You know a strategy is going a bit wrong when the architect of it has to deny madness on day 2.
But you have to admire Iain Dale. As Iain knows, I am a fan of his and his blog, not least his admirable tribalism on behalf of the Tories. But does he really believe that the Cameroons aren’t extremely nervous about this turn of events at best, or hitting the panic button at worst? If DD manages to see off the challenge from Kelvin McKenzie and returns triumphantly to the Commons, it’ll be a case of “Dave who?”
It’s all very bizarre and illogical. More to the point, although DD will undoubtedly raise his media and party profiles, this is unalloyed bad news for the Tories and for Dave. And no amount of spin can make it otherwise. But well done for trying anyway, Iain.