IF PENNY Mordaunt succeeds Boris Johnson, the country will get a Prime Minister who is more authoritarian, more ideological, more woke, more anti-life, anti-freedom, anti-family and anti-marriage.
Her record suggests that she will be a leader for whom social conservativism and the traditional values that have until recently been a key component of the Conservative movement will matter even less than they did for Johnson.
For the moment, the International Trade Minister is doing a good job of playing the patriotic and military card and promising to be a sure and safe hand on the tiller. She is getting away with it because most people don’t know who she is, and perhaps they like the cut of her jib. She looks and sounds like a Conservative, but ‘conservative’ she is not.
Although Ms Mordaunt was baptised a Roman Catholic and educated at the Oaklands Roman Catholic School Academy in Waterlooville, Hampshire, she seems not remotely attuned to the core Christian values which have always informed British culture. On the contrary, she appears overtly hostile to them.
She has already tied herself in knots over gender, having publicly and enthusiastically endorsed the trans ideology but is now trying to distance herself from it.
Equally disturbing is the likelihood that the country might also get euthanasia and assisted suicide if Ms Mordaunt were PM, given that she has been active in the campaign to change the law since 2010, the year she was elected to Parliament.
Within months she was a founding chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Choice at the End of Life, a vehicle to fight for assisted suicide and euthanasia and supported with secretarial assistance by Dignity in Dying, formerly known as the Voluntary Euthanasia Society.
That same year she became the only MP to accept an appointment to the Commission on Assisted Dying chaired by Lord Falconer, which was later criticised by the British Medical Association for bias because a significant majority of members ‘are publicly in favour of assisted suicide and euthanasia’.
Ms Mordaunt was among those members to whom the BMA referred, having told a newspaper in Portsmouth that she wanted the law changed. ‘My personal view is that assisted dying should be allowed for the terminally ill,’ she said.
Oddly, she abstained from the 2015 vote in which the Assisted Dying Bill of Labour MP Rob Marris was thrown out of the Commons by 330 votes to 118. But that does not mean that she has changed her opinion.
Last summer PM Johnson came to the conclusion that he would not allow Parliamentary time for an almost identical Bill introduced by Baroness Meacher, making its failure inevitable, but in a repeat of the scenario Ms Mordaunt might not only be sympathetic to such legislation but may actively support it. In view of her previous activism, there is a real risk that a government led by her would bring forward its own Bill to legalise assisted suicide and even euthanasia.
Naturally, she is also fiercely pro-abortion, and of all the candidates standing for the Conservative leadership none has voted for pro-abortion measures more than she has, a total of eight occasions. Ms Mordaunt has never once voted in favour of life, not even for moderate measures such as those to restrict the sex-selective abortions of baby girls simply because they are female.
Rather, she is said to be close to the groups seeking more permissive legislation, giving rise to fears that she will seek to enshrine and protect abortion as a human right in British law, possibly on demand and even up to birth.
Stella Creasy, the Labour MP who persuaded the Government to impose abortion on Northern Ireland against the wishes of the vast majority of the people there, says she couldn’t have done it without Ms Mordaunt taking up the cause at a time when the consensus among senior Conservatives was that abortion should remain a devolved matter.
After a visit to BPAS (the British Pregnancy Advisory Service), the largest private abortion provider in the UK which drives most of the campaigning work for further liberalisation of the law, she tweeted her support.
Ms Mordaunt’s intervention is significant because it reveals a totalitarian impulse in her approach to issues of conscience, her willingness to legislate against the wishes of the people and to be their master rather than their servant. Her well-documented desire to restrict Press freedom shows a similar authoritarian theme.
What the Conservatives perhaps ought to ask themselves is whether they want someone in the mould of Stella Creasy or Baroness Meacher running the country?
Does the country really want its own version of a globalist authoritarian such as Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand who has decriminalised abortion and legalised euthanasia while relentlessly exercising her penchant for locking down the people of her land on the grounds depriving them of their liberties is good for their health? In November 2020 she suggested that England might have to prepare for at least three further lockdowns, and not just the one that ran from January to the following May.
Ms Mordaunt boasts that she is the candidate that the Labour Party fears most. She plainly isn’t. She is surely the candidate the Left likes the best. On social matters, she is practically one of them and as PM she would destroy any vestige of social conservativism that still remains within the Conservative Party.
The way to avert such a disaster is for the Conservative Party to appoint a leader who is truly a conservative. Ms Mordaunt would be the wrong choice.