A great comment piece (for a change!) in today's Telegraph from Simon Heffer as he points out that Cameron is likely to win an election, but that will not result in a conservative government.
Heffer lays into the lack of political principle and policy of Cameron and those he surrounds himself with and points out his blatant sectarianism and cronyism. Heffer dwells a little too long on the fact that Cameron seems to be alienating natural conservatives who would, usually, be predisposed to vote Tory. It's not that the issues he refers to are not conservative points - it's just that most conservatives will vote Tory regardless so there is little concern for Cameron about alienating them. I think Heffer labours over that "alienation" thing a little too long, but other than that he is right.
The reason I think Heffer goes on too much about the alienation issue is that he also points out the delusion of those self same voters.
Some of you cling to the hope that Mr Cameron knows what must be done, and is sparing details of the strong medicine until in power. Given that he has never exhibited the slightest scintilla of principle at any time during his political career, I cannot imagine what the evidence is for that.
I think this is the main reason why Cameron may win. Tory voters can not believe that Cameron is really the soft social liberal he appears to be and are expecting him to waltz into Downing Street before revealing his true colours. It's the people who believe that who will carry him to victory and it is they who are set to be the most disappointed.
Finally, Heffer echoes my own view that, rather than being the next Maggie Thatcher Cameron will in reality become the new Ted Heath.
What I fear most, as I watch this circus of gestures and promises, is a re-run of the Heath government. We are watching the preparations not for office, but for an orgy of managerialism. It could even be worse than 1970-74, for the economic situation was (at the start) nothing like so bad, and Heath did have around him people of sense and experience with some bottle-age on them.
Yep - that's my view too. And the outcome of such a government for Britain is dire to say the least.