David Cameron announced this afternoon that he would close down the Conservative Party. "I have come to realise that the Prime Minister is right," he will tell the Chipping Norton Times. "It is wrong of anyone to question the undoubted wisdom, knowledge and foresight of the Prime Minister. I reject any notion that the Conservative Party should ask why it is that Sterling has lost a third of its value in the last four months, or why a 17 month old child was failed by a Labour Council. That is clearly not the job of the Opposition. I have instructed all my Shadow Cabinet colleagues that they should, at this difficult time, resist any temptation to criticise the economic titans that sit on the Labour front bench. Just because the economy is going down the tubes is no reason for us to question why this is. Just because Gordon Brown has divorced Prudence and embraced Profligacy is no reason for the Conservatives to utter a single word in protest. Who cares if debt is spiralling out of control? Who cares if we get 3 million unemployed? If the Prime Minister doesn't seem to care, why should the Opposition? The Prime Minister is right. Opposition's role is to support the government in everything it does without question. It's what Marshall Stalin would have wanted.
Alistair Darling is 94.
OK, so do you get the point? If the media swallow this ridiculous line from the Prime Minister that the Opposition aren't allowed to question why Sterling has fallen by 30%, what on earth is the point of opposition? The Observer's front page today reads like a Labour Party press release. Quite incredible.
The lesson David Cameron and George Osborne can draw from this episode, and previous examples, is that it is impossible to offer Gordon Brown the olive branch of non-partisanship, because at some point - sooner, rather than later - he will use it as a stick to beat you with.
When Brown became Prime Minister I wrote in the Telegraph that the rules had changed - that Brown was the most political and tribal Prime Minister in living memory.
Forget all the consensual, government of all the talents guff: leopards do not change their spots and politicians who try to be something they patently are not get found out.
I see little reason to change my mind. He's only interested in one thing - narrow party interest. And it's about time the Conservative Party cottoned on to that. Last September, David Cameron wrote...
"We face an opponent whose aim is not just to beat the Conservative Party, but destroy it."
I wrote at the time...
Coulson's message to David Cameron, and indeed the whole Conservative Party, must be this: Gordon Brown is out to destroy you. It's no good adopting a defensive strategy. You can't just defend your ground. The best form of defence is attack and you must go in all guns blazing.
The last week should have provided them with all the proof they need that this strategy is now, without question, the right one. Passion, anger, attack. Because believe you me, if the electorate aren't angry about the government's mismanagement of the economy now, within a very short time they will be. And the Conservatives can be ahead of the game.
And to that little band of Tories who seem intent on causing trouble for George Osborne, what I wrote above is in part directed at you. When one of your own is under attack, you circle the wagons and start firing at the enemy, not at your political colleagues. Didn't you learn anything from the last ten fifteen years?
UPDATE: This Youtube video reinforces what I have said above...
UPDATE2: Jonathan Isaby has a post on ConservativeHome which has the same message as this one.