This week we were again reminded of how fragile a grasp the prime minister has on his party. In Northamptonshire, David Cameron’s personally appointed campaign manager in the Corby byelection, Chris Heaton-Harris, was exposed as secretly backing James Delingpole’s rival campaign, part of a concerted effort against onshore wind. Delingpole subsequently withdrew, which Heaton-Harris suggests in the covert film was always expected.
Even more troubling was the implication of John Hayes, Cameron’s new minister for energy, in the secretly filmed Greenpeace footage, and the indication that he may have strategised with Delingpole and Heaton-Harris to run his anti-wind, pro-fossil fuel message up the political agenda – something that he hasn’t yet denied.
These revelations are shocking, not only because they represent an affront to the people of Corby, whose byelection has become hijacked by Westminster backroom tactics – but also because they raise serious questions about who exactly is in charge of the UK’s climate and energy policies.
So far, Hayes has shown little but contempt for and minimal understanding of the aims of the Liberal Democrat-run Department of Energy and Climate Change.
A politician must absolutely follow the party line instead of doing what they think (however odd or strange it might appears to others) is right.
The Politbureau has spoken and who are you, a mere elected representative of your constituents, to disagree?