So we’re what? Two months into the coalition? Looks like we’d better reach for the polyfilla ’cause the cracks are looking quite bad already.
Firstly the Tory media seems to have turned on the new coalition new politics big society government, with the Mail, that normally most reserved and austere publication flying into an uncharacteristic fit of rage. Concerned looks over at Conservative Home.
Then of course we’ve David Davis’ little attack in the FT this morning (I’ve taken it from the Metro, as the FT is as dull as ditchwater, I’m also unsure if it’s part of the whole charging for reading on the intermong thing).
The Tory MP was dining with a group of around a dozen non-politicians at a wine bar in Southwark on Thursday and was unaware that several journalists from the Financial Times were eating at a nearby table.
Of course, of course. He was totally oblivious to the fact that there could have been some reporters from the FT sat in a pub which is as close as next door to their offices as makes no difference.
Despite his back bench status Davis is a ‘big beast’. He could perhaps be considered unlucky to lose the leadership election to Cameron. His stand on the 4500 days detention (or however long it was) was a vainglorious shot across the bows of his party leader and there is little doubt that he represents the majority constituency of the Tory party. That majority are now looking at the Blair lite leader they have, his relationship with Clegg, and the fact they’re spending a lot of time telling everyone what great mates they are. It does look a little like Blair and Brown, doesn’t it?
The difference between Labour and the Tories is that the Tories can get rid of their leader in the time it takes to prepare a bowl of cornflakes.
We’ve also seen a lot of Douglas Carswell since the election, and I don’t think that is any accident either. Davis has been setting his peices up waiting for the right time. And where Carswell is, you can be sure Hannan isn’t far behind. I’d be surprised if there wasn’t some escape route from Brussels to Westminster set up.
The more Libertarian wing of the Conservative party must be looking with unease at this ‘Big Society’ plan Cameron has. The way he talks about ‘allowing’ us to take control. He talks about the importance of voluntary service. The first I take exception to, we don’t need his permission. The mark of the 20th century politician, a complete incomprehension of the concept that he is there to do our bidding. We are not there to do his. The second I agree with wholeheartedly. But then we have the mark of the 21st century politician, ‘it’s voluntary, but if you don’t do it voluntarily, we’ll make sure you’re obliged to do it.’ Nice.
There seems to be concern that Cameron is pandering to the 50 or so LimpDim MPs rather than the 200 Tory MPs. Well, what did you expect? Cameron wants Cameron to be in power, not the Tories, they are just a convenient vehicle for this. He’s shown his true colours with the immasculation of the 1922 committee and the blocking of the election of Bill Cash to the chair of the European Scrutiny Committee.
No, there’s very little change here.
But there is an important one. Unlike the Labour party membership, the Tories can remove their leader with great ease, and traditionally will do so with great relish. Not for them the dirty inter-factional infighting we’ll see in the run-up to the Labour leadership election. It will be clean and surgical.
Let’s hope this coalition breaks up. Let’s hope that the LimpDims are hugely damaged. Let’s hope that Cameron is left twisting in the wind. Let’s hope that Labour have the foresight to elect the ridiculous Abbott or the twisted and poisonous Balls to the leadership, because then we’ll have three completely unelectable parties.
I said a couple of years ago that the election after next will be the important one. Well that election will now be the next one. Looks like my predicition could be along the right lines.