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Back To Basics

by | 6th, October 2004

‘WHEN the words “Back To Basics” appear above a picture of the Tory party leader, we fear the worst.

And it’s good night from him

Our mind inevitably travels back 11 years to John Major’s now infamous rallying cry, “Go back to you constituencies and prepare to jump on your secretary.”

But we see no sign of Edwina Currie in the picture that dominates the front page of the Independent, just Michael Howard with a lot of the night about him.

The reason for this unaccustomed exposure is that Mr Howard made his first speech as leader to the Tory party conference yesterday.

And the Indy is quick to seize on what it sees as a lurch to the right, with party moderates accusing him of preaching to the choir in Bournemouth and not the congregation in the country at large.

It says he hardened his rhetoric on Europe in a bid to stop the haemorrhage of support to the UK Independence Party as well as putting immigration, crime and tax at the centre of his speech.

“It’s not a strategy for winning the election,” complained one Tory left winger. “We have got to

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