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.