Wednesday, October 12, 2005


Simon Chapman - The Fox Factor

"Talking about the Conservative Party’s need to change is very easy. Actually changing it is rather harder. It’s the difference between talking the talk and walking the walk. One candidate, Liam Fox, has done it. He has used both his campaign and his job as Shadow Foreign Secretary to challenge perceptions of what it means to be a Conservative, and to change the Party for the better.

He has put Human Rights, democracy, fair trade and the rule of law at the heart of Conservative foreign policy. He has established the Conservative Human Rights group, demonstrating that commitment to Human Rights is not the monopoly of the left. He has set out a fresh and optimistic vision for Britain’s relationships within the EU, pledging himself to build alliances with emerging politicians in New Europe and promising an end to the Conservative attachment to the EPP – a grouping which has been entirely inconsistent with settled Party policy. He is global in outlook and has urged the EU to look beyond its boundaries to the rest of the world, supported Turkey’s accession to the EU, spoken out for the oppressed people of Burma, called for long-term structural reform in Africa, and made a well-received speech on the opportunities and challenges posed by China’s emerging economy. He has reaffirmed Conservative Atlanticism."

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