Adam Lovejoy writes from London: Spare a thought for Prime Minister David Cameron, who these days resembles a rabbit caught in the car lights, terrified and confused, not knowing where to run and what to do.
There he was just a few days ago, confident that the vote to legalise gay marriage in the Commons would make his position stronger, as his idiot advisors were telling him for many months. But on the big day he chickened out of the debate, getting the jitters all of a sudden, and now that the bill has been approved in its first reading it turns out that the Tory party is turning against him, and party members are leaving by their thousands. And that deal on cutting the European Union’s budget that Mr Cameron supposedly negotiated so bravely at the EU summit in Brussels no longer looks all that great, now that it has been revealed that Britain will actually be contributing more into the kitty of that monstrosity, all thanks to Tony Blair making a stupid deal all those years ago in return for changes in agricultural policy that never happened. (By the way, Mr Cameron could have at least tried to review Tony’s deal instead of just accepting it as one set in stone.)
And now comes the Eastleigh by-election caused by the resignation of that ‘master-criminal’, as the British press has portrayed him, LibDem favourite son Chris Huhne, who got snitched by his deeply unattractive wife whom he asked 7 years ago to take the rap for his speeding offence. (Former Mrs Huhne wanted to exert revenge on Mr Huhne after he had left her for a lesbian, of all people.) The Tories need to win Eastleigh or Mr Cameron’s chances of surviving till 2015 will be getting that much slimmer.
Now, Dave can’t be that stupid not to realise that he is going in 2015 so his big plan boils down to clinging to power for the next two years and a bit, not to be seen as getting kicked out before his fixed term premiership expires. And that is why Cameron & Co have already informed the world that they are going to campaign in Eastleigh as if there were no tomorrow. Although, considering the PM’s deep unpopularity among Tory voters, and voters generally, he should have probably stayed in London and kept a low profile.
The funniest thing of all is that now it has come to light that it was London Mayor Boris Johnson who has played a crucial role in pushing Cameron to speed up the gay marriage vote in the Commons. According to Peter Tatchell, the famous gay rights campaigner, he, Peter that is, basically hijacked Johnson into publicly voicing his support for same sex marriages. Since then the Tory party has assumed that it was a cool thing to do. And Cameron, being terrified of Boris, who for some strange reason is tipped to replace, him having f..ked up every single job he has ever held including his current one, decided to act to outrun his nemesis. So he rushed the vote in parliament on gay marriage to claim the honours.
Is that hilarious or what? Says loads about what is going on in the Tory party.
And there’s more, much more. Last week Blair very publicly announced that he is currently giving advice to both David Cameron and Ed Miliband as to how to run things in their respective groupings. (I cannot force myself to call them parties, I’m sorry.) Now call me a cynic, but under normal circumstance this alone should have killed Cameron off in one go. Especially as Number 10 did not reject his words. As a result we have a situation, people, when two leaders of supposedly diametrically opposed political entities are getting guidance from a man who was, I am sorry to say, a s..t prime minister. This is beyond parody, honestly. This is a nightmarish farce which is getting out of control.
But the most amazing thing of all is that there are still Tories out there, both members and supporters, who actually think that Mr Cameron is just pretending to be a leftie and a liberal, to fool all those other lefties and liberals in his funny cabinet, including the Liberal Democrats who should not have been there in the first place. This goes beyond a parody. This is surreal and grotesque to such an extent that it becomes not funny. I mean, how stupid can some people be to fall for that sort of rubbish.
Bizarre thing, British politics.