Conservative Party a 'rudderless mess' and there's bad blood between its fund and national council, say some Conservatives - 2020-01-27
Some senior Conservatives are describing the party's internal political climate as "chaotic" and a "rudderless mess," and predict the return of Parliament this week will be a major challenge for the Tories.
The divisive leadership contest is on, there's "bad blood" between the all-powerful Conservative Fund and the party's national council over the firing of the executive director, the leader is the subject of an internal audit of $900,000 worth of his office expenses, and some top leadership positions in the OLO are still vacant.
"There is some [chaos] yes, because, as you know, the executive director [[[:Category:Dustin van Vugt|Dustin van Vugt]]] has just been unceremoniously dispatched," said Yaroslav Baran, now a partner with the Earnscliffe Strategy Group, who in the past served as a senior Conservative staffer both in government and opposition. "There is tension between the elected national council of the party and the [Conservative] Fund which is supposed to be essentially an audit committee but which, you know, flexed some muscles to try seemingly to force the firing of the executive director. So, not only is the party itself decapitated in terms of its senior person, but you also have some lingering bad blood and tension between the fund and the elected council [over] who's really calling the shots. So yeah, there's a bit of a mess there."