September 11th, 2012

Whispers are Louder than Conservative Voices
New Group Denies Big Donor Backing

In the subtle surroundings of Cameron’s old haunt – the dining room of the St Stephens Club – Conservative Voice launched this morning with David Davis and Liam Fox, as well as recently un-promoted members of the 2010 intake like Dominic Raab and Steve Barclay. While everyone was on their best behaviour today, making sure to say nice things about the Prime Minister and how this most certainly was not a challenge to his authority, what is clear is that the right of the Tory party are at least trying to organise.

Multiple mentions of Obama-style fundraising and online campaigning could not hide the fact  that the whole thing seemed a little dated though. Soundbites like “a vision of radical and popular conservatism that reflects the aspiration of the voters, join us on this exciting mission,” were complemented by dated branding.

As one senior Tory told Guido afterwards: “this itself will not amount to much, but if it annoys the Prime Minister then sign me up”. The fact that the group has been set up by Don Porter, until recently the Tory’s most senior volunteer, shows just how deep the dissatisfaction is in the party. Despite this, the group claims they will be working “closely with the leadership and CCHQ”. Whether that lasts beyond what is shaping up to be a tempestuous Tory conference remains to be seen.

Probed on their funding by Guido, Porter confirmed that as of yet they have no “big donors”, though they were touting for them. Apparently the 25 most vulnerable seats and 25 must win targets will be getting help, but details of what the group will be actually doing  beyond being a lightning rod for discontent was vague. The two somewhat tainted standard bearers of the right – Davis and Fox – were careful to attack the LibDems today rather than Cameron. While they talked about giving a voice to the right, you have to wonder whether their “conservative voice” would have been put to better use around the cabinet table.

Fox is putting a brave face on his enforced liberation from the shackles of government: “There are limitations to what ministers can say, given the constraints of Coalition. There are no limitations on what we can say.” That was not strictly true this morning though – it was clear the group were not quite saying what they wanted. Guido had to chuckle at the picture of Cameron looming over proceedings…


53 Comments

  1. 1
    Kebab Time says:

    so just another talking shop?

    Funny how these mps have time to set up talking shops/wonks/websites yet complain that being a MP is a really hard work.

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  2. 2
    Rodger the Dodger says:

    Was Werritty there?

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  3. 4
    johnwardmedway says:

    “…their funding by Guido…” ? I think that sentence might benefit from a little tweaking! As for “lightening” rod (as distinct from darkening?)…

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  4. 5
    Anthony Blair £$£ says:

    ‘… complimented by dated branding…’

    That would be ‘complemented’ would it not?

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  5. 6
    Thick as a Planck says:

    Guido had to chuckle at the picture of Cameron looming over proceedings…
    Specsavers!!!

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  6. 7
    Fluffy Thoughts says:

    Someone should have told them that Stella McCartney is a mong when it comes to branding. :fecktards: :(

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  7. 8
    Thick as a Planck says:

    Looking at the above, somebody should be “let go “

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  8. 9
    Dave says:

    Couldn’t care less about this lot. It’s the BoJo movement which worries me.

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  9. 11
    Richard says:

    I have voted Conservative all my life but will not vote next time

    If it means Labour get back in, so be it

    Cameron is Continuity Brown

    I haven’t got much money, but I would pledge £100.00 for anti Cameron action

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    • 13
      Sam Cam says:

      Ditto.

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    • 14
      Cashing up says:

      I have not voted conservative for years, but i did support the coalition at first. I can see now they have betrayed the country by failing to do anything except carry on with the reckless policies of the previous government. Local government remains unreformed and utterly corrupt, the nation’s debts continue to mount, the government is drifting without any sense of direction, there is no strategy for growth, taxes are unfair and too high. I’ll be more likely to leave the country in the next couple of years than vote in the next election.

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    • 41
      Forkbender says:

      The big thing with Cammers is that he might be the most acceptable one of the lot of them to a lot of marginal constituencies, his probably he has taken into his cabinet a lot of his old chums, all joy good chaps been to Oxbridge don’t you know, public school boys who are detached from the general population, still he is the general and he has picked his men so if they fail he has to carry the can. Would like my metaphorical sword Dave?

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  10. 16
    Job Seeker says:

    Well this is obviously not the work of young H arry. I think you will have to let this one go Guido. The new term has started anyway.

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  11. 20
    Nigel Farage says:

    Do I hear someone’s looking for a charismatic leader?

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  12. 22
    Broken system says:

    Tories are shit, Labour are shit, the weirdos, aka the Limp Dumbs, are shit. Vote UKIP, fuck the rest.

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  13. 24
    lastofthesummervintage says:

    load of right wing windbags with no cojones to stand up to Cameron.
    Farage tells it as it is, Cameron is still to scared to take on Cameron

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  14. 26

    FSS, Guido, “lightning rod”, not “lightening rod”. Conservative Voice wants to shake things up a bit, not act as an instrument for a drop in the level of the uterus in the last weeks of pregnancy.

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  15. 27
    Gordon Brown says:

    I’m a bottle of Sprite. Pop my top! Weeeee!

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  16. 29
    Maggie's Thatch says:

    Shouldn’t you right wingers be busy banging mistresses and hookers behind your wives backs or, in some cases, meeting rentboys for a bit of botty action before returning here to scream homophobic diatribes in a fit of self-loathing?

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  17. 38
    Jimmy says:

    It’s like the old days. All you need is Redwood, Gorman and Cash to wander into the shot.

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  18. 40
    Lance Liarstrong says:

    The dining room of a gentleman’s club?

    These guys just don’t get it.

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    • 44
      Forkbender says:

      Gentlemens clubs are to keep the riff-raff out, a nice place for chaps to stuff themselves, plot against others, why else?

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  19. 46
    Anonymous says:

    I thought we had already had the Tory conference, didn’t we? Or was that the Labour one?

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  20. 48
    the savant says:

    ” .. the picture of cameron looming over proceedings .. ” ?

    I was schooled to believe that man was a great wartime leader called Winston Churchill sadly now passed .

    ( or has someone already said that i can t be arsed to read thru 97 comments you know )

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  21. 49
    the savant says:

    sorry 47 comments but same difference

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