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Up The Creek

by | 21st, October 2003

‘THE Tories have been up a particular creek for a number of years now and it doesn’t seem to matter much what, if any, type of paddle they have to hand.

‘I have the full support of my party and the country at large’

Having jettisoned the paddle that had served them so well for more than a decade when it seemed to be steering headlong for the rocks, they have been content to use any plank of wood that happened to be floating past at the time.

First of all, there was a particularly grey bit of flotsam, which served its purpose for a time and managed briefly to keep them from capsizing.

Then, when that oar broke, they latched onto a young sapling, albeit with the appearance of an old oak, which they hoped would steer them back into the high seas.

When all it managed was to propel them still further up the creek, they quickly jettisoned it in favour of a nondescript piece of timber – which they have been trying to throw overboard ever since.

However, what the Guardian calls “a near-nightmare scenario” for party strategists is the news that there is no popular alternative to Iain Duncan Smith in sight.

An ICM poll for the paper shows the Government still has a five-point lead over the Tories – the equivalent of a Labour majority of 160 or more at a General Election.

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