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Did David Cameron destroy the Tory party in his misguided attempt to rescue it?

It is a widely shared assumption that David Cameron promised and then delivered the EU referendum in an attempt to unite the Tory party. The idea seems to have been to "answer the question once and for all" and then to unite the party behind it. Which has failed spectacularly.

Now Boris Johnson seems to believe the only way to save the Tories and make them electable is to turn them in effect into the Brexit Party / UKIP / whatever vehicle Farage comes up with next. But to do that he has to overtake them on the right. Not to mention that he has expelled 21 members of the more moderate wing of his party.

This will turn off many more moderate voters, not to mention the remain leaning (former?) Tory voters, many won't want the no deal Johnson (or is it actually Cummings?) seems to want. Meaning in order to attract some (he will never get them all) right wing voters he will lose a lot of moderate voters, many probably to the LibDems.

Is this how the Tories as a mainstream party will end?

#Brexit #UK #EU #politics #Tory #Tories #party #DavidCameron #Cameron #BorisJohnson #Johnson
 
Fascinating (and I think very plausible) read about what might have happened if the result of the EU referendum had been the other way around. In a way we would be in a fairly similar situation now, a deeply divided country with a destroyed political culture. Showing that the real culprit for the mess we're in isn't Theresa May (although she contributed heavily) but David Cameron, who instigated the referendum in the first place for party political reasons, to unite his divided country. And failed abysmally. Quite possibly destroying his party (I think there's a good chance the Tories will split up) and breaking up the UK (I think if they get their referendum there's a good chance Scotland will leave the UK. Northern Ireland being reunited with the Republic of Ireland I think is also possible).
If… A Brexit fable | Inside Story
#Brexit #UK #EU #politics #referendum #TheresaMay #DavidCameron #Tories #party #partypolitics #divided
 
Excellent summary of the mess we are in and who brought it onto the UK:
The humbling of Britain
#Brexit #UK #EU #politics #DavidCameron #TheresaMay #BorisJohnson #NigelFarage #failure #humbling
 
Excellent summary of the mess we are in and who brought it onto the UK:
The humbling of Britain
#Brexit #UK #EU #politics #DavidCameron #TheresaMay #BorisJohnson #NigelFarage #failure #humbling
 
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