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16 November 2009

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Just more proof that during the next general election campaign, Cameron's main battle won't be with moribund Labour, but with noisy Tory die-hards who want nothing to do with the centre-ground. Blair managed to hood-wink his base without much fuss in his own nauseating attempts to be all things to all people. Now it's Cameron's turn. Hey ho, it'll be interesting to see how you lot perform, Crouchy. And how much wind you've really got in those sails.

You are probably right, Blondy. I think the great curiosity of the next few years will be in discovering whether Mr Cameron is quite the man he projects himself to be. My personal view is that his philosophy is hopelessly muddled. In this, he reminds me of the American chap, Obama: both have an irritating habit of asserting that the easy, moderate, zeitgeisty thing to do is always the right thing to do. There is never any acknowledgement of competing goods and hard choices.

See, for instance, this twaddle about how the proletariat will benefit from rolling back the state. Utter poppycock, of course. The poor will always be with us and are probably beyond help - the only thing that might ameliorate their situation is some type of Scandinavian-style social democracy which I and many others rightly refuse to countenance. Short of that, their best bet is surely to rely on the good will of their local nobleman rather than trust in some hopeful theorising about Burke's little platoons.

I do not know whether Mr Cameron is naive or cynical. I hope the latter.

If Cameron does prove to be unreliable I think the nobility should organise some sort of 'Kampfbund' consisiting of ex army types and shire yeomen to begin a march on Wesminster from the Monday Club. I suspect the bottle of the modern British political class is more brittle than that of Weimar Germany.

Yours

Chumley-Worpingston

It's interesting you mention that, Rupert. England now has plenty of men who have seen active service in Ulster, Iraq and Afghanistan and I am quite certain that plenty of them would happily clobber a few political hacks if it would help to transfer power to the Kingdom's traditional institutions, namely the monarchy and the armed forces. Parliament is an estimable beast when free, but it is an intolerable beast when tethered to the leash of a vile spodocracy in Millbank.

As the splendid Simon Mann proved with his near miss in Guinea, there are plenty of right-thinking chaps moving around in the shadows.


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