Sunday, February 21

Heading for a hung Parliament, says Hezza

Michael Hesseltine's apprently told senior colleagues we're heading for a hung Parliament.

It comes after yet another poll shows the Conservatives losing ground and Labour starting to gain it, with the lead down to six points.

Lord Tebbit, writing in today's Telegraph, has these cheery words:

Whoever walks into No 10 after the election will face a desk overflowing with more and worse problems than any incoming Prime Minister since Winston Churchill in 1940. Certainly Margaret Thatcher faced a trades union movement led by insurrectionists who had already brought down Edward Heath and Jim Callaghan, and an economy in terrible trouble – but the troubles facing the country today are both wider and deeper than in 1979. That is not all: Margaret Thatcher had a far stronger Parliamentary Party and a far stronger Party in the country than David Cameron.
Hmm, a far stronger party in the country..? What might have weakened the party in rural Norfolk again..?

Forcing Cameron cuties onto the shires might turn out to be the least of David Cameron's worries if he becomes Prime Minister.

Lord Tebbit says:

In short, if he becomes Prime Minister, David Cameron will have more to worry about than whether he imposed enough Cameron Cuties on the demoralised remains of the Tory grass roots supporters. Perhaps the most corrosively poisonous inheritance facing the next Government will be the crisis of trust between the British people and the new political class which seems destined to dominate Parliament.
A few more MPs standing for seats where they are known and respected members of the community might help.


  1. Certainly - assuming he can scrape together a majority - Cameron is going to be leading the most inexperienced parliamentary party in living memory, few of whom have any experience of working with party whips, acting as a team etc - and some of whom have only the most minimal experience of Conservative party membership. And from what we've seen, Cameron doesn't exactly have a gift for managing his parliamentary party at the best of times. If he's working with a smallish majority, let alone in a coalition where every vote counts, the result will certainly be quite interesting ...

  2. Cameron say he will give more power back to local councils. Then he takes power away from local Tory party branches. Does not fit together for me.