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February 05, 2007

Cameron's Conservatives are United

Posted by Watlington

Despite reports today of a manifesto on Conservatism by Cornerstone (see Cornerstone and UKIP attempt to offer 'real conservatism' to voters "abandoned by David Cameron" on ConservativeHome.com), the truth is that the Tory Parliamentary Party is more united than it has been for many years. Of course there are a few grumblings about tax, gay adoption, and Europe, but - for the most part - MPs see Cameron as a 'winner'. They are also assuaged by the continuing Tory lead in the polls. Amongst the new Conservative intake, many of whom are solidly right wing, there is also a feeling that Mr Cameron has got what it takes. This is not surprising. Many of these newer MPs have spent years fighting marginal seats. They experienced the sharp end of all the backbiting and divisions of the Major/Hague/IDS/Howard years. It is noticeable that many of the MPs who are most opposed to the Cameron regime come from safer seats with healthy Tory majorities. None of this means that everything is just so - there could be significant problems in the undergrowth that may emerge in the year ahead. But for the most part, Tories now will keep the lid tightly shut - as long as Mr Cameron looks like he has a fighting chance of winning the next election.

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Cameron is a chancer and a opportunist, a wideboy.

"His" Conservative Party - not a very "conservative" party in any real sense - may well replace the current adminstration next time round. So what? If so, that will be because the public has had enough of the current incumbents and not for any other or better reason. And, frankly, what's the difference between Tweedle-Labour and Tweedle-Tory? Who cares whether red or blue is in? Most people will stay at home and not vote. Cameron is a shallow man; he's not liked. I wouldn't give him the time of day myself. This means nothing to most people.

Posted by: Mike at February 5, 2007 05:01 PM
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