It is no secret that the Conservative Party has been split since before the election as to how it should be run. Â And to some degree, that’s not an unusual situation in any kind of party.
If I were to be kind for a moment, and put the “Cult Party” label aside, the criticism that Colin Craig runs the party as if he is the owner refuses to go away.
And from his point of view, why not? Â He’s pretty much paid for all of it. Â It’s his own vehicle to try and achieve political success and progress from a property manager into a politician.
The problem is that he’s surrounded himself with people who are expecting the Conservative Party to run on principles where everyone’s vote carries equal weight.
After the election, the Conservative Party Board implemented a full and frank review, something that is as valuable as it is necessary. Â After all, as a party they were close enough to the 5% threshold to review where they could improve performance next time.
This review came back and primarily pointed the finger at Colin Craig’s autocratic management style as one of the major reasons that a number of issues had not worked well.
To say the Board was split over this would be an understatement. Â I’ve seen documents and spoken to party people that indicate that since the election there has been a constant battle between Craig and his supporters, and the rest of the Board.
Craig is no fool and has been working the numbers. Â Putting pressure on certain individuals causing them to quit is a very simple way to get majority support and the appearance of a democratic vote becomes moot.
Bluntly put, the Conservative Party is dysfunctional, and has been leaking like a sieve. Â Much to the frustration of Craig who has issued gag orders, “do not speak to media” orders, and has most recently implemented strict email security measures. Read more »