Montgomerie thinks Cameron is both lazy and uncommitted, a dilettante Prime Minister and dinner-table radical whose radicalism doesn't outlive the following morning's breakfast. The real torchbearer for reform is his advisor Steve Hilton;
Hilton fought hard to preserve the NHS reforms, but was overwhelmed by Clegg, Osborne and Downing Street civil servants. Clegg began as an ally of the radicals, backing IDS on benefits reform, but has been captured by the Left-wingers who dominate the Lib Dem benches in both Houses. Now he’s the new roadblock to reform, the Brown to Cameron’s Blair. As for Hilton, his next battle is the public services White Paper, which aims to give private and voluntary groups the chance to run government services. If he loses that battle, he may decide that it’s time to cycle into the sunset. His departure – which is marginally more likely than not – would be a massive loss. Despite being caricatured as a hippy, Hilton is actually more Thatcherite in his views on education, family policy, the EU and the failings of the Whitehall machine than anyone else in Downing Street.Osborne of course is the ideal establishment puppet; mediocre, uninspired, unskilled, inexperienced and unable to connect with the public. A perfect future Prime Minister as far as the Mandarins are concerned, pro-EU, obedient and infinitely malleable.
The only way in which we will break the stranglehold of the Mandarins is to starve their three big Statist and pro-EU parties of the oxygen of funding, allowing a chaos of smaller parties, groupings, loyalties and allegiances space to grow, to fill the chamber with members not in debt for central party HQ patronage and with an animus against the repressive Central State that has held them back for so long. The Mandarins will be doing everything they can to push forward Hayden Phillips' corrupt, foul and distorted recommendations on State funding for the centrist parties (well what did you expect from an ex-mandarin?) in order to maintain the status quo. The report from the Committee on Standards in Public Life, so grossly overdue that one suspects the horse-trading has been done and that the Committee is only looking for a 'bad news week' to sneak the recommendations out, is unlikely to do anything that will weaken the puppet parties.
Only an external political or economic shock of force 7 or more on the Richter Scale may provide an impetus for real change. The collapse of the ECB, Santander, Deutsche Bank, Dresdner Bank, Westdeutsche Landesbank, Commerzbank, and the Bayerische Vereinsbank, all of which I suspect are technically bankrupt as I write, may just do it.