Those who had hoped that class war was dead will not be happy at the way the Tory leadership race is shaping up.
Andrew Pierce's People column is the latest example of the Cameron campaign being targeted for its 'toff factor'. Pierce writes:
"David Cameron, the young turk who covets the Tory leadership, is desperately trying to live down his privileged background. So the Eton and Oxford- educated MP for Witney will be dismayed to learn that Downing Street has dubbed his campaign team “Toffs on tour”. Cameron’s supporters include Boris Johnson, Eton (school fees £22,000); Hugo Swire, a scion of the dynasty that owns the Cathay Pacific airline, Eton; Oliver Letwin, Eton; Nicholas Soames, grandson of Winston Churchill, Eton; and George Osborne, the son of a baronet, St Paul’s (fees £16,000)."
Confirming suspicions that David Cameron has Michael Howard's backing, Mr Pierce also suggests that Rachel Whetstone ("an old girl of Benenden School (fees £21,000)" and Mr Howard's Political Secretary) is also a Cameron supporter. He writes:
"The support of Whetstone and other supposedly impartial party officials has led to Conservative campaign HQ being nicknamed Cameron’s campaign HQ by Tory MPs."
The Davis team will be delighted at these references to David Cameron. They are happy to see the contest between the two men as a clash between David Cameron's privilege and David Davis' humble roots. This contrast was played up by Damian Green at the weekend. Mr Green, endorsing the Shadow Home Secretary, said that Mr Davis' working class background and the fact that he was the son of a single mother would help the Tories recover a one nation Conservatism - governing for all Britons of every background.