Sunday, 17 July 2011

Don't Panic!

It seems that Sir Paul Stephenson’s resignation this evening, with clear criticisms of Cameron, has caused some turmoil in Dale Towers:
I can't believe I am even writing this, but it is no longer an impossibility to imagine this scandal bringing down the Prime Minister or even the government. OK, some of you reading this may think that last sentence is a deranged ranting, and you may be right. Indeed, I hope you are. But Sir Paul Stephenson launched a thinly veiled attack on David Cameron in his resignation statement and the Prime Minister is already on the ropes about the propriety of his relationship with Andy Coulson.

But for the first time since 2005, some people are thinking about life after Cameron. And that's not good. Not good at all.
Unsurprisingly I beg to differ with the last sentence.


  1. Actually TBF, I don't think Cameron will go, rather he will brazen it out blaming the previous government, and will make that point stick in the public's mind, whilst doing a mea culpa on the friendship with Brooks and Coulson.

  2. On balance you're probably right WfW, but the story is so fast moving who knows - Cameron is clearly not in control of events.

    In the mean time I'm just enjoying his (and the Tories') great discomfort :-)

  3. Cameron has never been in control of anything at anytime...
    I hope it tears the whole lot down, then we can expect Liebore in again and they will last even less of a time, and the lamposts will beckon...

  4. Part of me says yippee as the great holding to account will take place of Labour on the economy. We can see what the alternative is to "too deep to fast" is in terms of policy.

    Oh yes - and the end result.

  5. I don't see what Cameron has done wrong in this apart from court unwise associations in News International. He's hardly the first politician to do that. Much of this happened on Nu Labour's watch anyway.

    I suppose the difference is that he's PM as the story breaks.

    If he goes following this, it will be because it's the straw that broke the camels's back, the camel is already carrying some big beams of timber, put in place by courting the left and assuming the right would remain loyal because they have nowhere else to go. He's shown himself to be a weak, slippery character, apart from on a few matters such as foreign aid and Libya, where he's perversely gone ahead.

    His big mistake was the "cast-iron promise" which showed him prepared to take his own supporters for fools, it would have been far better to tell the truth. We're seeing more of the same with the "Referendum Lock", which most people can see is worthless. Now we can see an attempt to dust off the Tory moderate Eurosceptic line, but his actions are totally out of kilter with that.

    He doesn't have anything like a coherent Conservative view and set of values which he tries to stick to and can defend. He changes his tune to suit the moment and the audience. He isn't about anything but being called PM. What will bring him down is that he's a shallow walking PR exercise who can please everyone while he's talking and relies on short memories and everything he says being accepted at face value.