Theresa May succeeds where Nadine Dorries failed

As I quipped during Liberal Democrat conference, one of the most popular Conservative MPs with party activists is Nadine Dorries, courtesy of that question at PMQs.

Today Home Secretary Theresa May has shown rather more political skill in making a very similar point. Talking to the Sunday Telegraph, she’s said that “personally” she would “like” to see the Human Rights Act go.

It’s a skilful move because by using that phrasing she isn’t triggering any stories of coalition meltdown. Liberal Democrats saying the Human Rights Act won’t go and Tories saying they personally would like it to go aren’t contradictory comments after all. Both can be true.

Liberal Democrat supporters will like hearing the message that there are things the Conservatives would like to do in government but are being prevented from doing by the Lib Dems. But, unlike Nadine Dorries’s question, Theresa May’s comments also play well to the Conservative audience – by sending them a clear message about how May would rather do things different if it wasn’t for the pesky Lib Dems.

And for both sides of the coalition, once again it is a topic where the debate is Conservative versus Liberal Democrat, leaving Labour on the sidelines struggling for relevance.

Read more by or more about , or .
This entry was posted in News.
Advert

4 Comments

  • So we have what is, however politely put, a disagreement between the two parties of the coalition, but of course somehow you still manage to attack Labour.
    Lest you need reminding it was actually Labour who introduced the Human Rights Act in the first place.

  • Stuart Mitchell 3rd Oct '11 - 6:16pm

    “once again it is a topic where the debate is Conservative versus Liberal Democrat, leaving Labour on the sidelines struggling for relevance”

    A strange comment given that it was Labour’s act in the first place.

  • @ Mark

    Actually, I think the ‘Cat’ is the story now lol

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?

Advert



Recent Comments

  • Chris Platts
    Lets us be positive about how things would be better with liberal Democrat ideas and principles...
  • Lorenzo Cherin
    What has got into some here. I agree with Chris and expats , but folks, if we agree on anything, listen to Peter, Labour were and are in a state, but it is beca...
  • James Fowler
    While I hope for the best, I expect our main contribution to helping Keir Starmer will be depriving the Conservatives of 5 to 10 more MPs across southern Englan...
  • Alex Macfie
    @Sadhbh: Ed has already ruled out any arrangement with the Tories after the next election. The obvious reason is that the two parties have absolutely nothing in...
  • Alex Macfie
    @Sadhbh: A minority single-party government is a very different thing from a minority multi-party coalition....