Who really removed the Shadow Leader of the House from his position? David Cameron?
No, not really. Tim Montgomerie and Heydon Prowse, the blogosphere’s sheperd of the Tory grassroots and the angry young man with a video-cam did the job:
Tim Montgomerie runs a regular poll asking the ConservativeHome grassroots to rate the Shadow Cabinet. Do not for a second underestimate how much of a whip hand this gives him. Whereas once upon time a frontbench Tory politician would worry about keeping the proprietor, editor and political correspondent of the Telegraph happy, as well as perhaps sharing a few drinks with the young and upcoming editor of the Spectator, now his horizon is much more extensive. Fail to keep Tim Montgomerie and ConservativeHome’s readers onside and he might just commission a special poll on how you are doing. If that poll finds tells the party leadership 65% of Tory members want you to resign… you won’t last a month.
Old media looks on in bemusement in Washington as cable news’ Glenn Beck gives White House Environmental Czar and former communist 9/11 “truther” Van Jones his marching orders, and the White House demurs. Heydon Prowse, who is he? He just destroyed the career of a greasy pole climbing Westminster slitherer. No house trained political nouse, no insight, in fact a little naive. He still did it. The news is now disintermediated.
Power has shifted from the top down to the bottom. Adjust your sets and tighten your belts, it is going to be a bumpy ride…