Despite Their Rhetoric We Won’t Let the Tories Escape Reality
David Cameron may have used his Conference speech this week to try and redefine his leadership but it’s clear that in the minds of many of his cabinet colleagues his time as leader is all but over.
The Prime Minister’s confirmation that he’ll quit before the next General Election gave the signal those with leadership ambitions needed to start measuring up the curtains. We can expect more of this in the weeks and months ahead. You might have thought Labour’s five month leadership race was long. Well the Tories are about to have one lasting five years.
It’s hard to keep up with who wants to be the next Tory leader. We’ve long known of the ambitions of Boris Johnson, George Osborne and Theresa May but Tory Conference saw even Jeremy Hunt and Nicky Morgan trying to throw their hats into the ring.
The ins and outs of the next Tory leadership battle along with the inevitable ructions over the referendum in Europe might be fun for Westminster obsessives, sadly for the rest of us we’ll see an inward looking Conservative Party, more concerned with internal politicking than the big challenges facing the country.