group on BBC 2’s “Newsnight” programme, 39% of Tory activists polled suddenly put the 38-year-old Shadow Education Secretary ahead of all his rivals for the leadership of the Conservative Party.
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