Wednesday, 13 March 2013
Move over, Dave...
Seems the Tories are getting twitchy in the light of the humiliating Eastleigh by-election.
Pressure is on Cameron to call an earlier than expected referendum on the EU as a response to the UKIP threat. Of course, none of us actually believe that we will get one after the 2015 general election in any case.
Pressure is also on to line up a replacement for Cameron. Last week there was a meeting involving Chris Grayling, David Davies, John Redwood, Liam Fox and Bernard Jenkin to discuss both issues - together with a possibility of calling an early end to the coalition.
Once again, it is Europe that divides the Conservatives. Last week Teresa May visited Germany to discuss ways to limit the tens of thousands of Bulgarian and Romanian benefit tourists that will come flooding in to Germany and Britain in January 2014. May is acutely aware of the electorate's view on immigration and, I believe, would like to get tough on the issue if only she is allowed to do so.
But the most telling indicator of dissent amongst Tories is the denial by Downing Street that Mrs May is being groomed as a successor to Cameron...
...which almost certainly means that she is!