By Tim Montgomerie
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Yesterday, in introducing MajorityConservatism.com, I set out the persistent political facts that make it hard for the Conservative Party to score more than 40% in opinion polls.
Today I want to summarise the differences between the Conservative Party we have and the Conservative Party we need. The graphic below sets the differences that I argue are necessary in terms of strategy, policy and party. The three strategic differences are the most important:
- A shift towards a turbo-charged growth strategy that will allow us to compete in a world where the eurozone crisis and the BRIC nations both threaten our prosperity;
- A popular compassionate conservatism that addresses the dangerous sense that we don't understand ordinary people;
- A rention of the deficit strategy but a shift in focus towards job creation.
Next week I'll start to get into the policy issues but over each of the next three days I'll look at those three strategic shifts.
I should also state that an exercise like this will inevitably focus on the differences between Cameron's liberal Conservatism and what I call Majority Conservatism. There is, of course, huge overlap. On welfare and schools policies, support for marriage, localism, planning reform and elected police chiefs – just to take a few flagship policies – there is much in common.