John Major

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The Tories are ruthless: Is it inevitable they’ll scalp Cameron?

David Cameron

Don't be nice, Dave. They're ruthless

History is replete with examples of the Conservative Party orchestrating the demise of its leader. Cameron will survive the phone-hacking scandal. But they are bound to get him for something, writes Colin Marsden.

The phone hacking scandal that has engulfed the Prime Minister will not likely lead to his resignation, he is safe for now, but the Tory party is ruthless when it comes to removing leaders that no longer look like they are winners. Continue reading

Europe and the Tories

Before she became eurosceptic

The subject of European integration has always troubled the Conservative Party, to the extent that it cost Thatcher her leadership. With the single currency and possibly the European Union itself teetering on the brink, how would its collapse affect the Conservative-led government, wonders Colin Marsden.

The debt crisis in the Eurozone may yet spell the end for the single currency, at least in its present configuration. The logic is that the currency area must fully intergrate economically or abandon the Euro. Will or can European political union survive the crisis? The Conservative Party and indeed “Conservatism” has tended to be seen as Euro-sceptical but, from Macmillan to Cameron, Conservative governments have led the process of ever closer union with our European nieghbours. Continue reading

George Osborne or David Davis should stab David Cameron in the back

Quick! Now! Stab him!

David Cameron is not the best leader for the Conservative Party or for the country. His friendships with Andy Coulson and Mrs Grant Mitchell are reason enough for us to get rid of him. But he’ll survive the scandal no doubt. This is why we need either of two proper Tories, George Osborne and David Davis, to whet the blade and aim for Cameron’s spleen, writes Ventilator Blues.

When in times of national emergency it is vital that a proper sense of perspective is developed and that national interest is put first. Continue reading

David Cameron at PMQs – Is the PM losing his mojo?

Losing his gift of the gab?

David Cameron’s performances at Prime Minister’s Questions were better when he was Leader of the Opposition. As Prime Minister, he is alienating back-benchers and coming off second-best to Ed Miliband. Could this work in Cameron’s favour? Asks Ellis Wiggins.

Wednesday, 12 o’clock, and once again the attention of the House of Commons turns to Prime Minister’s Questions. David Cameron rises to the Despatch Box, and in solemn tones recounts the week’s casualties of war. Then, in a single breath, he lists his engagements for the day: the catchphrase of PMQs. With a supplementary of a backbencher easily swatted aside, Continue reading

Don’t blame The News of the World (hear me out)

There’s something a bit mob-like (or NOTW-like) about the outcry against NOTW – when really it’s the politicians who’ve been up to no good, says Currer Ball

I’m no apologist for The News of the World. A rag that markets to man’s state of nature instincts; that dresses up soft porn and celeb goss as ‘courageous investigative journalism’, not gutless, lowest common denominator conformity; that profits from, and relies on, popular ignorance and apathy; that loads our insalubrious obsession with B- and C-celebrity; that revels in rumour about cabinet ministers and their mistresses; that rejoices in misery because misery sells; that stalks and phone hacks the rich and famous, and dead children and dead children’s parents. Continue reading

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