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Willetts retreats

1 June 2007

12:19 AM

1 June 2007

12:19 AM

It’s 11pm on Thursday and the Tory grapevine is buzzing with the kind of mutinous talk I haven’t heard for two years. Conservative MPs are talking about open revolt in their constituencies over grammar schools. The party is united – behind Dominic Grieve, who has said he wants more grammar schools to open where they already exist. No matter what David Willetts says, his decision to back Grieve on BBC’s World At One is a climbdown from his original position – as those he spoke to at the time well know. My answer to Matt’s post: this is a U-turn, being dressed up as a muddle. None of this covers Willetts with glory. William Hague recently said Cameron is someone “who leads rather than follows his party.”  Not this time, it seems. This is the worst moment of his leadership so far, and it ain’t over yet.


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