Dismissing the troops
David Cameron is spoiling for a fight with his party, amid signs of growing frustration among the Conservative high command that the rank and file does not share his vision for Britain. The Conservative leader used his party’s spring conference in Nottingham to face down grumbling over the decision to introduce green taxes on flights. “It’s only clear you mean it when you do the tough things as well. Like telling the truth about climate change,” Mr Cameron said....
those close to Mr Cameron responded by pointing out that the Conservative membership was not representative of the country as a whole. “A quarter of a million people are members of the Tory party. The important point is that’s less than one per cent of the electorate,” said a party source.The party has also gone to war with ConservativeHome, the website used by some on the Right to voice concerns about Mr Cameron. A senior Tory close to Mr Cameron said: “It’s 30 people talking to 30 people.
“This shows the wider Tory party don’t ‘get’ politics.”
I think it shows that the narrow Tory leadership doesn't get politics. It is alright to sneer at the awful old Majors and women in flowery hats, it's alright to only listen to your metrosexual friends in Notting Hill as to what is "acceptable", it is alright to base your policies around what Sam worries about chatting at the school gates, but if you want win the election you need to lead the party, encourage them, empathise with them, represent them or they simply won't work for your victory.
Does Mr Cameron enthuse me, in the slightest way? No.
Would he make a troop commander, would you follow him over the top? Don't make me laugh.
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