The power of ConservativeHome to influence debate within the Tory Party has gain been amply demonstrated in the last week by Tim Montomerie's description of George Osborne as a Hare and David Cameron as a tortoise. Tim regards himself as a hare. Various media outlets have latched onto this description including John Rentoul and last night's Westminster Hour. In a way it is a statement of the bleedin' obvious that there are people in the party who wish to do things at a faster pace than others, but Tim's point is to analyse which tendency is in the ascendant. He reckons the hares are winning the day. Danny Finkelstein points out on Comment Central this morning that in the parable the tortoise actually wins in the end.
I'm not sure how helpful it is to frame the debate in this way. It can be divisive to pigeonhole people into one camp or another. Too often the Tory Party seeks to demonise one tendency or another. Wets, dries - consolidators, radicals - Eurosceptics, Europhiles... the list is endless. To portray George Osborne and David Cameron as being on opposite sides of an argument is stretching things and merely gives opponents of the Cameron project something to gnaw on.
UPDATE: Tim has responded HERE to Danny F and me. He concludes: "This isn't a split but a grown-up discussion about the pace of Project Cameron. The debate is real and Iain of all people should support the grassroots joining in that debate. "