Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Remember, Cameron ditched Sir Patrick

The redoubtable Sir Patrick Cormack would no doubt still be going strong in Parliament now, writing his letters longhand with a fountain pen, had Cameron's metropolitan and Statist party evinced the slightest understanding of what he stood for. Sir Patrick told the Guardian in 2007
I've had masses of letters from people who say they vote for me not because I'm Conservative but because they think I'm an independent-minded local parliamentarian. I've always taken the line it's country-constituency-party, in that order.
As Cameron's tame Parliamentary sheep bleat "Leader. Party. Europe" they're a million miles from Sir Patrick's old-fashioned sense of priority, from his sense of service owed, of public duty, of responsibility. Maybe it is time for a new Conservative Party, one that provides a comfortable home for all the Sir Patricks still extant. 

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Maybe it is time for a new Conservative Party, one that provides a comfortable home for all the Sir Patricks still extant"

Yes.

Now let's consider who wouldn't be allowed to join.

Ken Clarke.
David Cameron
Zak Goldsmith

The list is long ..

Edward Spalton said...

Sir Patrick was undoubtedly a colourful character and part of his persona was to be insufferably grand in a very pompous manner.

I do not have the record to hand but believe that he was generally obedient, docile lobby fodder when votes were taken on EU treaties.

Sean said...

In Western Australia on the first rung of the greasy pole, the council elections, party allegiance is not allowed to be displayed either on the ballot paper or in promotion material.

TrT said...

"country-constituency-party"

And thats different to David "the EU is best for Britain" Cameron how exactly?

Sebastian Weetabix said...

It should have said "my pocket - my country - my constituency - my party". Did you not see the size of the buggers expense claims?

Weekend Yachtsman said...

@Sean: same here, actually. Parish councils are non-party.

That is why they're not allowed any power, and have decayed to be the merest talking-shops.