Fraser Nelson

The broom, not the dust?

The broom, not the dust?
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Francis Urquhart will be spinning in his fictional grave. Once Tory whips were the MI5 of the Commons. They put a bit of stick about, knew every skeleton in every closet - and provided the  best early-warning to the leadership. So Cameron should have been warned about the full horrors of the Conway crisis months ago - now he's fire fighting. And today he’s taken a gamble – he’s saved the Sunday papers time and announced 70 of his MPs employ family members. He wants to take the initiative cleaning this mess up – and portray his party as the broom, not the dust. But he won't know what lurks in that dust and I suspect his clueless whips won’t be able to help. Cameron will be calculating that all parties are up to their necks in this – so no one will cast the first stone. Remember the silence over Conway at PMQs on Wednesday. They’re all terrified.

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Fraser Nelson is the editor of The Spectator. He is also a columnist with The Daily Telegraph, a member of the advisory board of the Centre for Social Justice and the Centre for Policy Studies.

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