We are not seeing transitory divisions over the EU; grievances are coming out that will create bad blood for years to come.
They’ve spent years talking up imagined problems in the Labour Party; let’s see how they deal with real splits in their own.
Former Conservative MP Matthew Parris has deepened the rift among top Tories by using his Times column to launch a scathing attack on the pro-Brexit mayor of London, Boris Johnson.
Parris, a former aide to Margaret Thatcher, denounced Johnson for alleged dishonesty, vacuity, sexual impropriety and veiled homophobia.
“Somebody has to call a halt to the gathering pretence that if only you’re sufficiently comical in politics you can laugh everything off,” he wrote.
“Incompetence is not funny. Policy vacuum is not funny. A careless disregard for the truth is not funny. Advising old mates planning to beat someone up is not funny. Abortions and gagging orders are not funny. Creeping ambition in a jester’s cap is not funny. Vacuity posing as merriment, cynicism posing as savviness, a wink and a smile covering for betrayal … these things are not funny.”
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