If William Hague was leader, the Tories would be way ahead in the polls – Telegraph Blogs
Poor William Hague – if only he’d not gone it alone in 1997 he’d have one foot in Number 10 by now. Instead, he became Tory leader too early and at the wrong time, against an unstoppably popular prime minister whom the British public still believed wasn’t a creep and phoney. Rather than leading the party to a massive defeat in 2001, Hague would have been a fantastic deputy under the caretaker leadership of Michael Howard, ready to take over as Blair’s charm wore off and the full uselessness of New Labour dawned on the public.
Back when he was leader, Hague was laughed at for being too naive, too silly, too lightweight, and an electoral loser- my, how things have changed. Like the dowdy secretary who takes off her glasses and unties her hair, the electorate have awoken to Hague’s beauty as a politician: not only is he the best parliamentary speaker of his generation, bar none, his political instincts are spot on, and in tune with the British public (he was right about immigration and Europe back in 2001, as more people are now realising).
Most of all he has charm and likeability, which are qualities sadly lacking in the Opposition. It is not surprising that, as James Forsyth writes in The Spectator this week, the vast majority of Tory party members want Hague heavily involved in the election campaign.