In response to Kathy Gyngell: Why does the Tory Party grovel before the BBC?, Colonel Mustard wrote:
Despite being in power, the Conservative Party is still conflicted. Major paved the way for the ghastly Blair by sleaze and maladministration while Cameron alienated his natural allies and tried to seduce the post-New Labour Left with “modernisation”. The Left in Britain, whether Momentum or New Labour has-beens, will always hate the Tories and it’s a fool’s errand to try to woo their supporters.
The greatest folly of the Tories since 2010 has been their failure to disempower the Left’s unelected “shadow government”, which includes the BBC, but on the contrary to continue to sustain it, empower it and to try to woo it. Whether they really believe their leftwards shift will increase their appeal or are just strategically inept is difficult to know, as so much of their output is ill-formed, ambiguous, inconsistent or contradictory. Are they real conservatives? Don’t know and can’t tell, but the Left think they are real “Tories” and continue to hate them for it.