How Cameron can beat Miliband in 2015

June 26, 2012

According to YouGov, David Cameron’s approval rating has shifted from -25 to -18 over the period of the recent tax avoidance story. This improvement flies in the face of the media view that Cameron would suffer the charge of hypocrisy for condemning Jimmy Carr, when so many Tory donors are guilty of the same.

It now seems that Cameron was in touch with the public mood. The media taunts on Cameron’s hypocrisy have served little other than to highlight the Prime Minister’s intervention, while swatting Ed Miliband into the shadows and out of public glare. The crackdown on tax avoidance is now a Tory issue to be grabbed, while Miliband has so far been uninspired on a territory that the public would expect to be owned by Labour.
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Nasty Dave and the Coalition Cracks

May 19, 2011

The penultimate scene of the film “Force 10 from Navarone” concerns the bombing of a dam in Yugoslavia. At first, the dynamite appears to have done no damage, but within a few minutes, cracks in the dam emerge, and then the sheer weight of the water smashes the structure down into the valley.

After David Cameron turned the No2AV campaign into a personal attack on Nick Clegg and then won, but the dynamite made no cracks in the coalition. People argued that the Lib Dems had nowhere to go; they are weakened. It now seems that they are more dangerous exactly where they remain.
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Go Fast Dave!

April 3, 2011

Dave Cameron likes to move fast. He can take big risks because he’s cool in a crisis; it suits him. He will make his mark, even if it is a skid mark from his handbrake turns on policy.

He moves so fast that his election honeymoon lasted only a few weeks and the voters’ mid-term blues appeared in the polls within months. That’s fast. Very fast.

When his domestic policy began to fall apart, he did what all elected leaders do, and turned to foreign policy. So fast is Dave Cameron, that this came about before his first year of office was even complete. It took two weeks for his Libya policy to fall apart.
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Cameron is Dangerous – Poll!

March 17, 2011

According to your contributions, in last weeks poll, I can officially announce that David Cameron is a dangerous man to have in Downing Street.

However, you couldn’t decide whether he was more dangerous on the NHS or the economy, each of which scored 81%.
I can therefore announce that David Cameron is equally dangerous on both the economy and the NHS.

It’s official! According to the latest poll!

The Conservative Party should consider this data carefully, and decide among themselves how to go about removing this man from office and replacing him with someone less dangerous.
For those who still haven’t contributed to the poll, it’s still open and can be found here.

PMQs, 16.3.11, NHS: A Free-Market Free-for-All

March 16, 2011

Ed Miliband slaughters David Cameron in this Prime Minister’s Questions.

Cameron doesn’t seem to have concerned himself with the Lib Dem conference motion, which called for no price competition in the NHS. The Bill itself calls for EU free market rules to be applied to the health service.

Miliband highlights the fact that Cameron just doesn’t seem to be on top of the job.

Cameron’s Love Affair with Europe

March 11, 2011

The Tories are forever looking for the opportunity to have a proxy referendum on leaving Europe. Sadly, they keep being denied the chance.

The Lisbon Treaty never went to a referendum in the end and every other demand has been brushed aside. It must be incredibly frustrating for them.

A lovely Couple

Frustrate no more. I have the solution for you, my dear Tories. Organise a leadership contest to depose David Cameron. He has deceived you on EU policy. He has denied your rightful voice. By voting for or against him the issue can be tested by all.

It was always curious that Mr Cameron chose to speak about multiculturalism at a security conference in Munich. I’m not disputing that the issue is related to the cause of terror, but this was not a domestic British audience. The conference was concerned with co-operating on the contemporary threat, rather than commenting on each country’s experience of integration.

By being on the same day as the EDL march in Luton, this provided a good cover for his real intentions, with the media totally dominated by speech versus march. It’s not the first time Mr Cameron has demonstrated a deft handling of the British media professionals.

The truth is that his audience was not the collected heads of state, but one head of state only: The German Chancellor.

On the 17th November 2010, Angela Merkel told a group of students in Potsdam that attempts to build a multicultural society in Germany have “utterly failed”. Sound familiar?

Cameron was flattering her. It was a paraphrase of her own speech. It was a bonding exercise with the boss of the EU. He wanted the Chancellor to know that she has an admirer in the UK, in the form of the British Prime Minister.

Or course, this is totally at odds with Cameron’s commitment, made to the Conservative Cornerstone Group in the 2005 leadership election, to leave the EPP, which is dominated by federalist parties from Germany and France. Much the opposite, this is sucking up to the Federalists.

I say to the Conservatives, particularly The Cornerstone Group, you have been deceived!

And how about the news that David Cameron is actively pursuing an open borders policy for the EU? Surely this is completely at odds with his manifesto commitment: “We will apply transitional controls as a matter of course in the future for all new EU Member States.” It now appears that Mr Cameron is actively pursuing a reduction.

The Guardian reports that the prime minister “is forging an Anglo-Dutch alliance to revive liberalising reforms that would see the creation of a mini free market in Europe allowing workers…to ply their trades anywhere in the continent.”

Mark Rutte, the premier of the Netherlands said: “We want to form a mini-single market for all the professional services, and then obviously the hope is that all 27 countries would like to join, even if some are currently vehemently opposed.” Well, that’s funny, because I thought the British government were vehemently opposed. Or perhaps that’s just the Conservative Party.

So I say “Go for it, Conservative Party!” Make a leadership challenge your proxy for a referendum n our membership of the EU. If Cameron loses, then your next leader will be committed to genuine referendum, but if he loses, then you can forever hold your peace.

PMQs, 9th March 2011

March 9, 2011

Not the best PMQs since there was no clear winner, which is a bit surprising after the disastrous week the Tories have had. It was a perfectly respectable punch-up though.