David Cameron has recently been much compared to Benjamin Disraeli, the Tory prime minister who warned that extension of the vote would be tantamount to letting the mob into power. Disraeli eventually adopted the cause as his own, shattering his party in the process. In his own negotiations, Cameron has apparently shown a similar ability to change his mind. But is it laudable pragmatism or—as some (former) Lib Dem supporters would have it—brutal realpolitik?
Like Disraeli, Cameron plays well with a poor hand
. . . Of the three party conferences, the Conservatives’ provided the most fodder...