The Tory wipe out in the local elections leave David Cameron looking more like John Major than ever before. Despised, clueless and inept, the hapless Prime Minister blunders on with no ideas and no direction.
There are differences between the two. John Major came from a circus family, not a family of millionaires. He was also elected, unlike this toff Government. And whilst Major had bastards in his cabinet to contend with, Cameron has got the biggest bastard of all in City Hall.
The insipid Lib Dems are likely to prove the least of his problems. If yesterday’s election showed anything, it showed the Lib Dems are nothing at all. Their party is dead. Clegg and Alexander will no doubt carry on in their lucrative jobs, but the only hope Lib Dem MPs and the few remaining Councillors have of saving their salaries is a very public rebellion. Don’t hold your breath. That they are watching their beloved party collapse around them and still remain silent just shows the cowardly heart that beats in the chest of every Liberal Democrat.
It may yet be Boris who proves Cameron’s undoing. If the Bullingdon Boy rival remains popular whilst Cameron remains despised, there will undoubtedly be calls for Boris to challenge for the leadership before the next election. Despite being a darling of the Tory right, Boris is far too much of a dick to ever actually be Prime Minister. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t want it.
Cameron recently stated that he believes children should stand up when an adults enters the room. When Tories are in trouble they go ‘back to basics’. If David Cameron seems out of touch now, a lurch to the traditionalist right will see him made a laughing stock. Tory MPs bleating about Tory values, such as not letting gay people get married, shows the rump of the party hasn’t moved on one inch from the fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists which infected the party in the 1990s.
This election was a clear vote against austerity. George Osborne’s ideological crusade to line the pockets of the wealthy at our expense has not only wreaked devastation on people’s lives, but has driven us into the longest recession since the 1930s. Yet the Tories will plough on with more of the same. Out of ideas and in the pockets of the super rich, there’s no turning back for Cameron now.
If he flinches then the Tory right will destroy him and crown Boris. If he carries on he will plunge the country into further chaos. He’s choosing chaos to save his own skin. Only two years into this toff Government and already it’s every man for himself.
John Major presided over the self-destruction of the Tory Party in the 90’s, behaving like a rabbit in the headlights as sleaze, scandal and bitter in-fighting wrecked his Government. But even Major wouldn’t have slipped up over Cornish Pasties. John Major’s ill-fated traffic cones hotline seems positively competent compared to the Tory’s recent performances. And once more the Tories are finding themselves mired in sleaze, as Leveson and cash for questions reveal that envelopes stuffed with cash and dodgy deals remain at the heart of all Tory Governments.
Cameron like Major, is letting his temper get the better of him. John Major kept his outbursts behind closed doors. Cameron prefers to expose his fury in the House of Commons, telling older MPs they should retire or insulting and patronising his own female MPs. There has rarely been such an arrogant little posh boy in Government.
The truth is, just like John Major, he’s no good and won’t get any better. The elections show the country is fast waking up to this. Many in the Tory Party always knew it but chose to remain silent. Until now. That a floppy haired clown like Boris should be the greatest political threat to the Prime Minister just shows how bad things have got.
None of this is of any comfort to the millions facing poverty, ill health and homelessness due to this Government. The Westminster soap has little impact on our daily lives. Even the Mayoral election has been little more than a boring version of X Factor. If the Tories collapsed tomorrow the grinning idiot Milliband would be no better. The gaggle of public school boys in all parties are determined to steer us into neo-liberal hell. The only opposition is us now.