Cameron is the product of a small, centralist metropolitan elite formed around Conservative party HQ and Westminster. For all his talk of localism, of empowerment and of devolution of power, Cameron is as committed a central Statist as the rest of them - which is why it's no surprise that this government's 'localism' agenda is worth less than a pitcher of warm spit. And when faced with a 2010 back bench intake many of whom took Cameron's glib glasnost at face value, and who exercise the sort of Parliamentary independence they believe they ought to, Cameron's reaction is to attempt to reintroduce the bullying terror of the Whips.
Lord Cormack was the sort of Tory MP that Cameron must loathe; a knight from the shires, with deeply independent views, wedded to an older Conservatism and with nothing in his private life that the Whips could use to blackmail him with. Paradoxically, with the 2010 intake Cameron has gifted the house with whole benches of new potential Cormacks; you couldn't make it up. Cormack famously pronounced "It's Country, Constituency, Party. In that order." With Dave, of course, the priorities are entirely opposite - but he's deluded if he believes that a new breed of 'Malcolm Tucker' type Whip can restore the Parliamentary party's central Statism. Once they've tasted freedom, even a foul-mouthed bully reeking of whisky and halitosis and gripping their arm in a vice-like bruising cramp to ensure they go through the right lobby won't work. The 2010 intake are closer to the mood of the country than Cameron can guess - and the Whips have had their day.