The Tories are revolting, it would appear. It looks as if things are about to get even tougher for the Lib Dems.http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012 ... rds-reform
The prime minister and his deputy also hope that Wednesday's Queen's speech, when the government will outline its legislative programme for the next year, will relaunch the coalition around a set of shared objectives. But several senior Tories broke cover on Saturday to protest that priority was being given in the speech to a bill on Lords reform when the public wanted ministers and MPs to focus more on creating jobs and fostering economic growth.
Cameron's former rival for the leadership, David Davis, told the Observer: "I think if you ask the man on the street what his priorities are, House of Lords reform and gay marriage would not be among them. It would be jobs, cutting taxes, prosperity, growth. It is the economy, stupid. That has never been more true." Davis said Tories wanted "more Conservative flavour to the coalition. That is putting it as mildly as I can."
Bernard Jenkin, the Tory chairman of the public administration select committee, said he and many other Tory MPs would not vote for Lords reform. After Cameron said last week that he would campaign for Tory-led government, as opposed to a solely Conservative one, Jenkin added: "For a party to be electable it has to concentrate on what matters and not descend into the dangerous vortex of Lords reform. We don't want to be a Conservative-led government, we want to be a Conservative one."
I love that quote from Jenkin, it just oozes pure Tory arrogance. You didn't win the election fuckwit, which is why you needed the yellow peril to prop you up in the first place. Suck it up.
They've really got a bee in their bonnet about Lords reform, though. The 'man on the street' doesn't give a flying fuck either way and ditching it isn't going to do a thing for the Tories' flagging poll ratings. I thought Peter Oborne was well wide of the mark when he said the issue of Lords reform could split the coalition a while ago, but maybe there was more truth to it than I thought.