Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Only 6% think Cameron is in touch with ordinary people


Tim Montgomerie of ConservativeHome circulated a chart yesterday evening, the most alarming aspect of which (alarming, that is, for the Conservative Party) was the stat which suggests that only six per cent of the electorate believe David Cameron to be in touch with ordinary people.

By ‘in touch with ordinary people’, one must assume the researcher means ‘in touch with the concerns of ordinary people’, for it is highly unlikely that the Prime Minister’s contacts are limited to weirdos, fruitcakes and barm-pots, not to mention extraordinary people like Mo Farah and Boris. If the Prime Minister is not in touch with the concerns of ordinary people, with whose concerns is he concerned? If he believes himself to be a servant of the people, yet the people do not perceive him to be so, then we have a certain epistemic distance which becomes problematic not only for the Prime Minister, but also for the Conservative Party as a whole, for the fortunes of the party are tied to the fortunes of its leader, and if its leader is perceived to be an uncaring, unfeeling, unconcerned charlatan, then the electorate becomes indifferent to his charms and likely to turf him out at the earliest opportunity.

People enter politics for a variety of motives, some noble, some vain. Some of them may be called great, while the overwhelming majority are mediocre or utter failures. The problem the Prime Minister faces is that we live in a cynical and disaffected age in which the ordinary people are most likely to believe that politicians are liars, cheats, and scoundrels: the noble and virtuous are swamped in a morass of disillusion and despair.

Politics matters: it is the means by which we organise, civilise, and work through our differences without coming to blows. And those differences consist of our concerns, and those concerns can be mightily important, though more often they are mundane and banal. A prime minister who ceases to be concerned with the mundane and banal – such as the price of a pint of milk, for example – has become detached, aloof, and alienated from the people who elected him to power.

Jeremy Paxman once observed that as the public have come to think politics trivial, the more trivial people have become attracted to politics. This is cynical, and ignores the very hard work which many of them do on behalf of their constituents: an MP must be primarily involved with and attuned to the concerns of his or her constituents. But a prime minister has to be disturbed by every anxiety in the nation, and passionate about the resolution of those anxieties through policy.

David Cameron is perceived as being uninterested in the political method: he sees the political world as a canvas on which the is busily painting his own self portrait. It is as though he had been planning this all his life, from high and noble birth, through Eton and Oxford, to becoming a political adviser, flown into a safe seat in the Home Counties, followed by a meteoric rise to the great offices of state. To him it is about honour and respectability: to the ordinary people it is about vanity and venality.

We must remember that we are dealing here not with truth, but with perception. Politics is an awful life – risky, tough and psychologically damaging. There is a sense in which it is a career made for the dysfunctional. But politics is an illusionist's art, and when the actor is no longer convincing, he must leave the stage or risk bringing the whole show down and bankrupting the theatre.

31 Comments:

Blogger Rambling Steve Appleseed said...

The electorate is getting the politicians it deserves.

21 August 2012 at 10:52  
Blogger graham wood said...

Cranmer. Another excellent comment on the reality of politics today, and especially: "We must remember that we are dealing here not with truth, but with perception."
Exactly.
Such a 'moment of truth' arrived for DC recently when some pensioner challenged him as to why we give substantial "aid" to India, but cannot afford certain drugs etc for the NHS.
Likewise Cameron with his inability to know or grasp detail is probably unaware that our EU membership costs us a record £19.2billion (gross)last year.
But there are millions of ex Tories and others who know this fact only too well and who are incandescent about paying the EU £30 million EVERY DAY.
They will register their protest at the polls once again, but in greater numbers.
Even if the 6% of the survey reached a maginificent 10% or 15% it would still spell curtains for this metally enfeebled politician.

21 August 2012 at 10:56  
Blogger graham wood said...

Correction, from the ironic "metally" in last para - to 'mentally enfeebled' !

21 August 2012 at 10:57  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

Your Grace

You highlight a concern for many of the elderly regarding 'in touch' and 'trust' issues with the politik in Westminster and the judicial system.

It appears it matters not who gets in power as the 'government' always is in control of the destiny of the policies it wishes to enforce on the electorate, hence the cynicism of the response to the parties and their leaders.

The conservatives had a chance to reverse the nonsense of Labour's years of hell but chose to link with Lib Dem's to ensure the madness continues. We have the irony of the Labour party saying they are against the policies of the coalition hardening what they themselves had put in place previous term whereas we know if they had won they would be pursuing them at breakneck speed also.

Who can we trust and does anything mean anything anymore or does it just depend on which side of the house a party is seated during a term that determines what they say until the election draws near.

We are controlled by big business and especially the banks and we say nothing...QE is given each time the banking system needs another 'bailout' for ppi and now libor rigging yet the people who need it (BUSINESSES) can go whistle. Corrupt Corrupt Corrupt!!!

E S Blofeld. (bleed'n well tired to the depth of me soul because of all this rubbish)

21 August 2012 at 11:46  
Blogger Sam Vega said...

I would have thought that 6% is a very high number, given the reality of the situation. What is the proportion of people in the UK who are deemed to have a significant learning difficulty, and are they included in the poll?

21 August 2012 at 13:06  
Blogger Dreadnaught said...

Excellent post and bang on the money YG. This is not a Conservative government but a pathetic Coalition, but who's listening at central office? We need the UKIP renegades back in the mainstream and pronto.

21 August 2012 at 13:25  
Blogger Rambling Steve Appleseed said...

Dreadnaught, the UKIP renegades ARE the mainstream.

Cameron's Blue Labour are just the Etonite strand of LibLabCon.

21 August 2012 at 13:47  
Blogger Owl said...

I think Peter Hitchins in a 2006 article in the Mail, summed the problem up quite well:

"Where do Mr Cameron's ideas come from?
In the end, they come from the Fabian movement, the socialist society which decided back in the 1890s to infiltrate every part of the establishment, achieving its aim by gradual change rather than by revolution - but getting there all the same.
It openly stated that it sought to gain influence in the Tory party, and its ideas are completely accepted in the Tory 'civil service' which makes policy at party HQ, decides what research is done and why, and provides the thinking and the machinery
of the party."

Dave was honest once, when he stated that he is the heir to Blair.

From his master's point of view of his , he has been very successful.

The public don't count.

21 August 2012 at 13:57  
Blogger IanCad said...

How the guy got the job in the first place is beyond me.

21 August 2012 at 14:33  
Blogger Dreadnaught said...

RSA
the UKIP renegades ARE the mainstream. Agreed.

The Conservatives have lost their way completely, and nothing sums this up more eloquently than the image and performances of Lord Snooty and his look-a-like cabbage patch kid of a chancellor.

21 August 2012 at 15:02  
Blogger non mouse said...

Thank you, Your Grace for another outstanding post - and for your Christian generosity to the poor benighted twit who imagines he leads the British.

He's clearly fooled by his own trompe l'oeil; however, is conhome similarly deluded? Their poll results also seem suspiciously positive.

Where in the name of Heaven did they find 6% of any audience who think Shameron's in touch with anything? As for 18% "sticks to what he believes in"; 15% "honest"; 11% "good in a crisis" ... !?!

Maybe they surveyed samples of different sizes and kept DC himself as one of the respondents.

21 August 2012 at 15:16  
Blogger Naomi King said...

Is it surprising that the people of this country know that David Cameron and (now Boris Johnson) are out of touch with their hopes, desires and needs when rather than reinforcing marriage he is desperate to destroy marriage as commonly understood and replace it with sterile and disease ridden homosexuality ?

"Boris is out for gay marriage

"Boris Johnson has risked alienating the Conservative right by publicly backing the Government's plans to legalise full gay marriage. In a film made for the Out4Marriage campaign." - The Independent

> Yesterday: WATCH - Boris Johnson records video message in support of same-sex marriage : taken from http://conservativehome.blogs.com

21 August 2012 at 16:07  
Blogger non mouse said...

Mrs. King... many of us accept the suggestion that womanisers do not like women, or "like them too much." In fact, the way they treat their victims suggests that they are misogynists.

From that position, we need not be surprised that the very charming Johnson should jump on the ssm bandwagon. He's never been loyal to the other kind of marriage.

21 August 2012 at 16:36  
Blogger len said...

Would that 6% be bankers?.

21 August 2012 at 19:06  
Blogger Jessica Hoff said...

So, 6% of voters are also out of touch with ordinary people - that would be the inhabitants of the Westminster village and the BBC?

21 August 2012 at 19:21  
Blogger Bred in the bone said...

Organic politics could still work fine between gentlemen with a firm handshake and be very civil in nature

It requires no ideology other than to work for the betterment of our folk by agreeing what needs to be done in order that we thrive and prosper

The agenda Cameron works to requires a barcode against your name



21 August 2012 at 20:52  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Bone - that is an "ideology"!

And "work for the betterment of our folk" means what exactly? What means would you use for "agreeing what needs to be done in order that we thrive and prosper"? Smoke a peace pipe, play some drums and await some "message"?

Away with your New Age, from an old age, nonsense.

21 August 2012 at 22:07  
Blogger Bred in the bone said...

New Age my arse Dodo

Since when did Wapentake become New Age ideology

A show of arms is the way to vote, freemen show their arms we take a count and agree to take our Country back

That sounds natural, organic and the way I have organised my folk to do things

It's going to catch on, you watch the folk moots springing up

21 August 2012 at 22:25  
Blogger Che Yeoh said...

I think the problem is that none of those in charge are truly politicians. What we have at the moment are a small group of corporate lobbyists at the top of the three main parties, ruling in complete defiance of the grassroots. I think there is going to be the political equivalent of a Reformation in the next few years. Either that, or there's going to be more riots. Take your pick.

22 August 2012 at 00:38  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Bone, yeah, yeah, yeah. I'm sure it'd work in a commune or in small village when it comes to siting a new tent or a new vegatable patch. Just try a show of hands and an "organic" approach to economic policy. One would certainly end up with an "organic" solution.

22 August 2012 at 00:57  
Blogger Cressida de Nova said...

Miss N Mouse 16:36 has made a good point. Skirt chasers are in fact misogynists,notorious for being disloyal and should be avoided at all costs.

22 August 2012 at 03:49  
Blogger Elwin Daniels said...

IanCad @ 14.33, if you want to know how Cameron got the job, read Peter Hitchens' 'The Cameron Delusion'. He was at the ill fated conference where opinion was turned against rightful leader and then favourite David Davis and towards Cameron. His explanation is not proven beyond doubt but made a lot of sense to me.

Basically, a secret deal over many lunches was done between the BBC and their friends in the liberal print media because they thought the 1960s social and sexual revolutionary legacy would be safe with Blue Labour, so they agreed to spin the reporting to make Cameron electable as long as he dropped all thet conservative stuff. Which he has.

The story was manufactured and fed to the journalists, who en masse were too lazy to check it and just rean with the pack. Hence, the story about David Davis fluffing his speech while Cameron have a great oration became the official story adn the Conservative party electors decided they'd better go with the media story if they wanted to win the election. Best to read the full account in 'The Cameron Delusion'

22 August 2012 at 15:51  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Not quite sure if there an any true conservatives at the top anymore, but if there are, as your man is not going peacefully so to speak, they will have to gang up together to slit his political throat pretty damn quick so the electorate has enough time to forget him before the next election. The electorate taken as a whole has a poor memory of course, but it’s NOT that poor...


22 August 2012 at 18:00  
Blogger Bred in the bone said...

Dodo

Legal is when folk get payed reperations for having been wronged, in order to avoid those they have wronged seeking vengance

Lawful is when we seek vengance for having been wronged, I have a nice little warband assembled who can swear my system works and has ensured those who have been wronged got paid

That is how our economic policy works, now go and seek a peaceable settlement before it is too late

22 August 2012 at 18:52  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Cressida de Nova said ...

"Skirt chasers are in fact misogynists,notorious for being disloyal and should be avoided at all costs."

This seems an odd condition. To chase after a skirt and yet hate the woman wearing it! Your are surely mistaken in your assertion.

22 August 2012 at 23:38  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Bone

I will immediately forewarn Her Majesty's Government of an imminent invasion of a war tribe from the North under your leadership.

What are your terms for peace?

23 August 2012 at 01:34  
Blogger Tony B said...

It's interesting that Labour supporters think their party has been taken over by Conservatives and Conservative supporters think their party has been taken over by Socialists. I wonder what's really happening?

23 August 2012 at 06:50  
Blogger Naomi King said...

The Devil is on the rampage and it is the fault of the Praying Church

2 Chronicles 7 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

This is addressed to the Church ("my people") not the heathen. It is us as the Church which must

1 Humble ourselves

2 Pray

3 Seek God's face

4 Turn from OUR wicked ways

THEN

God will

1 Hear from heaven

2 Forgive OUR sin

3 HEAL OUR LAND.

The remedy is in OUR hands.

Praise God

23 August 2012 at 08:06  
Blogger Bred in the bone said...

Dodo

Thanks for the offer to miscontrue matters but your assistance is not required

Her Majesty's Misgovernment is already aware of the matter

23 August 2012 at 17:02  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Bone, meant to say you have put on a fair bit of weight recently - and lost your hair. What have you been up to?

23 August 2012 at 21:31  
Blogger Bred in the bone said...

I am constantly morphing Dodo

24 August 2012 at 22:15  

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