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Who needs the Loony Left when Mrs May’s in charge?

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All that stands between Britain and a de facto communist government is that line of weak and two-faced liberals known as the Conservative front bench. The most powerful Leftist in the country, the Prime Minister Theresa May, continues to govern as if she has one motive alone: gaining approval from the Blairite media which has come round to the Tories after Labour, its natural party of choice, was captured by the sort of resentful Marxists that ran whole boroughs into the ground in the 1980s.

How else can we explain the policies and stances this government has taken?

The Windrush saga was catapulted to the top of news schedules in what could only have been a concerted briefing and lobbying attempt at softening up Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s forthcoming White Paper on immigration, an important document for the many powerful forces who wish to see the Blairite-Cameroon open borders arrangement stay untouched after Brexit. It was a staged media furore and Mrs May did as she was told from the first.

Before the Home Office could locate one single person who had been deported as a result of the policy, the prime minister was making a public apology on television in full Tony Blair mode. Conservatism should be a byword for caution and scepticism, yet this government and its leader appear to have joined the grand parade of gush and guff that passes for leadership today. We know Mrs May was pushed around by PR people, Spads and underlings during her disastrous tilt at increasing the Tory majority in last year’s general election: see here and here. That blew up in her face yet she still does not learn. It may be that the Windrush saga called for a profuse public apology, but is it not better to amass facts and figures beforehand? To know what exactly you are pleading guilty to before throwing yourself on the mercy of the court? In the days after the apology, the facts became a matter of dispute: the policy was said to be Labour’s; Labour denied it; 70-year-old landing cards had been destroyed; then they were found. Etc. The whole handling of the affair was a shambles. Amber Rudd then scrapped all targets to deport illegal immigrants. No doubt this will be followed by a significant softening of immigration policy. Mission accomplished for the open borders lobby.

Compare and contrast this with the epidemic of knife murder and disorder that has occurred since Mrs May, as Home Secretary, ordered the police to cut the tactic of stop-and-search because she believed it was unfair to young black men. This policy signal was received loud and clear by her fellow Blairite Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, whose pledge to cut stop-and-search was followed by a surge in killings. If Mrs May was going to apologise publicly for any policy, surely it should be the one that has quite obviously cost lives.

Drug use in Britain is now open and out of control. Wherever you walk in London – now largely a foreign country due to the Tories’ obsessive desire for mass immigration – you are never far from the pungent odour of skunk and the dilated pupils and aggressive behaviour of the cocaine addict. Yet there is a sense that this government has little interest in fighting this problem. Indeed one former Tory prisons minister has proposed legalising cannabis in an attempt to appeal to youth. Obviously the Conservative Party is power-obsessed and unscrupulous, but that notion is peculiarly disgusting: cannabis is a damaging drug for individuals and society. The idea that someone purporting to be a conservative would call for its legalisation is pretty mind-boggling. I suspect the notion will not go away. As the Tories accommodate ever more Leftist policy, the need for public money grows. Privately the front bench must know the figures do not add up in the long term. In a country that spends more than twice as much on welfare as on defence, any source of additional taxation will be welcome. Taxing teenage cannabis users is likely to be an attractive idea to some in Westminster.

It’s hard to know what Mrs May really thinks. I suspect that for a feminist of her generation it is enough to have finally got the top job and outmanoeuvred her rivals. Everything else is a mere hymn sheet du jour, subject to change and prevailing winds. An eroded sense of first principles is another way of putting it.

The Tories need to realise that trying to keep on the right side of North London dinner party conversation and the BBC is folly. Surrender to Leftist thinking on immigration, gender politics, multiculturalism, crime and drugs is uncivilised and destructive. The public will eventually take revenge somehow, as they did with Brexit. Real conservatism appeals to the silent majority in all social classes. If our rulers set foot in the streets between election campaigns they would soon discover this.

Mrs May’s Race Disparity Audit, launched in 2017, is perhaps the clearest demonstration that she is in the wrong party. At its launch she revealed a fatal collision between the stated aims of the movement she nominally belongs to and her own muddle-headed managerial socialism. She said: ‘I absolutely, passionately believe that how far you go in life should be about your talents and your hard work and nothing else.’

Nothing else except, er, race. The audit invites the assumption that any non-white person who does not achieve his or her aims in life is a victim of discrimination. Who needs the Loony Left when you have Mrs May in charge?

She went on to boast: ‘I am pleased to say the number of black people being stopped and searched has fallen by two thirds.’

Unfortunately, in the year to March 2018 murders in London rose by 44 per cent on the previous year and knife crime by 21 per cent, Metropolitan Police figures show. ONS figures show that knife crime rose 22 per cent nationally in the same period.

At a time when the police cannot be bothered to investigate basic crime it is extraordinary to find a Tory Prime Minister and former Home Secretary ignoring this breach of conservative thinking and ceding ground to the racial offence industry.

The worst of it is that Mrs May knows that we all need to keep voting for her rotten party to keep the even more lunatic fringe from capturing Number Ten.

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Robert James
Robert James is a national newspaper journalist.

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