This looks like a lively thread, but the POD appears to be close to 2010, whihc means off to Modern/Future it should go...
I think that the meeting was on May 8th and 9th, wasn't it? Even if it did spill over to Monday 10th, Darling could get back pretty swiftly and I've assumed that under these circumstances, Darling would want to be back for the cabal meeting so would hurry back.
This guarantees a new election now, doesn't it?
Gosh. Tories stealing the best parts of the Lib Dem and UKIP manifestos? Is Cameron forming my perfect party?
Just a thought. If Cameron proposes an EU Referendum, I wonder if some sort of deal with UKIP is in order? Say, the Tories don't challenge UKIP in their three seats, and UKIP don't put up challengers against Conservatives in Tory seats, or in their 150 most winnable ones? I know that Pearson proposed this deal back in 2009, and I thought at the time Cameron was mad not to take it- he could probably quite easily have won a "Yes" vote on any EU referendum. I wonder if Congden will propose it here?