A man without conviction, belief or substance

(A thank you to those kind people who have been emailing to ask how things are going.  The job is going well and I’m getting into a routine, so hopefully I can start to get some more posts up.)

When looking at Conservative Home one can’t help but be struck by the volume of anti Cameron pieces in the media that are being trailed in the Newslinks. Just take today’s offerings as an example…

Ken Clarke reportedly accuses Cameron of treating Andrew Lansley badly…

…as the Telegraph reflects on a “week of compromises”…

…and others identify Cameron’s style of government as a problem

…and the Treasury select committee condemns the leaking of the Budget

For a moment I had to check I wasn’t on Labour List.  But what is notable about these pieces is that the attacks are not ideological.  They are not about policy.  These have been spawned by the abject failure of leadership. And there is a lack of leadership because the leader, David Cameron, has no principle or clear political direction.

It is dawning on people who supported the Conservatives in the hope Cameron would reveal an inner conservative after assuming residence in Downing Street, that Cameron is not a conservative. What is more worrying is that it’s becoming apparent that Cameron is nothing. He is not a conservative, he is not a liberal, he is not a social democrat and he is not a socialist.  In fact he stands for nothing – apart from the desire to attain office – and he has successfully deceived people  by pretending to hold their political convictions when he holds none.

Government is like any business or organisation.  At the top there has to be a clear dirction and a sense of purpose or else it flounders.  In the case of a business it loses customers, money and ultimately fails or gets broken up by another that does have a sense of purpose. In the case of an organisation people lose interest and drift away leaving an ineffective rump that can achieve little if anything, then finally closes down.

In the case of a government it loses authority – it fails to honour promises central to its election campaign thus treating its supporters with contempt; it twists and turns in an effort to appease the immediate audience even when that appeasement contradicts pledges and commitments that have been made; it abandons those who believed the direction was set even if that was unpopular with some people; it operates in exactly the same manner as previous governments it criticised; and ultimately it leaks support because no one of any stripe can trust anything that comes from the mouth of the leadership, as the leadership believes in nothing that it is saying.

Expedient government quickly turns into lame duck government and the country suffers as a result.  The only person responsible for this is the autocratic meglomaniac, David Cameron.  Devoid of conviction, belief or substance , he is not only continuing the decline of this country overseen by Labour, he is accelerating it under this insipid coalition of the self interested.

While the used-to-be-Conservative party will suffer for this and enable a resurgence of the undeserving and incompetent Fabians, the ultimate casualty will be the country, followed by democracy itself.  We find ourselves in troubling and difficult times and the political class has no answer.  We need to find another way or there will be nothing left worth preserving.

Update: Dr Richard North of EU Referendum references this piece on his blog and corrects an assertion I have made. It’s a valid point he makes and his piece is a must-read posting.

10 Responses to “A man without conviction, belief or substance”


  1. 1 WitteringWitney 09/04/2011 at 10:48 am

    Nice to see you back AM with a thoughtful post.

  2. 2 Martin Brumby 09/04/2011 at 10:54 am

    I have to admit I was never a Conservative and never expect to become one. (Some of my best friends, however, are true blue. Nobody’s perfect.)

    But your analysis of Cameron is spot on. A man totally devoid of conscience – or even sincere beliefs. Gordon Brown doesn’t have many fans here (or anywhere else – and certainly not including me!) but he did at least come across as someone with convictions, however wrong they might have been.

    Meanwhile Cameron and his chums, whilst continuing to INCREASE public debt, slash and hack at all sorts of things which arguably should be protected but can afford little vanity projects like Libya not to mention the big elephants in the room – BuffHuhne’s “low carbon energy” project and EU membership.

    The cartoon by Ramirez here:-
    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/04/08/a-pox-on-both-their-houses/#more-37569

    relates to US politics but also seems very relevant in the UK.

    The Coalition:-

    putting the “N” into “Cuts”.

  3. 3 Grumpy Old Man 09/04/2011 at 11:48 am

    Your opinion of Cameron will be shared by many backwoods Tories amongst whom I am proud to be numbered. The only way out of the mess is for the people to take back their political parties and consign the ,”professional”, politician to a well-deserved oblivion. Labour now represent a disparate,(desperate?) collection of loony special interest groups,as highlighted by the recent leadership contest, and the Conservative Party voluntary party is at war with the Parliamentary Party. The LibDems have been so truamatised by the responsibilities of Government that it is difficult to see any future for them at all.
    The still strong voluntary Tory party stands the best chance of forcing the defenestration of it’s usurping cabal at present in charge, but will sufficient numbers rouse themselves to force the necessary changes?

  4. 4 LJ Hills 09/04/2011 at 1:08 pm

    TS Eliot wrote in 1925:
    We are the hollow men
    We are the stuffed men
    Leaning together
    Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
    Our dried voices, when
    We whisper together
    Are quiet and meaningless
    As wind in dry grass
    Or rats’ feet over broken glass
    In our dry cellar

    Shape without form, shade without colour,
    Paralysed force, gesture without motion;

    more or less sums up the useless political class

  5. 5 Time Traveller 09/04/2011 at 8:08 pm

    “In fact he stands for nothing – apart from the desire to attain office – and he has successfully deceived people by pretending to hold their political convictions when he holds none.”

    I’m having difficulty thinking of any current politician to whom this doesn’t apply…

  6. 6 Robert 09/04/2011 at 10:48 pm

    I gave up on Dave and Dave’s Conservatives in October 2009 and have never regretted it. From the very first the coalition has been a disaster. Cuts? What cuts?
    http://www.johnredwoodsdiary.com/2010/08/12/the-cuts/
    They are cluless and when it comes to finance this is nothing but Tory tax and spend.
    We are facing financial meltdown and we are being run by a bunch of idiots.

  7. 7 markymark 10/04/2011 at 12:49 am

    I don’t disagree with your analysis of the PM but I believe that it would be extremely difficult for anyone other than a Dave type Tory to make it to PM in today’s UK.

    The range of views that are deemed acceptable to express in polite society continues to grow narrower and narrower. We have reached the point where most people of the right/conservative or even libertarian side of things probably hold many views are are simply no longer able to be expressed.

    Even a single tweet of a thought that is not progressive or leftist is likely to illicit howls of outrage and denounciation from the BBC & Guaradian et al and leading to calls for an appology and for the tweeter to be sacked or fired and to grovel.

    I simply don’t believe that it is possible to be a conservative with conviction in the UK today and express your thoughts in public. We are all socially liberal progressive leftists now. No exceptions.

  8. 8 defender 10/04/2011 at 11:27 am

    Its time to put country before politics. The party system is corrupt, they have an interest in maintaining the status quo.
    Politics no longer, if ever, serve the national interest, many think their party need a bit of a tweak to sort it but painting rotten wood is pointless. We are going to have to organise a new start somehow.

  9. 9 David Barnby 11/04/2011 at 12:58 pm

    Markymark rightly observes:

    ‘We have reached the point where most people of the right/conservative or even libertarian side of things probably hold many views [that] are simply no longer able to be expressed.’

    If certain views can no longer be expressed then it demonstrates that Leonard Shapiro, the philosopher writing on the Stalinist era in the USSR was right when he said:

    “The true object of propaganda is neither to convince nor to persuade, but to produce a uniform pattern of public utterance in which the first trace of unorthodox thought reveals itself as a jarring dissonance.”

    In other words PC has scored a strategic victory, and who is it you pay to promotes PC? – no prize for first correct answer.

    To roll all this back will require guts and determination and above all endurance – have you stopped paying your BBC poll tax?


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