Cam Euro Sham Fears

How’s this for a conspiracy theory? Monday’s meeting of over 120 Eurosceptic Tory MPs has certainly got chins wagging and it’s still getting column inches this morning, two days later. It’s an sizeable junk of the parliamentary party and tough for the Dave to punish given that it consists of the majority of his new intake. The operation is being fronted by George Eustice, which provides the perfect media hook of “Dave’s former Press Secretary” and also the fact that he is a former UKIP candidate is music to the ears of the Tory right. It’s also where alarm bells are going off with more than one MP…

The theory goes that Eustice wouldn’t do anything without at least a discreet nod from the top, and how much the grouping is endorsed is the topic of much debate. The “Dave hates Europe really” argument is long dead – actions speak louder than words, but a fair few of the more senior sceptics are highly suspicious that this group has been put together to stop other more aggressive and louder blocs being formed. By maintaining an element of control over this new, large, awkward squad, the Prime Minister can ultimately ignore it. The meeting was raised in Cabinet yesterday, so we shall see…

Dorries PMQs Moment

Monitoring the Situation, From the Beach

As his first foreign policy adventure peaked, David Cameron travelled through the night from Cornwall to be by the big red phone in Downing Street. After the debacle of the Prime Minister being in Rome as his own country burned a few weeks ago, Dave clearly wasn’t taking any chances. There was even a chance to bask in a little glory…

But now twenty-four hours later Cameron has left Clegg in charge to chair the Libya meetings while he returns on holiday to Cornwall. Nobody is doubting that our leaders should have some time off, but this is Dave’s fifth holiday in just a year. At the weekend Guido wrote about the growing prospect of One Term Tories. At the climax of a revolution that you helped cement, swanning off to Chelsea-on-Sea hardly looks like commitment from a fighting leader…

To Rebekah… Love David

Yesterday Guido warned that News International executives have and know things which could prove excruciatingly embarrassing to the Tories. The Telegraph’s Mandrake highlights one today. Minor but still cringe inducing.

Mandrake’s Tim Walker says a Whitehall toiler told him “I used to see him signing letters to her with the words ‘love, David… I suppose I should have known that this was going to land us into trouble, sooner or later.”

Guido has often opined, based on the sum of his life experiences, redheads are trouble…

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

Cameron’s Irish Mercenaries

What the media in Britain isn’t telling you is how “the rebels of Britain approach Liverpool in hit-and-run battles with Cameron’s brigades and mercenaries from Ireland and Scotland.”

But then again perhaps Libyan State TV has better sources on the ground…

Compare, Contrast and Despair

Fightback Dave has thrown his liberal streak out of the window as he struggles to redeem his reputation. Gone is the pledge to cut back CCTV, and then there was this particularly chilling gem:

“Mr Speaker, everyone watching these horrific actions will be stuck by how they were organised via social media. Free flow of information can be used for good. But it can also be used for ill. And when people are using social media for violence we need to stop them. So we are working with the Police, the intelligence services and industry to look at whether it would be right to stop people communicating via these websites and services when we know they are plotting violence, disorder and criminality. I have also asked the police if they need any other new powers.”

Warsi flagged up Blackberry Messenger in particular on the Daily Politics. A bit like blaming the Gordon Riots on carrier pigeons…

In 2010 the Wall Street Journal reported:

BlackBerry was operating “beyond the jurisdiction of national legislation,” the U.A.E.’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority said in a statement issued on Sunday. “As a result of how BlackBerry data is managed and stored, in their current form, Certain BlackBerry applications allow people to misuse the service, causing serious social, judicial and national security repercussions.” The U.A.E. was working to resolve “these critical issues with the objective of finding a solution that safeguards our consumers and operates within the boundaries of U.A.E. law.”

Judge a man by the company he keeps…

Cameron Under Copper Pressure

When Margaret Thatcher came to power in the 1979, one of the first things she did was to implement the recommendations of the report of Lord Edmund-Davies into police conditions, in full. That immediate 45% pay-rise wasn’t forgotten in the years that followed…

Downing Street is going to come under huge pressure today to reverse on planned police cuts. And rightfully so. Boris and even Ken are outflanking the Prime Minister on the right, and deep down, despite a bit of rain and peace last night, the scenes we have seen over the last five days could come back at any time.

Things aren’t going well for Dave and were he to lose the support of the police, things will be very bleak indeed…

Boris Slams Dave’s Police Cuts

While Ken shot himself in the left foot with his much derided linking of the riots to cuts, Boris has pointed his gun elsewhere – behind him rather than forwards though. Speaking on Today he knew exactly what he was […]

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Recall Confirmed: You Read It Here First

Number 10 has just confirmed that if Dave is having his holiday ruined, so is everybody else in Westminster. Technically the Prime Minister has all the powers that he needs to shut down the chaos with the army, yet politically […]

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Miliband’s “Staggering” Hyperbole

When Downing Street rushed out their list of media meetings as part of Dave’s fight back at the height of the phone-hacking storm, they missed a couple off. It was typical of the unnecessary communications errors that so often blight […]

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Two Questions That Won’t Go Away

While Dave clearly came out of the blocks hard and seems to have shifted up are gear, the albatross is still there. While he cleared up some of the mess in the House, there are still chinks in his armour […]

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