IS CAMERON REALLY OUT OF TOUCH AS SUGGESTED BY OTHER TORY MPS? – According to the latest ramblings in Westminster, Tory MP’s feel that David Cameron should start acting more like UKIP leader Nigel Farage and shake off the public image of being a public schoolboy toff and more of a down to earth, have a pint sort of guy; the use of the work ‘Chap’ is simply too draconian and toffee nosed; that’s according to a number of Tory Ministers.
In an open letter, Keith Mitchell, leader of Oxfordshire County Council, unleashed a scathing attack calling the Prime Minister ‘out of touch’ with the persona of stuck up schoolboy and that he needs to reconnect with the public by modeling himself more on Nigel Farage.
According to Keith Mitchell the issues here are not simply about public policies on crime, immigration or the EU but more importantly how you come across to the public and whether you are able to connect with them at a ‘grass roots’ level.
This all comes at a time when UKIP has experiences a 51% surge in members during the past 12 months and the humiliating defeat at the Local Elections last week.
There have been a number of lessons in this whole debacle to be had but has the Prime Minister learned anything?
Yesterday we had the Queen’s Speech in which the Government outlined its policies for change during the coming year. We are all aware that talk is cheap and that action speaks louder than any mere words written or spoken. However if you are into the written or spoken word then it would be fair to say that Cameron has indeed taken on-board what the public wants with a number of reforms being announced on immigration, health care, crime and the EU.
While I, and no doubt many others, was interested in the contents of the Queen’s Speech and even thrilled at the announced changes, the question everyone’s mind is ‘how many of these changes will actually take effect?’
What Keith Mitchell is suggesting is that the problem lies more in what is ‘marketable’ rather than what the public actually wants.
I will accept that a person’s persona can go an awful long way in securing a tenable position but is it really possible to change your very make-up of whom and what you are? It appears to me that what ministers are asking is that the Prime Minister becomes more like an actor, to be presented on stage and to thrill the audience with the ‘common man’ approach. Maybe they would like David Cameron to try standing on stage with a pint in one hand and a cigarette in the other.
Keith Mitchell, and others, feels that Nigel Farage has a more approachable air about him as he doesn’t attempt to hide his vices of consuming a nice real ale and smoking a cigarette.
Personally I don’t care what Nigel Farage drinks and I care even less what brand of cigarettes he smokes. I don’t care if he was educated at Oxford or some lesser educational facility. All I care about is whether what comes out of his mouth can be implemented on the direction of a democratic voice from the public.
I have openly admitted that since becoming of a voting age, many, many years ago, I have always voted Conservative. However, this has recently changed to UKIP and the reason being is not the fact that Nigel appears willing to sit and have a pint with me but rather that he is prepared to act on the majority voice of the people.
In comparison David Cameron appears more interested in surrounding himself with all his old school chums and debating issues that affect the public. This is not what the public wants, they want to be heard and this is something, in my view, and despite David Cameron’s campaign trail slogan of ‘Call me Dave’ he refuses to do.
In my humble opinion I feel that David Cameron needs to ditch the persona of being ‘detached’ from the voting public. If he really wants to hold onto the leadership and lead the Tory party to victory in the 2015 General Election then he has to adopt an open ear approach and give the people what they want. The UK does not belong to David Cameron or his schoolboy chums, it belongs to the democratic voice of the public and until he realize this simple fact he will continue to flounder and it is likely he with be removed as Prime Minister; not by the public but by his own Cabinet Ministers.
David needs an open day and invite four people into Downing Street. These four should be supporters of the Labour Party, Conservative Party, Liberal Democrat Party and finally UKIP. These four need to be from a working class background and earning minimum wage. David then needs to sit and listen to what these people’s views are and take on-board what they want because these are the voting public and if you can understand what they want then you can deliver and if you can deliver you can govern in a democracy.
I’ve never met David Cameron but I’m sure he’s a reasonable bloke and that if given the opportunity he would listen. I am also convinced, considering his campaign of ‘Call me Dave’ that he would like to shake of the schoolboy toff image but I’m afraid there is no changing a leopard’s spots and just because he’s a bit posh doesn’t mean he has to be detached from the harsh realities of life – he just needs to witness it up close and personal and then act upon the experience.
As I have said, I won’t be voting Conservative in the next election but I’m not switch my vote based on how David Cameron is marketed but rather by his actions and these appear inept, incompetent and bordering on pure contempt for the British public.
Am I wrong? Well there is one way to find out. After I’ve finished publishing this on Meebal.com I’ll go ahead and Tweet David Cameron. I’ll invite him to read my synopsis of the situation and offer him a sit-down. I am after all a working stiff on the poverty line and so I think my views of public perception would be pretty well-rounded.
I’ll give David Cameron 24 hours and see if he responds to my tweet, or leaves a message in the comments box below and for me this should really determine as to whether David would rather listen to the voting public or just another one of his old school chums.
Do you think David Cameron will stand as Leader of the Conservative Party in the next General Election or does the party really need a new and more marketable face? Have your say… leave your comments below.
Update: As promised I gave David Cameron the opportunity to respond to my tweet and yet, as expected, I as a voter was ignored. This type of contempt I will not suffer from anyone, let alone an incompetent and therefore my vote will go to UKIP in the 2015 General Election.
I honestly feel that the only possible chance for the Tories is to bring back Michael Portillo and let him lead. Unfortunately this is unlikely to happen.