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9 May 2010updated 27 Sep 2015 2:21am

Tory civil war continues

Recriminations and fury at failure to win and prospect of a Liberal deal.

By James Macintyre

The Tory civil war, on which I touched yesterday, has kicked off in earnest today, following David Cameron’s failure to win the election, a result I believe was predicted only here, and his subsequent reliance on a possible deal with the Liberal Democrats.

Already, Conservative figures are expressing anger at Michael Gove’s appearance on the BBC just now in which he appeared to hold the door open to electoral reform, which surely must be Nick Clegg’s bottom line.

In the press, senior figures including “Lord” Ashcroft have vented their anger at Cameron’s defeat, in some cases blaming the TV debates, which were very much to Cameron’s credit.

Most disgustingly, there are even calls for Scotland to be “cut loose” from the Union for the sake of the advantage this would give the Tory party. It sounds proposterous, but as I have said before, the break-up of the UK is much more likely under the Conservatives.

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