how on earth can you pass off what presumably you classify as an example of journalistic excellence, when it could just as well have been written by Conservative Central Office - or even their office boy, Tim Montgomerie?
That every premiership is a negotiation between public and Prime Minister over what Britain is, and what it should be is utter crap, considering the present state of democratised dictatorship under which we live. Where, please, is the 'negotiation'? We have a system under which political parties present an open-ended manifesto of their future plans - one in which they make no promise to adhere to and then ask the electorate to accept it, which the poor numpties do, time and time again.
d'Ancona quotes from Cameron's Manchester speech, one in which he maintains Cameron sought to rally the country: "hard-working", "pioneering", "independent", "creative". "adaptable", "optimistic" and "can-do". In the present political climate it is extremely difficult to do, or become, any of those whilst (a) we are subservient to Brussels and (b) as Lola posts, over at Mark Wadsworth' place, when the state runs over half the economy and massively regulates the rest of it.
Like our democracy - and for the same reasons - we learn that the clock tower at the Palace of Westminster is tilting and could eventually collapse as it appears the foundations have been disturbed, coupled with the fact that the inhabitants of that place are suffering from the same defects as HMS Victory which it is reported is rotting and being pulled apart under its own weight.
That our nation is rotten to the core thanks to our political elite and their bureaucratic machinery, all of whom appear to be riddled with a 'common purpose', is undeniable. To borrow a phrase from Richard North, EU Referendum, can anyone give just one reason why we should not rise up and slaughter the lot?