So, the results for the Conservative leadership (phase 2) have just been announced, and they go as follows:
David Cameron got 90 votes.
David Davis got 57 votes.
Liam Fox got 51 votes.
I'm really lost with this story. Why are people finding it interesting and newsworthy? There's just been a massive earthquake in Pakistan with thousands dead. More bombs in Bali. A new hurricane heading for America, possibly even more powerful than Katrina and Rita. Kate Bush has a new album out next week.
All of these stories are vastly more interesting. Still, in an attempt to engage with my fellow islanders, I shall attempt to consider the most important aspect of this race, namely 'is Cameron a coke-head?'
Well, I say this is the most important aspect to the story, but it isn't really. Why should it matter? Well, it won't, in the short term, because Cameron will win the membership poll. However, given the media fuss, and the fact that the media never forget, it's entirely possible that Cameron will face years of criticism over something so completely irrelevant. According to an ICM poll, however, no-one in the real world actually cares. 66% of voters questioned said it wouldn't matter if he'd snorted cocaine. Amongst Conservative voters, 74% said they weren't bothered in a poll today. Surprisingly, this suggests that Tories are rather more relaxed about recreational drug use than others, and I don't believe that for a moment, but still, the evidence is clear:
Very few people care.
So why the media fuss? It's time our reactionary media in this country grew up. In a time where more and more people are trying recreational drugs, not least journalists themselves, which I've moaned about before, it is going to be increasingly unlikely that future leaders of Britain's main parties won't have dabbled in something during their lives. Frankly, I'd far rather they'd done drugs once, and got over it, and could understand why somebody might do so, because it could give the impetus for a long-overdue revamp of Britain's outdated and unrealistic drug laws. Better that than someone whose only dabbling has been in financial irregularity or other such crimes.