The Conservative Party is the largest force in local government. It may win the next election. But it's dying on its feet. Ponder the likely course of events -
- Membership is falling. It currently stands at roughly 177,000
- The Party will lose council seats, and control of councils, as this Parliament continues... It's happened whenever we've been in government before - voters use local elections to protest against the Government of the day. And it will happen this time round too, possibly in spades.
- Leaving MPs and candidates exposed at the next election, since by then some councillors will have lost their seats and local membership fallen further.
P.S. The Bitchy Boys report that Cameron has reversed himself in the matter of putting his personal photog and film-maker on the public payroll. It was a silly, vain little thing to do in the first place, and he was very slow to realize how revealing it was about himself and his priorities.
Don't often get to say this, but Nick Robinson's comment hits it right on the button: "Quick is not, perhaps, a description for Team Cameron's response to this, given the amount of column inches written about it”.