The Guardian and the Conservatives…
It has long been my conviction that The Guardian is on the brink of openly endorsing the Conservatives at the next election. Yesterday, in the pages of it’s sister paper, The Observer, Richard Reeves was asking what appeared to be a largely rhetorical question about how progressive the Conservatives really are. Reeves rather fawning praise is what makes the question empty and rhetorical, in the context of his article at least, take this passage;
“The Conservative plans to let money follow the pupil to the school of their parents’ choice and, crucially, to add a pupil premium to the poorest children.”
No mention of the possible problematic involvement of the private sector. It seems to me that there is a concerted editorial drive in this direction in Guardian towers which should worry Gordon Brown and Labour very much. Today, Julian Glover is offering David Cameron some friendly advice:
“A current fashion among Tories is to call on Cameron to promote the old-timers, to give his team strength now that office looks near. He is wise to be cautious: Ken Clarke always stood apart from the worst parts of the old Tory party, which is why he makes a plausible member of the new one.”
This is clearly the justification for the line; Cameron is a man alone along with an elite band of progressive warriors who have really changed the Conservative Party for the better and ipso facto deserve a chance at governing. While it will be mortifying for Labour it should also cause us an itch of concern if The Guardian is not even willing to countenance throwing it’s weight behind us as the ‘progressive choice’ because it is a comment on how far we have to go that they feel better advised throwing their weight behind the Cameroons.