He has gone, and the Tory party are in shock and bemusement. Me, I am in a fantastic mood.
There are, of course, numerous interpretations of his actions and all inevitably shaped by ones own point of view and political agenda. In truth, its probably a combination of all those factors being mulled over by the political great and good as we speak. The Tory ghost of Christmas past, the EU, has come back to haunt them, and rather amusingly that was all their own doing. I have no doubt, that at least in the back of his mind, this affected the decision of IDs, but I am also tempted to believe him when he claims its more a case of principle.
He is one of the thickest politicians to have emerged from the Tory ranks in the last 30 years, no mean achievement in its own right, but I am sure that IDS genuinely believes himself to be on a moral mission, guided by a set of core values consistently held throughout his political life. He married into money, having relatively humble origins, and is a conviction politician, rather than one shaped by class. This put him somewhat at odds with Cameron and Osborne, who remain the spoilt little rich boys who were members of the Bullingdon Club, with all its overt connotations of class superiority. They see their political life as a mere continuation of their Etonian jolly japes, picking on the local working class oafs, with their snide comments for their opponents, culminating in Camerons’ moronic jibe at the Corbyn dress sense. They are moral vacuums, entirely shaped by privilege and arrogance. I have felt for some time, that as misguided, malicious and vindictive Thatcher was, these two shits are a far greater threat.
In a week when two publicsed opinion polls (from ICM and YouGov) have put the Corbyn-led Labour party ahead of the Tories for the first time, the continuing and politically volcanic run into the referendum, the Tory party are, as they always do, overstretching in their arrogance and One Nation delusion. Corbyn is impressively holding to his steady, calm leadership, with a particular highpoint being the speech after the budget.
Steady as she goes, but we are on course.