'It is just two weeks since David Cameron delivered one of the best political speeches I have ever heard. In Birmingham, he set out the (in many ways astonishing) achievements of his Government, while capably demolishing the electoral pretensions of Labour.
Mr Cameron concluded with the warning that a vote for Nigel Farage is, in effect, a vote for Ed Miliband. He rightly received rave reviews – all the more glowing when compared with Ed Miliband the week before.
The Prime Minister had provided the Conservative Party with a route map to general election victory. Tory morale has rarely been higher than in the immediate aftermath of that speech. Yet already, it is in collapse.
The Ukip triumph in Clacton has led to a meltdown in party discipline of a kind that I have never witnessed before – not even during the darkest days of the Maastricht rebellion against John Major. Conservative MPs are openly collaborating with Ukip, a political party that is set on their downfall and destruction.'
Article by Peter Oborne