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Change and Renewal The Themes For Year Ahead 18 June 2006

Posted by David in Conservatives, Labour.
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It's hard to make what the final results of the change and renewalConservative Torch craze spreading through Labour and the Conservatives lately, as the sign posts – let alone policies – have been anything but concrete. No one has heard from the Liberal Democrats.

The Compass conference yesterday is filling the Sunday papers. It sounds a truly awful event – the future hopefuls mixing with tired has beens and never has beens. It looks like the sort of place Guardian readers think is a mixture of backgrounds and basis for sound debate. Judging from what I've heard, the future's not bright – abolishing the monarchy, higher taxes, more state control…

Meanwhile the Conservative Euro-Muddle continues with all the drama of, well, something not very dramatic but very tangled. The Tory MEPs will leave the EPP, or a group lead by Dan Hannan will leave themselves. The party will or will not reverse its policy of leaving the Common Fisheries Policy – ConservativeHome says it was abolishing the policy and then it wasn't, The Herald says it is abolishing the policy still. Then Conservative MPs voted that Parliament can – on its own – leave or change European policies such as CAP without approval Brussels. It isn't yet an announced policy but may or may not be. We're glad it's all nice and clear…

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