Damian Green Revealed The Tories’ Fear of Left-Wing Media

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Damian Green MP

It is unclear what Tory MP Damian Green’s made-up job title – First Secretary of State – means but within its remit there appears to be the task of testing the popularity and feasibility of policy intent.  To do this he throws down some half-baked garbled ideas in a newspaper column or radio/TV interview without explanation, detail or any answers to immediate queries, and he and his colleagues observe how the ideas are received and how they develop.  

Of course, Green’s objective is to push policy proposals into public view laden with bias, misdirection and suggested conclusions.  His tactic is a common one borrowed from the right-wing think-tanks.  The tactic emphasises the Tories’ lack of confidence in their ideas: They are unable to present a policy plan coherently and ready for analysis and interrogation, so they slip it out as a pseudo-opinion piece packed full of crooked sign posts.

Fake plans about fake fake news
Earlier this week Christopher Hope (apologies) promoted some such thoughts of Green in the Telegraph (apologies): Green fakes out.  Comments below in italics are Green’s words followed by my Jacksons. (1)

The point is that our political discourse needs to be better than it currently is, an argument that will not be lost on many people in this room whose livelihoods are under threat from unscrupulous blogs and websites that have no regard for any attempt to check the truth like the Canary, Breitbart, SkwawkBox.”
Current “political discourse” is Theresa May and her colleagues dodging every question put to them by journalists and opposition MPs, and openly laughing in parliament at the lives destroyed by Tory policy.  
Green has grouped left-wing media sites with the corporate-funded far-right racist anti-Islam Breitbart site; he did this as a deliberate and childish insult to the former.  
The “many people in this room” that Green appeals to are journalists from right-wing newspapers owned by multi-million pound tax-dodgers; to describe left-wing sites as “unscrupulous” compared to those divisive rags is purposeful fraud by Green.

If mainstream politicians and journalists start to behave like Twitter trolls and then democracy is in danger.”
Right-wing newspapers and right-wing TV and radio are already full of professional trolls and screaming heads and Tory MPs behave like brats in parliament and online every day .  

I know there is a long history of insulting our leaders from Gillray cartoons onwards and I have no expectation or desire to go back to the era when journalists politely asked prime ministers if they wish to add anything else at the end of an interview.”
Well, the current prime minister never answers a damn question from any journalist.

But I do think that we need to respect each other motives, and treat each other’s views with courtesy, whether we are on either side to the Commons chamber or even on either side of the much bigger chasm of politicians and journalists.”
No-one with any humanity should respect the “motives” of the Tories.  Any respect or courtesy toward a Tory is the same as obedience.

If we don’t, then we risk feeding an atmosphere of increasing hatred which at the most horrible of extremes led to the killing of Jo Cox.”
The Tories promote division, including promoting racism, every day.  It is a key facet of being a Tory.
Jo Cox was killed by a far-right extremist who opposed her liberal views.  The “many people in this room” that Green mentions earlier are partly responsible for the promotion and encouragement of far-right anti-liberal views; the current Tory government is equally responsible.  However, Green is using Jo Cox’s death as a spurious excuse to attack left-wing news sites.

Green’s objective is to attack independent left-wing media.  He and his Tory colleagues are aware of the rapidly increasing popularity and the successful arguments of such news outlets and their contributors.  The Tories are very fearful of the genuine challenge to the right-wing pro-exploitation’s domination of political discourse.  The fear is redolent in every word by Green quoted in the Telegraph.

Green’s comments are ram-packed with lies, misdirection, libel and conclusion sign-posting.  His tactics are as reprehensible as Donald Trump’s.  He wants to stifle or shut down left-wing criticism of the Tories while leaving the right-wing media free to promote Tory agendas.  The extent of how low he is prepared to stoop in his dishonesty, fraud and confidence trickstering is shown by the fact that he unashamedly used the murder of Jo Cox in order to make a spurious point.

The same article has further recent quotes from Damian Green.

Everyone, before they go in studs up on a political opponent, needs to think long and carefully about who they are talking to.”  
Tories are not “political” opponents, they are opponents of humanity.  Tories are gimps of wealth terrorists.  Tories exist to fleece the British people in order to fill the bottomless off-shore accounts of financial gangsters.  Tories are deliberately destroying the health service, state education, the police service, the fire service and housing in order to mutate them into conduits to transfer taxes into the grubby hands of crooks in private “healthcare,” private “security,” etc.  The only way to communicate with a Tory is assertively, aggressively and with no heed paid to their confidence tricks, their con tricks and their relentless lying.  

It might play well with your own troops to give your opponent a big kicking on the latest microsite but perhaps it behoves us all to ask: ‘Who is reading it and what are they going to do next?’
The right-wing newspapers, Tory websites and Tory-backed right-wing think-tanks are full of lies and rabble-rousing rhetoric designed to create division, prejudice, anger and violence, but Green libels the left-wing sites instead.

There is no doubt in my mind that the language of political discourse and the descriptions political opponents use against each other has become markedly worse in my time in the House.”
Well, yes, by the Tories and DUP.  Hoards of Tory Bratboys laughing and mocking whenever an opposition MP asks a question or raises a point about the devastating effects of Tory violence on the British public.

Fearful Tories 
Fear is the key facet of Green’s motivation to attack the left-wing news sites.  He fears what is being said and he fears how well and how widely the opinions on said sites are being received.

The Tories are comfortable with most of the mainstream newspapers, radio and television, they have the threat of charter renewal hanging over the heads of the BBC executives, and they are assisted by streams of warped and dishonest opinion pushing from a large mob of right-wing think-tanks, but they cannot control (at present) the ideology, content and analysis of the independent left-wing media.  The fear of not being in control is eating at the Tories’ composure.  

Authoritarian bans of free speech never appear suddenly.  They creep up unnoticed.  They are prepared, in advance, via misdirection, dead cats and word-fraud.  In the quoted comments above, Green purposefully gave a false account of the effect of the left-wing news sites while simultaneously erasing the fact that his criticisms and (fake) observations apply much more readily to mainstream right-wing newspapers (who support the Tories) and/or the behaviour of Tory MPs.  

Green’s intent is clear.  However, his tactics are so obvious, so clumsy and so instantly refutable that he is, ultimately, just another Tory clown.

Related blogs (each opens in a new window)
Screaming Heads and Professional Trolls
If you have a Tory friend now is the time for your friendship to end
Tory Bratboys in Parliament
Murder or Social Murder? Grenfell, disability benefit cuts and NHS destruction
Tories and campaign abuse
British Values? No, there are human values and Tory values – mutually exclusive

Notes
(1) Jackson = Samuel L. Jackson = retort.

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Damian Green Revealed The Tories’ Fear of Left-Wing Media

If you have a Tory friend, now is the time for your friendship to end

Labour MP Laura Pidcock made a sensible comment about not being friends with Tory MPs.  Anyone opposed to Tory destruction of society welcomed Pidcocks’s remarks.  The comments were mocked by right-wing media and Tory MPs, but Tory MPs never care about being disliked.

Predictably, the useless centrist gloop ambled over to butt in because it prefers not to miss any limp opportunity to attack a colleague of Corbyn.  The problem for the Progress and Guardian types is that even Labour supporters who are not huge Corbyn fans were still supportive of what Laura Pidcock said, but that didn’t stop the professional centrists from droning on.

Happy friends
As laughable as it sounds, happy stories about Labour and Tory politicians being pals are a theme of the centrist analysis.  Part-time Guardian columnist Gaby Hinsliff’s Fiercest of rivals, best of friends, (“researched” before Laura Pidcock’s comment), contains a few embellished stories of pairs of politicians having fun together.  The obvious flaw in Hinsliff’s political portmanteaux is that the “Labour” MPs chosen, Jess Phillips, Frank Field, Ruth Smeeth, are already much closer to May than Corbyn – the exception being Labour peer Shami Chakrabarti – and so “fiercest rivals” is a false statement.  The creative writing in the concocted section on Ruth Smeeth and Tory Bratboy Johnny Mercer was particularly nauseous.  

Hinsliff’s pre-amble in her article, (written after Laura Pidcock’s comment), depicted a centrist’s utopia of “rivals” in parliament and friends afterward. [Pidcocks]’s an exception rather than the rule, in a place where even fierce ideological opponents rarely hate each other half as much as outsiders think” she claimed.  To single out Pidcock was false, petty and deliberate misrepresentation, but a problem with the current parliamentary system is that there are not many “fierce ideological opponents” and that it is true most MPs “rarely hate each other.”  However, Hinsliff was wrong to say “outsiders” have not noticed the lack of vitriol and she knows it is incorrect to say they hadn’t noticed; the public have always been aware of a lack of genuine challenge to the exploitative status quo.  It is the existence of, or the potentiality of, a genuine challenge that scares the centrists; that is why Laura Pidcock’s comment has bothered them.  

Tribalism?
In politics, “tribalism” means unwavering support for one political party over another when the two parties occupy similar positions on the political spectrum.  The word is used to imply that two such parties should work together or even coalesce.  However, “tribalism” is not an applicable description in oppositional politics: Political parties with opposite viewpoints and ideologies are required to be in battle.  In particular, opposition to the Tories’ destruction of society should be combative, relentless, focussed and cold.  Opponents of socialism enjoy word-fraud and jumbling definitions and so use “tribalism,” wrongly, in the latter scenario described above.

Cosiness
In the current structure of British politics the parliamentary cosiness is intrinsically anti-democratic and has turned the election of government into just a bland choice of administrations with similar objectives rather than a genuine choice of political ideologies.  The enabling centre is keen to help to perpetuate the uselessness of the cosy atmosphere.  For them, political “opposition” isn’t a challenge to what exists, it is merely a career, and that career is defined by its obsequiousness.

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Centrists’ utopia

What are you?
Thankfully, British politics is moving toward combative politics.  Know where you stand and what you are against.  It’s not a parlour game, it’s people’s lives. 

If you have a Tory friend
Now is the time, now is the time for your friendship to end
Be it your sister
Be it your brother
Be it your cousin or your, uncle or your lover
If you have a Tory friend
now is the time, now is the time for your friendship to end
Be it your best friend
Or any other
Is it your husband or your father or your mother?
Tell them to change their views
Or change their friends
Now is the time, now is the time, for your friendship to end
So if you know a Tory who thinks he is your friend
Now is the time, now is the time for your friendship to end
Call yourself my friend?
Now is the time to make up your mind, don’t try to pretend
Be it your sister
Be it your brother
Be it your cousin or your uncle or your lover
So if you are a Tory
Our friendship has got to end
And if your friends are Tories don’t pretend to be my friend
So if you have a Tory friend
Now is the time, now is the time for our friendship to end
Goodbye
If you have a Tory friend, now is the time for your friendship to end

Why Do Private Schools Still Exist?

A need for private schools?

Regardless of political outlook, any government of a state, country or nation has both a moral responsibility to provide education for all children living there and a logical responsibility to ensure every child has an education to enhance the future prosperity of the nation.  It is intellectually absurd and economically stupid to deny access to education.  The education provided should be as strong in quality as it is in quantity, and should fully extend the capability to learn for each child.  Such an approach to education is compatible with a concept of humanity and is basic common sense with respect to ensuring the nation is full of intelligent, knowledgeable and useful people.

A corollary to the above argument is that if any parent has reached a genuine conclusion that their child needs to attend a private school then the state has failed to provide adequate schooling.

In Britain there has been a succession of grossly incompetent and deliberately destructive Tory education ministers.  The deliberate destruction of state education, including targetted under-funding and a stupidly provocative stance toward teachers’ unions, is a tool of promotional misinformation designed to create an entirely spurious need for major changes in state education.  The changes the Tories have aimed for are to use state education as a means to channel public money (taxes) into the grasping hands of dodgy “owners” of “academies” and “free schools.”  

Understandably, many parents, dismayed by the constant downgrading of state education by the Tories, have been forced to consider private schools for their children.  

Elite Schools

The existence of the most expensive elite private schools is not due to the (lack of) quality of state education.  Eton, Harrow, Westminster, St. Paul’s, Winchester, Charterhouse, Dulwich etc. are not the schools that parents choose if they are concerned about the decline in state education.  These elite schools have a different role in British society.

The elite schools exist to artificially perpetuate a system of power and control, entirely diametrically opposed to democracy, in government, the armed forces, the judiciary and the media.  The Tory party (and other parties to a lesser extent), senior roles in the armed forces and judiciary and many senior positions in mainstream media (including, most notably, the BBC) are infested with the product of elite school training.  The individual parts of these infestations are not where they are due to ability or suitability; they are the elements of a deliberate policy of specific training followed by placement.  

The students are trained, at the elite schools and then at some of the Oxford and Cambridge colleges, to be obedient servants of the financial establishment in whatever component of power and control they are placed.  The elite schools perform the intertwined tasks of training the students and of recognising which of them would be most suitable.  Not only are they are not required to be intelligent but it is an advantage for them to be as thick as minced grouse.  Pliable, bereft of any concept of social empathy, ambitious and lazy are ideal characteristics.  

In particular, the students are trained, to the point of psychological imprint, to believe in the unchallengeable right of the financial establishment to remain in charge.  They are trained to be focussed, throughout their ensuing professional careers, on feeding this establishment without wavering and without ever even thinking that any other system should prevail.  The pupils who are turned into establishment gimps are tools but, individually, they benefit financially, often as millionaires and almost always at tax-payers’ expense.  It is a system that feeds itself but the bill is paid by everyone else outside this privileged bubble.

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Old Etonians Boris Johnson and David Cameron

Former prime minister David Cameron attained entry to Eton College via family connections and via the tax-dodged wealth of his father.  He followed a typical career route from Eton to Oxford university to PR to politics.  His tenure as prime minister was wholly characterised by the following qualities:

  • Dim intelligence
  • No concept of human empathy
  • Relentless lying
  • Unwavering focus on supporting the financial elite
  • Rudeness
  • Cowardice
  • Obfuscation

That is, his persona and his decisions as prime minister were consequences of his Eton training.  Cameron is the archetypal elite private school product.  The training of the future gimps of wealth terrorists is not a by-product of the elite private schools, it is their reason to exist.  Thus, Cameron is their greatest achievement.

Who Pays?
The elite private schools are very secretive about their funding.  The students’ details are kept secret so that whoever pays the fees cannot be traced.  Large donations from the worlds of business and finance are hidden.  Fees and donations are tax-free which helps to hide them.  The secretive nature of the funding allows cash to be “stored” as a donation.  It stinks.

Why Do Private Schools Still Exist?

UK Defence Journal – Arms Industry PR

(Website: UK Defence Journal)

“Here at the UK Defence Journal we are dedicated to providing impartial and complete coverage of defence matters in the United Kingdom and around the world.”

UK Defence Journal is part of the marketing and PR industry that supports arms manufacturers.  The online Journal is an orgy of celebration of the capabilities of advances in military hardware and technology.  Most of its output is a deluge of (usually brief) articles that read like the “news” sections of in-house sales magazines.

For example, Canada buys planes is a typical UK Defence Journal article: It lists some planes and equipment that the Canadian government is buying and lists the vendors.  That is the entirety of the article.
(N.B. Canada doesn’t need any of these planes or equipment; the “purchase” is just a means of transferring taxes into the grubby hands of the arms industry.)  

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There is a consistent political position throughout the UK Defence Journal.  The following examples reveal this position.

Example 1:  Investigatory Powers Act 2016
The title of an article – Is the Investigatory Powers Act really a ‘snooper’s charter’? – by UK Defence Journal editor George Allison revealed his opinion on the Tory government’s ongoing attacks on basic liberty, privacy and freedom of speech; that is, by posing the above question in the title Allison stated that he has chosen not to accept the ‘snooper’s charter’ definition.  In the article, his weak defence of the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 was not based on any (spurious) necessity for its existence nor on its usefulness, and he did not attempt to discuss the validity or lack thereof of the ‘snooper’s charter’ description.  All he offered was the repeated observation that the Act updates previous similar Acts of parliament by adding powers that render lawful what security forces are already doing:

It should be noted however that a great deal of the act didn’t introduce new powers but legally establish previous surveillance and hacking activities utilised in previous legislation.”
This Act like its predecessors is largely legalising practices already taking place.”

Allison posed a pejorative question as the article’s title, ignored this question throughout his article and said that there is nothing to worry about because the Act merely endorses all the existing illegal activities of security forces.

Example 2:  Armed drone accuracy
George Allison popped up again with another leading-question-as-title article with Are unmanned aircraft as dangerous as claimed?  Like example 1, Allison didn’t attempt to answer the question he put in the title.  Quotes from anonymous British military salespersons form the bulk of the article, interspersed by absurd summary by Allison of their sales pitches.  He concludes with The fact is, these aircraft are often less dangerous to civilians than their manned counterparts.”  Nowhere prior to that assertion did Allison attempt to prove his stated “fact.”  He claimed it is true because military PR have said it is true.  The article is anti-analysis masquerading as analysis and it sums up both the UK Defence Journal’s political position and its contempt for discourse and debate.

Example 3:  War in Yemen
Saudi Arabia’s continuing assault on the civilians of Yemen is mass murder.  Civilian homes, schools, hospitals and vital infrastructure have been targetted deliberately by the Saudi air force.  Aid heading to Yemen to help the victims is stopped by Saudi military action both in the air and at sea.  Preventable, but deadly, diseases are spreading rapidly in Yemen due to the destruction of infrastructure and hospitals by the Saudi air force, and the medical response to these diseases is being denied, deliberately, by the blockade of aid.  

Saudi Arabia is receiving tactical and technical assistance from both UK and US militaries, and much of the hardware – planes, bombs and missiles – is of UK or US origin, purchased in recent arms deals sanctioned by the UK and US governments respectively.

However, the UK Defence Journal has chosen to be blind to the mass murder.  In Yemen: A Regional Cold War between Saudi Arabia and Iran Oliver Steward sees only a struggle for regional power between Saudi Arabia and, er, Iran.  He described the systemic slaughter of civilians in Yemen by the Saudi military as “the crisis in Yemen.”  His use of “crisis” was to avoid attaching blame and to depict the thousands of civilians deaths as not caused by anyone else.  

Steward thinks that the major concern is that Saudi led intervention against Iranian backed Houthis rebels has the potential of causing further instability in the region, and dragging other major powers into the struggle.”  The dead civilians, and those suffering with deadly diseases for which that the Saudi military blockade prevents medical help, are not “Iranian backed Houthis rebels.”  What “other major powers” does Steward mean?

Steward’s analysis – beyond his selective blindness of the victims of Saudi slaughter – is he wants “the sole superpower,” the United States, to get directly involved: “The United States needs to take it upon themselves to offer leadership and a peaceful response to the Yemen crisis.”  Of course, the US is very involved with the Saudi military actions.  Beyond “logistical support” that Steward mentioned, the US has supplied military experts and has assisted with the sea blockade to restrict food and medical aid, and the Yemeni civilians, whose homes and family have been destroyed, can find casings that show exactly which factory in the US made the bomb.

Steward’s article is cold and disgusting.  His conclusion – greater US involvement – is deliberate obfuscation and deliberate dishonesty.  Steward is fully aware that US “involvement” is a major contributing factor in the Saudi mass murder of Yemeni civilians.  He has willfully ignored the current reality in Yemen and chosen to attain a conclusion that demands more imperialism.

Example 4:  Trident
Ahead of an article from a non-UK Defence Journal writer – (Trident: Why Have It?) –  there is a editorial disclaimer: “This article is the opinion of the author, the UK Defence Journal has no stance on Trident.”  For a group that claims to have no “stance” on Trident, there are a lot of celebratory pro-Trident articles.  

For example, Money for Lockheed celebrates the financial benefit of Trident to its manufacturer,  What is Trident? glorifies the missile’s operational capabilities and Trident launch has video footage of a launch.

Conversely, the UK Defence Journal’s reaction to reading my brief, but concise, dismissal of trident’s usefulness was pretence of a mock.
(Link to blog: Trident – A full in-depth considered analysis)

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UK Defence Journal – Arms Industry PR

James Harding has left BBC. Good riddance!

Former Murdoch hack James Harding will leave his post as director of BBC news at the end of the year.  

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Harding’s tenure at the BBC consisted of the implementation of two objectives he brought from The Times: Stupefaction and political bias.

Stupefaction
Dumbing-down the news, both in content and in presentation, has always been a key component of any Murdoch newspaper or broadcaster.  The Murdoch ethos is diametrically opposed to what the BBC is supposed to do as stated by former director-general John Reith: Inform, educate and entertain.

The effects of Harding’s anti-intelligence directives were visible throughout BBC news coverage.  Some general examples:

  • Focus on irrelevant side issues to restrict time spent on most important news
  • False “balancing” of informed guests with complete idiots in spurious debates
  • Deliberate lack of preparation by interviewers so that interviewees could spout nonsense with no fear of follow-up question to challenge their falsehoods
  • A reliance on outside consultancy firms – with dubious reputations – to provide guests for on-air opinions, with no prior research done by the BBC into the integrity or knowledge of said guests or of the promotion behind them
  • Circular conveyor belt of the same coterie of Screaming Heads And Professional Trolls on roundtable discussions and interviewed as “experts.”
  • Recruitment policy that focused on which posh school a candidate attended rather than her or his ability

All of the above techniques were designed to stifle the flow of information to viewers or listeners and to distract.  That is, all are techniques of Murdoch’s media.

Political bias
Though not specifically right-wing, the bias that Harding enhanced (rather than introduced) at BBC news had the objective of shifting the BBC’s positioning of the Overton window further to the right.  

This rightward drift was achieved byamong other tactics,

  • Dedicated campaign to normalise UKIP via disproportionate airtime given to the party’s protagonists
  • Equal and opposite (to above point) marginalisation of left-wing parties and campaign groups
  • Marked difference in style (with same interviewer) between interview with a right-of-centre guest and one with a left-of-centre guest
  • Use of members of various right-wing think-tanks as “independent” “experts” to provide “analysis.”

Harding was able to attain his two main objectives without too much internal opposition because the threat of interference in the BBC by the Tory government, with respect to charter renewal, was always a sinister presence.

The appointment of Harding was a bad appointment by the BBC.  It was an appointment informed by fear, a fear that encouraged the BBC to try to please the Tories by appointing someone they thought the Tories would like.

Will the BBC regain any courage before appointing Harding’s successor?

James Harding has left BBC. Good riddance!

Tory Bratboys in Parliament

In the olden days, the 1980s, Tory backbenchers were chinless, inbred weirdos parachuted into parliament via an antiquated system of political incest that favoured stupidity.  They were what Jacob Rees-Mogg pretends to be.  

Today, the back benches of the Tory party are home to truculent, unintelligent trolls and thugs.  The politics is exactly the same as before, the relentless dishonesty and confidence tricks are exactly the same, the detachment from any concept of the social nature of humanity is exactly the same and the gimp-like obedience to the instructions of the international wealth terrorists is exactly the same; the difference is a change in style of communication.

Motivation
The Bratboys know that their party has nothing to offer and that it has been rumbled.  It is not possible to defend (with a straight face) the heady mix of continuous lies and unbridled incompetence in the Tory government.  Lickspittles try a smiling fraudulent defence of Tory destruction but, inevitably, cast themselves as unthinking automatons with the integrity of chocolate Agas.   

But, Bratboys don’t want to be anonymous drones.  Bratboys crave the notoriety and effect of the dumbest media and social media trolls, and they use the same trolls’ tactics to attain that effect: They lie, insult, provoke, denigrate and smirk, as rudely as possible, to get a reaction, and keep throwing the distracting dead cats down to dodge debate.  

Tactics
Bratboys want to occupy others’ debating time in order to deter real discussion.  Their stupefacio operandi mimics that of badly nurtured pre-teen brats who stop the adults from having an intelligent informative conversation.  Deliberate childish provocation and persistent petulance are the most popular tactics used, accompanied by the smug smirk of a pickpocket who observes his victim looking for a misplaced wallet.

When the Bratboys lie about Tory (non-)achievements or about Labour policy they are not pretending to be serious like the aforesaid automatons; the Bratboys are lying dramatically and visibly: “Look at me, lying.  Isn’t that hilarious?”  When they mock those less fortunate than themselves, people who are suffering due to Tory destruction of society, the Tory Bratboys do so with gleeful nastiness descending toward ghoulishness.

Everything done by the Bratboys is deliberate, not gaffes and not due to inexperience.  However, that doesn’t mean that there is intelligence behind their acts.  There is no intelligence, but even a dung beetle knows how to roll a piece of hippopotamus turd into a transportable spheroid.

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Andrew Percy, Johnny Mercer, James Cleverly and Greg Hands

Venn diagram
The Venn diagram below shows where the Tory Bratboys sit.

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Tory Bratboys in Parliament

The exciting Tory leadership contest has begun?

Former Tory party chairman Grant Shapps has crawled out from under his grime-covered rock to try to activate a leadership challenge to Theresa May.  For anyone who is not a Tory supporter, any such challenge (and its outcome if successful) is only a source of amusement.  A Tory is a Tory.  However, the dearth of capable candidates is worth noting.

So far – (by October 6th) – just two people have publicly backed Shapps’ desire for a change of leadership, namely Sebastian Fox and Michael Green.  The intrinsic cowardice of the Tory psyche deters others from immediately supporting his aim.

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Grant Shapps, Michael Green and Sebastian Fox

Possible candidates

Imagine opening a fridge to find only one floppy carrot, a dribble of post sell by date milk and a large jar of unopened rancid pickled eggs.  Disappointment would ensue, but, if very hungry, one would probably make some effort with the carrot.  Analogously, which Tory is the floppy carrot?

Current cabinet members

Michael Gove?

  • (When education minister) a key protagonist in the destruction of state education
  • Obsequious interview with Donald Trump
  • Opposed to the NHS

Stephen Hammond?

  • Very, very close to the Saudi royal family – That’s a nice watch Mr. Hammond!
  • (As chancellor of the exchequer) a strong advocate of vicious cuts to welfare provision that mainly target people with disabilities

Amber Rudd?

  • (As home secretary) a persistent perpetrator of contempt of court with respect to illegal deportations
  • Indulged in voluminous corporate tax avoidance prior to being an MP

Priti Patel

  • Corporate plant in politics 
  • Support for vicious cuts to welfare provision

Boris Johnson?

  • Persistent racism, bigotry and xenophobia
  • Financially disastrous tenure as mayor of London, including millions wasted on the absurd “garden bridge”
  • (When mayor of London ) reckless cuts to fire service in London – (to please his property developer friends) – that were factors in the severity of the Grenfell Tower fire
  • Professional liar and confidence trickster
  • Very lazy
  • A moron

Liam Fox?

  • (As defence minster) allowed a non-governmental business associate to attend international meetings
  • Stated that Britain has “shared values” with mass murderer Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte

Other

Jacob Rees-Mogg?

Ruth Davidson?

  • Scottish Tory Party, led by Davidson, is pock-marked with MSPs, councillors and activists who have been unsuspended after having been suspended (briefly) for a variety of racist or bigoted comments and acts.
  • Vacuous, hollow soundbiter

Do the Tories have anyone in reserve as thrilling as a man called Owen Smith?  Could Johnny Mercer, James Cleverly or Nadine Dorries be the sacrificial stalking donkey?  Will Ken Clarke try one last hurrah?  A nation awaits.

The exciting Tory leadership contest has begun?