(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.