Quentin_labour In justifying his resignation from the Conservative Party Quentin Davies listed a number of criticisms of, and personal grievances with, David Cameron. He said very little, however, about why he had joined Labour rather than go independent. He’s attempted to do that in an article for the New Statesman today:

New Labour: "In a sense I agreed with New Labour since its inception. After all its
two cardinal principles, a competitive enterprise–friendly economy
combined with social justice, are what I have stood for all my life."

Brown’s government: "First of all it will reflect many of his own well-known qualities. It
will be very serious and very thorough. Some people may at times call
it unglamorous and boring. Everyone will have to do their homework –
and do it very well. The idea of tossing out policy initiatives to suit
a PR agenda will be inconceivable. It will also be very
straightforward. And there will be a strong sense of purpose and

Threatening times: "There are probably only three Prime Ministers since the Second World
War who have faced major physical threats to the country and to our
people and territory, Churchill himself, Attlee (who helped to found
NATO) and Thatcher (who retook the Falklands). When it comes to the
qualities needed to face a really major crisis Gordon Brown is in
exactly that tradition."

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