I bore for Britain in recommending that the party embraces 'the politics of and'. The persistence may be paying off. At a dinner with Tory MPs last night the Conservative leader announced that he was a believer in 'the politics of and' rather than of 'or'!
David Cameron gave three examples of the And theory:
- He said that the party would be committed to protecting the environment and would be a party of free enterprise;
- A party that was tough on crime and its causes - particularly family breakdown;
- A party that would campaign for a referendum on the new European Treaty and would prioritise international development.
The shadow cabinet minister who rang me this morning saw the move as an attempt to reassure Conservative right-wingers that the agenda of the party would be balanced. There will be two key 'moderniser messages' - the environment and the NHS - and two 'core vote messages' - crime and the family.