About a year ago I received a telephone call from the editor of Enterprise Britain.
“Drury. This is Dirk here” said a serious sounding voice.
It was indeed the admirable Dirk van Dijl who has developed Enterprise Britain into the respected website for SMEs that it has become. His call was to tell me that he wanted less politics and more economics in my blogs. I followed the caution. However today, at the risk of received another warning, I am writing about David Cameron.
In my book ‘Goodbye Dave’ (2011: published by Enterprise Britain) I predicted what was likely to happen with David Cameron as Prime Minister. I under-estimated his penchant for meaningless speeches, inactivity and ego-driven PR but I did foresee the frightening influence of the Notting Hill Set (Big Society, gay marriage and so on).
It also comes as no surprise that he referred to UKIP as “a bunch of fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists” and his friend the Baron Feldman of Elstree is alleged, by a national newspaper, to have described the local party members as “swivel-eyed loons.”
The Conservative Party is owned and run by a small circle of public school, land-owning aristocrats. They are ruthless people who always put their own interests first. They have, however, until 1997, managed to win general elections so giving them the power base they covet. They have the power to grant peerages which are worth an annual annuity of around one million pounds. This so why so many individuals bow and scrape at the altar of Dave.
Their power is diminishing and the chances of a Conservative victory at the next General Election, which will be held on 7 May 2015 (as dictated by the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011), are receding. In 2005 they ditched the hapless Iain Duncan Smith as leader and replaced him with the equally ineffectively Michael Howard.
With less than two years to go, and Cameron himself ‘one of the set’, it is difficult to see a leadership change. Nadine Dorries perhaps..!
So it is absolutely crazy for Cameron to so overtly despise and reject the party membership. The reason is because they can win marginal seats in a General Election.
There are 650 Parliamentary seats and about one hundred are decided by less than one thousand votes. Local Conservative Associations are simply in a league of their own when it comes to canvassing. They will walk the streets of their communities until darkness falls and then they still carry on. They pay into local funds and distribute leaflets. They ring people. They deliver postal voting forms. Their dedication is unbelievable. There are still around 170,000 party members (down from 350,000 when Cameron became leader) and they can make all the difference to the result of a General Election.
The only fruitcake in town is David Cameron: he and his Etonian friends are committing political suicide.