by John McTernan
"The current row about Cameron’s "cronyism" is entirely predictable and completely factitious. The "silly season" is well named, but this is surely the most ridiculous political row for a very long time. And it misses the point entirely.
The real meaning of the resignation honours list – and why Cameron’s should be delivered as drafted – is very different and far more subtle than the faux outrage dominating the coverage.
The truth is that politics is often brutal – a contact sport as they say. That much is obvious to even the least observant – the last few weeks have shown careers terminated more dramatically than in The Weakest Link.
The secret is that all politics is actually about friendship and loyalty. And it is when you forget that you are doomed. Loyalty is the most essential currency for any politician. Without it, you only run on talent and luck. The former can’t get you through everything; the latter doesn’t last forever. In the end, you need friends."