Of all the various predictions of a left-wing disaster following the election of Jeremy Corbyn, few commentators noted the effect he might have on the Tory party. His election has dragged the Conservatives to the centre, and dragged the centre to the left. It produced today’s extraordinary speech from the prime minister, in which he finally lived up to the moniker ‘heir to Blair’.For the first time he is genuinely moving his party to the centre – as his hero did – rather than just paying lip-service to it.
This was the best speech David Cameron has delivered as Tory leader. It was one of those rare speeches which managed to accomplish several things at once. It painted a meaningful portrait of the kind of country Cameron was trying to create, assisted his internal allies while diminishing his enemies, boxed the Labour party into a corner and created an election-winning message for 2020. Cameron made the most of every opportunity offered to him by the general election win and Corbyn’sRead More »from Cameron's speech shows how Corbyn is making this a more left-wing country