If you skim through Fraser Nelson’s pedigree, it’s pretty conservative with a small “s”, so what’s he doing supporting Cameron, as if the Tory Party is still functioning as conservatives [small c]?
And as for this:
The frequency of U-turns is nothing if not testimony to an excessive reverence for public opinion.
… the mind boggles. Promising and then reneging on an EU Referendum is reverence for public opinion? Most real conservatives I know have long ago given up on the party in its Cameron-dominated form and as long as he’s leader, I wouldn’t even countenance voting for them.
Far from being disgruntled Tories, there are many true conservatives, i.e. people who hold conservative values on many issues, from society to the economy, who have actually departed, some perhaps for good. Cameron has lost so many people from the party. He needs to consider these people and I’ll mention two bloggers.
One is Man in a Shed and he was as Tory as they came for a long time. Long after I departed in disgust, he was still justifying this and that. Now he writes things like:
whereas he used to write:
Similarly, Autonomous Mind used to write fairly pro-Tory things but now:
You’ll notice one name appearing with regularity, as with me. I was accused of being grossly disloyal to the party by Tory bloggers in 2008 – no, I was only grossly disloyal to Cameron because it was clear what he was doing to the party. I mean, if Labour had had a meeting in 2010 and thought to itself: “What is the single most effective thing we can do to ensure the Tories stay out of power for a decade or more, then it would have decided not to form a coalition with Clegg and allowed Cameron his slice of power.
The Tories will split into the two parties they always were – the semi-socialist wets and the real conservatives. However, the whole political playing field has now changed and former Labour people and ex-Tories find themselves side by side, still sniping at one another but nevertheless on the side of small government and personal freedom, as against the Statists – the Cameron Tories, the Lib Dems and Labour.
A vote for UKIP is a vote for Labour? No, Mr. Cameron, it is a vote not for the Call Me Tories, not for Labour and not for the Lib Dems. There’s a politics now which is summed up in this heading:
That’s what it’s all about and anyone from whatever former party they supported can play. And so many who have been divergent on other issues are saying roughly the same things on these matters:
I see some sort of new – if not party then political consensus – and once the floodgates open, it will swamp politics and the PTB will be fighting a major rearguard action, much in the way the Normans tried to keep the native English down. The analogy is not bad because in that case, the English were dispossessed strangers in their own land.
So we could almost say that Blair, Brown and Cameron have acted to bring us together in a way we perhaps mightn’t have otherwise.