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Cameron Vows To Stay The Course
David Cameron has said there will be no "lurch to the right" by the Conservatives in the wake of the party's drubbing in the Eastleigh by-election.
The British Prime Minister insisted he would "stick to the course we are on" despite seeing the Tories beaten into third place by the Liberal Democrats and UK Independence Party (UKIP).
Mr Cameron has come under pressure by some in his own party to offset the rise of UKIP by shifting toward the right, especially on issues of Europe and immigration.
Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, the Prime Minister said he fully understood the concerns of voters impatient for change.
"I know who these people are. They are people who feel that Britain, this great country we love, was going downhill for years under Labour and is not being fixed fast enough by the Government I lead," he wrote.
"If they were concerned about welfare, they were accused of not caring. If they were worried about out-of-control immigration, they were called racist. If they wanted to talk about Britain being great again, they were made to feel nostalgic and old-fashioned.
"These people - hard-working, decent, patriotic people - are who the Conservative Party has always been for. We are on the side of those who want to work hard and get on in life.
"But the battle for Britain's future will not be won in lurching to the right, nor by some cynical attempt to calculate the middle distance between your political opponents and then planting yourself somewhere between them."
He called this "lowest common denominator politics", citing instead the "common ground" of politics invoked by Margaret Thatcher's ideological mentor Keith Joseph.
However, in an apparent move to appeal to voters who abandoned the Conservatives for UKIP, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling indicated the Tories would abolish the Human Rights Act, which enshrines the European Convention on Human Rights in British law, if they won the next general election.
The move will be welcomed by Tory MPs frustrated by controversial rulings by the Strasbourg-based court, including blocking the deportation of the radical cleric Abu Qatada and ruling that prisoners must be given the vote.
But it threatens to exacerbate tensions within the coalition, since the Liberal Democrats are committed to defending the Human Rights Act.
"We cannot go on with a situation where people who are a threat to our national security, or who come to Britain and commit serious crimes, are able to cite their human rights when they are clearly wholly unconcerned for the human rights of others," Mr Grayling told the Sunday Telegraph.
"We need a dramatically curtailed role for the European Court of Human Rights in the UK."
Labour accused Mr Cameron of being a weak leader who was caving in to the Tory right over the Human Rights Act.
"It's clear David Cameron's response to his disastrous result in Eastleigh is a big lurch to the right," a spokesman said.
what do you think?
How many times have we heard this " going to" ? If you believe it's right for Britain then do it now ! You don't have to wait till you get voted in again.
In other words, we are going to have to make do with less !! and he has the backing of the Libs. and the Labs. and judginging by the number who voted Lib/Lab/Con on Thursday, the majority of the voters.
With the 3 main political parties parties in this country all ultra left wing and all their policies the same and just like Cameron no intention of changing, its not surprising people are wondering if Britain is being run by a secret Politbureau that are pulling all their strings......... Britain is no longer being run for Britain any more.
cameron is one of the most liberal left-wing pm's we have ever had, and has single handedly turned voters away from the conservative party.
This country is a mess. as soon as i can i will be off to australia to live where they seem to know how to run a country. Problem is it may take me another 30years. country is a complete mess. were in so much debt because we pay alot of benefits to people who invaded this country 30years ago and they just keep on coming..... and we just keep on paying benefits to them! thats why our petrol prices are going up every week! thats why our country is in a mess! councils have no money because there housing people for free who dont speak english..... this country is doomed. things will just get gradually worse and worse. there is no way back now.
How many times have we heard Cameron and co say '....this will happen....if we win the next election'. Never mind the spin to try and get votes Mr Cameron, do what the country wants NOW!
d and d Phillips
Let's hope its the beginning of the end for this man and his coterie of Metro Liberals./