Anonymous Tory MP launches broadside against “hypocritical, immature, manipulative” David Cameron

There’s a quite extraordinary broadside against David Cameron’s leadership in today’s Mail – written it appears by a current Conservative MP who chooses to remain anonymous — accusing him of “cynically manipulating” the party’s candidates’ list to stuff its green benches with “friends who went to the same school or moved in the same social circle”.

Here’s a flavour:

Speeches Cameron made before the Election about a new politics gave us great hope. But before too long, the less appealing side to his character became clear as he displayed an immature tendency to poke fun at certain individuals or groups of MPs. It may have gone down well at Eton in the Eighties, but not in the Commons. Not in 2011.

When the expenses furore exploded in 2009, Cameron launched a hypocritical and appalling attack on veteran Conservative MP Bill Cash, who has dedicated his life’s work to taking on the European Union. He said Cash had ‘questions to answer’. He didn’t. He was clean as a whistle and threatened Cameron with legal action to prove it.

Cameron, the millionaire who used Commons expenses for his mortgage and to tend his garden, backed off, but it didn’t stop him throwing other innocent Tory MPs to the wolves. Curiously, MPs with close personal links to Cameron seemed to escape the criticism aimed at Cash.

For a non-Tory, it makes for a fun read. However, I’m more than a little turned-off by the idea of an MP choosing to make such personal attacks concealed beneathed the cloak of anonymity: that’s just cowardice. And it’s especially jarring in the week when the House of Commons saw an act of genuine bravery, when Tory MP Mark Pritchard spoke out against the typical behind-the-scenes arm-twisting deployed by the Whips office to dragoon errant Parliamentarians into line:

“I may just be a little council house lad from a very poor background but that background gives me a backbone, it gives me a thick skin and I am not going to be kowtowed by the whips or even the prime minister of my country on an issue that I feel passionately about, that I have conviction about.”

It’s worth reading Anonymous’s anti-Cameron slating alongside today’s article by Tim Montgomerie in the Telegraph, lauding the Tories’ Class of 2010, as “Thatcher’s children”, and highlighting their impatient pragmatism. It seems (from this outsider’s perspective) that this battle in the Tory party is as much driven by Anonymous’s gerontocratic distaste for the thrusting, parvenu ambitions of an increasingly professionalised caste of MPs as it is by any ideological division.

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11 Comments

  • Do the lib dems want to be associated with such a party of amoralists and consumate cannibals (of their own breed as well in regards to the rest of the country), that is the question?

    I suppose you would have a point if you were to say Labour was little better, however.

  • He’s probably got a point though.

    Cameron does seem like the nasty cowardly sneering sort who would immediately throw any of his colleagues to the wolves. A good thing for the country and the lib dems in many ways, but something of a disgusting spectacle all the same.

  • “that’s just cowardice. ”

    You say so, but to be honest it would be more cowardly not to stand up for his colleagues at all. I wonder if you or many Lib Dem MPs would have the cojones to defend their colleagues publically at all, anonymously or no.

  • Antony Hook 26th Jun '11 - 5:44pm

    I can’t remember if it was Macmillan or Heath who said that in the 80s the Conservatives ceased to be a party of gentlemen and became a party of “garagists”.

    Although Macmillan was a Liberal before he was a Tory PM and I suspect both would be Lib Dems today.

  • Christine Headley 27th Jun '11 - 12:31am

    @ Antony Hook – I didn’t know that about Macmillan (though the Cavendishes had been Whigs since the year dot); but I do remember Heath and Edith Evans being on Parkinson. Politics came up and Dame Edith said rather apologetically to Heath that her father had been a Liberal. Heath did that blancmange laugh and said, ‘so was mine’. OWTTE. It was a long time ago. My memory of it is in black and white.

  • Jack Holroyde 27th Jun '11 - 8:01am

    Aside from the article, I did chuckle at the advert for the TPA on the right of the screen.
    THE GOVERNMENT IS SPENDING £1000 PER FAMILY ON HS2. WHY?

    So that economic growth can be stimulated, bringing the north into viable travelling distance from the EU and therefore meaning, in teh long run, that you have to pay less tax, you inbred, short sighted runts.

  • @Jack Holroyde
    HS2 isn’t going to the North – it’s going to Birmingham. The stations are going to be situated so far away from city centres that there will be no net gain in journey time and the journey times (that are actually much more useful because they link into the rest of the rail network) on the existing lines will be slowed down. It’s nothing but a great white elephant, dreamt up by politicians who have no understanding of transport integration. The money would be far better spent improving the capacity, speed and reliability of the existing network.

  • Old Codger Chris 28th Jun '11 - 1:39am

    @Jack Holroyde
    Good to see that personal abuse is alive and well. And although it is (or should be) irrelevant to this thread, there’s a very strong case to be made against HS2.

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