- plenty of vigour and ambition left in the tank
- enough of a student of strategy & tactics & political initiative to come up with A Few Ideas
- 90% of Tory MPs not at all inclined to piss off the leadership candidate in pole position
- Conservative Party basically non-ideological, won't raise any principled objections to crazy ideas provided they don't fall squarely into a couple of well-recognised no-go areas
- Labour Party the object of polite curiosity + outright derision, steaming determinedly backwards into shallow and rocky waters
- economy ostensibly OK-ish ...
- ... well, enough for a bit of elbow-room to try out A Few Ideas
It is George Osborne who is thinking hardest about ways to consolidate the Tory hold on power, and his approach is now steelier than anything dreamed up in the fluffy clouds of early-stage Cameroon modernisation. The chancellor wants to revive the idea that Conservatives can do activist governmentSo says the Grauniad's Rafeal Behr and it seems about right.
Much as the Labour Party is enjoying itself spitting at folk and all, they really do run the risk of waking up a few months from now after their Cor-binge with a ghastly hangover, to discover the whole playing-field has been moved, never mind the goal posts. Maggie Maggie Maggie, oh, wait a minute ...