Wednesday, 9 April 2014

It's Cameron's cronyism that will be remembered

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.

10 comments:

john miller said...

He's trying to emulate his hero, Blair.

That "heir to Blair" thing was real.

His "Diana" moment was gay marriage.

This is his "Mandleson" moment, not remembering that Maria isn't a Mandy and that he isn't as ruthless as Blair.

right_writes said...

Boris Johnson...

Now there is a figure with the "common touch"...

:)

Anonymous said...

All you'll ever get from David Cameron is public relations. His brain is so fixed on maintaining his image that when he walks, he can't keep his arms in sync with his legs - being an ex-squaddie I notice these things.

You have to be a bit more than just 'clever' to be the Prime Minister:

'There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion' - Winston Churchill

Steve

Hagar said...

Should have voted for David Davis. Too late now, bye bye Tories.

Dave said...

Far too many politicians are 'bought and placed-for' (< no, not a spelling error).

Even though it's WE that (eventually) do the paying, we certainly don't get to do the placing.

G. Tingey said...

And find a leader with the common touch.
Err
... Nigel Farage?

Odin's Raven said...

Boris?

DeeDee99 said...

I think the main thing Cameron will be remembered for is that, for a supposed PR professional, he can't recognise a PR disaster when it's built like a brick outhouse and is right in front of his nose.

He and his backers (Heseltine etc) have destroyed the Conservative Party.

Anonymous said...

Cameron has the sort of political judgment that blocks lavatories.

cuffleyburgers said...

What DeeDee99 said.

For a PR expert, he is incredibly crap at it.