Reflecting on David Cameron’s leadership of the UK Conservative Party, Fred Barnes authors a cover piece for The Weekly Standard on what the GOP might learn from it.
Here are the eight main lessons he draws:
- It takes time… to rebuild voters’ trust
- ‘It’s not about ideology. It’s about you.’ Personalities as well as policies needed reforming.
- ‘Broader ground.’ Social justice and green issues have been added to the Tory pitch.
- Don’t ignore elites. The BBC and progressives have been cultivated.
- Co-opt liberal ends and capture liberal jargon. The Tories have colonised the left-wing term of social justice with centre right ideas.
- Social psychology. Nudging etc.
- You need a leader. After November, if McCain loses, the Republicans will lack an obvious leader.
- Forget slogans.
Click here to read the full essay.