OK, be pedantic, anyway, it depends how you measure it, I'm sure most of the rural poor of China and India really think they are in a prosperous 1st world nation!
As for IDS being decent, he had a reputation as ill-tempered, arrogant, hopeless at running even Tory Central Office, let alone the country.
It sounds very cruel, but the stark reality for the Tories is really that most of their membership needs to somehow advance a few years and drop down dead.
Only then, or if MPs again get to decide who's leader, they'll stop picking someone who conforms to their own narrow minded view of the world, and sod what the electorate think.
Many Labour people had to bite their lips and elect Blair after all.
For all it's flaws, this current government is way less arrogant and unchecked than Thatcher was at her peak, some people have very short memories, but I don't think the average voter has, after all, for all the government's troubles this year, no one seriously thinks they'll lose next time.
What a comment on the Tories that is.