In the Guardian today, David Cameron faces fresh pressure from a key Tory donor. Lord Kalms said the Tory leader had “not quite got the party behind him at the moment” and that the Conservatives were having a “very bad period”.
Lord Kalms added: “He’s got to get across the things that Conservatives do worry about and they haven’t changed – it’s about taxation, smaller government.”
“There’s a lot of gaps in the policy… covering the ground of Europe, social cohesion, grammar schools,” he said.
“There’s a whole range of policies which are leaving us extremely uncomfortable – the whole area of taxation, smaller government.”
Get comfortable Lord Kalms because the Tories have been listening:
Traditional support for our brave boys in uniform
Traditional two-fingered salute to Johnny Foreigner
Traditional paranoia about Europe and Brussels
So almost total unanimity from the Tory frontbench. The only dissenting voice? The Leader of the Party apparently who’s off spouting some bollocks about trade tariffs. No traditional support for local manufacturers?
Bloody Cameron. Escapes the floodwater in UK only to go to Africa and come back with a flood of job-destroying cheap foreign imports. Tsk. All right, in truth, removing trade barriers is very noble – but it simply isn’t in the same league as GB lobbying hard to secure debt cancellation in the third world.
There is a gap opening up between Cameron and his party. In a sense, Cameron carries some blame for that. David Cameron’s Conservatives was totally ill-judged. The media are also separating him from the conservative body politic. This is how it can happen, here and here.
Dave Cameron needs to calm down and rejoin the Conservative Party. The Conservatives don’t belong to you, you belong to them, thundered the Daily Mail this week. If I was a Tory this is the advice I would hope Cameron is listening to.
And if I was a Tory, I would tell Cameron to stop blundering about the place, calm down and have a quiet think about what he’s doing. Things aren’t that bad – polls might not be good, but the flow of money is revealing. Who bankrolls a loser?