Fury as Tory leader David Cameron tells poor: It's your own fault
It's of course an old familiar assertion by the right, but it seems to run contrary to Cameron's attempts to redefine the party. It may be, however, that with Labour doing so poorly in the polls and with an election still likely a year off, Cameron is feeling confident enough to throw the older, more conservative members of the party a bone.
OLD Etonian David Cameron sparked fury yesterday by suggesting the poor have no one to blame but themselves.
The Tory leader said drink and drugs were the reasons many people were hard-up.
He also blasted those who are overweight, saying they were greedy and lazy.
The Tory leader's attack came during a visit to one of the most deprived parts of the country.
While out campaigning in Glasgow East with candidate Davena Rankin, he said people were too frightened to speak the truth about others.
Cameron said: "We talk about people being 'at risk of obesity' instead of talking about people who eat too much and take too little exercise.
"It's as if these things - obesity, alcohol abuse, drug addiction - are purely external events, like a plague or bad weather. Social problems are often the consequence of the choices that people make."
The fact that the comments were made in Glasgow East is significant. There is a by-election being held in the district, which is the poorest in Western Europe. The area is a traditional Labour stronghold and 'Conservative' is still a dirty word here after Margaret Thatcher's reforms did great damage to Glasgow in the 1980's. But Labour's low polls nationally mean that the Scottish National Party, the party that wants Scottish independence and recently won control of the Scottish parliament, could win the by-election. That would certainly be a disaster for Labour prime minister Gordon Brown, and analysts say that if that were to happen, he would have to step down.