A Labour peer reports an odd conversation he had with a Tory colleague in the Lords last autumn:
“So is Gordon going to call an election?”
“I don’t think so.”
“Are you that confident of winning?”
“No, I’m confident we’re going to lose, but at least then we can get rid of Cameron!”
Well, that was then, and this is now. That Tory Lord is presumably less encouraged by recent polls than Team Cameron are. But he is not alone. Many Tories with very extreme views are prepared, reluctantly, to back Cameron, but only if they think he can deliver them the keys to No. 10. They are entrenched in their opposition to just about every “moderate” policy Cameron
says he supports. Shades of Militant and the hard left in the days of Foot’s and then Kinnock’s leadership of Labour.
More importantly, when the polls start to come back Labour’s way, the right wing vultures won’t need much encouragement to swoop.