So they are all getting down and dirty in the Conservative Party leadership battle – the bloodiest non-contact sport on earth.
I have seen a politician being stabbed in the back by his own brother, I have seen politicians given enough rope to make it seem like it was suicide (when it was not), but I don’t think I have ever seen a politician not just stabbed in the heart front and centre but also shot in the head by a co-conspirator for good measure.
It is still the case that a husband and wife cannot be charged with a conspiracy, nor can they be compelled to give evidence against each other. I expect the Goves will be making good use of this.
So it is all fun and games, etc, etc, etc. In addition to the entertainment value, all this nonsense has put a stop, for now, to the relentless progressive agenda pursued by Cameron. As we take up more time watching this silliness, each day this lot battle it out, is another day where the Cameroons have been prevented from thinking up some crazy progressive scheme, such as subsidised childcare, or wimmin quotas on company boards, or anything that contains the word ‘compassion’ in it.
Compassionate conservatism usually means we will spend more of your money on schemes that do not improve lives, but make some leftie ‘charity’ rich and politicians look good. For now, these have been ‘paused’, so be thankful for small mercies.
I will be holding fire so to speak on the Face Off, the Celebrity Death match leadership contest. But I will say this. The leader should be a Brexiteer – we all know this. You cannot in good conscience bargain for the best deal for Britain if you have previously thought this deal, this bargaining process, is not in Britain’s best interests.
I also want to hear something more than just Brexit. In addition, this must be about more than empty slogans that no one opposes. Slogans such as I will improve social mobility, mean nothing. Who, might I as, says, ‘down with social mobility, it is rubbish.’ Likewise Compassionate Conservatism and One Nation Conservatism should be binned.
I want to know how you are going to actually improve social mobility. I want to know how Theresa May (as she acknowledged yesterday) is going to improve prospects for white working class boys.
In fact, I want to hear support for the following, each of which would go a long way to improving social mobility and addressing many modern social ills. They are: support for marriage; support for fatherhood, and radical education improvement by lifting the ban on grammar schools and introducing world-class vocational education.
Wake me up when someone starts talking in specifics and not just slogans.