The real significance of piggate is the divisions it reveals among the Conservatives – and the more thoughtful Tories are worried.
As Tories meet in Manchester, you might expect right-wing press to be triumphant – after a surprise election victory, Conservatives have an overall majority and have set about putting their manifesto into practice, with their trade union bill passing its second reading three weeks ago. Certainly Tory commentators are producing a lot of froth about how Corbyn’s leadership of Labour is a disaster for the left, as well as much manufactured outrage in the last couple of days about conference delegates being egged and called Tory scum.
But more sensible Tories are also charting the serious problems ahead for Cameron. Of course, none of this will automatically lead to the government’s collapse, but the issues are real. The Telegraph has this morning published a piece by their veteran columnist Philip Johnston, for example, headed with the words “The election is already a distant memory as the PM tries to stop his party and country falling apart.” Johnston detects two major difficulties: the scale of the forthcoming cuts and Europe.