Is it time for Maude to go?


Everyone knows that I am a "Cameroonie" - it gets me enough grief on the pages of ConservativeHome! But am I bovvered? No! I really like the way the Party is going under David Cameron's leadership. And Francis Maude, the Party Chairman, has been instrumental in helping to change the party, mostly for the better.

In many respects, Maude was a Cameroonie before we even knew DC existed! But the process of selecting a candidate for London Mayor has been so embarrassing and shameful that many will feel that Maude should now decide to spend more time with his family.

You wanted a 'open primary', but 'big names' did not materialise, so it was postponed. The only saving grace, if you can call it that, is that the LibDems are in exactly the same boat.

But it got worse: yesterday, we learnt that Francis had been in talks with Greg Dyke. Dyke, a Labour member of 40 years turned Lib Dem donor, wanted to run as a left-wing Socialist, sorry Independent, and for the Conservatives and Liberal parties to withdraw their candidates and support him. Showing uncharacteristic wisdom, the Lib Dems told him to get lost.

Dyke would not have been acceptable to Londoners, let alone Conservative members and supporters. What was Maude thinking of to have even have considered the proposal?

Francis, you messed up big time and made the Conservatives look incompetent and desperate.

If you had been a darling of the party, you might just about have been let off. But given all the enemies you've made - convincing most Conservative activists that you thought we were a rather grubby and neanderthal embarassment - and an obstacle to progress - I don't suppose you will be easily forgiven. Expect calls for your head to roll!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Controversial! Expect to be visited by a hit-squad of floppy-haired assassins in weskits and tails, braying "Yah! Die! For Notting Hill and St Dave!"

Norfolk Blogger said...

Well you know I am with you on Francis Maude. Not the sharpest tool in the box.

Norfolk Blogger said...

To add to my comments, Maude looks as if he is rying to be important, but is missing the "r" in the middle. Does anyone know what he actually does in your party ?

Justin Hinchcliffe said...

I certainly don't know what he does. I like Francis but to say that he has handled this matter badly is an understatement.

Praguetory said...

Can you really blame Maude? Dyke said he was talking Cameron. It may well be politically expedient for Cameron to let Maude take the hit, but would it be fair? I think Maude has done a lot of good things in the party and is usually a smart political operator.

Justin Hinchcliffe said...

PT, I think my post was fair becacause I said that Francis has done some very good things...

Newmania said...

I have been wondering about him for a while Justin,.He just doesn`t seem to be up to the job

( Dragged himself up by his bootstraps you know)

Anonymous said...

Newmania: I suppose Francis Maude MP, son of Angus Maude MP probably DOES pass for a 'common man' in the eyes of 'Call me Dave' (descended from Queen Victoria's uncle and married to a descendant of Charles II). The man on the Tottenham omnibus must seem to him about as explicable and approachable as a bushman from the Kalahari desert.

Anonymous said...

"Queen Victoria's uncle" _ actually King William IV