Do you remember when in February 2006 Cameron announced a statement of the party's aims and values, called Built to Last? No? Well, it was no Clause IV moment. But the document was discussed, amended and then put to the vote of the whole membership in September 2006, and approved by 93 per cent (on a less-than-enthusiastic 27 per cent turnout).
Bale comments on some changes between the first and last drafts of the document, but misses what I think is the most important one.
Spot the difference.
Built to Last (pdf): first draft:
Version (pdf) voted on by members:
"The test of a strong and just society is how it looks after the least advantaged – but this duty is not reserved for the state alone."
They keep wriggling on the promise to cut inheritance tax for a few of the richest people in the country. When I reminded a member of Team Cameron last year of the first statement, he said that it may be the test, "but that doesn't mean we have to pass it".
Photo: John Taylor.