"From: SWAYNE, Desmond
Sent: 16 May 2012 10:45
Sent: 16 May 2012 10:45
..........I anticipate lots of LoL gags so let's have a protective wall of sound. If Ed even grudgingly acknowledges anything positive in to-day's unemployment figures then instantaneously bring down the roof 'yereyereyere...". Notwithstanding the unemployment figures I anticipate the main attack will be 'recession made in downing street ... eurozone avoided UK double dip ... etc' so can we have lots of positive endorsements of our strategy using local examples of export success/expansion.....
"....Last week we rather dried up as the half hour wore on, and comrades at the end of the order paper did not enjoy as vociferous support as they deserved … Please show sufficient stamina for full half hour.”
So...just in case you thought that the dreadful bawling and caterwauling of MPs, like drunks on their way home from a football derby, was natural sentiment, or excitement, it's not. The above are two excerpts from emails sent to every Tory MP from the prime minister's PPS, Desmond Swayne.
It appears that the stamina of the Tory Party, when it comes to supporting Cameron, is a bit lacklustre and has to be stirred, if not shaken up, on a weekly basis. Still, it's a bit embarrassing for Cameron because in victory speech after the last election his line on the Commons, like that of so many before him, was: "...“I’m fed up with the Punch and Judy politics of Westminster — the name-calling, back-biting, point-scoring, finger-pointing.”
Well, not THAT fed up David, it would seem.
On the subject of the Tories, two other interesting items caught my eye this evening.
The first was the story of the fragrant Ms Warsi, who is now being investigated by the police for expenses fraud. And the other is that David Mellor, who was Culture Secretary for Britain in the last Tory government, has advised that the guy who took up the brief for Culture in England (including the Olympics), one Jeremy Hunt, will have to resign after the Olympics because he has lost all credibility. He goes on to make rather less than flattering comments about Dave Cameron too...
"But I think the real scalp is the Prime Minister – he won’t have to resign but his credibility is blown away.
“He has been exposed as a shallow, callow sort of guy who doesn’t have too many aims and ambitions and cant even get basic judgement calls right.”
That's his friends... I wonder what his enemies are saying!