“This is a regrettable and frankly counterproductive decision. As Douglas Carswell said, the only way to get a referendum on the EU is to return a majority Conservative government. The Conservative party will contest the forthcoming by-election vigorously to make sure the people in Clacton have a strong conservative voice in this parliament and the next.”
‘The Conservative Party will contest the by-election vigorously, to ensure that the people of Clacton have a strong Conservative voice in this Parliament and the next.’
“Douglas Carswell’s defection is a hammer blow to David Cameron. Confidence in David Cameron is collapsing inside a Conservative party which is divided and running scared of UKIP. David Cameron’s weak leadership has seen him abandon the centre ground, repeatedly trying to pander to his own right-wing backbenchers rather than concentrate on the needs of the country. Now even his own side are abandoning him.”
Something must have changed his mind, say his colleagues. Maybe the realisation that Cameron's all mouth and no trousers, combined with the realisation that the UKIP charge is unstoppable. Eurosceptic Britain has to stop supporting the Conservatives. It's a total waste of time. Will UKIP be any better? With nil hope left anywhere else, UKIP has to be worth a try.
Remember Carswell supported Cameron in the leadership battle in 2005. This is a big blow to Cameron.