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Britain's biggest selling newspaper and the definitive red top tabloid. Usually on the right, it can follow popular trends and has supported Labour down in England and the SNP up in Scotland, though it's mostly loyal to the Conservative Party.
2010 General Election Endorsement: Conservative
Despite The Turbulence Cambel Is The Steady Hand We Need
Like the Labour leadership contest, the Conservatives have had their share of weird and wonderful events. Whether it was the massacre at College Green, or the recent debacle regarding leaking (more on that shortly). Though no one could say it was remotely as weird or wonderful as seeing a Labour leadership candidate shout "CAPITAL" at a confused audience of Labour members and Trade Unionists, it hasn't been entirely bloodless.
Of course no Tory leadership contest seems to be complete without a little spilling of blood, but this seemed to teeter on the brink of a catastrophe. With the withdrawal of Mr Calhoun, who had a surprising and effective campaign, we are left with 3 candidates. Only one is suitable to be leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister. That person is Mary Cambel, this is a qualified endorsement, aided by the fact that Barclay Calhoun endorsed her. Earning the trust of a stalwart eurosceptic, who presented a point of view that is often neglected in the political class makes her a candidate worth backing. Though if she should stray towards the comfortable waters of europhilia and concessions on our sovereignty then she may consider this a warning. There are other options out there.
Many may be reluctant to back her following the admittedly odd episode that has befallen the Conservative Party. There is no secret that many in the party were furious at whoever leaked the, apparently false, platform to the BBC. The BBC don't have clean hands on this matter, but that is a matter for another day. Whoever leaked this platform should be dealt with swiftly following an inquiry independent of the candidates and their campaigns and whoever is responsible should not only be forced to apologise, but have their position in the party, whatever it may be revoked. Especially as it has damaged the reputation of the likely Prime Minister.
“Stalin: Stop sending people to kill me! We’ve already captured five of them, one with a bomb and another with a rifle… If you don’t stop sending killers, I’ll send one to Moscow, and I won’t have to send another” - Tito
Here's a quick quiz. Did Dylan Macmillan throw his toys out of the pram because
A) there was a dramatic super secret collusion to put Mary Cambel in No10 by... leaking material damaging to her...; or
B) he is a sore loser who dreamed of walking into No11 and was instead consigned to the backbenches, where his talent belongs?
Don't worry, it's not supposed to be hard.
In his now infamous speech, beyond the tin-hat conspiracy theories it was hard to miss a rotton, authoritarian streak to this so-called Conservative's ideas. So sore is he that he didn't get his dream job, he has threatened to put the press under the thumb of government and even leave it up to politicians who owns newspapers.
A free press is a vital part of any democracy - but as his reaction to the democratic election of his party leader has shown, he isn't a big fan of that.
Prime Minister? Really?
It's hard to know what the Conservative Party is playing at these days. The election of Mary Cambel was, it turns out, a terrible error; blighted by scandal and then by an ineffective administration that couldn't get over one thing: Dylan Macmillan.
Mary Cambel and Harold Saxon made Dylan Macmillan. Whatever else she did, Mary Cambel's biggest mistake as Prime Minister was Dylan Macmillan. Without their relentless and personal focus on him, he would have been an irrelevant backbencher with an axe to grind after not getting the cabinet job he coveted - one of a long line of has-been politicians. By suspending him, and then constantly focussing on him, they have turned him into a martyr. Attacking him constantly in the way that they did drew all the attention to the things he said about the Prime Minister and away from his own, very problematic views.
This is a man who wants to remove the freedom of the press in this country, throw a few hundred more career politicians at Westminster, undermined his own government with unsubstantiated conspiracy theories, and who in the last two months has flirted with being a Liberal Democrat, being an independent, and even forming his own party. He is clearly without any belief or principle beyond his own personal advancement.
He is, on the substance and on his personality, completely unfit to be our Prime Minister. And our Prime Minister he would be: it seems almost certain, barely a Conservative himself and so obsessed with getting into office, that he would be willing and able to give the Liberal Democrats everything that they could dream of for No.10.
Dylan Macmillan's opponent, William Croft, has been one of the more decent members of Cambel's cabinet. While it is not yet clear to us whether he has what it takes to be Prime Minister, Britain would be best off if he were to win his election, and call another one and give this country the chance to deliver its verdict on the way forward.