I am getting frustrated by the fact that we have been out of office for eight years. I desperately want to lead the Conservative Party to make quicker progress back into power.
However, we do not lack anti-terrorist laws. I do not believe that the recent London bombs were the result of any deficiencies in our legal system.
I trust that whoever leads the Conservative Party actually pays regard to my advice on how we should conduct ourselves and I personally will obviously support whoever eventually wins.
The political health of Britain has deteriorated very sharply. The Conservative Party must do something about it. I am the man to do it.
Of course I'd have loved to be Prime Minister. But I'm not nursing a grievance.
It would be immoral to walk away from the consequences of our actions, leaving behind anarchy and civil war in Iraq.
I am certainly not a blogger. Quite a large proportion of them are nuts and extremists - with the honourable exception of the culture secretary.
Energetic action on debt would make a radical difference to the prospects of many of the poorest countries in the world, at no practical cost to creditor countries.
I am sorry to upset my colleagues by saying we wasted four years in opposition, but if you do get so badly defeated as a party you do have to face up to some painful facts and you do have to change.
I look forward to the day when the Westminster Parliament is just a council chamber in Europe
Last Update: 30 September 2022
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