Thursday, 9 December 2010

Cameron's Headache

Tim Montgomerie has opened a debate on the future of the Conservative Party and whether that future will result in a Liberal Conservative Party or reverts to being a centre-right party. Janet DaleyBenedict Brogan, both writing for the Telegraph, weigh in with their opinions. It has long been my opinion that David Cameron is intent on taking the Conservative Party to a left-of-centre position and therefore embracing the LibDems would be a natural step in the Cameron led and directed evolution of his party.

I have also written about Cameron having seized the chance of power presented to him as a result of the indecisive decision by the electorate last May - and in so doing was quite prepared to compromise his principles. Benedict Brogan hints at the same conclusion as I when he writes that the Conservative Party are starting to wonder whether power matters to him more than being a Conservative. Janet Daley points out the obvious by stating that if the LibDems continue to 'tank' in the polls, Cameron's problems can only increase and that he will eventually have to come off the fence.

As with MPs during the debate on the European Union Bill, Tim Montgomerie continues to put forward the utterly ridiculous policy of repatriating powers from Brussels. Until those MPs - and Tim Montgomerie - get it into their heads that repatriation of powers is a folorn hope, the Conservative Party will continue being unable to gain a percentage lead in the polls as they will continue 'leeching' support to parties like UKIP - a factor I feel sure is the reason for that party's rise in the recent YouGov poll - whilst Cameron continues his love-affair with the EU. 

The growing support of those that are beginning to voice their wish to revert to being a self-governing nation is another matter with which Cameron needs to exercise his mind. The media make much of the differences of opinion within the Coalition - and presently are having a media-fest on the problems over tuition fees - but are ignoring the one element which I believe will shatter the coalition agreement. That subject is the UK's membership of the EU for reasons given in the proceeding paragraph. More and more of the electorate are starting to resent the problems caused by immigration, their loss of freedom, the imposition of political correctness - equality & diversity, the introduction of laws over which they have no voice and about which they cannot do anything, the changes being made to our society, the imposition of 'hidden taxes' on fuel bills, the loss of our traditions; these are all problems originating from EU membership. As a result the electorate are now starting to take a serious look at parties that promise an end to all this madness - because madness is exactly what it is.


Anonymous said...

It is very useful for the Conservatives have the Lib Dems as the whipping boys, in particular Nick Clegg, who has been at the front of all the tuition fee media interviews. Once they are out of the picture, at the next election, the real troubles will start.

Scooper said...

The Conservative party in it's current form won't make it to the next GE, in fact I would be surprised to see it survive until the end of 2011. Also I suspect that Cameron will be gone by the next GE.
Cameron has already alienated a huge section of traditional tory voters and he will not be trusted again. He may well be using Clegg to shield him against some adverse reaction, but people can see what has happened and the old argument of 'you have to compromise in a coalition' has already run it's course.

Witterings From Witney said...

Anonymouss: agreed.

Scooper: you may well be right with your time predictions. Problem comes when you try to find another leader! The Conservative Party as we used to know it is screwed - which is why I can only see the membership and votes for UKIP growing as that is a 'conservative' party.