Here it is (I’m not sure about the title). If you want more examples of the appalling arrogance of those who felt that 22% of the vote did not earn a party the right to media representation, here is Tim Montgomerie 6 months ago; very prescient, is the only lukewarm praise I can give him.
I don’t particularly enjoy being as purely party-political as this; you have to trust me that my style is to look at the issues and then see where the politicans stand. You have to see some of my sniping as the disappointed effusions of a would-be-Tory. Unlike some, (UPDATE) I don’t think a vote for the Tories could “never be justified”
In fact, out of curiosity I joined the LSE Conservatives in 2006 , and I felt that if the Cameron rebranding went on as it seemed to there might be a fair chance of them winning over my vote (apart from a bright chap called Paul Church, I found most of them to be the sort of buffoons who sat around chortling ‘wouldn’t it be fun if we could get in Boris to speak, hurhur’). If they had made more of the right calls over the last 18 months, and stuck to their rebranding, my job in opposing a bunch of people whom I have always found to be decent, intelligent and humane when I have met them individually*, would be much more difficult.
But they don’t stick to the rebranding. From the FT:
Financial regulation, tax and climate change were the most controversial areas of policy for would-be Tory MPs, a Financial Times investigation has found, with a number of candidates unconvinced by the party’s direction.
Anyway, when you take a wonk who finds real fault in some policies, combine it with some personal knowledge of the qualities of the LibDem leader, and mix it up with the arrogance of the Tory backlash, you get the sort of irritated effusion you can read on CiF today.
*UPDATE: If you want a good example of this decency, Iain Dale displays it today. Not that the most popular blogsite in the country needs another inward link, but I browsed his site expecting more of the same, hoping to gloat myself, and was pleasantly surprised.