IN what sense is Amber Rudd a conservative – small c or large C? That was my first thought on reading she’d resigned the Conservative Party whip and her over-promoted position as Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions. Remember her lack of grasp over her previous Home Office brief that the Windrush scandal revealed?

Remember too how this ‘wokest’ of Tory wimmin MPs – or would-be wokest, as it transpired – grovelled to Diane Abbott after committing a ‘mis-speaking’ crime, in a hopeless attempt to win back approval from the remorseless Left. 

A true conservative surely would have told Ms Abbott and her far-Left discontents where to get off. But no, this great representative of freedom apparently needed Abbott’s endorsement to prove she was not really a racist.

On what grounds I wondered then does she consider her remainer friends, and by logical extension herself, to be a ‘good, loyal and moderate’ members of the Conservative Party?

Exactly what loyalty she is showing to anything other than to the EU is mystifying. Yesterday morning on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show Rudd complained that not enough effort had gone into getting a deal (really? after two years of non stop national humiliation?) and that 90 per cent of effort was going into No Deal.

Amen, hopefully, to that.

The only sensible analysis however leads directly to the conclusion that it’s the EU that does not want and will not allow a deal that does anything other than humiliate UK or tie us down in a way no sovereign country could accept.

The truth is that Amber has timed out. The lights have changed. She has no chance of being re-elected; and very little of being re-selected.

Her constituency will find it too difficult to dredge up any evidence (other than to the contrary) to suggest that she’s a conservative in any sense of the word – free market or social, let alone the ‘one nation Tory’ sort she claims to be.

For the latter, you’d be forgiven for believing, involves as a precondition faith (that Rudd singularly fails to have) in Britain as an independent one nation state, not a vassal fiefdom.

It’s hard to see, too, how you can be a free marketeer while desirous of remaining  part of the protectionist club that is the EU.

As to being a social conservative – I imagine Ms Rudd would shudder at the very thought. The ideas that define social conservatism – conserving the values, mutual interests and institutions of the nation state – must be anathema to someone interested only in ensuring our loss of sovereignty and maintaining a crippling membership of a defunct, desperate and anti-democratic EU super-state.

A Conservative in Name Only (a CINO) is what she is. A fake conservative in other words  – and one of the many tutored in recent years at the  Matthew Parris/Theresa May School of Political Masquerading.

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