The Tories of course thoroughly deserve this, arrogantly taking their core support for granted in the belief there was nowhere else to go, they've increasingly been caught out by the 'Cameron-lite' and 'policy by Mumsnet' obsession of Notting Hill. It's such a joy to see those that supported Cameron from the start finding out that he's not quite what he seems, even though the rest of us had worked that out ages ago.
Naturally, as a form wagon circling, we can expect the usual tired mantra in response; a vote for Ukip allows Labour in, it splits the Eurosceptic vote etc etc.
So in the spirit of above I can't resist this from Fraser Nelson regarding the Cameron project:
Exactly two years ago today, David Cameron launched the Conservative Manifesto — one of those rare moments in the Tory campaign where it all seemed to make sense.Don't laugh, he continues:
When he launched the Tory manifesto in Battersea Power Station, Mr Cameron was pleading to be taken seriously. This is not just a politician’s promise, he said, but a solemn pledge to bring in a new style of politics: “people power not state power”.But whoops...
If he meant it, he should tell his Chancellor that charities, the vehicles of people power, cannot exist without their benefactors – so a Treasury assault on these benefactors is intolerable. This is not just another Budget hiccup, it’s a question of whose side Cameron’s government is on. As the old Tory poster put it: social responsibility, or state control. The choice is his.And in the Spectator he concludes on the same point:
The raid on philanthropists is the precise antithesis of what Cameron claims he came into politics to do.
Barack Obama, during the campaign, warned a reporter that ‘I actually believe my own bullshit’. Does Cameron believe in his own BS? We’ll soon see.Given the recent polling most have already made up their own minds regarding that question. Nevermind though, the Telegraph continues its anti-UKIP message today:
What we hear here is not only the sound of panic but the closing of ranks.