Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Andrew Cooper moves in to No10 to eradicate the 'vile' Tory instinct

Tim Montgomerie is an honourable sort of chap. He is nothing but decent, scrupulously fair, and as a primary source of information he would be impeccable. So when he tweets that Andrew Cooper, the Prime Minister’s new Director of Strategy, has said that the Conservative Party’s grass roots are ‘vile’, there is no reason to disbelieve that it was said.

And when Mr Cooper denies it, insisting that Mr Montgomerie has ‘attributed views to me that I do not hold and have never held’, it is for the historian to discern the more reliable source.

He can't be much of a strategist if he is so free with his derogatory opinions of that which he is now employed to guard, disseminate and propagate.

This may not be of little interest to many, but politics is so lacking in honour, integrity and trust that an injection of openness, transparency and honesty can only be a good thing: light, disinfectant and all that. And if, as reported, Mr Cooper is so disparaging of the Conservative Party’s rank and file – their dedication, loyalty, instincts and political priorities – one has to wonder what strategic direction he will be advising the Prime Minister to take.

The Daily Mail reports that Tim Montgomerie also said he had been told by an 'impeccable source' that Mr Cooper argued in 2000 that the 'ultimate modernisation' would be for the Tories to become pro-euro: 'Not because it was morally right, not because it was economically sensible, not because the euro was popular with voters but because it would show that the Conservative Party had changed,' Mr Montgomerie said.

‘Change’ is the vacuous Obama mantra. And look where it got him. The nation is crying out for moral integrity and political conviction, not sophistry and salesmanship. One glimpses something of the Cooper view of the Cameron project in an article he wrote on the run-up to the 2010 General Election. He spoke of:
David Cameron striving to substantiate his assertion that he is a ‘modern, compassionate Conservative’ committed to the NHS, in touch with ordinary working people and caring about the vulnerable...
as though it were a lost cause. Tim Montgomerie also said Mr Cooper, a former member of the SDP, had attacked William Hague's pro-family policies as 'outdated, exclusive and wrong' and claimed the party showed 'no respect for minorities'.

If it is true that he believes pro-family policies to be ‘outdated, exclusive and wrong’, God knows what he must think of Iain Duncan Smith’s mission. He appears to be convinced that the Conservatives really are the ‘nasty party’.

According to ConservativeHome, Andrew Cooper’s decontamination priorities are all about race, gender and sexuality. He argues for ‘whatever it takes’ to get more women and ethnic minority candidates. And his views on the EU, tax and immigration are manifestly antithetical to those of mainstream Conservatives.

And so a picture begins to emerge of a Prime Minister ill at ease with his party’s right wing, and a Parliamentary Party ill at ease with its voluntary wing. For it is not only the Downing Street Director of Strategy who thinks Conservative Party members are ‘vile’: the Party Chairman Baroness Warsi has made it clear that she has little time for the Tory right (and so the vast majority of members). And this revelation follows hard upon those recently made; that the Party faithful are made up of ‘dinosaurs’, ‘backwoodsmen’ and the ‘Turnip Taliban’.

It is one thing to wish to ‘decontaminate’ and reach out to the ‘middle ground’. But it is quite another to do it at the expense of one’s core vote. The Conservative Party leadership might just consider that these vile turnips, dinosaurs and backwoodsmen are not all out-of-touch, anachronistic eccentrics, but often intelligent and discerning individuals possessing of more conservative philosophy in their little fingers than some of the Party’s key strategists appear to manifest in their entire beings.

Those who have consistently and unwaveringly voted for the Conservative Party have done so because they are conservatives. The trudge from door to door; spend hours on the phone; and hold their coffee mornings and bridge evenings because they are convinced of the rightness of their cause. They have the innate intelligence to see beyond the superficial, anodyne and banal. Their notion of diversity is more than skin deep: it is not dependent on gender, ethnicity, sexuality or disability, but on profession, achievement, religion, philosophy and worldview. The shifting sands of a nebulous and platitudinous ecumenical ‘broad appeal’ are no substitute for the rock of the ‘broad church’ laity.

Irritating we may be; 'vile' we are not.

39 Comments:

Blogger Gnostic said...

Why doesn't Cooper go for a complete rebrand and call it Blue Labour? You judge a leader by the people with whom he surrounds himself. Isn't it about time Cameron truthed up and crossed the chamber because the man is NOT any kind of conservative, nor are the numpties he's stocked his cabinet with.

16 February 2011 at 10:39  
Blogger Autonomous Mind said...

It would appear, Your Grace, that Mr Cooper is anything but conservative.

As such he fits neatly into the Cameron clique of social democrats who are committed to furthering the Fabian nightmare that has dragged this country backwards.

One wonders when genuine conservatives who remain members of the Conservative party will finally accept the reality of their situation and understand they have been 'had'.

16 February 2011 at 10:45  
Anonymous Joe Public said...

Not irritating, not vile, just a bit backwards. Let's look forward to the future and not to a romanticised past that never really existed.

Peace :)

16 February 2011 at 10:46  
Anonymous John Thomas said...

"...in touch with ordinary working people and caring about the vulnerable..." - you might add, YG, that, after all, the Labour Party abandoned "ordinary working people" some while back (as proved by Gordon Brown's indiscreet "bigoted" remarks, in the last election.

16 February 2011 at 10:49  
Anonymous Road_Hog said...

And yet traditional thinking Tory members of the public will carry on voting for them, just like the suffering working class will carry on voting for Labour and more immigration.

16 February 2011 at 10:51  
Blogger Willie said...

Your Grace.
I find you again "on the money". I voted Tory at the last election without enthusiasm. My forebodings have been given shape in the cuts which whilst necessary have found wrong targets. The cuts to our Armed Services have reduced our influence in the world even when pitched against, and the irony is delicious, of the appalling Lady Ashton.
I fear that a realignment is necessary. UKIP is the obvous option and the party needs more crediblity with higher quality candidates and of course money. If this could happen, there would be a flood of support and Tories on the right would find a spiritual and robust home awaiting and probably defect, leaving a Tory party indistinguishable from New Labour.
Your analysis of traditional Tory supporters is apt. Those on the Right characterised as "swivel eyed", "nutjobs" and a variety of other adjectives not appropriate here have real experience to offer.
For example , I have lived in Eastern Europe almost exclusively since 1998.
The view from there of the UK is of a country likened to an old and motheaten toothless lion which is being sunk by the EU and ceaseless immigration. Unfurtunately it is still attractive to Moldavians and Ukrainians with a Romanian passport, not to mention the third world.
I think we live in interesting times, however.

16 February 2011 at 10:54  
Blogger Alan Douglas said...

The photo you use, surely that is Damien McBride, former Brown crony and lie-machine ?

Alan Douglas

16 February 2011 at 10:57  
Blogger Bristol St. Lie Factory said...

"Alan Douglas said...
The photo you use, surely that is Damien McBride, former Brown crony and lie-machine ?"

I thought it was the odious Tom Watson myself.

16 February 2011 at 11:14  
Blogger Anabaptist said...

'Vile', 'nasty' -- what's the difference? Nothing new in these ideas. It simply exposes once more the fact that the Unconservative Party is interested only in power, and has absolutely no principles.Today's Cooper is yesterday's May and Maude.

And as for your statement, Cranny, that '... a picture begins to emerge of a Prime Minister ill at ease with his party’s right wing...' Begins to emerge!? Good grief, where have you been for the past years?

16 February 2011 at 11:44  
Anonymous Paleo said...

I vote UKIP for Brussels, I may very well vote UKIP for Parliament if these clowns do not sort themselves out

16 February 2011 at 12:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I voted British National Party for the first time at the general election. Prior to that I had voted Conservative for 35 years. UKIP cannot be trusted.

16 February 2011 at 12:14  
Blogger Kidz Klub said...

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16 February 2011 at 13:08  
Blogger Rebel Saint said...

Your article leaves me unsurprised Your Grace. In fact, I'm surprised that you're surprised.

Our political leaders (and by that I don't mean our MP's who are merely window dressing) think all voters are vile ... an anachronistic inconvenience. That is why they all love Europe so much and aspire to be part of the club. There they can implement whatever they declare is "best for us" without the nuisance of actually bothering to find out if we agree, pay themselves whatever they want, make themselves exempt from the law and totally untouchable.

Mr Cooper sounds like the perfect man for the job.

16 February 2011 at 13:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rebel Saint said 16 February 2011 13:09

Sir/Madam, your statement cannot be improved by adding any further comment!

The Man Who Never Was??

16 February 2011 at 13:43  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@anon 12:14

If you were aware of what was happening to the BNP (visit the BDF forum and read the BNP section), you probably wouldn't vote for them, they are literally imploding. Yes, I agree there are many problems with UKIP as well. My real point being, that there doesn't seem to be viable alternative to the LibLabCon.

16 February 2011 at 13:51  
Anonymous DanJ0 said...

"If you were aware of what was happening to the BNP (visit the BDF forum and read the BNP section), you probably wouldn't vote for them, they are literally imploding."

Probably down to the vacuum inside their heads, I expect.

16 February 2011 at 14:04  
Anonymous Gladiolys said...

Maybe you are becoming empathetic to the way some Labour voters have felt since 1994...

16 February 2011 at 15:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BDF/UAF/Searchlight... who cares what a bunch of crackpots and unwashed anarchists have to say.

16 February 2011 at 15:49  
Anonymous Disco Biscuit said...

As you will know, Cranmer, in English law Mr Montgomerie would have to substantiate his defamation (or you would, for repetition), rather than Mr Cooper having to disprove it.
Mr Montgomerie being a decent chap is not sufficient to substantiate his allegation. I have known the man to make things up. Could this be one of those occasions?

16 February 2011 at 15:51  
Anonymous Voyager said...

Peter Hitchens must be so pleased at Cameron being the instrument of destruction of the Conservative Party. Then again only a Hurd or a Cameron with the Old Etonian pedigree could get away with doing it.

The Conservative Party will never hold office again after the toxicity of the Cameron Era. THey will be swept away in Northern England and corrode in the south leaving them as a rump regional party.

It appears that Belgium may be the future of government in Britain

16 February 2011 at 16:05  
Anonymous Bede said...

It seems that the leadership of all three main parties think that the traditionally-minded indigenous population of this country have the 'wrong' views.

So they pander to all sorts of minorities, including the morally deviant.

Like a reputed communist leadership of the past, they have lost confidence in the people and would like to dissolve the people and elect a new people.

16 February 2011 at 16:10  
Blogger Bred in the bone said...

I do feel that why UKIP and BNP MEPS may be making the right noises within Brussels, it all comes across like bullied school children moaning at the bully but unable to do anything.

As YG points out "politics is so lacking in honour, integrity and trust"

What the Nation needs in getting back to grass roots is to recall a time when Nobility was a trait one aspired to and not a title to be bought.

When we are lead by folk of true Noble character once more Brussels shall be sacked and traitors will spend the rest of their days paying reparations.

I do hope Cameron will be fit enough to polish my boots, I may have him as my valet.

16 February 2011 at 17:22  
Anonymous not a machine said...

Your grace covers the points well ,it is a choice ,Mr Cooper seems to have pre appointment opinions ,we can all only wait and see wether he deems heros as loonies and loonies as heros. If its all aboard the happynet train to grandcentral av then I think you will be able to put the words sold and down the ******** in the same sentence.
I tend to listen to what the PM has to say rather than his media gurus anyway

16 February 2011 at 17:44  
Anonymous Dick the Prick said...

Your Grace

Straight off the bat it seems odd to hire a non Conservative to this role but that's by the by. It can be seen, and apparently by Cameron himself, that help is required. Effort and diligence, grace and ability, perseverence and intellect; to that extent the Conservative party are failing. Cameron does seem vacant, vacuous, ill at ease with the party that delivered to him his position and to scoff, to scorn, to deride their activity delivers nauseau and reflux.

I would offer to Cameron the instruction of 'do your job, man' instead of that which can be likened to many before him, namely, fool, misrepresent and deceive. I am worried that his tenure shall be but 1 term and their focus on long term strategy will come to nought. It is perhaps right that he was the right man for the one job and that in the history books Cameron will be but a footnote whilst George Osborn is really the man to thank.

I feel nothing but shame for this appointment and will be unable to reassure my colleagues that their is an incentive to support them whilst it rains outside. many live in safe seats, have their own pragmatic approach to work and endeavour which, if this 'director of strategy' is to have any impact, shall be dismissed out of hand as a wretch and a bounder.

I worry so much that if it were not for the perilous state the Labour Party have left this country in that there would be no reason to support the Old Whore.

Hmm..they'll appoint anyone it seems.

Regards

DtP

16 February 2011 at 17:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not only the Tory grass root membership that are vile, I heard on Radio 4 that Eric Pickles is a reformed Marxist. whodafunk.

16 February 2011 at 17:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." (Attributed to George Orwell.)

After 15 years of the Prince of Darkness Mandelson and his principal lieutenants Campbell, Moore, Draper, etc, is anyone naive enough to believe a single word that comes out of any spin-doctor's mouth?

Alfred of Wessex

16 February 2011 at 20:01  
Blogger raggedclown said...

Of course Cameron has no need for the Tory right. With their obsessions with gays, feminists, and foreigners, they are little more than an embarrassment and a distraction from his primary purpose -- completing the shift of wealth and power from the British people to an already wealthy and powerful elite begun by his predecessors Thatcher and Blair.

This is why Cameron cannot believe his luck to have been handed the Lib-Dem Party by Clegg -- he can command a healthy majority without having to appease the Rabid Right of his own party.

17 February 2011 at 02:59  
Anonymous a serf on the land of the British EU Barons said...

Two things: 1. In response to "And so a picture begins to emerge of a Prime Minister ill at ease with his party’s right wing".

Wrong. This is not about left or right wing. This is about power, and cultural change for the purposes of ensuring the perpetual rule of our elite. Cameron is ill at ease with representative democracy, that's what he is ill at ease with, and as soon as he can eradicate it completely, the happier he will be.

Secondly: Montgomerie writes "One man, more than any other, stands between ­David Cameron and the Tories adopting a sensible, ­popular policy on Europe. That man is Ken Clarke, the Prime Minister’s Justice Secretary and the last senior Conservative to believe in the European superstate."

This tells me that Montgomerie is a liar; another Tory journalist/blogger very much in on the grand deception. And the deception plays to Tory arrogance very well. I see them commenting here with their "there doesn't seem to be an alternative to the Conservatives at the moment" attitude.

There is an alternative - two, in fact. The first is through the ballot box and anyone but the LibLabCon - which is UKIP. Feeling far too superior to bring yourselves to do that? Well, the second is a physical revolutionary struggle. Would you like that maybe? Because a lot of us are not going to take this laying down.

17 February 2011 at 03:19  
Anonymous a serf on the land of the British EU Barons said...

Are you a real Archbishop? Lest you be put out of the synagogue, mayhaps? I guess that your other blog is for the glory of God.

17 February 2011 at 03:37  
Anonymous a serf on the land of the British EU Barons said...

OK try post this again.

First, Cameron is not uneasy with any particular wing of the political spectrum. He is uneasy with representative democracy. The sooner he can do away with it, the better.

Secondly, Montgomorie wrote this: "One man, more than any other, stands between ­David Cameron and the Tories adopting a sensible, ­popular policy on Europe. That man is Ken Clarke, the Prime Minister’s Justice Secretary and the last senior Conservative to believe in the European superstate."

Which in my book makes him a liar, and another journo/blogger very much in on the grand deception which works so well with the arrogant Tory. I see it here. I see the "there is no viable alternative" attitude. Well, there are two alternatives. 1, vote for anything but the LibLabCon - UKIP, effectively. Too superior for that? 2, a physical revolutionary struggle. Anyone fancy that?

God made us free, and He is working anew, unrecognised in most cases, in many an Englishman's breast in this age of despotism. No man will take what God has given us, and especially any man that calls that process "detoxification" and our God given values "vile".

17 February 2011 at 03:51  
Anonymous Voyager said...

2, a physical revolutionary struggle. Anyone fancy that?

If they do they will proceed quietly for fear of a knock on the door......after all those chaps on 7/7 thought they were initiating one...

17 February 2011 at 05:29  
Anonymous Hexe said...

"Irritating we may be; 'vile' we are not."

You're not 'irritating' or 'vile' enough and that is exactly the problem.

This is what happens to people who compromise in order to keep the peace -- they lose their way of life and then their peace.

The 'Turnip Taliban' not only allowed themselves to be knobbled, they then hung around and helped the traitor elect the hussy Cameron planted in their feathered nest.

Sorry guys, you really don't deserve better than you arranged for yourself here -- and if you could not 'forsee' the future of Dave and his merry band of shysters will inflict on you, then you're anyone's bitch and losing Dave will merely create a space for the next huckster to take you over.

As some contemporary bards once put it:

"Every year is getting shorter never seem to find the time.
Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way
The time is gone, the song is over,
Thought I'd something more to say. "

17 February 2011 at 10:03  
Blogger DP111 said...

UKIP has been the only real choice for quite a few years.

Its policies on EU(political threat), immigration, Islam and Muslims (existential threat), as well as AGW(a tax raising scam), are in accordance with mine.

17 February 2011 at 11:31  
Blogger Man in a Shed said...

As Paleo says - many of us are wondering if being in the Conservative party is an effective way of promoting Conservative values.

Frankly I'm about ready to cancel the standing order and look for a new home.

I've vote Conservative at every election I can think of and been a party member for most of my adult life - but I think I may have had enough.

I am watching very closely what happens over the next few months.

17 February 2011 at 12:47  
Anonymous John Thomas said...

Conclusions of these Comments:
- Both main parties have abandoned their original constituencies some while back.
- Real laws and rule now come from the EU.
- British politicians have been the architects of their own irrelevance.
- Lack of real purpose has aggravated the politicians' slide towards amorality and venality.
- People who keep supporting/voting for Tory (or Labour) may well, and should, wake up and change their habits.
Let's hope!

17 February 2011 at 15:58  
Anonymous Oswin said...

Gnostic @ 10:39

''Blue Labour'' I like it!

Or rather, I don't!

I'm still awaiting representation for my own particular 'vileness', as I suspect are most Tories ...?

17 February 2011 at 17:57  
Anonymous Oswin said...

Hexe @ 10:03

I fear your words are only too true.

Here's to some future 'vileness'!

17 February 2011 at 18:01  
Anonymous Oswin said...

Bred in the bone @ 17:22

Hail to that!

On Cameron's one day-off in the month, would you please send him along to clean the sh*te from my 'backwoodsman's' boots? Ta xx

17 February 2011 at 18:10  
Blogger Paul Marks said...

There is no surprise in any of this.

One of the first things Mr Cameron did on becomming leader of the Conservative party was to drop the committment to restore British control of the fishing grounds.

And one of the first things Mr Cameron did on becomming Prime Minister was to agree to an increase in E.U. funding - at a time when this country faces bankruptcy.

Of course Mr Cameron would appoint someone like Andrew Cooper to this position.

I did not vote for Mr Cameron to be leader of the Conservative party - and with each passing day I am more content that I did not.

David Davis, whatever his foes claim are his imperfections, never looked down on Conservatives - sadly the same can not be said for the current leadership.

18 February 2011 at 18:48  

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