When Cameron's brief and unremarkable spell as the Conservative Party's leader ends shortly, he will be remembered for one defining quality - his cronyism. It's not just the Eton toff thing, or the incestuous Oxfordshire county-set weekends, but a perception that his loyalties to his 'chums' - in business, parliament or socially - outweigh his obligations to the rest of us. Whilst there are those who wish to be inside the charmed circle, most of us would rather replace Cameron. For whatever reason, the untalented and egregious Maria Miller is part of the PM's circle of protection and is getting the sort of full crony protection that is a gift to UKIP and likely to cost the Tories tens or even hundreds of thousands of votes in 2015.
Cameron's departure will mark the end of an era for the Conservatives. For the past few years they have been listening to political gurus telling them to 'triangulate' and 'occupy the centre' rather in the manner of a lifestyle coach recommending a Camomile enema and Civet-poo face scrub. No-one has been listening to the grass roots members and Constituency Associations, so they have packed it in. Those such as Norman Tebbit, whom age has endowed with great wisdom, remain unflinchingly loyal to their party, and though never Cameron cronies will go down with the ship.
If the Conservatives want to remain a force in British politics, they must ditch the homeopathic triangles nonsense and be proud to be square rather than hip. And find a leader with the common touch.