Whilst leading the Conservatives in opposition from 2005 until May 2010, it was said that David Cameron saw himself as the ‘heir to Blair’. We see him more as the ‘heir to Harman’. A reference of course to Harriet Harman, the truly odious radical feminist Labour MP who’s been poisoning the House of Common for the past 30 years. During Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons, you’ll always see Harman looking at Cameron fondly. I imagine her thinking:
Good boy, Dave. Good boy!!! You’ll get some chocolate drops later for doing your Mistress’s bidding!’
We confidently predict the Conservatives will follow the Labour Party in adopting all-women prospective parliamentary candidate (‘PPC’) shortlists to select candidates for the 2015 general election. They’ll say they’re doing so ‘reluctantly’ but the assertion will be arrant nonsense – the move will be entirely consistent with David Cameron’s pro-women and anti-men instincts. He’s the least principled prime minister (of any party) in living memory.
I worked for the Conservatives as a consultant during 2006-8. In the autumn of 2009 Cameron announced his intention to adopt all-women PPC shortlists. I cancelled my membership in response, as did a number of other party members of my acquaintance. I then started work on a book which was published the following year, David and Goliatha: David Cameron – heir to Harman? I commissioned my favourite living cartoonist, Martin Honeysett, to draw the cartoon which graced its cover:
The day the Conservatives introduce all-women PPC shortlists – it’s more a matter of ‘when’ than ‘if’ – we’ll present David Cameron with the ‘Toady of the Year (2014)’ award. Our press release on the matter is already prepared.