How do you solve a problem like Dave?

dcamIt was interesting today to speak to three people who generously supported my Borough Council election campaign back in 2007.

These were Tory stalwarts, always willing to leaflet, canvass, buy raffle tickets and support events.  When I resigned from the Council and quit the Conservatives they were still there, plugging away, doing their bit to further what they believed to be conservatism.  I lost touch with them when I withdrew from party politics, but hadn’t forgotten them.

With the county council elections coming up, I asked them how the campaigning was going.  I admit to being shocked to find that they had all left the Conservatives two years ago.  There are people in every party that one can look at and think, ‘their heart’s not in it, they’ll pack it in before long’.  But these three were not people one could ever have imagined as capable of being so disaffected as to walk away.  Enough, it turns out, was enough.  Everyone has different motives for their actions, so naturally an enquiry was made about why they had all quit (they are all unrelated but long standing friends of each other).  The answer in each case was… David Cameron.

It transpires true blue, ‘instinctive eurosceptic’ Dave has managed to alienate members so much that these hardcore, grassroots supporters who are the engine room of election campaigns, had turned their back on the party.  They cited Cameron’s hypocrisy over EU membership, his refusal to cut spending so only the essentials are funded,  and his indecent haste to jettison conservative principles in favour of Lib Dem and consensus fudges that suit no one but the establishment.   And, they were adamant, they are not going back.  They have come around to sharing my view that Cameron isn’t conservative and what is on offer is materially no different from that advanced by the Lib Dems and Labour.

If this is indicative of the sentiments of conservatives who have left the Conservative party in their droves in recent years, it is hard to see the party continuing to function as an electoral force within a few years.  Nominal members who don’t campaign are nowhere near as important as those who gave their time and money to support candidates – and it is these who appear to be walking away.

Thanks to Cameron’s arrogance and the existance of a vacuum where his conviction and principle is supposed reside, the Tories are in serious decline.  The party is swiftly becoming representative only of the muddled views of its small cabal of power brokers and it is losing the very people who it relies upon at election time to secure support and get out the vote.

The problem the Conservatives have is that there are too few conservatives left in the parliamentary party.  So fixing a problem like Dave looks to be an impossible task.  If he is replaced in an effort to rejuvinate the party’s electoral fortunes, it will only be another stuffed suit taking the helm with the same immunity to the notion of representative politics, the same craven complicity to the global governance agenda, the same anti democratic pro-EU position, and the same reluctance to tackle the admittedly herculean task of reforming the economy and reducing the size and scope of government.

Voters have increasingly seen this and stay away from the ballot box in increasing numbers.  But now Dave and the other rent seekers are finding their legitimacy is being questioned by their own party members.  The foundations are crumbling.  But until there is a fundamental reform of the way government is controlled and run in this country – as per the demands promoted by the carefully developing Harrogate Agenda campaign – the elite will continue to pass power between themselves and become ever more distant from the real world outside the establishment bubble centred on Westminster.

The Only Way is Harrogate.

15 Responses to “How do you solve a problem like Dave?”

  1. 1 maureen gannon 13/04/2013 at 8:41 pm

    I to have left , the bLiar clone is not for me , I shall vote UKIP

  2. 2 TheBoilingFrog 13/04/2013 at 9:59 pm

    “Dave has managed to alienate members so much that these hardcore, grassroots supporters who are the engine room of election campaigns, had turned their back on the party.”

    And it’s indicative that he seems not to care a jot…

  3. 3 ansel61Bruce 14/04/2013 at 12:22 am

    Where do the allegiances of the three ex-Tories now lie, AM?

  4. 4 Furor Teutonicus 14/04/2013 at 3:36 am

    Of course, you COULD have cut it short and just say ; “Cameron is a commy wanker”. Says it all really.

  5. 5 Sean 14/04/2013 at 4:18 am

    Vote UKIP

  6. 6 Autonomous Mind 14/04/2013 at 7:49 am

    Ansel61, two of the three said they are not going to vote again and the third rates Farage more highly than I do and is considering voting for UKIP.

  7. 7 ansel61Bruce 14/04/2013 at 11:47 am

    “Two of the three said they are not going to vote again and the third rates Farage more highly than I do and is considering voting for UKIP.”

    That’s not good. We need all three to vote UKIP. UKIP isn’t perfect and I know your views but people have to get to grips with the concept of the least worst option. I suppose it’s a bit like supporting Russia against the Nazis during the war. Nigel “Stalin” Farage is the best bulwark we have against this pernicious progressive socialism.

  8. 8 Autonomous Mind 14/04/2013 at 12:14 pm

    I disagree, but you’re entitled to your opinion.

    We need a wholesale reformation of our democratic and governance structures. Voting UKIP won’t change the underlying systemic problems or reduce the power and scope of government.

  9. 9 Jeremy Bridges 14/04/2013 at 12:24 pm

    Vote UKIP better still join them.

  10. 10 Albion 14/04/2013 at 12:34 pm

    If we’ve been reduced to holding our nose and voting for Farage we are indeed in a terrible state.

    Nigel ‘Stalin’ Farage is an unprincipled, self serving hypocrite whose ‘charisma’ is every bit as dangerous as Camshaft’s ‘attractiveness’.

    In the darkness of our post-democratic age THA is one of the few lights on the horizon capable of addressing the problem of the herd mentality that now prevails.

    When the enemy is within the struggle to save men’s souls is every bit as daunting as any earlier struggle against the likes of a Stalin or Hitler.

  11. 11 SadButMadLad 14/04/2013 at 2:39 pm

    Many are put off Labour as it becomes more socialist and left wing. And with the Tories making moves to fill the gap left by labour and take the place of New Labour (New Tory?), many will be put off the Tories. LibDems are too small to do anything and are seen as a party that seems to put it’s own party needs above the needs of the country, shooting down attempts by the Tories to fix the country which also puts people off. So either it is none of the above or UKIP. Harrogate is a bit more long term and something that should be pushed from within an existing larger party, UKIP, that is amenable to the guidance, and still young enough not to be fixated on mandates nor have old stalwarts who prefer the old way.

  12. 12 Sceptical Steve 14/04/2013 at 5:02 pm

    The personalisation of the argument just plays into the hands of the European establishment. The media will always encourage the delusion that the popular vote at the next election will lead to Dave being thrown out on his ear and replaced by somone more in tune with “the needs of the country”.
    In reality, Dave is simply a creation of a corrupt system, and he’s no more genuine than Major, Blair, Brown, or Millipede. Their “electability” is entirely due to their willingness to sign up to whatever is considered the currrent European orthodoxy, regardless of what they might say in public.
    The Italians and Greeks acknowledged the realities when they rolled over and accepted the imposition of “technocratic” governments whose only agenda was to toe the European line.
    Ultimately, having pissed away Europe’s accumulated wealth, the wole corrupt edifice will eventually collapse when its creditors acknowledge that Europe no longer has anything they need, and turn off the money tap.
    The press, meanwhile, will still be fixated on Britain’s Got Talent…

  13. 13 Robert 14/04/2013 at 5:12 pm

    Following on from the London Mayor election fiasco we have this round here from UKIP

  14. 14 cosmic 14/04/2013 at 10:16 pm

    I see Cameron as a symptom rather than a cause.

    Furor Teutonicus: “Cameron is a commy wanker”.

    No, a leftist, managerialist wanker is closer the mark. I doubt his views are sufficiently well defined to be called commy.

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