As with all these things the truth lies somewhere between the two. Here is my take on DC’s year.
The year has been a very good year for the Conservatives in general and David Cameron in particular. DC has grabbed the attention of the country and he and the shadow cabinet have driven a number of issues to the forefront of the political agenda.
The local government election results were great, particularly in London, the poll results are better than Labour for the first time in over a decade and the party leader is seen as an asset rather than a liability.
Bed of roses? Not quite. The implementation of the “Priority list” and the selection of candidate for Mayor of London have not been slickly executed.
The thing that I take most pleasure from is that DC is criticised for not being 10-15 pints ahead in the polls. It was not so long ago that I heard some Conservatives saying that we might never be in government again, those same people not only believe that will will form a government but that we should be in a position to win only 18 months after our third political drubbing in a row.
While I don’t and won’t agree with everything DC says and does I thank him deeply for giving back to the party the desire and confidence to win the next general election.