Friday, 7 May 2010

How to lose friends and alienate your grass roots.... Clegg-Cameron alliance would sprinkle yellow stardust on Tory Blues

Despite all the spin the results are nothing short of disastrous for the Tory leader David Cameron. Having been bamboozled by a hipper clone in the first leader's debate, we now see the sorry spectacle of a man trying to be PM at any cost. While Nick Clegg may resemble Cameron on the outside there could not be a more stark difference when it comes to policy. Coupled with the fact that the next year is likely to be a strikefest there could not be a worse time to cobble together an alliance with which the majority of Tories would be so ideologically opposed. Thanks to the third debate we know how widely apart the two sides are on the key issues: the economy, immigration, PR and most testing for the Tory faithful Europe.
If this is what the Tories had wanted they would have just elected Ken Clarke who would have walked this election. The conservatives have themselves to blame for having opted for PR over substantive issues they may now be lumbered with PR (that's proportional representation) for good. The Tories will learn a lesson, the Labour grass roots could have told them long ago. If you dilute your values in search for the hallowed centre ground in the naive assumption that it will lead you to power you risk losing your party's soul for good. What is also worth noting is that in this merry dance to form a government the younger leaders seem to be more concerned about how their own brands will be tarnished by any association rather then the real national interest.