Tory Party faced with new rift as MPs prepare to mount coup

So reads a headline in the Independent.  But this isn’t another instalment in the recent string of stories planted in the media to convince voters that backbench Tory MPs will rein in David Cameron and protect the right flank of the party from UKIP.

No, this story is different from the fayre trotted out in the pages of the Failygraph as it marks the increasing confidence of the Cameroons and a concerted effort they have undertaken to eject members of the so called ‘awkward squad’ from official positions on the executive of the backbench 1922 Committee.  And it will come as no surprise to regular readers that at the heart of this operation to protect the ‘instinctively Eurosceptic’ Cameron is supposed critic and prominent Judas goat, George EUstice – his former press secretary.

Cameron, with an ever watchful eye focused on crushing any dissent of his autocratic control of the party, has seen to it that parliamentary private secretaries – MPs who are ministerial aides and therefore are expected to toe the leadership’s line – are now able to vote in the election. This means the backbench group, which is supposed to hold the leadership (and by definition any Conservative government) to account could now have its executive and direction influenced by the leadership.  It is the political equivalent of castration – or at least it would be if there were any more than a tiny handful of Tory MPs with balls.

It is classic Cameron.  If anyone opposes his direction he changes the rules enabling his minions to be dispatched to initiate a hostile takeover.  They keep the opponents’ organisation structures intact and wear their clothes, but change the language and corrupt definitions to mean the opposite of what they did.  He has already done this by adopting the mantle of Eurosceptic despite his words and actions being entirely Europhile.

If successful, this putsch against the 1922 will still see the committee describing itself as holding Cameron to account and putting pressure on him to be ‘more conservative’, yet it will be entirely supportive of Cameron’s actions and utter all the sycophantic words of endorsement he wants to hear.  And no doubt the Failygraph will continue to publish op-eds from various talking heads earnestly telling readers that Cameron will soon show his conservative credentials, that there is real pressure for change inside the party which will win the day and there’s no need to support UKIP.

Only a simpleton could believe it.

5 Responses to “Tory Party faced with new rift as MPs prepare to mount coup”


  1. 1 grahamwood32 12/05/2012 at 9:57 am

    And little wonder there is talk of a “coup”, but of course, and knowing the extremely high standard and proven track record of Tory sycophancy, it won’t add up to much. Speaking of not adding up to much – Is this the same David Cameron who was once so “passionate” about ‘gay’ rights?

    Is this the same man who one day can declare(at a Tory Conference) that he cares about equal marriage rights for ‘gays’ etc and that the law then should be changed on that count, but when the going gets tough and he starts to lose votes and elections, suddenly the great principle of “gay marriage” is abandoned, left out of the Queen’s Speech, and appears to be quietly dropped, at least for the moment.
    Strange is it not, that one’s passionate crusading principle can suddenly lose importance when the votes fail to come in as hoped.
    Ah, poor fickle creature !

    So, most of us are right then are we, if we think that politics can be defined as “A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage” ?

  2. 2 Oldrightie (@OldRightie) 12/05/2012 at 10:17 am

    it is sadly the modern way career politics is operated. Chancers only interested in their own lives and personal wealth plus power. Ghastly.

  3. 3 blackswansblog 12/05/2012 at 10:57 am

    The serial coup-artist is at it again. First coup: for Cameron to mascarade with his co-conspirator Osborne as Tories to steal the Tory party’s MPs’ votes for their unacknowledged ‘old liberal’ (& definitely not a conservative) agenda. Now this coup: to muzzle any non-leftist Tory MPs’ opposition to whatever vacuous & irrelevant policies Cameron conjures up along with his ‘old liberal’ cronies. But distrust is growing apace, & perhaps he won’t succeed. After all, people say: you can’t fool ALL of them ALL the time! Loathesome – & definitely time for a leadership challenge!

  4. 4 thespecialone 14/05/2012 at 9:54 am

    I think that Nadine Dorries is one MP that Cameron is desparate to dispense of an apparently it is likely her seat will go when new boundaries are drawn up.


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