The big question I am being asked (mostly by journalists) is 'what about all of Cameron problems, is it all over for him?'.
This is the British media at their most predictable. The polls have switched and immediately the story editors want to dig out good stories on ‘it’s all gone wrong for Cameron’ as we knew and expected that they would.
Well given our party's taste for dumping leaders at the drop of a hat I suppose you can't blame people for imagining that - "Bloefeld style, any failure will not be tolerated" so the lines of reporters queuing up to interview the handful of public critics of Cameron is fair enough, I suppose.
Clearly Stanley Kalms and Lord Saatchi have been hostile to Cameron from the start (from before the start, actually) the difference is that now they are newsworthy.
What Cameron has needed to demonstrate is steel, to reassure supporters that he isn't going to retreat to a reactionary right-wing position when under pressure, as previous leaders did. The public (justifiably, given our decade of in-fighting) need to see that the Conservatives are stable and could be trusted to run the country; this is a test and we (the party) need to pass it.Once he has faced down his critics and been seen to increase his authority over the party his personal ratings will improve even further; at just the time the Brown will be having his first serious challenges.
Even I am not cynical enough to imagine that Cameron's team dreamed up his 'difficulties' themselves, but I totally believe that this is one cloud that really does have a silver lining.