Saturday, August 4, 2007

Cameron is untrustworthy, a nasty piece of work and showed "vile" behaviour over Miraj - Telegraph

It something I've mentioned and other blogs have mentioned. Cameron's handling of the Ali Miraj affair showed how pathetically inexperienced he is.

Well, now the Telegraph is weighing in magisterially with the same point - via Simon Heffer:

(Cameron) has shown himself to have exceptionally poor judgment, to be entirely untrustworthy and to be, in short, a rather nasty piece of work:

...Earlier this week, a man of whom few of us had heard, Ali Miraj, made some criticisms of Dave and Davery that were unfair only in that they were so mild: the mess that is Dave's leadership - if it can be dignified with such a term - merits far more obloquy than Mr Miraj felt able to direct at it. Yet Dave responded to his true accusations of gimmickry with a ferocity one scarcely recalls Churchill using about Hitler, to pluck a comparison at random. With it he showed the public, at last, the real cut of his jib.

I particularly like the bit where it says: "the mess that is Dave's leadership - if it can be dignified with such a term." Quality!

Heffer further sticks the knife in:

However, the response of a leader of the opposition to such an importunate (peerage) request, even when by his own stupidity he has asked for it, is to behave in a statesmanlike fashion. And I am afraid that being statesmanlike does not include going within 24 hours on to breakfast television, and then the Today programme, to reveal the exact contents (albeit in a very partial form) of this sensitive and private conversation with one who, however much of a nonentity, had been a loyal ally of long standing.

And there's more:

This breach of confidence by Dave is truly shocking. Can anyone now have a private conversation with him without having it broadcast to the world hours later? Why should any journalist, to whom he speaks unattributably on lobby terms, feel the need to respect that convention? Can we really expect a man who behaves in such a vile way to command the necessary trust of a nation of which he wishes to become prime minister? Of course not.

So we have the Telegraph saying Cameron isn't up to the job, and most Conservative supporters in the Conservative Home poll saying that don't think Cameron will be Prime Minister after the next election.

Given the very high expectations of the Tory party - they can't bear not being in power - it's game over for Cameron isn't it?