It wasn’t easy to find Tory newslinks for this morning’s homepage. It’s all Labour troubles and the Sunday papers promise more of the same.
Whilst most newspapers are focusing on Brown’s role in Blair’s humiliation, Dominic Lawson, in yesterday’s Independent, gave David Cameron the real credit for destabilising Tony Blair. Mr Lawson thinks that the newer Labour MPs, in particular – unused to being behind in the polls – have panicked at the leads enjoyed by the new Tory leader. The leads – at least up until now have actually been pretty modest – but there is some truth in the former Sunday Telegraph Editor’s analysis.
More deserving of praise is, I think, the Tory leader’s reaction to Labour’s return to internal strife. Or more accurately his disciplined non-reaction. His statements have amounted to the bare minimum possible comment. David Cameron has understood that it is not necessary to intervene in Labour’s civil war and frontbenchers have been instructed not to crow. Mr Cameron perhaps remembers Neil Kinnock’s disastrous intervention at the time of the 1990 Tory leadership crisis. Kinnock’s decision to call a vote of no confidence in the Conservative Government caused the party to unite and it gave Mrs Thatcher her Commons opportunity to defend her eleven years in power. It was a famously bravura performance.
PS If you feel you can’t resist the need to kick the Labour Party whilst it’s down you’ll really love this (although you’ll need Flash).