Squabbling is no way to run the country

Harold Wilson was famously quoted as saying that a week is a long time in politics '“ well I wonder what he would have made of the weekend the Tory Party has just gone through?

Thursday, 24th March 2016, 4:00 pm

A weekend of turmoil. A resignation at the very heart of government and the sort of u-turns that would have had Mrs Thatcher speechless with rage. What chaos from the people who would have us believe they are fit to run our country.

Just days after chancellor George Osborne delivered what he said was a budget for all of us, work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith resigned because he said he could no longer stomach cuts being imposed on the people who could afford them the least.

Yet, if you believe his opponents, he was one of the architects of the policies leading up to those cuts, which he said were dividing the country between the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ and were being imposed on those who are not naturally inclined to vote Conservative.

Prime minister David Cameron, whilst proclaiming himself to be a supporter of compassionate Conservatism, is reportedly at odds with his chancellor, who has seen his Budget unravelled on so many different fronts just days after he delivered it.

Most worryingly, it is the man and woman in the street who are most likely to be caught in the crossfire and squabbling. It is no way to run the country and the bickering will only get worse in the run-up to the EU referendum.