The Tories are revolting. Or so says James Forsyth in the Spectator this week. He paints a great picture of Cameron and Osborne storming around Westminster with an entourage of bright young things (the type of people who wear blazers on a dress-down-Friday and turn up the collars on their Ralph Lauren shirts. You know the ones) and attitudes befitting a mediaeval monarch, avoiding any contact with the commoners.
Now, at first glance, this sounds right up the Tory party’s street, what with their love of the heriditary peerage and all things aristocratic. I would imagine the corridors (of which there are many) from the Norman Shaw buildings, through Portcullis House and into the Palace itself should be littered with loyal subjects prostrating themselves before the men who valiantly lead them. But that’s not the case. The commoners are conspiring. The masses are muttering.
Even before the general election, Tory MPs are already letting the national press know that they’re unhappy with their lack of voice, with Cameron listening to Steve Hilton and Andy Coulson instead. It’s a standing joke in the Tory ranks that Cameron’s interns have more say than Cameron’s shadow cabinet.
With cracks showing already, dissatisfied backbenchers grumbling, the party’s far right trying to reassert itself, and George Osborne, Michael Gove & Chris Grayling as their “big hitters”, you have to wonder what will happen if these same Tories form the next government.