The latest YouGov poll has confirmation, if any were needed, that the Lib Dem breakthrough is not a spasm. Yet the Tories still don't get it. Here’s Cameron, in an interview with The Guardian, on electoral reform:
Most proportional voting systems break one or two cardinal rules – first that there is a direct link between the MP and his constituency and second that you can throw the government out of office.
Under PR, it could be argued, it’s far easier to “throw a government out of office” as no one party has a majority.
I think disenchantment with politics would be even greater if in a smoke-filled room, and after a 100-day negotiation, suddenly a government emerges, and it is not really anything anyone voted for.
Forget the 100 days and the smoke-filled rooms, this is exactly what the public will have voted for. The anti-politics electorate want fundamental reform; they are saying “no” to the status-quo.
What the Tories need to do is to deflate it with humour. They should point out the absurdity of a lobbyist turned Eurocrat turned MP presenting himself as the alternative to the old politics.
Dear oh dear. This will just hand more support to Clegg on a plate. Cameron has got to start listening to what the electorate are saying and change his strategy to suit.
Team Cameron are making an error of judgement if they keep cruising along spouting the same message.