Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Be Brutal, Mr Cameron: Leadership Needed
Cameron is in a bind. He has the look of someone who’d like to do something extremely fitting to the occasion - that is, something rather more drastic than he’s done today - but is constrained by a number of factors:
- he’s personally wealthy, and wide open to a bitter ‘it’s OK for you’;
- if he indulges in a bout of decimation - which, let’s face it, is what’s called for, and they could all be replaced – the Government’s line will be, yes, the really bad cases were the Tory ones who had to be sacked;
- there doesn’t seem to be a truly egregious Tory candidate for a token ritual disemboweling pour encourager les autres (though I could nominate one if asked).
So he may content himself with having been the swiftest and sternest of the party leaders, instead of taking the opportunity to mark himself out as the truly outstanding leader we need.
Because warning off the next generation of MPs from expenses abuse is only the start of the needed reform of the body politic.
There’s still just about time, Mr Cameron. You’ve built up plenty of political capital: invest a little now. Find an adroit way to do something breathtaking. Take remorseless retributive actions that will astonish the Party and the public alike; and make the man in the street say, that’s more like it.
And gain yourself a free hand for further reform (not to mention a bunch of extra Euro-seats). You won’t get many opportunities quite like this.
Posted by Nick Drew