Sunday, October 23, 2005

With Friends Like These...

Cards on the table: I never liked Miguel. It wasn't the rumours about his private life, but his apparent total lack of conviction, his preening self-regard, and most of all the damage he was prepared to inflict on our party in order to further his own ambitions. We're well shot of him.

And I'm afraid his ST article today brings all of those emotions boiling up again. Under the headline 'To be a winner, Cameron must first spill Tory blood', DC "supporter" Mig says:

'Blair was able to shed his early “Bambi” image by his ruthless imposition of change on his party. Cameron should follow suit.

Blair had a project to make the party electable. It mattered to him more than everything else in the world put together. Policies, traditions, ideas, vested interests and people who did not conform with the project were mercilessly tossed into the shredder. So, too, if tax cuts, stable families and Euroscepticism do not fit the new Conservative project, whatever sentimental attachment Cameron may have to them, they also must be torn up.'

Yes, but Mig...some of us actually believe in that stuff.

'The Tory benches are full of repellent figures whose faces, demeanour and speech turn voters from the party. They have to be dealt with.

Cameron’s success will not be judged by whether he can lead a quiet life. It will be measured by the blood that he spills. If he is brutal enough, the silly questioning about his policies will go away. He will have proved that he is prime ministerial material.'

Jeeps...we can all understand he must feel bitter after the way he was rejected, but coming from him, "repellant figures" is perhaps a tad rich.

It's probably just the ranting of twisted frustration, although there is more than a slight echo of last week's story that DC has 'privately pledged to sacrifice some of the party’s core voters, who loathe the modernisers’ talk of inclusivity and social liberalism, in an attempt to reach out to a new generation of younger voters.'

All very concerning, and we can only hope those wiser counsels prevail.
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