Why can’t Cameron sack Hunt?
I find David Cameron’s inability to simply sack Jeremy Hunt quite mind-bending and politically illogical in so many ways. It can only possibly lead you to the conclusion that Mr Hunt does know where too many bodies are buried. Speaking today on the Andrew Marr show he said the governments penchant for u-turning was a sign of “resolve and strength” yet he seems totally unable to perform one when it comes to the Ministerial career of Jeremy Hunt. It’s not as if Mr Hunt is the only senior Cabinet minister in trouble, with the accusations stacking-up against Baroness Warsi as well.
Liberal Democrats should perhaps take note of how relatively quickly Vince Cable, David Laws and Chris Huhne were dispensed with by comparison; there is nothing quite like an appreciative and supportive Coalition partner in politics. Sadly, knowing how spineless the Lib Dems actually are, I am skeptical they will even day to vote with Labour when it comes to the vote on investigating Mr Hunt. I rather suspect Mr Cameron is congratulating himself privately on his Rambo-like machismo in not sacking his wayward ministers but the country is looking on, unamused.
Conservatives must be inwardly concerned that their leader has now on so many occasions let the weight of his own stubbornness outweigh sound political common sense. Meanwhile, Labour’s position, to do what any dutiful opposition should be doing, and harry these ministers out of office, needs to constantly bring the issue back to the judgment of the Prime Minister, something that with regard to his picks for high office looks increasingly suspect (and lest we forget the former head of Downing Street Communications being charged with perjury). It’s only a matter of time before more scandals break and Mr Cameron is the last one left clinging like a desperate limpet to the tattered remains of his tenure.