ConservativeHome founder quits Tories because Cameron won’t leave the EU

Tim Montgomerie, a co-founder of ConservativeHome, quit the Tories, according to his column in The Times today (Thursday).

He says:

Could David Cameron be much more different? He promised to bring down immigration but despite Theresa May’s hollow rhetoric, it’s rising. And that defining mission to eliminate the deficit? The Treasury is still borrowing £75 billion a year — a burden on the next generation that would once have shocked and shamed us, and still should. The national debt is up by more than 50 per cent, but this hasn’t seen our armed forces rebuilt. They’ve been cut to the bone.

In other words, Cameron should have cut spending, but not on the army. Perhaps we should have forced the poor and disabled to suffer more.

But criticising Cameron for not being right-wing enough is standard fare. His real beef is that Cameron doesn’t want to leave the EU

What about fundamental change in Britain’s relationship with Brussels that the PM pledged, promised and vowed to deliver? The 69 per cent who think he got a bad deal are right. The newspapers that called the deal a “joke”, “conjuring trick” and “delusion” weren’t exaggerating. But it took the Fourth Estate rather than Tory MPs to point out the emperor’s naked state. With a few honourable exceptions Conservative parliamentarians were silent when Mr Cameron, pretending to have changed anything that matters, stood at the same dispatch box at which Mrs Thatcher vowed to fight European integration.

He also bemoans Lib Dems joining the party, and that Gove’s Free Schools project and IDS’s Universal Credit weren’t taken seriously enough.

Maybe that was because Free Schools and Universal Credit were a disaster from the start.

James Bloodworth put it best tonight: I like Tim but Cameron wins elections precisely because he ignores these people.