Under your leadership the Conservative Party appears to me to have ceased collectively to believe in anything, or to stand for anything. It has no bedrock. It exists on shifting sands. A sense of mission has been replaced by a PR agenda.
Those are the words of long-standing senior "One Nation" Conservative MP, Quentin Davies, as he defects to Labour in a letter to David Cameron.
At last, someone of authority in the Conservative party has said what many of us having been saying for months.
Every so often in politics, a bolt from the blue comes from left field, if I may mix my metaphors. Davies is a very well established and respected MP. He is precisely the sort of Tory that Cameron must have been trying to woo and keep. This is breathtaking news - a major body-blow for Cameron, especially after his acolytes were telling us all to expect defections to the Tory party - not from it.