Life has been imitating art as one of David Cameron”s inner circle has had a bit of a meltdown about the refusal of the right of the party to modernise. Here’s what the unnamed adviser is reported as saying:
“There’s really no problem….The MPs just have to do it because the associations tell them to, and the associations are all mad swivel-eyed loons.” It”s all a bit reminiscent of Stewart Pearson from The Thick of it (see clip above).
The adviser is so far anonymous, but there is growing pressure for the a naming and shaming (and sacking) exercise. Here’s some of the reaction that was pouring out on Twitter.
Who is the 'Cameron aide' who thinks that Tory Party activists are all 'swivel eyed loons'? I think we should be told. #ToryUncivilWar
— Angela Eagle (@angelaeagle) May 18, 2013
If MP described activists as mad swivel eyed loons' they would be all over the Media. Why don't we know the name of No10 aide? #chummocracy
— Nadine Dorries (@NadineDorriesMP) May 18, 2013
If you are a Conservative supporter who believes in UKIP ideas then your party hates you. Come and join us. http://t.co/HrM4eC6EIu
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) May 17, 2013
One of Cameron's most senior aides describes Tory members as "loons" pic.twitter.com/vBhQEKWDLZ < I HOPE HIS IDENTITY WILL BE REVEALED SOON
— Tim Montgomerie ن (@montie) May 17, 2013
There has to be a smoking out of this adviser and David Cameron will find himself unable to simply boot this decision into the long grass. He will either have to stand by the adviser, or once again give the back benchers red meat by sacking the individual concerned. It looks for all the world like UKIP could indirectly be getting a scalp this week.