Of all the animals of prey, man is the only sociable one.
Every one of us preys upon his neighbour, and yet we herd together.
The Beggar's Opera: John Gay

Saturday, 20 February 2010

With Friends Like These...

You have to feel sorry for Dave 'Man of the People' Cameron; first there's Nicholas Winterton's spectacular foot-in-mouth, now it's Heseltine lumbering out of hibernation and foretelling doom to all and sundry, like something out of the darker recesses of Greek mythology.

According to the Times, 'The former deputy Prime Minister said he would "put money" on a hung parliament, with the Tories the largest party. Mr Cameron would then be forced to call a second election later this year to seek a proper mandate to govern.'

With new research showing Cameron's poll lead eroding fast, things could be looking bleak for his party. It's a sobering thought that the electorate may actually be swayed by Brown's media antics, but even without them, the Tories are hardly helping their own cause.

No sooner has Winterton raised the spectre of moats and duck houses - could he really have been unaware of the impact his remarks would have? - than a senior figure casts doubt on their hopes for victory in the forthcoming election.

Self-fulfilling prophecy, anyone?
Update: Michael Portillo has added his pennyworth to the debate with an article in the Sunday Times deploring the indecisiveness of the Tory party and claiming "The Conservatives are failing the grit test".


  1. Perhaps it's for the best? I mean, althought I want Brown and his party cast into the wilderness, I really, really can't get enthused about Dave's party taking a turn at wheel. Can you?

    Perhaps if Brown squeeks in again, then in another five years, there won't be an election, but a revolution.

    Perhaps that's what we need?

  2. An interesting idea, JuliaM.

    There's something odd going on among the Opposition with their cries of 'Vote for us or get 5 more years of Brown'.

    Either they seriously believe Brown can cling on to power for 5 years if Labour win or they think we're all so stupid that they have to use a straw bogeyman to frighten us.

    Whichever it is, it doesn't exactly inspire confidence!