As a passionate European, I take strong exception with Simon Heffer on the Brexit debate. Judging by the imbedded poll in the article most Telegraph readers are pro-Brexit unlike the national polls.
I am a lifelong one-nation conservative. Sadly, these days I see the UK Conservative Party lurching to the right trying to avoid a hemorrhage to UKIP. Cameron’s leadership of the central ground of politics is eroding quickly. As I follow the daily news on Brexit, I find myself supporting prominent Labour campaigners. The right wing Tory leaders of Brexit are playing a dangerous game stirring up false patriotism and very real xenophobia.
The article suggests that the knives are out for David Cameron’s back, even if he wins the referendum and the the UK votes in favour for staying in.
Regular readers of this blog will remember that I am well ahead of Simon Heffer in his reasoning.
When Cameron and Osborne first came to power, I soon learned that that they were not lead by conviction, rather short-term political gain. Time and time again, along with my colleague and fellow-blogger, John Gelmini, we have searched for a cohesive government strategy but in vain. Cameron and Osborne are political chameleons.
David Cameron shot himself in the foot when he agreed to the Brexit referendum in the first place. Many now question his wisdom and judgement. I suggest that Cameron has never been an effective leader and in control of his party.
As a realist, I cannot see David Cameron reuniting the Conservative Party after the referendum, even if the UK people vote to stay in. I predict a split in the Conservative Party, a vote of no-confidence and an early election – with a strengthened Labour Party – this would not be more of the Third Way of the Blair years but a strongly left-wing UK government.