David Cameron: the lonely Tory leader

Detail from ‘Dave’ Cameron - Pap mode, a photo by Darren O’Donnell used with permissionWith his speech on school discipline overshadowed by a row over his having to sack key advisor Ali Miraj, David ‘Dave’ Cameron is an increasingly lonely Tory leader.

Ali Miraj was a model candidate for a party rebranded ‘David Cameron’s Conservatives’, but came to realise that no local Conservative Association would make him an MP: ‘…call it prejudice’.

Over at Conservative Home the racist slur is countered by reference to the appointment of Priti Patel and the sacking of Ali Miraj is spun as Cameron finding his balls. The latter is wishful thinking.

Cameron has been proved too weak to deal with a string of high profile critics. Ann Widdecome, unsackable because she represents too many traditional Tories, rubbished his Rwanda initiative; Sir Stanley Kalms, unsackable because he’s a moneyman called for a strategic review; Thatcher’s adman Lord Saatchi, unsackable because he’s an elder statesmen, told him ‘nicey-nicey’ had failed; and there seems to be no shortage of anonymous ‘senior Conservatives’ lining up to give him a slap.

Sacking Ali Miraj was no show of strength, because he was nothing in the Conservative party; a man with no significant caucus to defend him. And if Ali Miraj has no true friends in the Conservative Party, than neither does Cameron.
The image is a detail from ‘Dave’ Cameron – Pap mode, a photo by Darren O’Donnell used with permission.

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