Wednesday, August 29, 2012

David Cameron: man or mouse?

Very occasionally (thankfully), a senior Tory MP will articulate a certain negative view about a senior colleague or even the entire Conservative Party which reverberates down the ages. Remember Theresa May's conference speech reference to the 'nasty party'? That phrase was almost exclusively responsible for David Cameron's entire programme of 'brand decontamination' which gave us 'Vote Blue go Green', huskies on glaciers, 'hug a hoodie', 'the NHS is safe in our hands', and the more caring and compassionate 'Blue Labour', not to mention the A-list of candidates to ensure the election of more soft and cuddly women, gays, lesbians and ethnic minorities.

And let us not forget Ann Widdecombe's 'something of the night' comment about Michael Howard, which spawned years of Dracula cartoons which dogged his entire leadership (and beyond). Ms Widdecombe explained the strategy: "Then I tried it on a couple of other people who reacted similarly and I thought 'Right, I've got a phrase that people understand'. You only understand a phrase like that if you don't have to explain it. Ten years later, people often ask me to explain it and at this point I can't, because the whole idea was that it spoke to people's instincts at the time."

The enduring potential of the damning phrase is not only contingent on demotic instinct, but is directly proportionate to the seniority or public profile of the politician expressing the view. A back-bench gripe about ham-fisted party management or an out-of-touch prime minister might cause temporary inconvenience in the media, but nothing lasting.

But Tim Yeo has struck gold with his 'man or mouse' jibe at David Cameron. As Chairman of the 'hug-a-huskie' Energy and Climate Change Select Committee he wields real power even if he's utterly unknown to the general public. he was an original Cameroon and also a fierce advocate of the Coalition. All of which makes his comment all the more damning.

One expects such barbed comments from 'the Right' of the Party, but when the Wets start to round on their own man in No10, it is difficult to see how the Prime Minister can recover. His Grace can hear it now: every question of Ed Miliband at PMQs will end with: ' he a man or a mouse?'. And there will be roars of scorn and much waving of order papers. And Mr Cameron will squeak his way through a feeble response which no-one really hears, for the damage is done - permanently.

Mr Yeo warned that Britain will 'slide towards insignificance' without a third runway at Heathrow. Little does he realise that he's done more to shunt the Prime Minister towards insignificance than any broadside from Nadine Dorries.

“The Prime Minister must decide whether he is a man or a mouse,” he said. “Does he want to be another Harold Macmillan, presiding over a dignified slide towards insignificance? Or is there somewhere inside his heart a trace of Thatcher?”

We already know the answer: it speaks to people's instincts. Tim Yeo has just gifted Labour an entire general election campaign. He might even have assisted Alex Salmond's independence bid with 'Ur ye a man ur a moose?'. And the cartoonists will have many field days with the rodent-killing skills of Larry the Downing Street Cat. Poor Mr Cameron.


Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Your Grace. Well done Yeo, but just a moment. One is assured ones electricity bill is going through the roof in years to come to help pay for this warming farce, and yet there is a serious possibility of of another London runway for the most polluting form of travel yet devised !

The rich and famous will find it easier to fly out of the country while us mere mortals watch from the ground, coughing !

29 August 2012 at 10:09  
Blogger Rambling Steve Appleseed said...

UKIP ahead of Lib Dems 12% versus 10% in a poll I heard recently. That's enough to hand Brain Dead Ed's the deficit denier with Gordon Gold thief's right hand man at his side an Old Labour victory in 2015.

However, at least then we'd know where we were. Disgruntled and disenfranchised conservatives may as well pull the house down like Samson as endure another term of these old Etonian nonentities.

29 August 2012 at 10:24  
Blogger Youthpasta said...

Don't be so sure about a Labour victory in 2015, Steve. Even now I have been reading about a potential split between Ed and Ed that could tear the party apart like Blair and Brown did.
So we could end up with the Tories AND Labour being in a right state by the time the election comes in.

His Grace does, however, hit upon the biggest problem that this causes - Scottish Independence. With both major parties being such a mess and Salmond being the skilled, if annoying, orator that he is he could use this to point to the incompetence of Westminster to govern Scotland. I only hope that the fact that it is a straight "Yes or no" referendum that sense will prevail. Otherwise we see the end of the United Kingdom of Great Britain.

29 August 2012 at 10:31  
Blogger Nicodemus said...

What we are witnessing is the cracking up of the whole system - lib-lab-com, the whole lot.

This is why it is so serious. I predict that whatever government we have in 2015 (or before?)will be less stable that what we have now.

You cannot build a country on the lie of atheism.

You cannot build a nation on values which call good evil and evil good; which call light darkness and darkness light.

No wonder Mr Cameron and the whole political class, is in so much trouble.

29 August 2012 at 10:56  
Blogger bluedog said...

Your Grace, David Cameron made his run for the top job at least a decade before he was ready for it. More fool the Conservative Party for allowing itself to be bullied into accepting his callow leadership.

It's taken time but at last the Left of the Party can see what the Right has always seen; Dave is a dud. Consistently, Dave appears out of his depth and outclassed by the answer to the implied question: Boris.

Now Boris needs to be house-trained to the extent that he gives up his two silly ideas: same sex marriage and Turkish acession to the EU. Once Boris has dumped this baggage he will indicate his intention to topple Dave and win an absolute majority in 2015. It can be done. It simply requires a leader with the clarity of thought and ambition to execute the plan.

Time is of the essence and it is for the Tory grandees to tap Dave on the shoulder sooner rather than later.

Over to you, Oliver.

29 August 2012 at 11:32  
Blogger Rambling Steve Appleseed said...

Youthpasta, kind regards. I am certain of very little except that I wish I was my country and me in it was not being fought over by these wretches.

The Scots I know are far too intelligent and numerate to vote for independence, but they are Anglicised and living doon sooth so don't even get to vote.

Paradoxically, if Alec Weasel can gull enough dreamers, commies and benefit dependents to vote for and achieve Scottish Independence, then by solving the West Lothian question this might lead to actual conservative government in England. This could be UKIP's day.

29 August 2012 at 11:44  
Blogger Rambling Steve Appleseed said...

sorry tried unsuccessfully to delete former gramamtically jumbled comment will try again

Youthpasta, kind regards. I am sure of very little in politics except that I wish my country and me in it was not being fought over by these wretches.

Re Scottish independence and the breakup of the UK. The Scots I know are far too intelligent and numerate to vote for independence, but they are mostly Anglicised and living doon sooth so don't even get to vote.

Paradoxically, if Alec Weasel can gull enough dreamers, 'Bravehearts', commies and benefit dependents to vote for and achieve Scottish Independence, then by solving the West Lothian question and pulling the overrepresented Scottish socialist MPs out of Westminster, this might lead to actual conservative government in England. This could be UKIP's day.

29 August 2012 at 11:51  
Blogger Naomi King said...

"You cannot build a country on the lie of atheism."

Well said Nicodemus @ 29 August 2012 10:56

As I said elsewhere, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Know ye the Spirit of God. And every spirit that confesseth not Jesus Christ is not of God: and is that spirit of antichrist. We are of God: Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. 1 John 4

29 August 2012 at 12:04  
Blogger Naomi King said...

Hot news - from pink news

Republican party platform bans gay marriage

by Joseph Patrick McCormick
29 August 2012, 3:51am

The GOP national convention saw Mitt Romney officially nominated as Presidential candidate

The Republican Party today announced approval on a platform which would ban all gay marriage, and all abortions, at the GOP national convention in Tampa, Florida.

The platform announcing these approvals began with an acknowledgement that the American Dream had allowed equal opportunity, but went on to say:

“Today that American Dream is at risk.”

As well as announcing that they would ban gay marriage, the national convention also saw Mitt Romney win the official Republican nomination for Presidential candidate.

The document said that the Republicans were going to “start anew”, and announced drastic changes to budget, taxation, regulation and the Medicare social insurance program."

This should give the Conservatives and Mr Cameron something to think about !

29 August 2012 at 12:31  
Blogger IanCad said...

One of your best analyses yet YG, and, let me add, profoundly disturbing.

I cannot see other than that we are going in to a dark night.

Either a new leader; libertarian at base and decent in heart, has to emerge from within the ranks of the Conservative Party or it is finished.

Oh sure, Farage and UKIP are appealing to some and may get traction, but what's the betting that they won't soon descend into squalid populism if compromise offers the keys to power.

We are preparing the ground for a latter day Cromwell, if such could exist in our emasculated land.

29 August 2012 at 12:42  
Blogger Sam Vega said...

"he wields real power even if he's utterly unknown to the general public."

This is unfair to the man. He is still widely remembered as the father of what the press called two "love-children" and therefore as the joint destroyer of John major's "Back to Basics" campaign.

29 August 2012 at 14:27  
Blogger Anabaptist said...

An insult to all mice.

29 August 2012 at 15:50  
Blogger Naomi King said...

Interesting that neither the Telegraph nor the BBC reported Mitt Romney's principled stand on homosexuality and that it should fall to Pink News to tell the world !

29 August 2012 at 16:21  
Blogger Berserker said...

Cameron should make a joke of it at the next PM Question Time, like: Regarding the Scottish Independence Referendum, Sorry but I am a bit tired having worked my socks off consulting and working hard on the treadmill of...

(The House Erupts to Great Roars of Derision and Laughter)

I bet that would be the end of it.

About TY's point:

Passenger profiles for AB and C1 are 90% of total volume at Heathrow with Europeans making up the majority of users.

So Tim Yeo asks that we prepare ourselves the business needs of Far East economies but there is no guarantee that some of these will not implode to a certain extent and with European numbers certain to fall and the recession going on for at least twenty more years - who actually needs a third runway?

According to BAA figures passenger numbers actually went down by a very small percentage between 2008 - 2010.

29 August 2012 at 16:35  
Blogger Bred in the bone said...

The destruction of Britain is going ahead, whatever Rodent is put in the driving seat

The Big Cheese want a Big Society and we need a bloody Big Rat Trap

29 August 2012 at 18:27  
Blogger Naomi King said...

If you need confirmation that Mr Cameron is a mouse see him being very successfully bullied by the Gay Times homosexual reporter, Martin Poppelwell, in May 2010 on utube

29 August 2012 at 19:18  
Blogger Naomi King said...

And Boris is not much better, he was clearly bullied by the homosexual lobbist Tom Kirkpatrick to "come out" for homosexual "marriage by the intervention of Nick Clegg and the Deputy Prime Minister's Office's referral of Boris Johnson to the Equalities Commission !

Pink News said this

After months of failing to produce a video in support of the Out4Marriage campaign, London Mayor Boris Johnson’s inaction is now being looked into by the UK Government’s Equalities Office. Homosexual Campaigner Tom Kirkpatrick, on 27 June at the live Talk London debate, extracted support from Mr Johnson for homosexual "marriage". However, when several weeks passed, and an Out4Marriage video from Mr Johnson never emerged, Mr Kirkpatrick decided to visit City Hall for a response. Mr Kirkpatrick then decided to seek the intervention of the Lib Dem leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg: “I could not understand how the Mayor could agree to something at a live public debate and then do nothing”, Mr Kirkpatrick said. He has since received a reply confirming that Nick Clegg’s office had forwarded Mr Kirkpatrick’s letter of complaint to the Equalities Office. “This goes to show that if you believe in something and don’t back down, you can get results. It also shows that members of the government cannot say whatever they like without having to answer for their actions, or in this case, inactions”, a pleased Mr Kirkpatrick told

See these three articles in Pink News which describe in detail the grubby story and referral of Boris Johnson the Mayor of London, by the Deputy Prime Minister's Office, to the Equalities Commission. It is difficult to imagine this could of happened without the direct support of Nick Clegg ! What an extraordinary affair, bullying or what !

29 August 2012 at 19:44  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Quite. Mrs King. It did not escape the Inspector’s attention that the fascist brownshirtlifters on that site were absolutely furious at Boris. Rather worrying that having changed his mind, he now faces an ‘inquiry’ by the Comrade Commissar of Equalities, what !

When these swine seize power one day, the apparatus of oppression will already be in place ! {...BANGS FIST ON DESK INDIGNANTLY...}

29 August 2012 at 20:17  
Blogger Naomi King said...

"Seize power one day"... looks to me like Nick Clegg has got power already: if he can cow-tow the Mayor of London into doing his bidding.

After all didn't Nick Clegg fly the homosexual "rainbow flag" over Whitehall a month or so back and Cameron clearly didn't object. His Grace reported on this unconstitutional behaviour I recall.

29 August 2012 at 20:57  
Blogger Youthpasta said...

AND the thread descends into everything gay rather than talking SPECIFICALLY to the issue Cranmer posted on.

29 August 2012 at 21:17  
Blogger Ian Pattinson said...

I reckon Tim Yeo is an expert on sliding into insignificance. Not so sure about the dignified bit, though.....

Just a silly bit of attention grabbing from a nonentity on the back benches whose chance to be relevant passed in the last Tory government.

29 August 2012 at 21:41  
Blogger david kavanagh said...

The image of Cameron merging into a rodent will haunt me for the rest of the night.

Can this government last? No, with Nick Clegg wanting to raise taxes on the rich (i.e. wealth creators) and other Ministers suggesting otherwise, we are approaching the end game. I wait for an early election, but who knows how that will turn out, if Europe blows up (as it will, given the whole Euro currency crisis).

Interesting to note UKIP is on 12%, but the real question there is why only 12%?

29 August 2012 at 22:20  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

One is of the opinion that, with his party conference ( trial ?...) looming, Clegg will be spending plenty of time on his knees to Cameron in the near future. We should all brace ourselves as to what Cameron will give away in the near future. Hopefully, not too much, as the Lib Dems, that party of the hopeless eternal complainers outnumbering what few pragmatists they do have, are shortly to tear themselves to pieces whatever happens...

29 August 2012 at 22:53  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

Your Grace, the headline image of your Prime Minister! The whiskers, little ears, nasty smirk and o, those freaky little paws...ghastly. LOL! I luv-it. May one ask for a sign from His Grace as to whether this photo collage is his own?

Then, Your Grace, there is the photo you chose for "Cameron's Downfall" story below. They are actually laughing at us. They are laughing at me! Precious! I have long meant to tell you, Your Grace, that your "art department" for this blog is in a class of its own.

30 August 2012 at 05:23  
Blogger Caedmon's Cat said...

As it so happens, I had the interesting (not to mention intriguing) experience of meeting a mouse called Caedmeron recently:

30 August 2012 at 13:23  
Blogger Rambling Steve Appleseed said...

On the subject of horrid mice, YG might prefer not to Google Brown Jenkin, a character from H P Loverafts's terrifying tale 'the Dreams in the Witch House'.

30 August 2012 at 16:25  
Blogger Naomi King said...

Mr Cameron has already shown that he has no Godly principles otherwise he would not have brought forward this homosexual marriage idea which is based on immorality. All this woes have commenced from Autumn last year when he proposed this idea at the Conservative Party Conference. God will not be mocked.

Genesis 6:5-6 puts it this way:-

And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

31 August 2012 at 08:44  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Let's get this straight. Tim Yeo, the king of the vested interest, is calling out iDave over dodgy judgement?

No wonder the BBC loved every minute...

1 September 2012 at 06:15  

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