Hapless Cameron is picking up the deflated remains of his`Big Society''s big flop. All MPs, except a few uber-loyal Cameronians, openly mock the big nothing. The LibDems are in open contempt. Right-wing Tories are resigned and braced for embarrassment.
Savagely cut charities are told to persuade those sacked by the Government to work for nothing. Heroes of compassionate work will be redesigned as Cameron's foot soldiers. He seeks the crown as the inspirer of all voluntary work. The dream is unattainable.
Less than a year since the election, Cameron's halo of moral superiority has gone. He is as devious and underhanded as he accused his predecessors of being.
Tory MP Bernard Jenkin, chairman of the Commons public administration select committee, said the treatment of Dr Sarah Wollaston, the newly elected MP for Totnes in Devon, showed that Cameron's claim to be ushering in a "new politics" was a sham.
Wollaston has condemned the way the Tories have tried to force her into unquestioning loyalty.
The Observer reports that last Monday Wollaston told a meeting of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers that when she asked to sit on the committee that will scrutinise the NHS bill she was informed by a government minister that she could only do so if she remained completely loyal. She told this newspaper: "It is made very clear to you that if you are on a bill committee you support the government. I was not prepared to accept that."
Doctor Wollaston might have usefully softened the blow of this doomed bill. In a speech in parliament she said: "I profoundly object to the fact the people have to make a choice and always vote with the government." She added: "I believe – I hope that hon members agree with this – that there is something profoundly toxic in that." It has never happened to me.
Wollaston is the first of the post expenses scandal Tory candidates chosen by a popular vote. The brave new Tory world is crumbling.
Their claim of shortage of cash is wearing thin. There is always cash available to cover their embarrassments and fund their u-turns. Some was found to repay the CAB to compensate for some of the cuts from this superb value service. The forest sell-off will be abandoned. There has been a string of surrenders.
Yesterday's principled posture is today's cowardly retreat. The pattern is set for a truly awful Government.