Last October, I wrote a comment piece for The Guardian alerting readers to the neo-conservatives behind David Cameron's leadership bid. Realising that the dull-as- dishwater David Davis, or the far-right loon Dr Liam Fox was never going to defeat Ken Clarke, the clear choice of Tory members, the neo-cons threw their weight behind Cameron's bid and must have been feeling fairly pleased with themselves when their man was crowned new Tory leader. The trouble the neo-cons have now though is that Cameron, surprise, surprise, is rather keen to become Prime Minister. And in order to do that he realises that he has to ditch wildly unpopular policies. One of which was the Tory's slavishly pro-American, neo-conservative foreign policy. Here's Geoffrey Wheatcroft's brilliant piece from today's Guardian on how Cameron's ambitions to win office are causing such consternation among Britain's fifth column.
For years, the Tory party and the Tory press have been infiltrated by our own neoconservatives, more determined even than Blair to serve the national interest of another country. Under William Hague, Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Howard - egged on by Charles Moore, Matthew d'Ancona and Michael Gove - the Tories came close to being what the socialist leader Leon Blum called the French Communists, "a foreign nationalist party".