Menzies will launched a stinging attack on the Tories at our regional conference in Maidenhead today. I particularly like this bit:
Political parties are more than their leaders and if the Conservative Party aspires to liberalism, Mr Cameron must convince his members of it. He must ensure that they are ready to leave behind the baggage of Europhobia, homophobia, and xenophobia. Not just in policy, but in language and instinct too. The evidence suggests that he has some way to go to achieve that.
Amen to that. I hear what some grass roots Tories say in off-guarded moments. It is not edifying. Their whole outlook seems completely at odds with David Cameron's "Hello sky, hello trees" approach.