Is Osborne the olive branch the Tories need or simply hedging his bets in Cameron’s last days?
Rumours of growing division in the senior ranks of the Conservative Party increased last night as George Osborne was accused of distancing himself from David Cameron and the modernisers in the party. Mr Osborne, the shadow Chancellor is a close friend of the Tory leader and has been a leading architect of the modernisation of the Tory Party in an attempt to widen its appeal.
However, the strain of a growing Labour lead and the threat of an early election has begun to show. In an eve-of-conference interview with The Spectator, Mr Osborne said: “I don’t take the kind of Ã¼ber-modernising view that some have had, that you can’t talk about crime or immigration or lower taxes.”
One former Tory shadow minister said: “We are falling apart under the strain.” [via The Independent]
I really donâ€™t know whatâ€™s going on with the Tories these days. For the most part Iâ€™ve welcomed the attempts to modernise the party (although it now looks to be only skin deep). Iâ€™ve said on here at least once that Cameronâ€™s best bet is the stay the course; donâ€™t let the reactionary right obscure his attempt to reach out with the reasonable right.
Plenty of times over the last six months various people close too or within the party have told me of an internal power struggle. There are two factions vying to sway the leader and the partyâ€™s direction. Events of the last couple of months makes me think itâ€™s more akin to a civil war.
Each group has had their successes but with Cameronâ€™s catastrophes and Brownâ€™s bounce one side looks like its now taking hold. How long before the king is slayed and a full lurch to the right happens?
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