Invite-only ‘Tory Glastonbury’ will repel the grassroots – not boost them

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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11 thoughts on “Invite-only ‘Tory Glastonbury’ will repel the grassroots – not boost them

  1. Neilth

    It will be interesting to see whether any acts want to commit career suicide by playing to just 200 invited rightwingers

  2. NMac

    When I’d picked myself up off the floor from laughing, I realised that these idiots really just don’t get it. Of course they shouldn’t have any trouble choosing a venue for their private beano, an old fashioned red telephone box would fit them all in.

  3. damo

    I wanna go lol only for an hour though lol i cant imagine anything more vile the worst kind of provicial tories….bopping…..along to music who would play there lol lol can u imagine being there lol youd be gagging out laughing then vomiting it would be funny for a while then youd just end up being …..repulsed

  4. Jill Phillips

    FUN?! A’plenty. Bring back the old days. How about a ‘Coming Out Ball’? They were FUN FUN FUN! Horses & carriages for coming & going, swilling & spilling sparkling champers whilst swirling under sparkling chanders in sparkling ball gowns & tiaras, meeting the Queen & so on.
    Tories could come out as anything these days – except perhaps secret Corbynistas. Masters & Mistresses of Hounds could wear pink and offer more Fun for Infants at Blooding Parties & follow-up balls for parents…
    Quite a few Queens could attend any of these events. In fact, Royalty of any kind, titles or substantial offshore riches would be manda-tory. And probably will.

    1. David

      I think this just about sums up the grinning idiot’s idea. But he might just about manage to get a couple of hundred people there if it’s in Mid- Norfolk, because if they vote for a dumpling like him, they’ll go for anything. Certainly the hunt ball is a good idea, and there’s room for a hilarious mispronunciation there. Much of hunting might seem barbarous to most of us, around 80% I think, but they seem to enjoy it and it would have Mrs. May’s personal blessing and keep the dads happy. Perhaps a bit of peasant shooting might rekindle old tory memories of how good the Old Days really were. Always be an England” and then of course, The Dambusters March could echo all of the 2 hours the event will last.

  5. Dez

    I hope it pees hard…..all day! Then he and his learned guests will all know what it is like being under Tory dictatorship.

  6. J Edington

    I’m not sure what a grassroots Tory really is. They all seem to have been born into it, become one through greed or nepotism or haven’t the brain to question the policies. “Inspiration” isn’t something I would expect them to get from events like this and they would certainly not turn up if they were described as “masses”. I look forward to their failure, although that won’t be reported, of course.

  7. krazyklaws

    Encore by Tony Blair live on the Corporate welfare stage sponsored by JP Morgan, hen with his bad Ugly Rumours singing Money Money Money, Gimmie, Gimmie, Gimme a million pounds after midnight finishing with the Dead Kennedys ‘ Kill the Poor’.

  8. damo

    Lol anytime theres a program on the 80s they allways show fotage of the posh balls they had then full of drunk young torie sloanes…..bopping ….lol lol lol to the music lol i wanna go lol film it a put it on youtube…..but wasent there a picture in the metro yesturday of cameron at some festival in oxfordshire looked full of torie bumpkins lol…..lol…lol

  9. katythenightowl

    I laughed when I read this, but then sobered up, and wondered why the Tories can only copy other people’s ideas – and then take that idea, and make a complete hash of it!
    It’s so sad, it’s almost funny again!

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