Conservative civil war: Clarke bashes Boris, Cash lays into Cameron

Conservatives doing what they do best, indeed [Image: Adams for The Telegraph].

Conservatives doing what they do best, indeed [Image: Adams for The Telegraph].

Tory civil war stepped up another notch today (May 30) as another MP promised to call for a vote of ‘no confidence’ in David Cameron’s leadership, while Kenneth Clarke spoke against the most popular potential replacement.

The pro-EU former Tory chancellor told the BBC’s Today programme: “I think Boris [Johnson] and Donald Trump should go away for a bit and enjoy themselves and not get in the way of serious issues which modern countries in the 21st century face.

“He’s a much nicer version of Donald Trump but the campaign is remarkably similar in my opinion, and about as relevant to the real problems the public face.”

On calls by Nadine ‘Mad Nad’ Dorries and others for Cameron’s head, he said: “All this stuff about whether one or two backbenchers have signed a letter calling for David Cameron to resign, I think most of the public would agree is a bit of a diversion. The public are getting fed up of Tory civil wars when they thought they were being asked about the future of this country for their children and grandchildren.”

He’s partly right – the referendum is a question being put to the people of the UK, and isn’t about Cameron’s leadership. But Cameron has staked his political future on it, and Conservatives consider themselves well within their rights to kick up a fuss.

The latest to do so is Sir Bill Cash, following Andrew Bridgen and Nadine Dorries.

The Eurosceptic chairman of the European Scrutiny committee told the Telegraph he has grown infuriated by the Prime Minister’s “monumentally misleading propaganda” and demanded a more conciliatory tone.

He said he was “certainly considering” submitting a letter calling for a no confidence vote and gave the leadership 10 days to drop “inaccurate” warnings over leaving the EU.

It can be no comfort to Cameron that, at 4pm today (May 30), 72 per cent of 11,164 voters in a Torygraph poll called for him to face a vote of ‘no confidence’. That means 8,038 readers of the Tory-supporting rag want him gone, while only 3,126 want him to stay.


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8 thoughts on “Conservative civil war: Clarke bashes Boris, Cash lays into Cameron

  1. Neilth

    More worrying is that more than 11k people take the Torygraph. Bill Cash has always been a right wing thug with close political similarities to the extremist parties and frankly I’m surprised he hasn’t already turned his coat and joined UKIP. Dorries is a loose cannon with a history of damaging her own side through ill judged moves. Don’t know about Bridgen but as the old rhyme has it you can tell a man by the company he keeps.

    I’m sure none of us are upset by the apparent implosion of the Tory party but I also have no doubt that the men in suits who pull the strings from behind the scenes will quietly reach an agreement and a new leadership will be installed and those on the losing side will be quietly pushed aside.

    1. shawn

      Neith, I strongly suspect you’re right. That’s why the Chancellor is especially invisible over the last week or so. Cameron, will be dropped and Osborne will be able to present himself as the arbitrator.
      Nonetheless, it’s important to point out the why the Conservatives can not be trusted with writing a constitution and telling the truth over serving up un-adulterated propaganda. It would also be useful if Osborne could be drawn into the general feeling of disrepute the Tories are now being labelled with. That is before the main media go into reverse.

  2. casalealex

    Dodgy Dave’s Referendum Blues

    Britain, you got to let me know

    Should I stay or should I go?

    If you say that I am fine
    I’ll be here ’til the end of time
So you got to let me know

    Should I stay or should I go?

    It’s always sleaze, sleaze, sleaze,

    You’re happy when I’m on my knees
One day it’s fine and next it’s black

    So if you want me off your back

    Well, come on and let me know

    Should I stay or should I go?

    Should I stay or should I go now?

    Should I stay or should I go now?
If I go, there will be trouble

    And if I stay it will be double

    So come on and let me know

    This indecision’s bugging me
    If you don’t want me, then set me free
    Exactly who I’m supposed to choose
    Don’t you know which side even wants me?

    Come on and let me know
    Should I cool it or should I blow?

    apologies to Clash x

  3. Brian

    There is no truth in the rumor that DC is planning to defect, despite apparent support for worker rights. Being seen in the company of SK is not an indication of this, nor has any correspondence relating to this been received by JC. The only question is, would they have him.

  4. Jon Effemey

    They are so good at this. Labour are mere amateurs. Thatcher being mauled by a dead sheep, Major and his B*******. How they all hated sailor Ted

    Yes the Tory party, as this this cartoon very cleverly shows, happily back in their default mode, of sticking the knife in.

    Being 63, I am getting use to the same old same old.

    Quite often it is the EU, with Thatcher it was the poll tax. Through all that posh upbringing and public school bullying they are ideally suited for this favourite blood sport.

    Inflated psycho egos for ever talking the talk.

    Whatever the outcome, we will see Major mark 2 soon.

    Will Labour rally around Jeremy and stop their pathetic infighting now the Tories may well present them with an open goal?

    Well they are politicians too?

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