"If I was a betting man, my money would be on the election resulting in a hung parliament with David Cameron as Prime Minister."
So OK, he is a Europhile, but he was wise enough (and possibly informed enough) to predict that the Irish "No" vote would be overturned.
"I would guess that some way will be found to enable the treaty to be ratified"
said Heseltine with the face of a professional poker player who had a Straight Flush in his hand, a full year before the Irish were pursuaded to vote the "right" way.
So this man knows a thing or two. If I was being Machiavellian, what better way to frighten the grass roots in to action than to predict a hung parliament - a sort of double bluff. However, Heseltine is, and always was his own man, and perhaps, there may be a few more nervously twitching apparatchiks at Tory Central tonight.