Fraser Nelson wrote an excellent piece in Friday's DT pointing out how G Brown had set up his government in exile by getting all his placemen and fellow travellers appointed to controlling positions in quangos and charities. These include household names like Save the Children (Justin Forsyth, GB's ex strategy chief), NSPCC (Peter Watt former Labour party general secretary) and CAFOD, the Catholic Aid Agency has Damien McBride former GB spin meister. Public sector union activists and officials are paid by HMG and have security passes to government buildings. No wonder Cameron's efforts at reform always seem to run into trouble. Many charities receive a large percentage of their funds from HMG and have very highly paid CEOs which must siphon off a lot of the funds so the intended recipients get a whole lot less. For this reason I do not now donate to charities.
What are the Tories doing about this? Nelson writes of Cameron, 'He is too much of a gentleman to play Labour's game and start stuffing quangoes with Tory placemen'. So we have quangoes where an estimated 77% of activists are Labour. Have the Tories learned nothing from the last Labour boundary review exercise where they barely bothered to send representatives whilst Labour put out their best team to gerrymander constituency boundaries in their favour as far as possible. The Tories are still trying to claw back what they lost then but of course as prisoners of the LibDems they now cannot.
There is a real lack of core elctoral nous in the Tories but far more so in EUKIP. You need to attend to the boring nitty gritty crucial details. Look at the effort Obama and Romney are putting into swing states like Ohio. Look at the professionalism of the US operations compared with the bumbling amateur approach of the Tories and the total incompetence of UKIP who in the recent London elections when they could not even get their candidates name on to the ballot paper. What was Mr Crowther, UKIP's party supremo doing? What is he paid for?
There is a complete lack of basic simple electoral expertise in UKIP. UKIP MEP candidates simply don't want to do the hard electoral graft. I was appalled last time in the South West when the party members voted for William Legge, a belted Earl with no electoral record, rather than Alan Wood one of the 5 elected district councillors UKIP then had. Alan knew how to run an elctoral campaign and had a long record of hard work for UKIP. He has now left UKIP. I thought deference for the aristos died with the WW I when the aristo leadership led to over a million dead. Lions led by donkeys was the truth.The lesson does not seem to have sunk in with the SW donkey UKIP members.
Poor a candidate as Legge was we are expected now to have Neil Hamilton as lead SW UKIP MEP candidate. Incredible! A man mired in the cash for questions scandal and unsuccesful libel actions. A man who in the 1997 General Election lost Tatton the fourth safest Conservative seat in the UK to an Independent by a majority of 11000! He was selected by the local party who after Hamilton's defeat promptly ditched him and selected Gideon, call me George, Osborne. I never saw Hamilton at any of the meetings working for UKIP in 2009. Come to that I never saw Legge until the MEP slate selection meeting.
That is UKIPs problem. Too many incompetent Chiefs and not enough Indians, Success comes from talent, expertise, training and hard graft. UKIP fails on all four. Sure they will get a lot of votes in 2014, but it will only be protest vote in an elction that the electors know is meaningless.
Read Crouch's book entitled Post Democracy to understand what is going on.