Originally posted by The Realist
Ah, the smell of Tories arguing– it is, as Hard-Fi would exclaim, hard to beat. A week is a long time and all that, but the next three days are going to be particularly drawn out and intriguing. Can’t help feeling a tad sorry for Clarke, while at the same time looking forward to belly-laughing when anti-choice, send-em-home, god-bothering Dr Fox resigns to join UKIP. Or whatever.
It will be interesting to see how the party reacts to the (probable) Cameron-Davis dogfight. The members surely must be, ahem, realists and comprehend that they can’t elect ‘another Duncan-Smith’ and must hold their noses and vote for Cameron, despite the drugs ‘scandal’.
Which brings me on to the main point about what the party need to do. Citizen Sane had it absolutely spot on when he stated that the party needs ‘their Clause IV moment’ – a step away from social conservatism – this ‘my drugs hell’ incident may well kick start that. Or, conversely, it may result in party meetings as I previously predicted.
Drug use in youth is an amusing paradox. Most people in the UK do the graduate-grass thing – it’s really not a big deal. In British public life though, it can be someone’s downfall. In France it’s boasted about, in Germany it’s practically mandatory!
For the political future of the country, I hope Druggy-Dave wins. For any healthy democracy, at least two plausible parties need to exist. Sans Cameron, we are in danger of becoming a perpetual one-party state.