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Readers’ comments: This appalling pantomime


In response to Bruce Newsome: Tory hopefuls do their worst,

derekandclive wrote:

Where to begin with this appalling pantomime? The fact that any of them thought it a good idea to debase themselves by appearing on Channel 4 in the first place? The fact that any of them thought it dignified to stand up and slag each other off or to basically ignore the Conservative manifesto and referendum promise on which they were all elected? The fact that they saw fit to rewrite the history of the last three years as if they were innocent bystanders who would have done things differently, instead of the fact that they were all leading players and architects in creating the situation (particularly Gove, of course)? Or was it simply that they were all so desperate to display the self-assumed haughty intellectual and moral superiority which qualifies them to be part of the progressive elite who rule over us and dictate how we should think and behave for our own good?

Peter Evans wrote:

Peter Hitchens summed up the latest Tory beauty pageant rather aptly in his Mail on Sunday column (I find that I agree with every word):

‘If you were having an election for the leader of a thing called the “Conservative Party”, wouldn’t it be quite a good idea to have at least one candidate who was an actual conservative? Yet there is not one.

‘If I were still fool enough to be a supporter or member of this dire, clapped-out organisation, I could not find any reason to vote for any of those placed before us. Many who will vote for Al Johnson know so little of him that they even think he is called Boris which, as I tirelessly point out, is a stage name adopted to make him seem more cuddly and amusing than he is. The real Al Johnson was on display at his press conference – dull, constrained by ambition into meaningless slogans and the jokey avoidance of questions.

‘He is disappointingly different from the stage comedian so many think they love. As it happens, I have always quite liked him, but I wouldn’t ask him to look after my cat for a weekend, let alone put him in charge of a medium-sized nuclear power.’

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