James Kirkup has an article in todays Daily Telegraph in which he writes:
"Adopting the Alternative Vote system would do "permanent damage to British democracy," says David Cameron."
"The biggest danger right now is that Britain sleepwalks into this second-rate system"
For heaven's sake! What about the permanent damage to our democracy that Cameron's insistence of remaining a member of the European Union has done? As an aside - not that I am in favour of AV - what pray is wrong with a second-rate voting system when we have second-rate politicians?
In yesterday's Sunday Telegraph Janet Daley had what might be termed a coruscating article on the Conservative Party, making the point - amongst others - that:
"There is no longer a clear sense of basic common purpose – of fundamental driving principle – at the heart of Conservatism. Who the party speaks for, and what it stands for, is a matter of confusion and contradiction."
By abandoning the belief that, as Janet Daley says, the Conservative Party stood for Queen and Country; free-market economics and self-improvement; that it represented the striving, sometimes vulgar but always determined and hard-working upwardly mobile classes, Cameron has managed to take a giant leap backwards.
Why has Cameron done this? By trying to "do a Blair" and appeal to all people on all matters; by trying to mix two opposite factors which envariably results in a 'damp squib', resulting in his foregoing his principles simply to enter Number 10.
As a Conservative and a politician, the man is a fake and a coward; illustrated by the speed with which he ran away from a debate offered to him by UKIP Witney, on the benefits (or not) of membership of the European Union., obviously fearing a face-to-face public meeting with Nigel Farage.
Afterthought: Daley also makes the good point that with an election due in a matter of weeks, all of a sudden the politicians are on bended knee to us and begging for our votes. It is about time they got on bended knee every time they wished to do something in our name!