I read Robert Taylor’s piece on British Prime Minister David Cameron and how Republicans ought to draw inspiration from the Tories.
From where I sit, Cameron and the Tories are about the last folks the GOP should be looking to emulate. Yes, Cameron was elected Prime Minister in 2010 but the Labour Party were sitting ducks under Gordon Brown. The writing was on the wall and nearly a third of the Parliamentary Labour Party did not stand for re-election. But despite this, Cameron could not lead the Tories to a majority and had to invite the surging Liberal Democrats led by Nick Clegg to form a coalition government.
Taylor writes, “Cameron’s Conservatives have proven far from perfect. Yet, despite missteps along the way, Britain has had a Conservative Prime Minister for the last two and a half years, and barring a political catastrophe, will have one until at least 2015.”
To say that Cameron and the Tories have “proven far from perfect” is quite the understatement. The Tories are massively unpopular and while there will most likely be a Tory at 10 Downing Street until at least 2015 but there’s no guarantee it will be Cameron. London Mayor Boris Johnson is the most popular Tory in the country and overshadowed Cameron at last month’s Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham. If things get any worse for Cameron, Johnson might not be content to wait in the wings.
Now Cameron does have time on his side. It is posible he can hold off Johnson and best Labour’s Ed Miliband in the 2015 election.
But Republicans have little in common with Britain’s Tories. If the GOP can learn from Tories it would north of the border rather than across the pond. The electoral successes of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper are probably more germane to the GOP. With that said, I am well aware that the political culture in Canada is vastly different than that of the U.S. If Republicans are to rebound in 2014 and 2016 the answers will be found here rather than abroad.