What a difference a week makes (in politics). As last week began, the UK was faced with the very real possibility that we could see fundamental change in British politics and an endorsement of ‘people power’ in Scotland; the Establishment was under attack and running scared. Sadly, the vested interest machine of the Establishment is still able to manipulate the public in sufficient numbers (200,000) to ensure that their positions of power remained unchallenged. An historic moment lost, never to be risked again, water under the bridge, time to move on.
2015 General Election: Get the bunting out.
The Vow has provided a useful segue way from the Scottish Referendum to the General Election; the promised undisclosed increased powers for Scotland, so influential in manipulating voters North of the border, will now provide a skirmish for the parties to begin the ground offensive. The Conservatives, never one for living anything but down to their perceptions, weighed in early on just how honourable they are (Tories call on PM to renege on reckless funding vow) and Cameron began his expected crumble, flim flam, shilly shallying (Scottish and English devolution must be linked).
And there in lies the Conservatives fundamental flaw, David Cameron as leader. Once again, Cameron has shown that he is weak and ineffectual; incapable of controlling his own MPs sufficiently to honour a Vow that he made only days before the dissent became vocal and public. The public have no illusions about the honesty of their political representatives but there is an expectation that a Prime Minister should have the strength and wit to at least make promises he can keep, even if he later reneges on them, but it was instantly clear that Cameron had made offerings that he had no authority to. Clearer still, Cameron capitulates to the bully boys of his party.
So Cameron has to go … and the CCHQ question is about who can/should replace him. The country is not ready for another Southern Toff as leader, so that rules out Boris Johnson. Most of the rest of the Conservative gliterati are hated figures, e.g. Gove and Osbourne. So that leaves Theresa May.
… or an unknown. My money’s on an unknown, an outsider. Someone ‘Northern’, maybe Yorkshire or Lancashire would be good. Someone that can offer the ‘man of the people’ schtick that Farage offers whilst still being acceptable to the landed gentry Tory heartlands. Less spiv, more spiff. Get the leader right and the Conservatives could easily win the next election and take a grip of Government for the next 15 years so I hope they have no visionaries in their ranks and continue to stumble on, unchanging.