Silencing the Tory dissenters
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
This blog is fast turning into a sort of 'Tory watch'. It's certainly not intended to be, it's just that the Tories keep coming up with great stories.
The latest is that they've sacked (or 'resigned') the man in charge of making them more colourful and representative.
This from the Times:
The deputy chairman of the Conservative Party responsible for recruiting more ethnic minority MPs has resigned as the party was rocked by the second race row in as many days.
Bernard Jenkin quit his position in a wide-ranging Conservative reshuffle as a leading ethnic minority candidate denounced his own party, claiming that Mr Jenkin had told him that he would not be selected for a seat because he was not white.
This comes as no surprise to anyone who has met any grass-root Tories. They are miles away from the party leadership on a wide range of issues.
At the Welsh Conservatives policy forum in Cardiff, some members called for the abolition of the NHS and for tighter controls on immigrants who continually 'sponge off the state'.
Cameron's gift is not necessarily in changing the Conservative party but, as a former PR executive, in spinning the dissenters out of the equation.
posted by Blamerbell @ 11:25 am,
- At 6:59 am, Gracchi said...
Personally though I know this has been denied I'm glad Jenkins has gone precisely because of his comment. It seems to me that Cameron did the right thing.
- At 8:42 am, Blamerbell said...
But with every Jenkin that's sacked the leadership move a teensy bit further away from the lady who makes the tea at constituency meetings and thinks immigrants are tearing her community apart.
I suppose he could just wait for the old guard to die off, but that won't be before the next election.
- At 5:33 pm, Chris Doidge said...
But Jenkin was pushed partly because he hadn't made the A-List representative enough. Most of those on the A-List despised him, but they're worried the new guy is even worse.
- At 7:40 pm, Blamerbell said...
Agreed. I hope that's what I was inferring!
I take it this means Chris is now back in town after his star performance live on 18 Doubtful Street?