Thursday, September 14, 2006

Reality Dave

The Tories are hoping that reality television can save them. No really. The party's conference will borrow ideas from 'The Dragons' Den' and 'The X Factor' to inject some... who knows.

According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, David Cameron has plundered ideas from 'The Dragons' Den' and 'The X Factor' (hasn't he already done that? I seem to remember he was going to pick his mayoral candidate in this fashion? Oh right, it didn't quite work due to lack of interest) in an attmpt to spice up this year's Conservative Party in sunny Bournemouth.

It's funny what a decade out of power will do to a party. Sadly, the Tories don't have a Sharon Osbourne, but they do have Ann Widdecombe... wait, is that a good thing?

Widdecombe will be transformed into a Tory "dragon", so not much of a makeover then, as party activists take part in 'X Factor'-style voting in some debates.

On BBC Two's entrepreneurial 'The Dragons' Den', of course, people with ideas to turn plastic ducks into cup holders try to win cash from the panel of business experts. With the Tories, four prospective candidates will take to the stage to sell a policy they want the Conservatives to adopt.

No news yet if the voting will lead to party policy, but it could be interesting. Strict new laws could be introduced on the hunting of paediatricians for instance.

I'd like to see the Dave borrow more from TV and maybe from my personal old school favourite 'Play Your Cards Right', it's the one where the audience shout out "higher" or "lower", this would be ideal for deciding Tory tax policy or spending on defence or the NHS. It would be a winner.

Reality TV shows are not the only thing Dave has turned borrower on. The party has also lined up Will Hutton to speak. Will, what are you doing? This is as bad as Bruno Gianelli switching from the Democrats to the Republicans... Oh wait, that happened in 'The West Wing' and not reality, but you can see how the whole thing starts to get confusing.

As talking of Republicans, US presidential hopeful Senator John McCain is also appearing, having taken Dave's invitation to come on down.

Widdecombe will be joined by policy chief Oliver Letwin and Rachel Elnaugh, one of the entrepreneurs from the show.

Wait a second, wasn't Elnaugh the one whose company Red Letter Days went down in flames? Failed and flopped and had to be rescued? So it was. What a bonus to get her input.

8 Comments:

At 12:30 PM, Blogger Print is Dead said...

Save the Tories? You're having a laugh aren't you Gordie? YouGov is polling an 8 point Tory lead at the mo. Surely the real story is Douglas Alexander saying Labour needs to learn from Popbitch?!

Cameron is working hard on attempting to build a new politics; one built on engaging with the public in new ways to develop new policy initiatives. All this X Factor stuff might seem like rubbish but it's actually working isn't it? The electorate wants DC rather than GB.

 
At 12:54 PM, Blogger Gordon said...

The election is along way off and a lead in the polls for the first time in a decade (give or take) well whoopee, breakout the bubbles.

 
At 2:18 PM, Anonymous print is dead said...

But is it a long way off? Isn't GB going to call a snap election if he manages to win the leadership? Apparently he wants a mandate from the electorate...

unless Johnson wins of course...

 
At 2:24 PM, Blogger Gordon said...

Labour has a mandate from the electorate and doesn't need to call a snap election.

The Tories can sweat it out.

Alan Johnson is never going to be PM, John Reid has a chance, but no one is going to beat Gordon Brown until it is the turn of David Miliband.

 
At 9:20 PM, Blogger Lost Boy said...

I'd rather a carrier bag of dog poo ruled the country than the bandwagon-jumping, dead-eyed snake David cameron.

 
At 12:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Tories are afraid of Johnson more than any other cabinet member-he could win the election. He also has great union support- which could be the key to him taking the leadership.

GB has huge problems grasping simple brand management. He's a poor communicator. And his people management skills are woeful.

 
At 12:50 PM, Anonymous print is dead said...

David Miliband is ghastly. Have you read his blog? It's the worst thing I've ever seen. Even worse than The Demographic Shift! ;-)

 
At 12:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

but we didn't vote for GB as PM did we?

 

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