Meanwhile, poor Mr. Cameron has so far spent the summer being sniped at by his own party. Friendly fire it is not. Tory after Tory has lined up to call on Mr. Cameron to end his policy-free zone and to move the Conservative Party further to the right of British politics. I predict that he will be forced to do precisely that as we’re already beginning to see (although his PR will argue the opposite). Those who have studied this closely will see that the Tory assault on the Cameron leadership dates back to last September. The Guardian then reported that the Tory MP for Hammersmith and Fulham launched an attack on Cameron’s tax pledge at last year’s Tory conference - proposing his own Estonian style alternative instead. The Sunday Times / YouGov poll shows that a staggering 51% of the British public now thinks that Mr. Cameron would do “badly if he became Prime Minister”. I couldn’t possibly comment but as Leader of the Opposition he has certainly already become a prisoner of the right-wing core of his party.
The same poll gives Prime Minister Gordon Brown the biggest lead Labour has had since 2003, with 65% of the British public saying he is “doing well”. It is just another poll but it demonstrates that (as predicted here) an increasing number of people will continue to recognise that Gordon Brown has the leadership, policies and vision that the country requires.