"David Cameron V Simon Heffer" is the billing over at Paul Burgin's Mars Hill blog, but in truth
Heffer's broadside, HERE, and any number of Conservative Home commenters agreeing, could almost be part of a carefully choreographed "Heir to Blair" effort. Is part of, etc.
Heffer essentially says that he wants the Tories to win, and expects them to, but he says he's not happy. "Cameron is not a real Conservative" is the rhetoric. Translation: Nothing to be scared of.
It may have been Routledge, or Maguire, or that twisted fool Jenkins, or Foot PBUH, or all the above who once said "Blair is not a real Socialist". Translation: Nothing to be scared of.
This actually fairly accurate appraisal helped Blair and New Labour no end. Wooing the 500,000 swingers in the swing seats.
There have been Labour moments, and a general direction of travel which could be way worse, a certain amount of collateral redistribution, the minimum wage, minimum income guarantee, humungous investment in education and health ... we've also had towering economic competence, exceptional crisis management, regressive tax to give the rich a lift, and who could forget those great military adventures on GW Bush's coat tails?
Same difference? No, no, no! Call me Dave Cameron is a proper heredi-tory Conservative. George Osborne is worse. And so on and so forth.
Whereas old stager Tony Booth managed something approaching in vino veritas, many a truth spoken in jest, wise-cracking that "Cherie is marrying a Conservative" there is no evidence of any equivalent incident.
Can you assist? Did Sir Reginald Adrian Berkeley Sheffield, 8th Baronet (left) or William Waldorf Astor, 4th Viscount Astor once opine that "Samantha is marrying a Trot"?
Whether the Heff is in on this impression management or not is moot.
Is Slippery Simon saying one thing when he means another?
Or is Simple Simon being used and abused by that clever turn-a-blind-eyer Andy "Milking Amnesia" Coulson?
HERE'S THE MAIL: Failing to bottom out the claim that Cam-Sam are worth £30 million plus. They seem to have missed both the real Cam royal connection - according to Wikipedia which must be correct - and also skated over the Sheffield pere divorce.