Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Malcolm No Longer in the Middle

The latest News is that Malcolm Rifkind has pulled out of the race.

Rifkind departs Tory leader race.

As the former foreign secretary had few declared supporters, this will not mean much in terms of transfer of votes. What is does mean however is that one of the remaining four will leave the contest in the first round.

Could this Blog be put out of a job in so short a time?

7 Comments:

At 3:13 pm, Blogger Daniel said...

Nuts. I was hoping that after the first round shake-up Fox could get a boost. Now he'll be the first out.

 
At 3:14 pm, Blogger Gavin Ayling said...

No, there's still a battle to be fought - in fact it's only the weakest and least interesting that's quit...

 
At 3:15 pm, Blogger Daniel said...

It would be mission accomplished anyway Serf so not with any shame.

 
At 5:11 pm, Blogger Serf said...

Daniel

I am not convinced that Fox will be first out. He is neck and neck with Clarke at the moment but with more chance of new backers. After DC's meteoric rise, much of Malcolm's backing (all 8 of them) could go to him rather than KC.

Coming ahead of KC would be a shot in the arm for Fox.

 
At 5:58 pm, Blogger DJDave said...

Fox will either be first out or third. It's better for Davis (and the party right) if he goes out first. If Clarke does then Cameron gets a massive boost and will go to the final MP ballot already through which will mean the Nutcase and the bore will have to attack each other, making the party left looking united and strong before the final ballot.

Clarke and Cameron tearing strips out of each other could have a much more positive impact on the race as far as The World's Dullest Public Speaker (r) is concerned.

 
At 2:20 am, Blogger de said...

Fox as kingmaker seems possible - he certainly isn't putting himself about like he wants it himself. With Rifkind going so early, its harder to ignore Camerons ascendancy.

I'm assuming he'll go with Davis and a frontbench guarentee.

That would put pressure on Ken to back Cameron or risk Bruiser charging straight through the middle.

 
At 11:42 am, Blogger DJDave said...

Bruiser won't beat Cameron in a run off if Fox Backs him.

If Fox wants one of the real top jobs he has to pull out now and back Cameron who would then walk it.

 

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