Should David Cameron sack William Hague?
In March last year the question on everybody’s lips was: Did Hague know about Lord Ashcroft’s tax status? He said not. Then later he admitted he did, and we waited for the statement of his sacking. Nothing. Overlooked by Cameron whose compassionate conservativism begins and ends in his own cabinet.
Michael Spencer was appointed by Cameron as Tory treasurer to incentivise more small donations of £50,000, and shed the party of Ashcroft’s influence. It didn’t help. It was revealed, unsurprisingly that 50% of the Tory’s funds came from the city; £4m from David “Spotty” Rowland, £1.9m from Stanley Fink, £485,000 from George Magan. So much for small donations.
But Hague could sleep at night, Ashcroft had gone.
But now he is in the doghouse yet again.
First he made the government look foolish by repeating the unsubstantiable claim that Gaddafi had fled to Venezuela.
Then amid all the media attention on Cameron’s trip to the Middle East with arms dealers, and the Mirror story that the wife of an ex-Middle East arms dealer, old chum of Jonathan Aitken, had donated £300,000 to the Tories, David Cameron has to get up and apologise for the delays to the Government’s efforts to rescue British nationals stranded in Libya.
James Forsyth for the Mail has today said the “Government has resembled little more than a budget airline”.
WalesOnline wondered recently:
… whether [Hague’s] unlucky or whether there is some flaw in that superbly functioning mental apparatus of his when it has to connect with the real world?
And that’s the clincher. When people are angry, you can cover your head for a while until everyone stops noticing. But when people feel sorry for you, that’s when you’re in trouble.
William Hague should be sacked.