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A fair and balanced book although a little short on analysis of Cameron's journey from traditionalist to Moderniser
on 12 March 2013
This is a good general assessment of Cameron, the man, in the context of the decline of the Conservative Party as an election force. To my mind it rather too lightly skims over an analysis of Cameron's development from Traditionalist to Moderniser, he seems to have woken up one morning a different kind of Tory, which leaves one with the suspicion it might have been an election strategy rather than a shift in conviction, which I'm not convinced is the case. That's not to say the auther has an agenda - it is a fair book and highlights Cameron's achievements as well as documenting some howlers during his rise from Conservative researcher and special adviser, through his leadership campaign, to becoming Prime Minister. There was one particularly astute observation: the auther recognises that Cameron's pitch for the leadership of the Party became his blue-print for the Conservative's pitch to the Country at the last General Election. I re-iterate this is an enjoyable book, but then I am a Cameron sympathiser. I would take issue with the title of the book. It suggests that the type of Conservatism Cameron represents renders him only practically a Conservative. There is nothing inconsistent between Cameron's Conservatism and inclusive One Nation Conservatism.The principles Cameron represents of fairness, responsibility, society, inclusiveness, aspiration, and a humane liberalism, are all at one with a strain of Conservative thought which can be measured in centuries. Cameron has brought the Tories back to their roots. Whether you agree with me, or would vote for it, is a matter for you.