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George Freeman: ‘Why is it just the left who have all the fun in politics?’ Is it because we know HOW? [Image: Chris Radburn/PA].

Here’s a Tory who doesn’t understand popularity: George Freeman. One wonders how he ever got to be an MP.

Perhaps Mid Norfolk always votes Conservative no matter which monkey is in the blue suit.

For Mr Freeman’s benefit:

You don’t inspire the masses with an event that is only open to people who have been invited.

You don’t inspire the masses by excluding them from an event at a secret location.

And you don’t inspire the masses by setting yourself up for this kind of ridicule:

A Conservative MP is organising a one-day festival in response to the popularity of Jeremy Corbyn’s appearance at Glastonbury this year.

George Freeman, the MP for Mid Norfolk, came up with what is being dubbed the “Tory Glastonbury” as a way to boost the party’s dwindling grassroots support.

After Corbyn’s slot on the main stage at Glastonbury went down a storm, Freeman said: “Why is it just the left who have all the fun in politics? We need a cultural revival of grassroots Conservatism.”

The event, which Freeman envisages will be a “cross between Hay-on-Wye and the Latitude festival” will take place the weekend before the Tory party conference, which he says has become “increasingly corporate, expensive, exclusive” and no longer a forum for grassroots renewal.

A team of more than 20 people, including 10 MPs, is working on the event, which will be invitation-only with between 150 and 200 attendees. The event’s rural location is to be kept secret for fear of Momentum or anti-Tory activists gatecrashing. Some of the attendees are expected to camp.

Source: Norfolk MP organises ‘Tory Glastonbury’ to boost grassroots support | Politics | The Guardian

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