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David Mellor
BBC Breakfast with Frost

Extract From Paper Review: David Mellor May 11th, 2003

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DAVID MELLOR: We're now supposed to believe that the Tories are in a wonderful state because they got 34 per cent in the local elections, the fact that the Lib Dems got 30 per cent is a sign that when people turn away from Labour they are not turning to the Tories, 34 per cent is not a springboard for the Tories to actually become a future government. And you know two things just quickly from the papers this week that I just thought were so, so depressing in their way. Oliver Letwin simply says well the middle classes are fed up because they think that, you know, the police are cracking down on them but they're not bothered with the criminals yet supported as a hero. But why was, hasn't he been saying that before. And Iain Duncan Smith can't see anything more than why did he appoint a chap as Chief Executive of the Party who no one thought was up to it who had a murky past and now they've got to pay him 160,000. Yet if he can't run his own party how the hell does he think he's going to run the country.

DAVID FROST: But I mean you're a member of the Conservative party, do you go canvassing and so on?

DAVID MELLOR: No because I actually cease to be a member of the Conservative Party.

DAVID FROST: Have you?

DAVID MELLOR: Yes well I just, it just didn't seem worth renewing the membership. I mean I actually think that the Tory, until the Tories rediscover a sense a purpose, until the Tories, I mean Duncan Smith was elected on the basis that he was a very right-wing chap and all the increasingly elderly membership of the Conservative Party voted him in against Ken Clarke who I certainly would have voted for, even though I don't agree with Ken about quite a lot of things. Duncan Smith then changes and becomes some sort of sub-Blair creature and you've got to say to yourself if we're going to be members of a political party when of course the overwhelming majority of people in this country are not, there's got to be some basic belief and there's got to be some cutting edge and until they rediscover a basic belief in a cutting edge I shall join the, at a 55 million, the 54.5 million, they were not members of a political party.


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