Channel Four's dispatches programme tonight "Toff at the Top" will highlight, in Peter Hitchens view, that rather than having a real opposition now, all we have is an alternative version of the same thing.
For what it is worth, I agree with the premise of the show. I will mightily underwhelmed when Labour were elected in 1997. Friends of mine were delighted at the fresh new broom that would change political life, whilst as far as I could see New Labour was morally vacuous and stood for nothing more than being in power.
There are some interesting points made by Peter Hitchens on the Channel Four Website, particularly his view that Cameron will say anything got appeal to a given audience. This is taken form the website;
"In 1996, David Cameron urged that criminals be forced to carry out public works, such as cleaning graffiti or clearing litter, in "distinctive uniforms." And during 2000 he repeatedly attacked Tony Blair over his plans to abolish Section 28, accusing him of the "promotion of homosexuality in schools" and of being "anti-family."
Compare this to his "hug a hoodie" rhetoric and his claims that the Conservative Party accepts anybody and everybody. Certainly what Cameron says now can not be reconciled with this.
Perhaps for some, Toff at the Top will be a revelation. As for myself, I have long been of the opinion that Cameron is dangerous. I say this not just as a Lib Dem. I will admit that like "New Labour" did in 1995-97, the Lib Dems will face stiff competition in certain areas from the Tories, but this is not why he is dangerous. He is dangerous because he is another politician that like Blair, will bring politics in to disrepute. He stands for nothing other than trying to sound like he is agreeing with everyone.
So I know what Cameron is, without Peter Hitchens pointing out the obvious. However, I doubt the public will genuinely wake up to the fake and shallow nature of what he is.