Who would be a conservative matriarch now? Maligned by both the feminists, and mocked by so-called conservative commentators they always seem to be a target.
Tim Montgomerie of The Times is in actual fear of these women and what leader they might choose once Call me Dave steps down.
They are indeed a fearsome bunch – what with their blue-rinse (is this even sold anymore?), booming voices and Lady Grantham like qualities. Not to mention the hearing aid – heaven help us that women with hearing aids might have an opinion and exercise a right to be heard. Gosh I need to sit down.
Tim worries that the Tory membership might be “full of Lady Grantham-types? Full of people who are out of touch with the modern world?” Although he goes on to explain, ‘it’s complicated,” we get the picture. Socially conservative women are not welcome in this new too-cool-for-school Conservative Party. Either get on the train, or lie down on the track.
I mean this blue rinse brigade (it is very important we refer to them by the use of hair dye, an important part of the misogynistic ridicule) are deeply inconvenient.
On the one hand the Etonians need their votes and money (Tim was addressing them with the begging bowl out– a Conservative fundraiser) and come election time their campaigning energies, but their views are just so – well old fashioned and conservative and ‘out of touch.’ What this means is that they are out of touch with the likes of Tim Montgomerie and the rest of the leftie London libertariat.
If only these ladies would just hurry up and die the party could be handed over in full to a weird mix of libertarians and those who want to be head boy (emphasis on the boy) all their lives.
But, of course, the Conservative party are losing much of their traditional base support, especially older conservative women or “audibly challenged ladies” in Tim’s words, so there is hardly anyone left to campaign for them come election time.
This is why they had to draft in a sex mad lunatic to organize a Road Trip, to get boots on the ground. And that worked out swimmingly, didn’t it Tim?
One of the reasons we set up The Conservative Woman (or The Bad Right as many no doubt see us) is because of opinion pieces like this. I mean it is one thing to dismiss your base as swivel eyed loons behind their backs, but it is quite another to take a pot shot at them in public. But it is great that we all know where we stand.
So I am off to register as a Conservative Party member just so I can get a vote for some unmodern leader who preferably did not attend Eton. Oh, and I will pick up a bottle of the blue-rinse while I am at it.