The Coalition Is Dead. Long Live The Coalition

Guiseppe Di Lampedusa, author of The Leopard

The despair of traditional Conservatives seeing Cameron selling us out to the EU is growing.  A good example of its expression is this from Gerald Warner on Telegraph blogs –


For Dave, on the other hand, it is not just business: it is personal. He has contracted a visceral loathing for traditional Tories, for the Turnip Taliban, for the “dinosaurs” in failed Cameronian candidate Joanne Cash’s terminology. Why has he succumbed to this emotional spasm? It can hardly be Gordon Brown-style chippiness, on the part of this rich Etonian descendant of William IV. Of course not: it is a different syndrome entirely, but one which produces identical results. It is the pseudo-conservative “wisdom” of Tancredi, the character in Giuseppe di Lampedusa’s The Leopard who says: “If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.” Dave has succumbed to Tancredi Syndrome.

Gerald Warner sees the end of the Conservative Party along with the Lib Dems, and the clique that rules will secure its position through sell-out to the EU.
But there are other possibilities.
Labour backbenchers are no less disenchanted with their party leadership, and their left-wingers share many of the goals of Conservative ‘right-wingers’ – such as the need for nuclear power in Britain’s energy mix.  These two elements are beginning to cooperate to defeat the ‘coalition’s barmier and less acceptable notions.  The trend could accelerate into another, as yet unimagined coalition, one between the Conservative backbenches and Labour’s backbenches, operating openly against their respective leaderships.

Coming economic events will bring about a greater anger against the incumbents than the expenses scandal generated.  The momentum is building and will find its expression.  Cameron and Clegg will be swept away, but so too will David Miliband, lover of the Lisbon Treaty.

Leadership could revert to IDS, who strikes the right tone for an economic crisis of gigantic proportions that the coming collapse of the Euro will bring in its wake.  He would be trusted by the Labour backbench.  Cameron, Clegg and Miliband will be washed down the plughole after fixing their colours to the EU mast, as it slips beneath the waves.

The rulers of the country will be MPs speaking from behind the front benches coming from all angles.  It won’t be brokeback but breakneck.  They won’t know what’s hit them.

(Incidentally I coined the phrase ‘breakneck not brokeback’ which has been copied extensively in the last two days)


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2 Responses to “The Coalition Is Dead. Long Live The Coalition”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Getting warm, isn’t it?

    1. The Liberal Democratic Party is no longer Liberal.

    2. The Conservative Party is now the Liberal Party.

    3. The Labour Party is now the European Socialist Party.

    They’ve all shifted to the Left.

    Getting redder by the day ;~)


  2. tapestry says:

    Left or right is getting meaningless. State control or democratic accountability, is where we’re at – and democracy is the current loser.

    Cameron signed up to European Policing without even a murmur so that British citizens have to be handed over to foreign police forces without the need for any review. Pathetic. He’s lost my support from hereon.

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