Hugo Rifkind

It’s now clear: David Cameron was never a real moderniser

Perhaps it’s a cynical and tortured switcheroo, in the face of a feared Ukip surge. Only it doesn’t feel that tortured, does it?

7 March 2015

9:00 AM

7 March 2015

9:00 AM

I have a friend who was a Young Conservative. Just the one, I promise, and he’s grown out of it by now. I remember him, though, back from a party conference, freshly despairing, some time in the bleak, dandruffy Tory doldrums of 2000-ish. ‘It would be very easy,’ I remember him wailing, ‘for them to have some funky lights and Morcheeba playing in the background. Couldn’t they at least do that?’

Easy or not, it would be another five years and two bald leaders before they’d do anything of the sort. By then it would be the Killers, rather than Morcheeba, but the idea was much the same. It’s easy to forget, these days, but the David Cameron we have now — austerity Cameron; he of the tiny, stern lizard mouth — is a very different sort of Cameron from the one who won the leader-ship in those booming, Blairish days ten years ago. That guy knew what it was to be a Conservative and squirm because of it. This, indeed, was his thing. This was the point of the bikes and the windmills on the roof and pretending to care about overseas aid and the hugging of hoodies. He was going to be the guy who decontaminated the Tory brand. His years of experience in PR were going to change everything. He was going to make it possible to go out into the world and be a Conservative and not have everybody you ever met think you were a right bastard, too.

Even by 2010, it was all still going according to plan. Few seemed to understand this at the time, but coalition with the Lib Dems was a triumph for Cameron Conservatism, rather than a product of failure. ‘Look!’ it allowed him to say. ‘Even these lentil-munching hippies will be our friends now! The age of bastardry is past!’ The Big Society (remember that?) had notions of Tory niceness at its hopeless heart. Equal marriage was not only brave but visionary, very nearly managing to suggest that ‘being a Conservative’ and ‘not being utterly beastly’ might belong together, by definition.

And then abruptly they threw it all out of the window. Maybe the inner circle had all sat down together for a meeting in Downing Street, perhaps with Lynton Crosby. ‘This “being nice” stuff? It’s exhausting. Plus, Ukip is really clearing up on the bastard vote. So enough!’

Not for ages, perhaps as much as a year, have I heard a Conservative bother to defend their intentions on the NHS, never mind their record. By default now, by reflex, the left calls them cynical bastards, ripping the thing up so they can sell it to their bastard mates. ‘No, no,’ they could say, ‘we actually do want outcomes to be better! Honestly! This really was the point!’ Only they don’t seem to have the strength. On immigration, they’re keen to pretend they’ve been bastards when they haven’t even managed to. On tax, on banks, on toady-ing to the City, they just shrug and suck it up. Once, I’m sure, the right made a moral case for this sort of thing — about the need to create wealth in order to spread it around. No more. None of that. It’s all gone.

In fact, it’s worse than that. For the election, inasmuch as I can make out, the plan is to make bastardry into a virtue. They won’t crow of triumphs, but warn of pain. They will fight on economics and competence; on the necessary further cuts ahead, and the way that they alone have the stomach to bring them in. ‘Tories!’ the posters may as well say. ‘Just the bastards that Britain needs!’ There’s real bastarding relish there. And in a time of fear and uncertainty, and with all the scrappy farce of Milibandism on the other side of the house, it might well be enough to give him another five years of grace while Britain mulls over what comes next.

Wasn’t Cameron supposed to be the thing that came next, though? Wasn’t that the plan? So perhaps it’s a cynical and tortured switcheroo in the face of a feared Ukip surge. Only it doesn’t feel that tortured, does it? In fact, it feels comfortable; not a stretch but a slump. Which makes me think that it’s real, and the cynical bit was what came first. That he was never really a moderniser at all, but just modernity’s stalker. Copying its clothes and pretending to like its music; hanging around outside its house, trying to nick its friends. Not really meaning any of it for a moment, and relieved to have let it all slide. Leaving that old ‘nasty party’ label for the next generation to deal with next time around, perhaps cursing his name as they do. And he was the future once.

Double vision

A week on, I’m still transfixed by The Dress. You’ve seen it? It’s a photograph, now republished around the world, of a blue-black dress caught in a strange reflective light. To some, it still looks blue and black. To others, white and gold. There is no nuance here, nor shades — literally or figuratively — of grey. You firmly see one or the other. And whichever you see, you cannot comprehend how others could see anything else. Yet there is no right and no wrong. Only a fault line in human perception which makes both interpretations true.

The thing emerged on Thursday evening, and by Friday lunchtime, online humanity had agreed to disagree. Why so easy with colours? Why so hard with everything else?

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  • Zanderz

    When you stand for nothing, you stand for anything. Which is unfortunately where the Conservatives are, stuck in the wishy washy centre. Labour have the socialist vote, ukip the conservative vote, the Tories have the economy.

    • ohforheavensake

      This is probably the most right-wing government of my lifetime- and that includes all three Thatcher administrations.

      • Frank

        Right wing? As in nasty men with riot batons, etc? Are you on drugs? This is the most wet and ineffective government since Ted Heath.

        • GraveDave

          He’s more right wing than John Major.

          ‘Gay marriage’ (notice the inverted commas) was a sweetener for his having supporting clause 28.

          Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 prohibited local authorities in England and Wales from “promoting” homosexuality. It also labelled gay family relationships as “pretend”. Anti-gay groups frequently said that Section 28 was used to prevent teaching about gay issues in schools.

          Section 28 – Stonewall

          • Ivan Ewan

            Stonewall – they want to teach preschool children about homosexuality, don’t they?

            How do they want to teach them, with diagrams or with practical demonstrations?

          • GraveDave

            Well, we can see where it’ all going now, what with Ian McKellern and Stonewall representatives visiting schools to advise on homophobia and ‘gay shoes’.

          • henryGrattan1800

            you get all the instruction you need at Public School..all boy together you know…

          • Pacificweather

            Practical demonstrations are reserved for our Great Public Schools.

        • ohforheavensake

          Wholescale marketisiation of the NHS and Higher Education, the demonisation of the poor, tax cuts for the better off, privatisation of parts of the economy even Thatcher wouldn’t touch, regressive education reforms…

          Yep. Not right-wing at all.

          & that’s Cameron’s problem. He’s moved heavily to the right in government, partly out of misplaced faith in the free market, partly to counter Ukip; but die-hard rightwingers like yourselves will never be convinced that he’s a Tory. It almost makes me feel sorry for him. Almost.

          • balance_and_reason

            because the NHS is doing so well there is no scope for improvement after all….

          • Frank

            That is one perspective. One could also see it as various attempts to achieve greater efficiency or economy (and both the NHS and education are seriously in need of greater efficiency).
            As for your emotional cry that the poor have been demonised, you really have no idea how most parts of the world live, or how bad it could get in Britain if anybody seriously wanted to “demonise” the poor.

        • Pacificweather

          Be fair, we haven’t had a 3 day week or lost a battle with the miners or do you think that is all down to Mr Clegg.

      • Johnnydub

        There’s no helping you if you think doubling the national debt in 5 years is “right wing”

        • rtj1211

          And if you created 5 million unemployed to slash ‘costs’ drastically, you’d also crash retail/consumer demand, reduce the tax take and have serious issues to do with whether you’d failed to balance the books whilst using a scorched-earth policy to create an economic wasteland.

          Making cuts doesn’t happen in a bubble – there are downstream consequences, just like in certain situations of growth, if you cut corporation tax you actually bring in more revenue (in those olden days when corporations actually paid their tax).

          • Johnnydub

            So we carry on adding £800 billion top the national debt every 5 years? It’s just a bullshit argument hiding failure.
            Cutting spending can be done without crashing the economy – Canada did it very recently.
            Between our payments to the EU, subsidies to mythical global warming renewable energy, foreign aid, and maybe killing a couple of spurious government departments, a bonfire of the quango’s… Lots of things could have been done but haven’t.
            Cameron hasn’t the intellectual or moral courage to do what is needed. To buff our standard of living at the expense of our kids or grandkids is obscene.

      • Zanderz

        Yes, that right wing gay marriage…

        • The Dybbuk

          A central plank of modern conservatism is social liberalism and the totem of social liberalism is Gay Marriage. Around the dinner tables of Primrose Hill and Islington Right/Left liberals rail against the Right/Left reactionaries.

          • ohforheavensake

            Just about the only socially liberal thing he’s done is support gay marriage: & outside of the readerships of the Mail, the Telegraph, and the Spectator, it’s a pretty uncontroversial thing to support.

            For the rest of the time, the Tories have been helping the rich and hitting the poor. Same as ever.

          • balance_and_reason

            The nightmare right wing theocracy of turning the country around, creating millions of new private sector jobs and growth…yep ..a real fascist.

          • Pacificweather

            Jobs created with taxpayer subsidies to an extent where he could not meet his deficit target. More socialist than the socialists.

          • balance_and_reason

            largely you are incorrect…Britain’s medium sized companies have grown at a significantly faster rate than even the famous german equivalent of the past 5 years; creating millions of jobs and largely paying tax into the coffers for all our benefit..socialist cynicism is of course disbelieving of good news.

          • Pacificweather

            You think that people exist on £6.50 per hour without Housing Benefit and Tax Credits?

            Jobs are supposed to create tax income that reduces the deficit but Blair, Brown and Osborne have been spending taxpayers money to subsidise employment. That is great for the foreign immigrants who have been employed but devastating for the taxpayer and for deficit reduction.

          • balance_and_reason

            The huge scale social engineering of Bliar/broon had to be reversed. The socialist lie of job creation…700,000 new public sector jobs had to be excised… was a huge cost and a massive setback for the UK, along with the other soviet catastrophes of that period. The job is only half done but handing the lying left a fixed economy, at the expense of the sort of cuts the Tories would have to have made would be unacceptable. The restructuring has started, hopefully another 4/5 years gives time for that to pay back to afford the cuts we need to balance the budget.
            It is not a way forward plan , but a curing the cancer of socialism plan.

          • Pacificweather

            You are absolutely right. Employer subsidies are the worst form of socialism that has been perpetrated by all major parties. It’s time for it to end now.

      • tjamesjones

        hi @disqus_iUnuF6irEo:disqus how old were you when you realised all your problems were someone else’s fault?

        • Helen of Troy

          13, and he’s now 102 and hasn’t learned a thing.

  • commenteer

    The modernisers lost Cameron the last election. Didn’t you notice? Everyone else did.

    • Crack’d Actor

      Then why are they less popular this time around?

      • commenteer

        They’d be romping home if Cameron’s ‘modern’ policies in office hadn’t upset so many loyal Conservative voters. If just half of Ukip’s 14% were still coming out for the Tories, Cameron would be home and dry.

        • Crack’d Actor

          Are you quite sure that if the Tories adopted policies sufficiently right-wing to attract half of Ukip’s supporters (which would be no mean feat, given their record in government), they wouldn’t lose a substantial number as a result? Also, which ‘modern’ policies in particular are you referring to?

          • commenteer

            Gay marriage and the foreign aid target for a start.

  • Ivan Ewan

    Ha ha ha! People didn’t vote Tory because they thought they would be “nice”.

    People actually wanted them to be nasty enough to clean up after Labour’s obscene excesses.

    But spineless Dave really just wants to be liked by everyone, so he caved into the Blob at every opportunity.

    • bugalugs2

      Who cares about whether their mood music is ‘nice’ or ‘nasty’, nowadays ‘honest’ and ‘competent’ would be a radical offering from the Tories!

    • Ed  

      Some of us are trying to vote for the adult in the room.

      Only sometimes there isn’t one.

      • Jody Taylor

        This is sadly axiomatic.

    • Pacificweather

      Too right. He even kept Labour’s employer subsidies. No wonder he missed his deficit target.

    • mikewaller

      How many times do you need to be told? THE TORIES DID NOT WIN A MAJORITY LAST TIME ROUND. Doing to this country what needs to be done to this country – massively reducing an obscene level of debt – is in the realms of asking the turkeys to vote for Christmas. The likes of you standing on the side lines and screaming “Why haven’t you done it?” strikes me as the hallmark of the poseur.

      • Ivan Ewan

        When you’re happy to have a conversation…. not a series of insults… let me know, ‘kay?

        • mikewaller

          “But spineless Dave really just wants to be liked by everyone, so he caved into the Blob at every opportunity”.

          Why, pray, should I treat you with any more respect than you treat politicians? Are they, too, not humans?

          • Ivan Ewan

            What do you mean, “are they, too, not humans”?

            I treat people with the degree of respect I think they deserve, but that’s got nothing to do with insults. David Cameron is spineless. If he isn’t, then he is deliberately deceiving us into thinking that he is spineless.

            Surely cowardice is a lesser vice than compulsive lying.

          • mikewaller

            You make my argument for me. All you are offering are vacuous ad hominem attacks. If you have a case to make against Cameron, make it. Otherwise my conclusion that you are just playing to an inconsequential audience stands.

      • Wayne Leon

        ‘Doing to this country what needs to be done to this country’? Really? You mean, THOUSANDS HOMELESS, THOUSANDS SANCTIONED, THOUSANDS DEAD!!!


        • mikewaller

          Do you not understand the extent of the mess we are in? We are now part of a globalised economy in which I recently read to earn £15,000 + per annum places you in the top 4% of World’s wage earners. We are coming under massive competition from hundreds of millions of new industrial workers in the newly emergent nations. We have kept the horrible reality of all this at bay by borrowing eye-watering sums of money. Borrowing more will lead to economic collapse and taxing more will lead to the flight of capital and talent. Coming down hard on tax dodgers is certainly essential but the overall message has to be that relying on the State to give you a reasonable standard of living is no longer a viable strategy and anybody who seeks to suggest otherwise is manifesting criminal irresponsibility.

  • Mikey B

    This is a lax crap article.

  • Mikey B

    Written by a child with a large dictionary. Utter stylised crap. Sorry for sp of stylised.

  • Stephen Milroy

    Cameron is nothing more than a lib dem stooge who joined the Tories because he knew they at least had a chance of power. The coalition is manna from secular heaven for this man. An opportunity to tear up all those nasty right wing bits and replace them with liberal twaddle.

  • UmUmUmUmUmUm

    Well, I dunno about all that. But has anyone noticed what a nasty weak thin little slit of a mouth he’s got; especially when he’s telly porkies, which in his case is virtually all the time.

  • Peter Grimes

    Is poor Hugo a bit miffed that Dave didn’t do more to retain Daddy in Parliament and the extra curricular jobs to which he felt entitled?

    • tjamesjones

      agree – this is a nothing article. “nasty party” is a labour slur. Is it nasty to work hard and pay your taxes?

      • Neil2

        Yeah. The Tory party is nasty to scroungers, the Labour party is nasty to taxpayers and children. Take your pick as to which side of the fence you’re on.

        • Ed  

          That works, given how I don’t like to be a scrounge-ee.

        • Pacificweather

          The Tory party is (like Labour) kind to scroungers who make donations. A tax break here, an employer subsidy there, and we wonder why the deficit is not being reduced.

      • Pacificweather

        It all went a bit blurry over the taxes paying half of the proposition.

      • Helen of Troy

        Slurs are what the Left lives by, T. You know it and I do: but the people are ever gulled by the Left’s ‘good intentions’.

  • Nockian

    It’s all style over substance. It’s the brand that counts. There are two parties-one is supposed to represent the fiscally prudent business minded policies; the other the fiscally loose, socially minded policies.

    When we tire of one we are supposed to vote for the other. The problem was that the Conservatives were proving to be far less electable and so the danger of a catastrophic imbalance was becoming a distinct possibility. Once the illusion of choice disappears then the illusion of democracy quickly follows. It can be seen that there is a high degree of political apathy amongst the electorate as people begin to see the trick that has been played on them for many years.

    Cameron’s job was to make the Conservatives electable again and restore the established order. Of course he had only one option. He must make the party appealing to the so called ‘social conservatives’ whilst retaining the essence of the tory brand. Inevitably that would result in a conflict with older style Tories who had little respect for softening the image or new fangled branding and would look for an alternative in UKIP. It would also make the party appear far closer to labour and therefore middle ground voters would want an alternative ( hence the votes for Lib Dems ). Those that now found the two parties more alike than different but couldn’t vote UKIP/Greens or LibDem would decide not to vote at all.

    Cameron tried to hold three conflicting views. One was green, the other socially aware and finally old style conservative. The result being that he could hold not of them and thus created support for the more extreme elements in each. That has left the Conservative party are very confused brand. In trying to be everything to everyone, they have become bland like a McDonalds meal. Cameron has detoxified the party, but at the expense of creating more flavoursome fare which further separates the voters from the main brands.

    There are now even fewer voters interested in Burger King or McDonalds. The ratio of votes between the main parties remains nominally the same as it has been for the last few years. The Tories will remain as the second option-not taken-and will always require a coalition arrangement and labour an alternative by default. As fewer people see the relevance of their vote counting for much at all the value of democracy will come under scrutiny.

  • Scaroth

    As a conservative – a real one – I will be joining millions of others in taking great pleasure in booting out the fraud in No 10 on May 7th.

    The heir to Blair deserves to be flung out for his serial and systematic betrayal of the nation he was never elected to lead. Let’s face it, Coco the Clown could have made a better fist of winning the 2010 election, were he up against Gordon Brown.

    He further deserves removal for his adulteration of the most successful
    political party in the history of the world, with his insane
    decision to “modernise” the party, for which we should read switch tack and no longer oppose, but rather embrace and perpetuate, the loathsome Blair regime in its mission to destroy the “forces of conservatism”. This some time after the Liar-in-Chief was caught red-handed over his fabled WMD in Iraq,..

    Dave’s project to “detoxify the brand” was nothing less than a carrion call to
    institutionalise the very obfuscation, deceit and bare-faced lies that
    were hitherto the stock-in-trade of New Labour. In so doing, he
    deprived the country of one of its rights, and the hallmark of any
    fully-functioning democracy; a parliamentary Opposition. Want some
    evidence? Well, let’s take the invasion of Libya for starters, where just 13 MPs
    voted to oppose the Neocon fantasy, with 557 others voting in
    favour, and where we end up now with Coptic Christians – a genuinely
    peaceful sect, as anyone who’s spent time in that part of the world will
    know – being beheaded by Islamic nutters. Way to go, Dave.

    I used to think the only chance to avoid obliteration left to the
    “Conservatives” – and even then it was a long-shot – was were they to ditch Dave
    after Mark Reckless’ victory at the Rochester & Strood by-election
    and replace him with a credible non-Blairite such as Owen
    Patterson, That moment has passed, but maybe it’s a blessing in disguise;
    some of us can’t wait to see the look on Dave’s face when he has to
    confront the cameras on the morning of May 8th with the removal vans
    busy out the back.

    It’s too late now for the Tories. Peter Hitchens was right.

    • Pacificweather

      1931 was a great year for the Conservatives. It’s been down hill ever since.

      • Scaroth

        Although Margaret Thatcher undoubtedly gave them a new lease of life in the ’80s.

        Perhaps the first intimation of decline was when Enoch Powell (always one to think ahead of the rest) baled out and urged his followers to vote Labour in February 1974, an act that was likely responsible for ensuring Harold Wilson made it back to Downing Street.

        • Pacificweather

          In the 1979 election the Tory vote had diminished by 13%. 56% of the votes were not for them in that election followed by 58% non Conservative votes after the Falklands war. Fortunately, Mrs Thatcher had the postcodes then as Tony Blair did in 2005. Better to lose popularity than to lose the postcodes in a postcode democracy.

          • Scaroth

            13,697,923 voted for Mrs T in 1979.

            13,760,935 re-elected her for the second time in 1987 – a unique (so far as I know) increase in an administration’s popular vote.

            The number increased again under “Honest” John Major in 1992, before being eviscerated by the Blair Monster.

            I know where you’re coming from, though.

          • Pacificweather

            The problem was, of course, that more people voted for other parties in those elections. If you want to count votes rather than the percentage of the vote, then the Prime Minister who holds the record for the most votes for his party under his leadership is John Major as you say but as a percentage of the vote he was a 1% behind Mrs Thatcher’s lowest. Mr Blair only got about the same percentage of the votes as Mrs T in 1979.

  • Chingford Man

    There’s nothing the Tories can do. If they follow the metro-liberal vote, personified by young Hugo, UKIP is there to mop up their former supporters. If they try to ape UKIP, everyone laughs at them. If they try to appeal to ordinary working people, they sound like aliens from another planet.

    • cambridgeelephant

      Good post.

      Poor little Hugo is bitter isn’t he ? Perhaps Dad’s demise means no more pocket money for a fortnight…Oh dear !….

      • Leftyliesrefuted

        It could be worse than that – poor little Hugo might even have to work for a living one day.


      • Helen of Troy

        Where do Hugo’s good looks come from? Evidently not from Dad.

        • cambridgeelephant

          He looks and sounds like a whiney, spoilt brat, to me.

  • ScaryBiscuits

    Of course Dave was never a moderniser; he simply chose the clothes he thought most likely to win the leadership. This was obvious from his treatment of Big Society as windows dressing. Instead of thinking it through and seeing it as a radical agenda for a smaller state and bigger volunteer sector less dominated by big charities, he simultaneously promised to maintain public spending, which was incompatible. Even Philip Blond and Steve Hilton gave up on him eventually.

  • simon33055

    Oh dear Dad gets to boot and the venom comes out

  • Gordon Stewart

    your old man seems to be doing ok out of it and, lets be honest, if it wasnt for the nepotism that exists in the Tories, no one would have heard of you, just saying

  • JEK68

    I thought everybody already knew that ‘call me Dave’ was a purely PR based nobody.

  • Ali

    Cameron is a Socialist. Vote UKIP.

  • davidofkent

    I know that the Conservative Party essentially stands for the status quo or carefully thought-out change. I have no idea what David Cameron stands for, and I doubt if he does either.

    • Pacificweather

      That was the true legacy of Mrs Thatcher. She lead the party to abandon well thought out change forever. Even Mr Blair was captivated by it.

      • Helen of Troy


        • Pacificweather


          • Helen of Troy

            I’m on a diet.

          • Pacificweather


  • Yo, Hugo! I agree that Cameron’s mouth is on the tiny-ish side. But that’s where your metaphor falls down. Lizards have quite big mouths, in fact. I watched two the other day snapping and darting at each other in an evident struggle for territory that, had they been the size of their long-gone forebears, would have shaken the Earth. Think of T. rex, reduced to your index finger. Also, the little blighters have sharp teeth and in the picture I don’t see any.

  • Nick

    I’ve said it many times before,Cameron is a straight forward left winger.

  • Chris Hobson

    “modernising” is a hideous baby boomer like term more suited to Anthony Blair.

    • Pacificweather

      They are brothers under the skin.

  • henryGrattan1800

    piggy politicians looking for more money for questions

  • thomasaikenhead

    Perhaps David Cameron would have had a better chance to do his job if he was not constantly have to fire-fight allegations of corruption and self-interest by senior Tory Party members, eh Hugo?

    • WTF

      By comparison to jihadist, radicalization and sexual grooming on his watch (and Labours) a bit of ‘honest’ corruption is much more welcome.

  • Mc

    “It’s now clear: David Cameron was never a real modernizer”.

    Interesting that it took so long for Rifkind to figure that out. No doubt his father would’ve done a much better job, in between his consulting jobs and long walks.

  • pobinr

    Just as CAGE are a front for Islamists we now have learned that Cameron is a front for the EUssr

  • Peter Stroud

    Frankly, I don’t care if Cameron is a moderniser, or not. Competence, and sound judgement will do. He has a degree of competence, but lacks judgement. Backing the stupid green agenda showed poor judgement, and worse still was the way he treated Gove and Paterson.

  • Mr_Ominous

    David Cameron is pro-Islam and very sympathetic to progressive politics. Cameron knows that Islamists are running amok in places like East London, Birmingham and Bradford and yet he has done nothing to stop them. In fact he even recruited his own Islamist in the form of Sayeeda Warsi to pose as a fake conservative in order to attract some of the Muslim vote from Labour. Cameron is a very dangerous politician. He is weak and he is sympathetic to Islam and the EU.

    • Mc

      Dave’s a pygmy among pygmies.

  • Rob Walker

    ed’s got a question hehe

  • Chamber Pot

    No one believes Dave anymore and he stands for absolutely nothing the man is the consummate PR confection and completely unprincipled. No wonder that nerk Brand has an audience with Dodgy Dave, Ed, and Clogg plumbing the depths of decadence.

  • AnneC

    Rubbish article which goes nowhere. David Cameron has been an excellent PM and will be even better when the Conservatives win the election outright.

    • WFB56

      Well, I think that we can all agree on the “rubbish article” part of your comment…..

    • Pacificweather

      Between 1931 and 2010 we have had only minority elected governments that have weakened the power or Parliament. Since 2010 we have seen a small but significant reassertion of Parliamentary power. If we return to minority elected government in 2015 we shall see those limited gains reversed.

  • WTF

    There’s two kinds of major phobias today that make the headlines, one is Ukiphobia and the other is Islamophobia and Cameron has failed the test on both counts.

    On Ukiphobia, the country dismisses any irrational fear of UKIP because its mythical, unfounded and a figment of the main stream media. For Cameron, he does suffer with a terminal case of Ukiphobia as he helped create his own fears and monster in the form of UKIP even though they are no threat to the country and have solutions & policies he refuses to engage with.

    On Islamophobia, Cameron refuses to see the real danger and threat of Islam whilst for the majority in the country, its a very real fear based on terrorism, be-heading, sexual grooming, radicalisation and all manner of other barbaric practices.

    Having trouble connecting with the electorate is one thing, going out of your way to be the total opposite of what the majority see as essential for the country is arrogant and fool hardy and he will pay the price very soon.

  • Mc

    Old Hugo with his infantile, faux intellectualized outrage. Was he on some sort of downer at the time?Does the fellow actually have any substance? I’m just continually amazed at the intellectual pygmies that are produced by Oxbridge.

  • Teacher

    I worked out years ago that ‘nasty’ meant true or truthful. The Conservatives deal, on the whole, more with reality rather than ideology and so will always be lambasted for telling it like it is. When people say the Tory Party is the Nasty Party they mean that they themselves cannot cope with the harsh truth of life as it is and the fact that others can be very bad indeed and that they’d rather lie to themselves than admit the truth. That way they can carry on with the illusion that everyone and everything is lovely really and that, just now and again, things and folks are ‘inappropriate’ and that, even then it’s ‘not their fault’.