The story and the quotations from the sources, if true, tells of a David Cameron being thwarted from being delivering the kind of Conservative government most Tory voters wanted, by the Lib Dem coalition partners. There are however several schools of thought on Cameron. The popular views are:
- He's a closet liberal who hates what the Tories stand for and quite likes the current arrangement with the Lib Dems. Whilst it seemingly runs counter to James Forsyth's column it would certainly marry up with a lot of his actions and this latest little piece that Prodicus covered in his blog recently.
- Cameron believes in nothing save his own place at the trough that has been gilded to look like a seat of power.
- The man is a weak, weak vacilator whose viewpoint it seems can be shaped if anyone on the left even looks at him funny.
If Forsyth's column is correct in its description internally, you seriously have to question Cameron's thinking is his kowtowing to them. One of the main causes of the Lib Dem action is they know they face humiliation at the polls because of their perceived sell out by getting into bed with the Conservatives, so they're trying to ensure they have their hand on the rudder. They're blustering to cover up their weakness. That's not rocket science so neither should the conclusion that to call their bluff would probably terrify them.
But here's the rub. That he won't do it tells us several things. No one on the Conservative side wants to upset the apple cart. There is clearly nobody on that side who has said "enough" and laid down the gauntlet to the PM and demanded that he come back to their fold or be dropped on his backside.
Goodness knows, but one can only conclude that they don't wish the risk of an election either in which they risk losing their seat and all the trappings and loot that it brings. To continue on that path they would have to feel reassured that the public is disinterested and will not put them under any pressure to get this country moving again by holding them to account.
And this is why I think Britain requires a Tea Party movement, in which local chapters come form and remind their representatives in Parliament that there is work to be done. Work to lift this country of its knees and to steer a path through the morass that is dragging Britain down. I think such a movement would form a greater pull on our MP's by laying out the stark future they face away from the trough if they continue to be uninterested in the people they serve.
There is a quote I have often seen that I always interpret as being about the people. It says that you should take an interest in politics or it will take an interest in you. I think there should also be one, politicians in a democracy should understand.
Take an interest in the people, or they will take an interest in you.