This blog identified Oliver Letwin as a supporter of David Cameron in last Thursday’s Who’s Backing Who?’ feature.
But this morning, writing in Sunday’s Telegraph, in the most important public endorsement since Damian Green endorsed David Davis, the Conservative Environment spokesman goes public with his support for Mr Cameron:
”The phrases which form Cameron's leitmotif - "We are all in this together", "a decent society", "a government which is aware of its own limitations rather than a government which is limited in its aspirations" - are phrases that will stick. They express the instincts that will enable us to win elections and to provide Britain with the government she needs.
To judge by my experience of working with David, he is someone who lives the message, someone who actually believes in free markets, a stronger society, a more civilised Britain and a more civilised politics. I hope that he will stand. If he does, despite my admiration for other colleagues, I shall back him.”
A David Cameron leadership also generates some enthusiasm from Suzanne Moore in the Mail on Sunday. Dismissing David Davis as someone who can only appeal to other Tories she describes Mr Cameron as “young, charming, telegenic and altogether less macho than Davis.”
Ms Moore pays particular tribute to his emphasis on “there is such a thing as society”. She writes:
”This is the crucial territory the Tories have to make their own. What are the responsibilities of the State as well as its limits? Conservatives have always promised a smaller State but they have never delivered it… Cameron says he wants a party that is ‘forward-looking, inclusive and generous’. Generous? When did a Conservative last talk like that? Right now, I guess he is too good for them and the party will pick someone far meaner. But his time will surely come.”
Also an admirer is India Knight in The Sunday Times. Admitting to never having voted Tory in her life she writes:
"In my lifetime there hasn’t been a single Conservative leader, actual or prospective, that hasn’t seemed like a creature from another planet (Ken Clarke is the exception, being like a jolly pass-the-portish friend of your dad’s) I mean, God bless them, but John Major? William Hague? Michael Howard? Or the shadow home secretary David Davis, who makes rather an enormous deal of having been raised on a council estate? Charming people, I’m sure, but the idea of them appealing to the left-leaning middle class was and remains sort of hilariously absurd. They weren’t just from another planet — they were from a spooky planet that seemed mean and cold and bigoted, and which nobody in their right mind would want anything to do with. And then along comes Cameron..."