Adam Lovejoy writes from London: Spare a thought for David Cameron, our unelected Prime Minister and leader of an unelected coalition government – come on, not a single person in the whole country voted for this hideous hybrid of Conservatives and Liberal Democrats – as he is worried sick about 2013. Here he is, with the economy falling apart and another financial crash looming while he is putting on a brave face and launching one last effort to legalise gay marriage. Imagine the agony as he learns that more of his supporters have deserted to UKIP and that he is running out of politically correct causes to embrace. (There are still some left, Dave.)
Dave doesn’t get it. He’s the problem not the solution for the Tories. He is the reason why they are trailing in the polls to Labour and are looking at a meltdown at the next election.
Let’s get one thing straight: Mr Cameron had lost the general election in 2010, even though the Labour party at the time had a popularity rating of about minus ten and should have been wiped out for good. But no, the Tories couldn’t even get a working majority in the House of Commons and had to strike a deal with the devil himself in the form of the loony left Lib Dems. Under proper conditions Mr Cameron should have stepped down and allowed somebody else to lead the Tories to victory in a new election. Especially as it was crystal clear that he was the main reason why voters turned away from the Tories. But he stayed on and even had the nerve to push through a dodgy arrangement with that fixed five year parliamentary term for his dysfunctional government. If that is not putting personal interests above those of your country then I don’t know what is.
As was widely expected, the coalition had screwed the economy further, picking up where Labour had left it and giving the bankers more taxpayers’ money to play with instead of putting it into industry and new jobs. George Osborne, who incidentally was running the election campaign of 2010 for the Tories and who had never had any practical experience in finance at all, was rewarded with the position of Chancellor. To say that he was the least suitable man for that job is to say nothing. But Mr Cameron is his close friend, you see, and he promised George the position if they won. They didn’t, but Dave kept his word anyway. Just as he kept his word to his other mate, Michael Gove, who became Education Secretary. He has managed to do pretty much nothing to improve things since then, even though rumours abound that he is a huge intellectual and might even one day become PM. (In your dreams, Mike.)
But it is Mr Cameron’s obsession with political correctness that is wiping out his support among the Tory grassroots like some force three hurricane. His obsession with liberal causes resembles that of Tony Blair, who weaselled his way into power, by changing his political views every other day, and then felt so insecure and vulnerable that he sucked up to every politically correct cause imaginable, to shield himself from any criticism. With Blair it actually all turned into a joke. There he was, an unremarkable man terrified of being found out as the fraud that he was, while the British media headed by the BBC turned him into some ‘formidable politician’, the ‘great communicator’ and a ‘powerful orator’. Even though he lied every time he opened his mouth and even pretended to be religious while having absolutely no idea what religion was all about.
But Mr Cameron for some bizarre reason took it upon himself to continue the ‘good work’ that his idol Tony started and demonstrated his PC credentials from the word go, hosting a party for the outstanding representatives of the LGB community in 10 Downing Street days after he managed to get inside it. It was basically a give-away. It showed that Mr Cameron was all style but no substance. It was, if you want, a desperate plea to all minorities to support him in his fight to stay on.
The funniest thing about Mr Cameron is that he actually believes that the reason why people don’t like him is because he is posh. Yes, that is what he has hammered into his head and is trying hard to dispel. The notion that Boris Johnson, who is posh as well, finds no problem with it somehow escapes the PM. Not to mention that the plain truth is: voters tend not to pay any attention to their leaders’ background, if he delivers on his promises. This has obviously been overlooked by Dave as well.
Mr Cameron will go down in history as one of the weakest PMs ever. But does he mind that? Nope, not a bit. He is on a mission to copy Mr Blair and end up a billionaire. The rest is all inessential.