There is a thoughtful article in tomorrow’s Sunday Times from Michael Portillo. While acknowledging that Cameron’s handling of the Dyke affair was clumsy he explores the big reason why it happened – the Tories’ belief that they need to form these sorts of surprising alliances if they are to prosper in Britain’s new electoral landscape of coalition governments, growing use of proportional representation and the rise of the smaller parties. ConservativeHome’s own belief is that the party would be better attempting to defeat the Liberal Democrats (as the Scottish party are attempting to do) rather than prepare the ground for coalition but the party leadership revealed their instincts this week with the Dyke debacle.
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